March 30, 2020

BAPL’s Film Series – Now Virtual!

As many of you might know, we host a film series at the Main Library that focuses on dynamic directors, genres, and periods in film history, aiming to challenge and inspire our audiences.  Because of the recent library closure we of course were not able to show our latest film, Wendy and Lucy, this month.  But do not despair! As long as you have an active BAPL library card and are in our service area, films in our film series are free and available on streaming devices through Kanopy!  

This month’s film, Wendy and Lucy (2008) continues our Spring 2020 series “Living on the Edge: Themes of Poverty in Recent American Independent Film.” Superbly acted by Michelle Williams and featuring director Kelly Reichardt’s trademark minimalist style, the film focuses on the small but significant challenges that many people face every day in America – challenges that often lead to devastating choices.

For Roger Ebert’s review of the film go here.
For an excellent look at the underlying themes in Reichardt’s work, visit this site.

Read this year’s Oscar winner for director Bong Joon-ho’s thoughts on Reichardt’s films here.

Feel free to comment on and discuss the film on social media! Any comments or questions about the film series can also be directed to Matthew Rothfuss –

You can directly access the Kanopy catalog, including Wendy and Lucy here: or through the Kanopy app on streaming devices. All you will need is your library card number and pin. For more information on how to setup your Kanopy account, please email

Next Month – The Florida Project (2017)