Film and Video Awards:
American Library Association Video Round Table:
Notable Videos for Adults
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American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Videos Award

2009

The Business of Being Born
Directed by Abby Epstein
Follows both the filmmakers own pregnancy and actress/former talk show host Riki Lake's, white exploring the topic of birthing--specifically the alarming rise in the number of casarian births--in the US. 84 min.
DVD X834

Cats of Mirikitani
Directed by Abby Epstein
In order to move forward with his life, homeless Japanese-American artist Jimmy Mirikitani must revisit his painful past in a Japanese internment camp. 74 min.

Deep Water
Directed by Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell
The engrossing story of amateur British yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, who risked everything in a tragic attempt to win the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world sailboat race. 93 min.

Fat Chance.
Directed by Yuka Sekiguchi
An honest, humorous self-portrait of an obese Japanese-Australian woman who sets out to lose weight but gains new perspectives on her past and personal identity. 52 min.

How I Am.
Directed by Ingrid Demetz, Caroline Leitner, and Daniel Mazza
Patrick painstakingly types the text that supplies the narrative for this profound and surprising view of the private world of an autistic teenager. 49 min.

Miss Navajo.
Directed by Ingrid Demetz, Caroline Leitner, and Daniel Mazza
Reveals the inner beauty of the young women who compete in the Miss Navajo Nation beauty pageant. Not only must contestants exhibit poise and grace as those in typical pageants, they must also answer tough questions in Navajo and demonstrate proficiency in skills essential to daily tribal life: fry-bread making, rug weaving and sheep butchering. The film follows the path of 21-year old Crystal Frazier, a not-so-fluent Navajo speaker and self-professed introvert, as she undertakes the challenges of the pageant. 53 min.
DVD X363

No End in Sight
Directed by Charles Ferguson.
An insider's look at the decisions that led to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the handling of the occupation. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officals, as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and prominent analysts. Examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy--the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government and the disbanding of the Iraqi military--largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. 102 min.
DVD 9128

The Order of Myths
Directed by Margaret Brown
The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2007, it is still racially segregated. Filmmaker Margaret Brown, herself a daughter of Mobile, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city's two carnivals. With unprecedented access, she traces the exotic pageantry, diamond-encrusted crowns, voluminous, hand-sewn gowns, surreal masks and enormous paper mache floats. Against this opulent backdrop, she uncovers a tangled web of historical violence and power dynamics, elusive forces that keep this hallowed tradition organized along enduring color lines. 77 min.
DVD X356

The Price of Sugar
Directed by Bill Haney
Paul Newman narrates this documentary about Father Christopher Hartley, a Catholic Priest who works to improve the lives of Haitian sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic. 90 min.

Sharkwater.
Directed by Rob Stewart
Join activist Rob Stewart in his dangerous quest to save the world's ecosystem by stopping the global slaughter of sharks for their fins. 90 minutes.

Steal a Pencil for Me..
Directed by Michèle Ohayon
An unusual and uplifting love story: enduring the Holocaust, Jaap and Ina nourished a forbidden courtship writing secret love letters that helped them survive. 94 min.

To See If I'm Smiling. .
Directed by Tamar Yarom
Explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the testimonies of female soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces serving in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 60 min.

War Dance.
Directed by Andrea Nix and Sean Fine
Children at a displacement camp in Uganda who have survived horrific civil war violence find renewed joy and achievement entering a national music competition. 107 min.

2008

Achieving the Unachievable
Directed by Jean Bergeron
In 1956, Dutch artist Maurits C. Escher challenged the laws of perspective with Print Gallery and found himself trapped behind an impossible barrier... This uncompleted masterpiece quickly became the most puzzling enigma of Modern Art, for both artist and scientists. Half a century later, mathematician Hendrik Lenstra took everyone by surprise by drawing a fantastic bridge between the intuition of the artist and his own, finally shattering the Infinity Barrier!

After Innocence.
Directed by Heather MacDonald.
This documentary tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated - innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild their lives. 95 min.
DVD 7279

Been Rich All My Life.
Directed by Heather Lyn MacDonald.
Been Rich All My Life follows the most unlikely troupe of tap dancers. They are the "Silver Belles," five women aged 84 to 96. In their heyday they worked at some of Harlem's most prestigious haunts, performing with legendary band leaders like Cab Calloway, Jimmie Lunceford and Duke Ellington. They met in the 1930's as chorus dancers at the Apollo and the Cotton Club. When the big band era ended, and with it the need for show dancers, they all went into other work. They regrouped in 1985, put their shoes back on and — sassy as they ever were — are still performing regularly. They may not kick as high, but they are hip-swaying and show-biz savvy. These women will disrupt any notions you have of old age. 80 min.

