Film and Video Awards:
Peabody Awards
(in the Media Resources Center)

Peabody Awards

Peabody Awards

First presented in 1941, the George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious service by broadcasters, cable and Webcasters, producing organizations, and individuals. The awards program is administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Selection is made each spring by the Peabody Board, a 16-member panel of distinguished academics, television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts.

Note: The following lists only includes titles held in the Media Resources Center. For a complete listing of the Peabody Awards by year see:


Great Performances: Macbeth (PBS)
Director Rupert Goold takes Shakespeare's bloody tragedy on location to the countryside and the trenches to riveting effect.
DVD X5095

The Pacific (HBO)
The Pacific theater of World War II proves to be gripping theater indeed in this richly detailed miniseries.
DVD X5043

Sherlock: A Study in Pink (PBS)
The venerable Victorian sleuth is audaciously updated for our high-tech times, and the game is afoot all the quicker.
DVD X5047

Burma VJ (HBO)
The documentary chronicles the heroic ingenuity of underground video journalists (VJs) who captured the 2007 Burmese human-rights protests and the brutal government
DVD X3845

Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian (PBS)
A Cree filmmaker takes an affectionate but nonetheless pointed look at how movies have portrayed and misrepresented Native Americans over many decades.
DVD X2974

My Lai (PBS)
The worst atrocity in American military history is given new meaning and significance in the documentary enriched by fresh interviews and never-before-heard audio made by the original Pentagon investigators.
DVD X3889

Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia (PBS)
Director Martin Scorcese reflects on the nature of art's influence on artists and how the brilliant but controversial Kazan continues to inspire him.
DVD X5364

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (PBS)
A fascinating true-life political thriller, Ellsberg's remembrance of his historic actions is made even more compelling by the inventive presentation.
DVD X2484

Temple Grandin (HBO)
Claire Danes is remarkable as the autistic animal-expert and author, and the biography is further enriched by visual creativity that lets viewer occasional glimpse the world as Grandin experiences it.
DVD X5277

The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today (WILL-TV)
A beautifully researched documentary by a Champaign, Illinois, station, it examines a First Amendment case critical to the establishment of separation of church and state in public schools
DVD X5307

The Wounded Platoon (PBS)
The documentary is a dark, troubling tale of a military health system overwhelmed by psychiatric casualties and of one platoon's post-traumatic nightmare.
DVD X4859


Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times Peter Jones Productions
Director: Peter Jones.
Tells the story of the Los Angeles Times and the city's most powerful family. For four generations, the Chandlers wielded unique influence through their newspaper. The film employs unprecedented access to the family and the Times' archives which span the century that Harrison Gray Otis, Harry Chandler, Norman Chandler, and Otis Chandler stood at the helm of the newspaper and at the center of the city's economic, social and cultural growth. A character-driven film, it traces the ruthless, ingenious and often self-serving methods by which four publishers used the newspaper to turn a tiny town into a world metropolis.
DVD X2348

The Madoff Affair (Frontline)
Written and produced by Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith; co-producer, Chris Durrance.
Presents an account of the crimes of Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff. On Dec. 11, 2008, Madoff confessed that his vaunted investment business was all "one big lie," a Ponzi scheme colossal in volume and scope that cost investors $65 billion. Overnight, Madoff became the new poster child for Wall Street gall, greed and corruption.
DVD X2098

The Order of Myths
Director: 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.
DVD X356

Jerome Robbins - Something to Dance About (American Masters)
Director: Judy Kinberg
Examines the life of the controversial master of the Broadway musical and ballet choreographer Jerome Robbins. Features excerpts from Robbins' work, including never-before-seen rehearsal footage, and interviews with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Laurents, Peter Martins, Frank Rich, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harrick, Joseph Stein, and others.
DVD X1302


John Adams
Director: Tom Hooper.
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Danny Huston, John Bedford Lloyd, Justin Theroux, Ritchie Coster, Guy Henry, Stephen Dillane, David Morse, Zeljko Ivanek, John Dossett, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Judith Magre, Steven Hinkle, Madeline Taylor, Neal Huff, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Hollander, Sarah Polley, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Rufus Sewell, Samuel Barnett, Andrew Scott. While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers --General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson --in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history. Based on the book written by David McCullough.
DVD X1696

