The 2006 documentary film “Who Needs Sleep?” will be screened Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

Ah, the glamorous life in Hollywood — or is it? Film crews routinely work sweatshop hours, often clocking 15 to 18 hour days at the expense of their families, their health, their well-being and even their lives. In 1997, after a 19-hour day on the set of "Pleasantville," assistant cameraman Brent Hershman fell asleep behind the wheel, crashed his car and died. Deeply disturbed by Hershman's preventable death, filmmaker and multiple-Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, ASC shows how sleep deprivation and long work hours are a lethal combination. “Who Needs Sleep?” is a commentary on 21st-century quality of life.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling the library at 594-0310. This evening is one in a continuing Thursday series of literary, film and musical offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or