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash.
Directed by Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack and others.
Tells the story of how our civilization's addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world's top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled. 85 min.
DVD 9084

Favela Rising.
Directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary.
Documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sa is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro's most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police. At the dawn of liberation, just as collective mobility is overcoming all odds and Anderson's grassroots Afro Reggae movement is at the height of its success, a tragic accident threatens to silence the movement forever 82 min.
DVD 6532

Hacking Democracy.
Directed by Simon Ardizzone.
Electronic voting machines count about 87% of the votes cast in America today. But are they reliable? Are they safe from tampering? From a current congressional hearing to persistent media reports that suggest misuse of data and even outright fraud, concerns over the integrity of electronic voting are growing by the day. And if the voting process is not secure, neither is America's democracy. This timely, cautionary documentary exposes gaping holes in the security of America's electronic voting system. 81 min.
DVD 8055

The Heart of the Game.
Directed by Ward Serrill.
Captures the passion and energy of a Seattle high school girls' basketball team, the eccentricity of their unorthodox coach, and the incredible true story of one player's fight to play the game she loves. 97 min.

Iraq in Fragments.
Directed by James Longley.
Offers a series of intimate, passionately-felt portraits: A fatherless 11-year-old is apprenticed to the domineering owner of a Baghdad garage; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities rally for regional elections while enforcing Islamic law at the point of a gun; a family of Kurdish farmers welcomes the U.S. presence, which has allowed them a measure of freedom previously denied. American director James Longley spent more than two years filming in Iraq to create this stunningly photographed, poetically rendered documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. 94 min.
DVD 8135

Jesus Camp.
Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.
A first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future. Follow these children at summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota as they become dedicated Christian soldiers in "God's army," and learn to hone their prophetic gifts. 84 min.
DVD 6874

Maquilapolis: City of Factories.
Directed by Vicky Funari, Sergio De La Torre
Explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's assembly factories and the female laborers who have organized themselves for social action. Carmen earns six dollars a day but she is not a victim. She is a dynamic young woman, busy making a life for herself and her children. In "Maquilapolis," Carmen and her friend Lourdes confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos, reaching beyond their daily struggle for survival to organize for change, taking on both the Mexican and U.S. governments and a major television manufacturer. The women also use video cameras to document their lives, their city and their hopes for the future.
DVD 6874

Maxed Out.
Directed and written by James Scurlock.
Takes a journey deep inside the American style of debt, where things seem fine as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time. Posits that most people are getting in trouble because the banks and credit card companies are setting their customers up to fail. Why? The more credit they give us, the more credit we need. When we inevitably fall behind, they can charge the huge late fees and the over-limit fees and the stratospheric interest rates that drive their profits. Shocking and incisive, the film paints a picture of a national nighmare, which is all too real for most. 87 min.
DVD 7797

Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety.
Directed by Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, John Wellington Ennis, Holly Mosher.
This 50-minute documentary was created to give an in-depth, academic perspective on the questionable marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry, and features the commentary of investigative journalists and medical professionals including Dr. John Abramson, author of Overdosed America, and Prescription Access Litigation Project Director, Alex Sugerman-Brozan. Other notable interviewees include Dr. Bob Goodman of Columbia University, founder of the ‘No Free Lunch' program, and Dr. Jerome Hoffman of UCLA Medical School.
DVD 9106

The Prize of the Pole.
Directed by Staffan Julen.
Documentary of Inuit Hivshu a.k.a. Robert E. Peary II, on a quest to trace the story of his great grandfather while coming to terms with his own ethnic identity. Through archival footage, photos and audio recordings chronicles Peary's exploration of the Arctic over more than twenty years and his controversial 1909 claim to be the first man to reach the North Pole. Also explores the activities of Franz Boas, the "father" of American anthropology, who viewed the Eskimos as barbarians, as "living fossils" for scientific study, focusing on the fate of the six Eskimos who traveled to New York with Peary, including the sole survivor, Minik, a six-year-old boy. 78 min.
DVD 8637