Terra Incognita: Mapping Stem Cell Research
Director: Maria Finitzo.
Neither scientific facts nor ethical complexity nor emotional drama was sacrificed in this documentary about a neurologist who took up stem-cell research after his beloved daughter suffered a spinal injury.
DVD 8707

King Corn
Directors: Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis, Ian Cheney
Mosaic Films, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Starting off like a post-grad goof -- two college buddies plant one acre of corn and follow it to market -- the documentary ended up raising questions about everything from crop subsidies to animal cruelty to our obesity epidemic: What's in YOUR gullet?
DVD 9238

Campaign (Senkyo)
Director: Soda Kazuhiro
Soda Kazuhiro's revealing, sometimes painfully funny documentary observed the ragged political campaign of a naif handpicked and backed by Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
DVD 9249

Nanjing (Nanking)
Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Human decency rises to confront human atrocity in this powerful, newly documented remembrance of a small group of Westerners who saved thousands of Chinese during the 1937 "rape of Nanking" by Japanese invaders.
DVD 9884

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Art 21 -- Art in the Twenty-First Century
Created and produced by Susan Sollins, Susan Dowling; directors, Catherine Tatge, Deborah Shaffer.
For most of us, "art" is what appears on walls, in sculpture gardens, on film or video or in installations. But for the artists themselves, art begins long before these artifacts take final form. For them, art is a process that involves observation, description, analysis, and synthesis. Art is about making ideas, concepts and visions into something tangible or visible, something to be experienced. "Art 21 -- Art in the Twenty-First Century" captures the exciting creative processes that precede the making. In segments dealing with "romance" or "protest," for example, we watch as artists describe their own thinking, their approaches to understanding those words. We see how thoughts are given form and marvel as materials are manipulated and modified. We watch works of art emerge. And we learn that common words can -- and should -- inspire works that trouble meaning and conventional wisdom. For making "art" more knowable and familiar, yet more individualized, more distinctive, and more personal, "Art 21 -- Art in the Twenty-First Century" receives a Peabody Award.
DVD 2811 (Season one) DVD 2811 (Season two)

Cheney's Law
Written, produced and directed: Michael Kirk
For three decades, Vice President Dick Cheney has waged a secretive and often bitter battle to expand the power of the presidency. Now in a direct confrontation with Congress, as the administration asserts executive privilege to head off investigations into domestic wiretapping and the firing of U.S. attorneys, Frontline meticulously traces the behind-closed-doors battle within the administration over the power of the presidency and the rule of law.
DVD 9085

Planet Earth
Written, produced and directed: Michael Kirk
Eleven-part nature series. 40 camera teams were shooting at over 200 different locations all over the world for more than 5 years to get the pictures seen in the series. Each segment is followed by a sequence investigating the techniques and challenges of wildlife photography within that segment.
DVD 7435

Sisters In Law
Directed by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi.
A documentary record of a courtroom in Kumba, Cameroon, where a female prosecutor and judge work to put an end to their community's tacit acceptance of child abuse, wife beating and rape. With fierce compassion, the tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure.
DVD 5460

Taxi to the Dark Side
Directed by Alex Gibney
An investigation into the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities, and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process. Takes an in-depth look at the case of Afghan taxi driver Dilawar, who was suddenly detained by the U.S. military one afternoon and died in his Bagram prison cell five days later. This gripping probe into reckless abuses of government power demonstrates how one man's life and death symbolizes the erosion of our civil rights.
DVD X373

Other Winners (See TV videography of holdings)
30 Rock
Mad Men


Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film
Directed by Ric Burns
Andy Warhol and his entourage redefined painting, sculpture, film, music and celebrity at his Factory workspace-playroom. Through on-camera interviews and still and motion picture footage this extensive documentary expores the entire length of Andy Warhol's career in art from the 1940's until his death in 1987.
DVD 6510

