Diane Rehm Show Kicks off Holt Bio of LMA

October 27, 2009: Author Harriet Reisen’s Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women gets off to a flying start on its pub date with Diane Rehm’s interview and call-in show from Washington, DC. The syndicated NPR offering reaches some two million listeners. Subsequent bookings are a Harvard Bookstore-sponsored film-clip and reading with Director Nancy Porter at Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre on October 29; a 3 PM Sunday November 1 appearance at the Concord MA Bookshop; a Westport CT Public Library signing at noon on November 4; and a Boston Public Library evening event on November 10. To arrange a reading/signing/video event, contact us.

Gala Video Roundtable of American Library Association Meeting to Feature Louisa May Alcott Film and Filmmakers

Chicago, July 12 2009: The program for the Annual Gala Video Roundtable of the week-long annual national meeting of the American Library Association, attended by upwards of 12,000 librarians, is a discussion of two biographical films for the American Masters series; Louisa May Alcott, and the upcoming Helen Keller, produced by Laurie Block. Block will introduce Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen, and moderate the audience discussion. The program, at the Gene Siskel Theatre, follows drinks and a buffet dinner for the 200 gala ticket holders.

American Literature Association Meeting Holds Panel on Making of Louisa May Alcott Film; Hosts Screening

May 24, 2009: Scholar interviewees John Matteson and Joel Myerson joined Producers Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen for a panel discussion and clips from the documentary at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston sponsored by the Louisa May Alcott Society at the American Literature Association’s annual meeting. Professor Daniel Shealy, editor of numerous Alcott volumes and also an interviewee, was in the audience. Professor Mary Sheldon of Virginia Commonwealth University organized, and Sandra H. Petrulionis of Penn State Altoona introduced the panel. A late afternoon screening attended by a standing-room only audience greeted the film with great enthusiasm, and several commented that it was among the best documentary treatments of a literary figure they had yet seen.

American Masters Announces December 28 2009 Airdate for Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

Susan Lacy, Executive Producer, commented that programming during the week between Christmas and New Year’s attracts big family audiences.

Confab of Henry Holt and Company, WNET 13/American Masters, and Alcott Team Held in “The Point” at New York’s Flatiron Building

April 16 2009: Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen met with Holt Editor Jack Macrae, Associate Editor Supurna Banerjee, Maggie Richards of Marketing, and Maggie Sivon of Publicity; and from WNET Donna Williams, Don Lee, and Kellie Castruita Specter, to discuss joint marketing and publicity of the Louisa May Alcott film and book projects. Fittingly, the 3-way parley was held in the triangular conference room of the Flatiron Building, where publisher Macmillan, the parent company of Holt, is preparing to consolidate all its offices. The first joint effort to promote the film and book is a striking bookmark designed by Donna Holstein of Holt that features the book cover on one side and a still from the film on the other.

Garden State Film Festival Names Louisa May Alcott Best Family Feature

April 4 2009: Asbury Park, New Jersey’s famed boardwalk Convention Hall was headquarters for a weekend that featured a packed screening of Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, followed by Q & A with the film’s writer and New Jersey native Harriet Reisen, who also won music video (with Tony Kahn) and song (with Jeanie Stahl) awards for “The Jersey Shore Song: Sing Me Clementine.”

L.A. Reel Women International Names LMA Festival’s Best Documentary

March 29, 2009: Director Nancy Porter and animators Liz Dubleman and Paco Thomas of Vidlit attended the screening held in the historic Laemmle Theater on Wilshire Boulevard. Liz’s book, What Was I Thinking?, a collection of bad-boyfriend stories (with co-author Barbara Davilman) was featured on the Today Show and O! Magazine, and has been optioned as a play by Tod and Michele Rundgren and by New Line Cinema. Congratulations Liz! Vidlit’s savvy takes on books can be sampled at vidlit.com.

Santa Fe Film Festival Holds 3 Screenings of Alcott Documentary to Meet Demand

December 5 and 6 2008: With Director Nancy Porter in attendance at three sold-out shows, the Southwest gave a warm welcoming premiere to the Northeast-based production about New England writer Louisa May Alcott.

Guangzhou China Festival Presents Louisa May Alcott Biopic:

Director Christina Xie, Screening Programmer of the Guangzhou (formerly Canton) China Festival GZ DOC reported an enthusiastic response to the January screening of the American Masters film about a writer beloved in China as the author of the widely-read Little Women. A more detailed report was in the works, she said.

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