The Library That Dolly Built
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to join hundreds of theaters around the world for a special one-night-only theatrical premiere event of “The Library That Dolly Built” on Thursday, April 2. There will be two shows at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
The Sedona Film Festival is proud to partner with area Rotary Clubs to present this special event. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Imagination Library.
During the last 25 years, Dolly Parton has quietly built one of the largest literacy-focused non-profits in the world. Started as a gift for the children of her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is now active in all 50 states and five countries and delivers more than 1.5 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month.
“The Library That Dolly Built” goes behind-the-scenes of this unprecedented program to show how one of the most famous performers in the world has developed an efficient and effective program, beloved almost universally by its recipients.
Featuring original interviews with authors, policy makers, Imagination Library staff, recipients, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton, “The Library That Dolly Built” introduces the viewer to all aspects of the Imagination Library, from how the books are selected and mailed to how the Imagination Library was originally formulated and where they expect to go in the future.
The film also provides a glimpse of the profound impact the Imagination Library has on the people it serves by sharing the stories of people like John Gibeau. Gibeau runs an Imagination Library program in rural Minnesota. His town has no library, school or bookstore. Through tears, Gibeau explains that without the Imagination Library some children in his community would not have any books.
Weaved throughout the story of the Imagination Library is a biographical sketch of Dolly Parton, featuring rare photos and films from her childhood. Unlike most biographies of Dolly, it doesn’t focus on her music. Instead it demonstrates that at every point in her career, any time she has had success, Dolly Parton has come back to Sevierville to give back to her people.
Dolly has gifted her story, her music, her inspiration and her Imagination Library to people throughout the world. It is her Imagination Library, however, that will most likely be remembered as the sweetest gift of all.
“The Library That Dolly Built” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Thursday, April 2 at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Imagination Library. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.