Baghdad ER
Directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
An unforgettable look at the 86th Combat Support Hospital, which is the premier U.S. Army medical facility in Iraq. Watch as doctors and nurses fight to save lives of wounded soldiers on a frighteningly routine basis.
DVD 6203

Elizabeth I
Directed by Tom Hooper
A television mini-series exploring the intersection of the private and public life of Elizabeth I in the latter half of her reign, offering a personal look at her allies, her enemies, and her suitors as she struggles to survive in a male-dominated world. Cast: Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Dancy, Ian McDiarmid, Patrick Malahide, Toby Jones.
DVD 6080

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.
DVD 6725

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

Other Winners (See TV videography of holdings)
The Boondocks
The Office


Bob Dylan: No Direction Home
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

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
Directed by Shola Lynch
Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm campaigned to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in 1972. From the announcement of her candidacy in January to the Democratic National Convention in Miami that July, Chisholm's fight for inclusion encompassed all Americans "who agree that the institutions of this country belong to all of the people who inhabit it." Shunned by the political establishment, Chisholm asks people of color, feminists and young voters for their support to "reshape our society and take control of our destiny ..." To the surprise of many, voters responded.
DVD 3669

Two Days in October
Directed by Robert Kenner
Examines the critical events that took place in the fall of 1967, from the ambush of an American battalion by the Viet Cong that led to skepticism of whether the Vietnamese conflict was winnable, to the first violent anti-war demonstration on a campus in Wisconsin.
DVD 4654

Other Winners (See TV videography of holdings)
Battlestar Galactica
South Park
The Wire


Directed by Carles Bosch, Josep M. Domenech
A gripping look at the daring escapes of seven Cubans and their families on homemade rafts in 1994 and their depressing U.S. destinations. The film presents Cuba in a negative but wistful light, a light that seems all the brighter when the battered Cubans begin their new lives as Americans. The little these people had in Cuba is eventually pined over when they must begin anew with nothing in the United States.
Video/C 9875

Bus 174
Directed by Jose Padilha and Felipe Lacerda
Based on extensive research, stock footage, interviews and official documents, investigates the tragic series of events that followed a desperate bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro in 2000 that turned deadly when a SWAT team took evasive action against a drug-addled hijacker.
DVD 4033

The N Word
Directed by Todd Larkins
Features commentary from celebrities, journalists, historians and everyday people regarding their personal history with and society's use of the N word ("nigger"). Explores the history and relevance of the word and the social status within and between the races.
DVD 6438

Other Winners (See TV videography of holdings)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2004
The Kumars at No. 42


Flag Wars
Directed by Linda Goode Bryant; codirected by Laura Poitras
Filmed over a 4 year period, "Flag Wars" is a poignant account of the politics and pain of gentrification. It explores the effects on a long-established working-class black neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio when gay white professionals move into and begin to transform the area. The clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own.
vhs Video/C 9863

The Murder of Emmett Till
Directed by Stanley Nelson
The shameful, sadistic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Till's killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder. Three months after Till's body was recovered, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began.
DVD 9526; vhs Video/C 9440

The Two Towns of Jasper
Directed by Whitney Dow and Marco Williams .
In 1998 in Jasper, Texas, James Byrd, Jr., a black man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death by three white men. The town was forever altered, and the nation woke up to the horror of a modern-day lynching. The filmmakers set out to document the aftermath of the murder by following the trials of the local men charged with the crime. The result is an explicit and troubling portrait of race in America, one that asks how and why a crime like this could have occurred.
vhs Video/C 9470

War Photographer
Directed by Christian Frei
Photojournalist James Nachtwey has been very close to the subjects he photographs for over 20 years -- a time period in which he has not missed a single war. This documentary follows James as he goes from Kosovo to the West Bank to Indonesia in search of pictures he can publish. This committed, shy man, is considered one of the bravest and most important war photographers of our time.
DVD 2224

Other Winners (See TV videography of holdings)
The Office
The Wire


Directed by Jules Naudet, Gedeon Naudet, James Hanlon
On the morning of September 11, 2001, brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet were working on a documentary about a rookie New York City firefighter. Hearing a roar in the sky, Jules turned his camera upward - just in time to film the only existing image of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center Tower 1. With cameras rolling, the Naudets follow NYC firefighters into the heart of what would be known as Ground Zero. A striking tribute to real-life heroes who rose to extraordinary acts of courage and compassion.
DVD 1320

Stage on Screen: Beckett on Film
See Literature videography for description

Bringing Down a Dictator
Directed by Steve York
In 2000, Slobodan Milosevic fought to hold power in Yugoslavia. His opponents were led by a student movement called Otpor! (Serbian for "resistance"), who attacked the regime with ridicule, rock music, and a willingness to be arrested. Their courage and audacity inspired others to overcome their fear and join the fight, leading to Milosevic's fall from power, arrest, and extradition to the Hague to stand trial for crimes against humanity.
vhs Video/C 9705

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Directed by Richard Wormser
In 2000, Slobodan Milosevic fought to hold power in Yugoslavia. His opponents were led by a student movement called Otpor! (Serbian for "resistance"), who attacked the regime with ridicule, rock music, and a willingness to be arrested. Their courage and audacity inspired others to overcome their fear and join the fight, leading to Milosevic's fall from power, arrest, and extradition to the Hague to stand trial for crimes against humanity.
DVD 3048

Other Winners (See TV videography of holdings)
Six Feet Under
The Wire


A Huey P. Newton Story
Directed by Spike Lee
Actor and writer Roger Guenveur Smith presents a solo perfomance of Huey P. Newton's life in a stream-of-consciousness monologue inspired by the writings and interviews of Newton, the late co-founder of the Black Panther Party. Director Spike Lee complements Smith's performance with an imaginative mixture of multiple camera angles and documentary footage. Based on the taped performance before a live audience in New York City, the film also features an award-winning score by Marc Anthony Thompson and guest solos by Branford Marsalis.
DVD 5791; vhs Video/C 9568

America: A Tribute to Heroes
Executive producer, Joel Gallen.
A 2 hour telethon, which aired on all the major TV networks where celebrities and entertainers raised money for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.
vhs Video/C 8523

Ann Frank
Directed by Robert Dornhelm
A dramatization that paints the true portrait of Anne Frank both before and after she went into hiding. Get to know the high-spirited and popular girl before the war, and experience the challenges of the brave people who risked their lives trying to keep her safe. This film also explores the enduring mystery of who betrayed the Frank family and reveals what happened next.
DVD 922

Band of Brothers
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson, Richard Loncraine, Mikael Salomon, David Nutter, Tom Hanks, David Leland, Tony To, David Frankel
Tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers' journals and letters, this television drama tells of the extraordinary bravery and fear faced by the soldiers in this elite rifle company who parachuted into France early on D-Day morning, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and captured Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. They were also a unit that suffered 150% casualties, and whose lives became legend.
DVD 1421

Directed by Frank Pierson
On January 20, 1942, 15 German officials attended a conference at Wannsee - on the outskirts of Berlin. The meeting is comprised of mid-ranking SS commanders and a variety of government ministers. The meeting was organized by SS Major Adolf Eichmann under the direction of Chief of Security Reinhard Heydrich. It was a polite conference, but under this thin veneer of manners lay an evil intent. By the end of the meeting, the fate of six million lives would be decided and the shape of the world would be altered forever.
DVD 1378

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
Directed by Aviva Kempner
Warm, nostalgic and wry, this film tells the story of Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish baseball star. Handsome, and humble, he transcended religious prejudice to become one of major league baseball's great sluggers -- a hero to sports fans and an icon for a generation of U.S. Jews.
DVD 7150

My Father's Camera
Directed by Karen Shopsowitz
Looks at home movies and their unique place in popular culture. Director Karen Shopsowitz traces the history of home movies from the 1920s to the amateur explosion of the '30s and '40s and beyond. She interviews members of the Toronto Film Club, a Japanese-American archivist who sees home movies as an expression of cultural diversity and a collector who hosts popular Webcasts that highlight new acquisitions.
vhs Video/C 9351

