THE BOOKSELLERS

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A behind-the-scenes look at the
New York rare book world

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the kinds of books they handle. They also play an essential role in preserving history. The film takes viewers deep inside their small but fascinating realm, populated by an assortment of obsessives, romantics, oddballs and dreamers. Featuring interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers, THE BOOKSELLERS is both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the book.

 

THE TEAM

D.W. Young Director

D.W. Young’s films have screened at festivals around the world including SXSW, Vancouver International Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Provincetown Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival and many more. His features A HOLE IN A FENCE, THE HAPPY HOUSE and TOO COLD TO SWIM were released by First Run Features and his short NOT INTERESTED is distributed by Shorts International. Most recently his short A FAVOR FOR JERRY, filmed on election night 2016, premiered at IFF Boston.

Dan Wechsler Producer

A native New Yorker, Dan Wechsler is a rare bookseller, publisher and filmmaker. His documentary MORE THAN THE RAINBOW premiered at DOC NYC in 2012 and later screened as the opening night film at the Coney Island Film Festival where it won the award for Best Documentary. It was released in 2013 by First Run Features. In 2015, Wechsler and George Koppelman wrote and published Shakespeare’s Beehive, an account of an extraordinary annotated dictionary.

Judith Mizrachy Producer

Judith Mizrachy has worked in independent film for over fifteen years, currently as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Women Make Movies. As the Director of Marketing at First Run Features, she was involved with films such as DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ UNLOCKING THE CAGE and the Oscar-nominated THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA. In addition to her work in distribution, she’s produced award-winning documentaries, as well as narrative features and shorts.

Peter Bolte Director of Photography

Peter Bolte’s recent cinematographer credits include the Emmy-nominated documentary CASTING BY (HBO Documentary Films) which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE which premiered at DOC NYC. Peter has also directed award-winning narrative features, short films, music videos and commercials.

David Ullmann Composer

Born and raised in New York City, guitarist and composer David Ullmann has recorded four albums, including the acclaimed Corduroy in 2014. A graduate of the New School Jazz Program, Ullmann teaches music at John Jay College and NYU.

Debra McClutchy Co-Producer

Debra McClutchy is a senior creative member of Oscilloscope Laboratories where she produces content and special projects and oversees film restorations. Most recently she produced THE HOUSE THAT YAUCH BUILT an immersive multimedia experience celebrating founder Adam Yauch’s legacy and Oscilloscope’s 10 year anniversary. Previously, she was a Producer for The Criterion Collection.