Salud!
Directed by Connie Field.
A timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all, ˇSalud!looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world's best health systems.' From the shores of Africa to the Americas, !Salud!hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba -- now numbering 30,000, including nearly 100 from the USA. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health—and the complex realities confronting the movement to make healthcare everyone's birth right. 93 min.
DVD 9329

When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts.
Directed by Spike Lee.
An extensive documentary covering a wide variety of perspectives on the pivotal events that preceded and followed Katrina's passage through New Orleans, a catastrophe during which the divide between race and class lines has never been more pronounced. 255 min.
DVD 6725

2007

Country Boys
Directed by David Sutherland
Acclaimed producer, David Sutherland returns to rural America to tell an epic tale of two boys coming of age in Kentucky's Appalachian hills, documenting their struggles to overcome hardship and poverty and find meaning in their lives. For Cody, that sense of belonging is found through his heavy metal Christian band and his relationship with his girlfriend. Chris, however, is torn between providing support for his family and the desire for an education.
DVD 5121

The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig
Looks at the turbulent life of a genius musician battling manic depression who has spent the last three decades of his life in-and-out of mental institutions. A favorite with artists such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Beck, and many others, view the singer-songwriter-artist through his art and interviews, and in the eyes of his fans.
DVD 7273

The Devil's Miner
Directed by David Sutherland
The story of 14 year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12 year-old brother Bernardino as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico (Potosi). Abandoning their Catholic beliefs, Cerro Rico miners believe that Satan, as represented by hundreds of statues constructed in the mines, determines whether they live or die there.
DVD 5345

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones.
Directed by Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia
Chronicles The Ramones from the band's CBGB and London heydays, the decade-long silence between Joey and Johnny caused by a dispute over a girl, through the deaths of Joey and Dee Dee Ramone and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2002. Includes unseen live and studio footage, along with extensive interviews with ex-band mates, family, friends and figures from New York City's punk scene.
DVD 7272

Grizzly Man.
Directed by Werner Herzog
Acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among grizzlies for 13 summers. Features Treadwell's video footage.
DVD 4899

The Ground Truth.
Directed by Patricia Foulkrod
Documents the stories of patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq and Afghanistan - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The terrible conflicts, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, are a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home - with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government. As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth.
DVD 6785

Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action.
Directed by Roberta Grossman
Documents the stories of patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq and Afghanistan - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The terrible conflicts, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, are a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home - with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government. As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth.
DVD 4604

In the Tall Grass: Inside the Citizen-Based Justice System Gacaca.
Directed by J. Coll Metcalfe
Focuses on the Hutu and Tutsi as they struggle through Rwanda's unique reconciliation process: Gacaca, a network of grassroots community courts. Shows the challenges faced by post-genocide countries as they transition from violence to peace.
DVD 7259

Life in the Undergrowth.
In five filmed segments, David Attenborough explores the world of invertebrates, detailing aspects of life-cycles of numerous species around the world.
DVD 7434

Murderball
Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro.
A film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. These men have been forced to live life sitting down, but in their own version of the full-contact sport, they smash each other in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. Tells the story of a group of world-class athletes unlike any ever shown on screen. In addition to smashing chairs, it smashes every stereotype about the disabled.
DVD 4851

One Bright Shining Moment:
The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern

Directed by Stephen Vittoria.
Presidential candidate George McGovern ran against Richard Nixon in 1972 and lost, but his bold grassroots campaign energized young Americans to a degree never before seen. Using a wealth of archival materials, features interviews with provocative figures of the time and extensive interviews with McGovern himself.
DVD 5490

Sir! No Sir!
Directed by David Zeiger
Recalls the unprecedented movement by American GI's against the Vietnam War, staged through demonstrations, underground newspapers, combat refusals and more, rocking the foundations of the American military. Includes archival material and interviews with key participants. DVD 6183

Street Fight
Directed by Marshall Curry
Chronicle of the bare-knuckled 2002 race between incumbent Sharpe James and newcomer Cory Booker for mayor of Newark, New Jersey . Fought in Newark's neighborhoods and housing projects, the battle pits the young challenger against an old style political machine that uses any means necessary, including harassment and police intimidation to crush its opponents. Though both candidates are African-American, the election becomes racially charged when the mayor accuses Booker, a Yale Law School grad -- of not being "really black."
DVD 4857

We Are Dad
Directed by Michael Horvat

Why We Fight
Directed by Eugene Jarecki
Explores a half-century of U.S. foreign policy from World War II to the Iraq War, revealing how, as Dwight Eisenhower had warned in his 1961 Farewell Address, political and corporate interests have become alarmingly entangled in the business of war. On a deeper level, what emerges is a portrait of a nation in transition--drifting dangerously far from her founding principles toward a more imperial and uncertain future.
DVD 5766

2006

Born Into Brothels
Directed by Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
While living in the red light district of Calcutta and documenting life in the brothels, New York-based photographer Zana Briski embarked on a project by which she gave cameras to the children of prostitutes and taught them photography, awakening within them hidden talent and creativity and giving them a means to transform their lives.
DVD 4383

Busting Out
Directed by Laurel Spellman, Francine Strickwerda
A disarmingly honest and intimate exploration of our society's fascination with women's breasts. Directors Strickwerda and Spellman Smith unflinchingly examine the good, the bad and the ugly sides of this American icon, delving into the history and politics of breast obsession in the US. From breast-crazy men shouting "Flash those racks!" to the fears of breast cancer and the disparate attitudes of cultures worldwide, the directors leave no stone unturned in their quest to demystify the American breast.
DVD 5917

Control Room
Directed by Jehane Noujaim.
A chronicle which provides a rare window into the international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. Criticized by Cabinet members and Pentagon officials for reporting with a pro-Iraqi bias, and strongly condemned for frequently airing civilian casualties as well as footage of American POW's, the station has revealed everything about the Iraq War that the Bush administration does not want the public to see. A seminal documentary that explores how "Truth" is gathered, presented, and ultimately created by those who deliver it.
DVD 3101

The Corporation
Directed by Jennifer Abbott, Mark Achbar
This documentary examines the history, inner workings and controversial potential futures of the big business corporation. The prognosis is grim -- for human beings, the environment, democracy and the very survival of the planet. Is there a cure for the pathological pursuit of profit at any cost, or can we only hope to apply restraints? Six years in production, this critical analysis includes extensive interviews with CEOs, top executives and academics.
DVD 3058

Girlhood
Directed by Liz Garbus.
Shanae was ten when she was gang-raped; she responded by drinking and drugging, and by age 12 had graduated to murder. Megan ran way from ten different foster homes before being arrested on assault charges. Both came to the Waxter Juvenile Facility in Maryland. Follow these two girls for three years, as they try to make a life for themselves both inside and outside of Baltimore's juvenile justice system.
DVD 5282

Lost Boys of Sudan
Directed by Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk.
Focuses on the journey of two teenage Sudanese boys, orphaned by the war in Sudan, who travel to America looking for a safer environment where they find they must grapple with extreme cultural differences and learn to cope with the unfamiliar complexities of contemporary American society.
DVD 3110

My Architect: A Son's Journey
Directed by Nathaniel Kahn.
Nathaniel Kahn documents the life and works of his father, Louis Kahn. Louis Kahn had an "official" family, including his wife Esther and daughter Sue Ann. He had two other secret families: with fellow architect Anne Tyng he had a daughter, Alexandra, and with his colleague Harriet Pattison he had Nathaniel.
DVD 3670

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Traces Bob Dylan's journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966. Joan Baez, Allan Ginzberg and others share their thoughts and feelings about the young singer who would change popular music forever. Contains never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, and rare concert performances.
DVD 4394

Ryan
Directed by Chris Landreth.
A collection of seven groundbreaking animated films. Ryan: Creating a hand-animated three-dimensional world, Chris Landreth explores the life of Ryan Larkin, a pioneer in Canadian animation who now lives on welfare and panhandles for spare change. Alter egos: Incorporating the animated documentary Ryan, Laurence Green's film explores the paths of animators Ryan Larkin and Chris Landreth and the relationship that developed between the two men. Syrinx: Using animated charcoal sketches, the Greek legend of how Pan made his pipes is brought to life. Walking: The way people walk is observed. Street musique: A visual improvisation is created from the music performed by sidewalk entertainers. The end: An animator discovers he's a character in his own work. Bingo: Answers the question, What if a lie is told long enough and loud enough?
DVD 4572

Shipbreakers
Directed by Michael Kot.
For the past two decades more than 7,000 rusting hulks of the world's largest ships have been driven onto the remote beaches off the Arabian Sea to be dismantled for scrap by hand, piece by piece. Sold for scrap, the ship owners rarely bother to abide by the U.N. Basel Convention which bans shipments of transboundary waste. A sign reading "Safety Is Our Motto" may hang over the gateway, but the workers have another, more telling slogan: "A ship a day, a death a day." One worker a day, on average, dies on the job, evaporated in explosions, crushed by falling steel, cut in half by cables or broken up from falls. Of the remainder, one in four will contract cancers caused by asbestos, PCBs and other toxic substances. Shipbreakers vividly captures both the haunting beauty of the ships and the deplorable conditions of the workers --- in an unforgettable portrayal where Third World ingenuity meets 21st century global economics.
DVD 5647

This Black Soil
Directed by Teresa Konechne. This inspiring and provocative new film chronicles the successful struggle of Bayview, Virginia, a small and severely impoverished rural African-American community, to pursue a new vision of prosperity. Catalyzed by the defeat of a state plan to build a maximum-security prison in their backyard, the powerful women leaders and residents created the Bayview Citizens for Social Justice, a non-profit organization, secured $10 million in grants, purchased the proposed prison site land and are now building a new community from the ground up.
DVD 5718

Waging a Living
Directed by Roger Weisberg, Pamela Harris. More than 30 million Americans are stuck in jobs that pay less than the federal poverty level for a family of four. Shot over a 3 year period, this documentary chronicles the day-to-day struggles of four low-wageearners to support their families. Jean Reynolds (nursing assistant) and Mary Venittelli (waitress) of New Jersey, Jerry Longoria (security guard) of San Francisco, and Barbara Brooks (student and single mother) of Freeport, N.Y. relate their dreams, frustrations, and accomplishments.
DVD 3660

2002

30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle
A film by Rustin Thompson.
Former news cameraman Rustin Thompson pursues the story of the protests that surrounded the World Trade Organization meeting in 1999, offering his evolving view of the week-long chaos.
Video/C 7631

Book Wars.
Written, directed, edited and narrated by Jason Rosette.
A highly original portrait of the quirky and competitive world of New York City street booksellers, as documented by Jason Rosette, one of their own.
Video/C 8757

Chinatown Files
Director, Amy Chen.
Amy Chen's documentary is the first to explore Chinese-American experience during the "climate of fear" that McCarthyism produced, reminding viewers of the tenuous nature of civil rights.
Video/C 8426

Dark Days
Directed by Marc Singer
Marc Singer's film explores the lives of dwellers in a shantytown community within an Amtrak tunnel under New York city.
DVD 854

Genghis Blues
Directed by Roko Belic.
Roko Belic's documentary chronicles the remarkable journey of Paul "Earthquake" Pena, a blind San Francisco blues singer who traveled to Tuva (Upper Mongolia) in 1995 to participate in a throat-singing competition.
DVD 414

George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire
Produced and directed by Daniel McCabe and Paul Stekler.
Daniel McCabe and Paul Stekler's film paints a complex portrait of the late four-time governor of Alabama, whose virulent segregationist stance ironically helped force civil rights to the forefront of American politics.
Video/C 7056

Into the Arms of Strangers
Written and directed by Mark Jonathan Harris.
Mark Jonathan Harris's film interviews Holocaust survivors rescued by the Kindertransport, a pre-World War II operation in which 10,000 Jewish children from German-held lands were sent to foster homes and hostels in Great Britain.
DVD 1042

Merchants of Cool
Director, Neil Docherty.
This Frontline documentary exposes the tactics used by corporate media giants to package "cool" and sell it to America's lucrative teenage market.
Video/C 8130

Napoleon
Writer, Director, David Grubin.
David Grubin's absorbing biography of France's 18th century soldier-cum-emperor provides an entertaining and instructive reminder of the ephemeral nature of power and empires.
DVD 1127

The Old Man and the Sea
Directed by Alexander Petrov
Alexander Petrov's elegant adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's classic is a masterwork of hand-painted animation.
Video/C 999:3257

One Day in September
Director, Kevin MacDonald.
Presents the shocking true story of the brutal massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by a team of extreme Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.
DVD 1040

Return of Navajo Boy
Director, Jeff Spitz.
When filmmaker Jeff Spitz returns a 1950's silent film to a Navajo family, he triggers their search for identity.
Video/C 8913

School: The Story of American Public Education.
Director, Sarah Mondale. Distributor: Films for the Humanities and Sciences.
Sarah Mondale's history of American education intertwines personal rememberances, archival footage, and expert interviews to explore school's impact on individuals and society.
Video/C 8328- 8331

Sound and Fury
Director, Josh Aronson.
Josh Aronson's documentary about deaf culture follows the divisive story of two brother's families, one for and the other against a new cochlear implant treatment that would restore partial hearing to their children.
Video/C 7541

Strange Invaders
Distributor: National Film Board of Canada
Parenthood meets science fiction in Cordell Barker's whimsical animated short about a couple whose dream turns into a nightmare when a "child" invades their home.

2001

42 Up
Producer/director Michael Apted.
Filmmaker Michael Apted revisits 11 of the 14 Britons he's interviewed every seven years since 1964 when they were children in this remarkable sociological project.
Video/C 7378

American Movie: The Making of Northwestern
Director Chris Smith.
Chris Smith's portrait of filmmaker Mark Borchardt's attempts to make a movie offers a humorous, insightful and oddly moving behind-the-scenes look at fringe independent filmmaking.
DVD 288

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
Producer, writer, director Michael Paxton.
In this Oscar-nominated feature-length biopic, Michael Paxton presents an altogether fascinating portrait of the controversial philosopher/novelist.
DVD 630

The Brandon Teena Story.
Producers, directors, editors Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir
The life and tragic murder of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, illustrates one community's response to issues of gender and identity. <
Video/C 6125

Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment.
Director Peter Wintonick. Producer Adam Symansky.
Filmmaker Peter Wintonick explores the influential cinema verite film movement of the 50's and 60's through interviews with masters of the genre and clips from key films.
Video/C 7004

Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians.
Writer, producer, director Anne Makepeace.
Anne Makepeace's moving biography of Edward S. Curtis, the pioneer photographer of American Indians, also visits descendants of Curtis's subjects who today use his images to revive the past.
DVD 3194; vhs 7339

Jeni LeGon: Living in a Great Big Way.
Director Grant Greschuk.
Grant Greschuk's luminous biography travels from Chicago to Hollywood, London, and Vancouver, as African-American dancer Jeni LeGon, students, friends, and historians review her extraordinary life and career in a segregated society.
Video/C 7464

The Legacy: Murder and Media Politics and Prison.
Writer, producer, director Michael J. Moore.
Michael J. Moore's thought-provoking film traces the genesis of California's "three strikes" law, and examines the haunting "legacy" of an expensive system heavily populated by non-violent offenders.
Video/C 6370

On Our Own Terms (Moyers on Dying)
Producer/director Gail Pellett.
Bill Moyers explores the agonizing decisions made by terminally ill patients and their families in this informative and touching four-part series.
Video/C 8422-8423

One Day Longer: Story of the Frontier Strike.
Producer/director Amie S. Williams. Distributor: CineVegas
For seven years Las Vegas hospitality workers fought their for jobs, wages, and benefits at the Frontier Hotel, in the longest strike in labor history.
Video/C 7867

Rabbit in the Moon.
Producers Emiko Omori and Chizuko Omori.
Filmmaker Emiko Omori's memoir examines the effects of World War II internment on Japanese-Americans, focusing upon the lasting divisions within their minority community. Distributor: Transit Media.
Video/C 6310

Sing Faster: The Stagehand's Ring Cycle.
Producer/director/writer, Jon Else.
The feats and follies of the San Francisco Opera Company's technical crew are profiled in this funny, irreverent, behind-the-scenes view of Wagner's 17-hour Ring Cycle.
DVD 2776; vhs 5925

Stranger with a Camera.
Producer/director Elizabeth Barret.
Elizabeth Barret revisits the murder of Canadian filmmaker Hugh O'Connor in poverty-stricken Jeremiah, Kentucky, circa 1967, while also questioning the media's ethics in publicly shaming a poor community.
Video/C 7192

Walking with Dinosaurs.
Producer Jasper James.
Jurassic Park meets National Geographic in this realistic, animated view of 155 million years of dinosaur history. The DVD version shows how animators and paleontologists worked together to answer scientific questions.

