opens April 24th Tickets: $9.99* You can watch The Booksellers right here, right now
The Booksellers is presented by The Ryder and Caveat Emptor (see below)
Antiquarian booksellers have personalities and knowledge bases that are as broad and deep as the material they handle. Their job requires the disparate skills of a scholar, a detective, and a businessperson. (The same can be said about the skills of the film programmers at The Ryder, minus the “businessperson” part.” D.W. Young’s new film burrows deep inside the fascinating world of booksellers, a community populated by an lovable assortment of obsessives, intellects, oddballs and dreamers.
Executive produced by Parker Posey, the film features interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers such as Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlean, Kevin Young and Gay Talese.
Perhaps best of all, the film offers a rare glimpse of many unique and remarkable objects, including the most expensive book ever sold, Da Vinci’s The Codex Leicester; handwritten Borges manuscripts; jeweled bindings; books bound in human flesh; essential early hip-hop documents; accounts of polar expeditions published with samples of real wooly mammoth fur; and many more
The Booksellers — which premiered at the New York Film Festival — is both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the books. (2020; 99 min)
*You can watch this film in our new virtual screening room. Virtual ticket prices are set nationally; nevertheless, your local independent theater (in this case, us) will receive 50% of the proceeds which will help us stay afloat until we can once again show films in person.
We are not suggesting that virtual screenings can ever replace the communal experience of watching a film in a theater. But there are certain advantages. Chances are there is plenty of free parking in your driveway. You can take your shoes off. And there’s no gum on the seats. At least we hope not.
When you purchase a ticket to watch a virtual Ryder film you will receive a confirmation in your inbox. Hold on to that email. If you’d like to order dinner, our friends at Bucceto’s will offer Ryder filmgoers a 20% discount. Be sure to let them know when you call in your order that you’ll be using your Ryder discount and show them your ticket confirmation when you pick up dinner. (East Side Restaurant 812 331-1234; West Side Restaurant 812 323-0123) The discount is valid one time only within five days from the date you purchase your ticket.
Our wonderful local bookstore, Caveat Emptor, is offering Ryder filmgoers a deal that’s hard to pass up. They will match any purchase dollar-for-dollar with store credit. So if you buy $20 worth of books, you will get $20 in store credit towards a future purchase. Just show them your receipt from your ticket to The Booksellers. This special offer is valid within five days from the date you purchase your ticket.
Questions or suggestions? You can contact us at editor@TheRyder.com