SUMMIT, NJ - Local filmmaker Lisa Reznik will be up for an award for her short film “Left Bank Bookseller” at the Beloit International Film Festival in Wisconsin next week.
“Most festivals don’t have awards for short films, this is one of the few that does, and we got nominated for Best Script,” Reznik said. “I’m very honored.”
Originally a full-length film, the script took more than three years to research and write. Reznik transformed the script into a short film when a deal to produce the full-length film fell through. The adaptation did not take her very long and she tried to get all of the main elements into the shorter script.
“I decided I’d pick a few of the key scenes to the small story,” she said. The film tells the story of a friendship between Sylvia Beach, an American woman who opened the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris in the years after World War I, and James Joyce, author of “Ulysses.”
Beach published Joyce’s book when no other publisher would, despite the fact that the novel was banned in
most English speaking countries outside of France. The Shakespeare and Company bookstore was the first English bookstore in Paris.
Reznik finished the filming of the movie in March 2012 and since has shown the film at four film festivals and two libraries. Locally, Reznik screened the film in a packed room at the Summit Library in October and plans to screen the film at the Summit Film Society in June. Next week’s festival marks Reznik’s fifth festival with
the short film.
“It’s really an obscure topic, but for people who follow this niche it’s interesting for them,” she said. Last week, she attended a screening of her film in Paris along with an author who wrote a novel about Beach around the same time she directed her film. Reznik does not plan on leaving the film here. With more funding, she would like to expand the film’s viewing and reach.
“I’d like to try and film the full-length version, she said. “And I’d like to do that in Paris.”
For more information about the Summit Film Society and when “Left Bank Bookseller” will be screening, please visit www.summitfilmsociety.com.