Winter Dreams, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Directed by DeWitt Sage
Readings by Campbell Scott, Laura Linney, Amy Irving, William Sadler. Presents a portrait of the author F. Scott Fitzgerald, focusing on his life and work, his tortured marital relationship and his troubled friendships with fellow colleagues such as Ernest Hemingway.
DVD 2530

Directed by Mike Nichols
An English professor, who alienates her students, has always had control over her life. That is until she is diagnosed with a devasting illness. She agrees to undergo a series of procedures that are brutal, extensive and experimental. No longer a teacher, but a subject for others to study, she discovers that the fine line between life and death can only be walked with wit.
DVD 836


1900 House: An Extraordinary Living Experiment
Directed by Jonathan Barker, Caroline Ross-Pirie
Just how good were the good old days? Travel back in time with the Bowler family, smitten by the idea of experiencing the Victorian lifestyle right down to corsets, chamber pots and cutthroat razors, as they turn back the calendar to spring of 1900. Their eye-opening experiences of the grueling demands of a bygone era help them to understand another era with an exceptional clarity and a unique perspective.
vhs Video/C 7174

Cry Freetown
Directed by Sorious Samura
Award-winning cameraman Sorious Samura returns to Sierra Leone to expose the horror of his country's civil war. In January 1999, the rebel forces attacked Freetown, the capital, killing thousands of civilians. Despite journalists being threatened with death, Samura filmed on the streets of the city throughout capturing extraordinary and disturbing footage of innocent victims of a civil war largely ignored by the West.
vhs Video/C 8327

King Gimp
Directed by William A. Whiteford
An Academy Award winning documentary that chronicles the life of Dan Keplinger who has cerebral palsy, from his childhood through his early twenties.
vhs Video/C 7283

Directed by David Grubin
For nearly two decades Napoleon strode the world stage like a colossus -- loved and despised, venerated and feared. From his birth on the rugged island of Corsica to his final exile on the island of St. Helena, this documentary bears witness to a man riddled with contradictions that are the essence of his glory and his undoing.
DVD 1127

Regret to Inform
Directed by Barbara Sonneborn
In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn took a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband died. She and translator (and fellow war widow) Xuan Ngoc Nguyen explore the meaning of war and loss on a human level. The film weaves interviews with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the legacy of war.
DVD 5428; vhs Video/C 6746

Other Winners (See TV videography of holdings)
The Sopranos
The West Wing


Arguing the World
Directed by Joseph Dorman
Traces the lives of four of the 20th century's leading thinkers, Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, Irving Howe and Irving Kristol. They have been disagreeing with a vengeance since they studied together at New York City College in the 1930s. This film traces their early idealistic days, their controversial role in the McCarthy era, their battle with the New Left in the sixties, and their vastly differing political views today.
vhs Video/C 5541

I'll Make Me a World
Executive producer, Henry Hampton
An exuberant and inspiring look at a century of African-American arts
vhs Video/C 6263-6267

The Life of Birds
Host: David Attenborough
Six-part series exploring the intriguing world of the plant kingdom.
vhs Video/C 9118-9122

The Mississippi: River of Song
Paul Johnson and Mitsuo Kojima, executive producers
An extremely novel approach to the radio presentation of song, this expansive radio series--as expansive as the Mississippi River itself--captures the spirit and soul of American music along the great river.
vhs Video/C 6250-6253

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Directed by Ken Burns and Paul Barnes
Presents the history of women's suffrage through the dramatic, often turbulent friendship between Elizabeth Stanton and Susan Anthony who were born into a world ruled entirely by men. By the time their lives were over, they had changed for the better the lives of a majority of American citizens.
vhs Video/C 6600-6601

Other Winners (See TV videography of holdings)
The Sopranos
The West Wing


Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery
Executive producer, Orlando Bagwell
A four part series portraying the struggles of the African people in America, from the 1600s to the last days before the Civil War.
DVD 814-815; vhs Video/C 5838-5841

