Pratt Profile: Sights & Sounds Regular Paula

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By Tom Warner

Series: Pratt Profiles

Paula lives around the corner from the Central Library and uses much of her free time since retiring from the Social Security Administration roaming our aisle for foreign films, topical documentaries, and music of all genres (though she’s most partial to jazz from the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s, and vintage ‘50s and ‘60s R&B singers like Big Joe Turner).

Paula Profile

When asked what attracts her to our Foreign Film collection, Paula replies, "Hollywood movies are just too predictable. I like to watch foreign films to get a better perspective on how other  people live and what’s going on in the world." Her favorite movies are the colorful song-and-dance spectaculars from Bollywood and gritty Brazilian films like City of God ("I own a copy now") and Black Orpheus ("Which I never get tired of re-watching").

Part Cherokee herself, Paula also likes to watch Native American movies like Smoke Signals and The Business of Fancy Dancing, as well as documentary series like We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes.

The ever-curious Paula always looks forward to checking out our "new releases" display, and has seen so many movies that we sometimes joke, "We're running out of materials for you—you've seen everything!"

How would I go about getting public viewing rights for the movie Smoke Signals?
Posted by: Cathleen Sova( Visit ) at 6/12/2014 10:04 a.m.

Cathleen, "Smoke Signals" was produced by ShadowCatcher Entertainment (, 1-206-328-6266,; video/DVD distributor is Miramax Films ( If your library has an screening account with Movie Licensing USA ( "Smoke Signals" is covered; if not, a one-time screening permit might be available - contact Movie Licensing USA @ 1-888-267-2658 to inquire. Hope this helps! Tom
Posted by: Tom Warner( Visit ) at 6/14/2014 9:25 a.m.

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