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‘The Trouble with Cali’ now available at Scranton library, but cannot leave the building

‘The Trouble with Cali’ now available at Scranton library, but cannot leave the building
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From a press release:

Lackawanna County Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Patrick M. O’Malley, and Edward G. Staback turned over a copy of “The Trouble With Cali” to the Lackawanna County Library System today, but while the controversial film will be available to the public, it cannot be taken home for private viewing (or ridicule).

The Blu-ray disc will be housed at the Albright Memorial Library (500 Vine St., Scranton), just around the corner from the Scranton Cultural Center, where it was screened for the first time locally July 9-11. The movie will be kept in a non-circulating collection as part of the library’s local history collection and will be treated as reference material, meaning that it will not be allowed to leave the building.

“The Trouble With Cali” cannot be made available through general circulation because of copyright and intellectual property rights issues.

Plans are underway to make arrangements for residents to view the film at the library. An appointment must be scheduled with the library staff ahead of time to watch the movie.

Director Paul Sorvino used $500,000 of county taxpayer funds granted by the previous commissioners to complete the film – a decision that has been criticized as often as the movie itself. After years of delays and unsuccessful attempts to release and distribute “The Trouble with Cali” more widely, a cut of the movie was delivered to the county in April and shown to the public last week.

Read NEPA Scene’s exclusive review of the film here and listen to Episode 32 of the NEPA Scene Podcast where we discuss the movie in-depth with award-winning filmmaker John Mikulak and film critic/columnist Jeff Boam.

Watch two clips from the film below (though they are not from the final cut) that contain major spoilers: