October 22, 2018
Will Oldham narrates new local library documentary
by Ryan Harrington
Will Oldham, the man behind beloved indie music projects like Palace and Bonnie “Prince” Billy, is also a man of letters. He has published the cleverly named Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy, as well as, more recently, Songs of Love and Horror, a collection of over 200 lyrics spanning back to the 1980s.
On top of this, he’s a man of the people. At the intersection of all of these identities lies a new documentary about the Louisville Public Library system, entitled Our Library, which features Oldham as the narrator.
Our Library is produced by Louisville filmmaker Morgan Atkinson, who describes his project as
an examination of that most valuable community treasure — the Free Public Library. This thought-provoking video explores the value, meaning and impact of a free library. Is the community’s investment in a public library at least equal to its benefit from it? How does a library survive the spiraling momentum of digitizing text and making all ‘content’ increasingly available through computers and mobile devices.
Atkinson casts the narrator in the role he was born to play: “the quirky yet reliably knowledgeable tour guide, playfully exposing the challenges faced by the public library system, while pointing to intriguing details of its history at varied branch locations.”
According to Brooklyn Vegan: you can see Our Library on Kentucky Public Television stations through November.
Ryan Harrington is a senior editor at Melville House.