Well-Founded Fear.
A film by Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini.
Told from the perspective of political asylum applicants and asylum officers, this real-life drama examines the utterly human mix of humanity, bureaucracy and serendipity in deciding the course of people's lives.
DVD 7564; vhs Video/C 7297

2000

An American Love Story. 5 parts (10 programs)
Producer and Director, Jennifer Fox.
In a film as complex and unpredictable as the family it chronicles, Jennifer Fox brings viewers into the lives of a multi-racial couple and their daughters.
Video/C 6503

Dear Jesse
A film by Tim Kirkman.
Tim Kirkman's video letter to North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms uses their parallel lives to explore homophobia, racial discrimination, and self-affirmation.
Video/C 7185

The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison
Producers and Directors, Jonathan Stack and Liz Garbus.
This Oscar-nominated documentary offers a disturbing portrait of five inmates condemned to life sentences inside Louisiana's maximum security prison.
Video/C 6147

The Farmer's Wife
Producer and Director, David Sutherland. Co-producer, Nancy Sutherland.
David Sutherland's beautifully filmed Frontline documentary presents a deeply involving look at the tribulations and triumphs of a struggling Nebraska farm family.
Video/C 6115

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control
Producer and Director, Errol Morris.
Errol Morris creates a thought-provoking exploration of four eccentric individuals and how they make sense of their world.
Video/C 6107

Forgotten Fire
Director, Michael Chandler.
Michael Chandler's documentary probes church burnings in a small South Carolina town, revealing the complex historical and social dimensions of racial violence.
Video/C 7456

Future Remembrance: Photography and Image Arts in Ghana.
A film by Tobias Wendl and Nancy du Plessis.
In this entertaining exploration of photography and image making, viewers gain insight into the role of art in everyday life.

I'll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Art
6 parts. Directors, Sam Pollard and Tracy Heather Strain.
This historical survey of artists, musicians, dancers and authors chronicles the evolution of African American culture and consciousness in American arts.
Video/C 6262- 6267

Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony
2 parts. A film by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes.
Ken Burns and Paul Barnes eloquently tell the story of pioneer feminists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony against the backdrop of the early women's movement and the struggle for women's suffrage.
Video/C 6600-6601

Pop.
Producer and Director, Joel Meyerowitz.
Celebrated photographer Joel Meyerowitz's "home video" takes viewers on a compassionate and often humorous road trip with his father, who suffers from Alzheimer's.

When the Day Breaks.
Direction, Animation, and Lyrics, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis Producer, David Verrall.
In 9 ˝ minutes, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis offer an animated meditation on chance, death, and life.

1999

The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords.
Produced by Half Nelson Productions. Director, Stanley Nelson. Distributed by California Newsreel. This moving documentary masterfully traces the birth, evolution and impact of African American journalism since Reconstruction.
Video/C 5445

Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien
Director, Jessica Yu.
Poet/journalist Mark O'Brien offers profound reflections on life from inside an iron lung.
Video/C 4841

Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary
Director, Laura Angelica Simon.
Filmmaker/teacher Laura Angelica Simon explores the conflict surrounding the public education of illegal immigrants.
DVD 9929 [preservation copy]; vhs 5246

Henry: One Man's Way
Director, John Swindells.
This tribute to animal rights activist Henry Spira demonstrates the power of one person to effect social and political change.

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Director, Ken Burns.
A beautifully realized account of the Lewis & Clark expedition that expands our knowledge of both American history and the American spirit.
Video/C 5996

A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde
Produced and directed by Ada Gray Griffin and Michelle Parkerson.
This rich social and personal history explores the life of black feminist poet Audre Lorde.
Video/C 5667

Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End
Director, Monte Bramer.
This inspiring film chronicles gay activist and writer Paul Monette's choice to live life to its fullest in the age of AIDS.
Video/C 6042

Silence.
Director, Orly Yadin. Distributed by Filmaker's Library.
In a unique blend of animation and archival footage, a Holocaust survivor finally tells her story.

Stomp Out Loud.
Directors, Luke Crasswell and Steve McNicholas.
A stunning musical odyssey that rolls through the Manhattan cityscape, transforming everyday life into percussive poetry.
DVD 686; vhs Video/C 9378

You Don't Know Dick.
Director, Candace Schermerhorn.
These interviews with six female-to-male transsexuals reveal lives notable for their profound emotional complexity and bravery.
Video/C 5085


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