The Eighth Annual Savvies

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We could use some distraction at this time. For distraction with information literacy content, let’s hold the long-delayed InfoSavvy Movie Awards.    The Savvies go to (in alphabetical order by title):

Akeelah and the bee (2006). Dir. Doug Atchison; Written by Doug Atchison. Starring Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer.

A middle schooler pursues her dream of winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Her struggles raise issues of privilege–including information privilege.  Since her community eventually comes together to help her study, the film also reminds us that information has a social dimension.

The great debaters (2007). Dir. Denzel Washington; Written by Robert Eisele (screenplay and story), Jeffrey Porro … (story), & Tony Scherman (original article).  Starring Denzel Washington, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Denzel Whitaker, Jermaine Williams, Forest Whitaker.

African-American debaters from the Jim Crow South compete against Harvard’s debate team.  In bonus interviews, the real-life debaters stress the importance of preparation and research.

It’s a mad mad mad mad world (1963). Dirs. Stanley Kramer, William T. Hurtz, & Bill Melendez; Written by William Rose & Tania Rose (story and screenplay).  Starring Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, and more.

The film involves a madcap treasure hunt, and the character who finds it is the one everyone else has ignored.  The Scholarship as Conversation frame mentions unheard voices.

Legally blonde (2001). Dir. Robert Luketic; Written by Amanda Brown (novel), Karen McCullah (screenplay) & (screenplay).  Starring Reese Witherspoon, Luke WIlson, & Selma Blair.
Kirsten Smith

The lead character is not taken seriously in her new milieu (Harvard Law School).  When she argues a case, though, her knowledge of beauty culture and sorority culture serve her well.  The Authority is Constructed and Contextual frame applies here, especially the references to lived experience.


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