Local business owners from across the Cape will participate in post movie panel discussion about an acclaimed documentary film, “Hello Bookstore,” 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Cape Cinema in Dennis.
Love Live Local and Cape Cinema are teaming up for the event that showcases the importance of small businesses. The movie shows the impact of the pandemic on an independent bookstore in Lenox and how a small town rallied to protect it. This intimate portrait of The Bookstore and the family at its heart offers a journey through good times, hard times, and the stories hidden on the shelves.
The documentary film was included in Variety’s 10 best films of 2022.
“’Hello Bookstore’ is a vital and moving portrait of the deeply rooted and communal independent bookstore culture,” says Cape Cinema’s Executive Director Josh Mason. “Independent book shops and small business as a whole are quintessential Cape Cod and very much the lifeblood and encapsulation of who we are. This documentary is a love letter to a disappearing analogue culture and the struggle to sustain, and remain viable and relevant in today’s digital marketplace. This film is essential viewing for all Cape Codders and a reminder to shop local because people’s lives and our heritage truly depend on it.”
After the film, Love Live Local CEO Amanda Converse will host a panel of local business owners including Vicky Titcomb from Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich, Jana Faiky from Fitness Directions in Falmouth, and Tom Deegan from Mom + Pops in Chatham. They will touch on and localize the themes of the movie including what challenges small businesses faced during the pandemic and continue to face today, what small businesses mean to the Cape Cod community, and what we can all do to show them support.
Love Live Local is a Cape Cod organization dedicated to community advocacy and educating consumers on the importance of shopping local. Their mission is to foster an economically sustainable, creative, and exciting future for the Cape and help all those who love this place participate in keeping it special. The organization was founded in 2013 by three local business owners and became a registered nonprofit in 2020.