Alexander Calder
Directed by Roger Sherman
A biography of Internationally acclaimed sculptor, Alexander Calder, who invented an art form, the mobile, which incorporates motion into sculpture. Having created over 16,000 works of art, ranging from tiny mobiles that would fit in a matchbox to soaring monuments over seven stories high, Calder ranks as one of the twentieth century's most important artists.
DVD 4436; vhs Video/C 6327

America 1900
Directed by David Grubin
A 4 part series examining the turn of the century pivotal year: 1900.
vhs Video/C 5810-5811

Cold War
Executive producer, Jeremy Isaacs; Series producer, Martin Smith
A biography of Internationally acclaimed sculptor, Alexander Calder, who invented an art form, the mobile, which incorporates motion into sculpture. Having created over 16,000 works of art, ranging from tiny mobiles that would fit in a matchbox to soaring monuments over seven stories high, Calder ranks as one of the twentieth century's most important artists.
vhs Video/C 5735-5742

Frank Lloyd Wright
Directed by Ken Burns
A two part documentary portrait of the life and work of architecture giant Frank Lloyd Wright, a brilliant, arrogant figure unbowed by scandal and personal tragedy. Part 2 continues to review his turbulent personal life and the advance of his career. Examines Wright's architectural creations of Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, Taliesin West in Arizona and the controversial design of the Guggenheim Museum.
DVD 8826; vhs Video/C 5728-5729

Riding the Rails
Directed by Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell
The Depression forced some four million Americans onto the tracks in search of work, food and lodging. Of these "tramps," more than 250,000 were children. Seamlessly interweaving archival footage, personal photos and interviews, this film relates the experiences and sometimes painful recollections of these now elderly survivors of the rails.
DVD X3316; vhs Video/C MM826

Other Winners (See TV videography of holdings)
Ally McBeal


Blue Note, A Story of Modern Jazz
Directed by Julian Benedikt
The story of Blue Note Records, the jazz record company founded in 1939 by German refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. The history of the company has been intimately linked with the evolution of jazz music and the development of jazz musicians. Includes many recordings of live performances by Blue Note artists as well as interviews of staff, performers and critics. Illustrated with photos by Francis Wolff.
vhs Video/C 5277

The Castro (Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco)
Directed by Peter L. Stein
Chronicles the history of the Castro district from a working class neighborhood to the center of gay and lesbian life in San Francisco.
DVD 9561 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5004

A Healthy Baby Girl
Directed by Judith Helfand
Presents the filmmaker's experience of coping with her own hysterectomy at twenty five for cancer caused by her mother's use of D.E.S., a synthetic hormone administered to prevent miscarriage.
vhs Video/C 5015

In the Land of the Deaf
Directed by Nicolas Philibert
This documentary explores deaf life and culture in France, and the growing controversy involving "curing" deafness. Includes portraits of a charismatic sign language teacher, a woman treated as mentally ill because her hearing problem was misdiagnosed, a young man who remembers the first horrifying experience of hearing with an aid, and a newlywed deaf couple trying to communicate with a real estate agent.
vhs Video/C 4866

Liberty! The American Revolution
Directed by Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
What does it mean to be an "American?" In a country of immigrants, ill-defined by race or ethnicity, political beliefs and principles are our common thread. No single era of American history has more to do with shaping those beliefs than does the revolutionary period. What the American revolution created, and how it continues to influence a nation now heading into the 21st century, are the subjects of "LIBERTY!" Spanning 1763 to 1789, this six-part dramatic documentary chronicles the impressive, often conflicted story of how 13 diverse colonies became a nation, bound by faith in a new kind of government.
vhs Video/C 5411-5413

The Nazis, A Warning From History
Written and produced by Laurence Rees
Six-part indepth exploration of the rise and fall of the Nazi regime.
DVD 4173

The People's Century
See 20th Century Overviews for descriptions

The Presidents Series
See US Politics & Government videography for descriptions

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Directed by Jeanne Jordan & Steven Ascher
A documentary of the struggle of the Jordan family in Iowa as they attempt to fight off foreclosure of their farm, land that has been in their family for 125 years.
DVD X2653; vhs Video/C 5197


The Celluloid Closet
Directed by Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein
Assembles footage from over 120 films showing the changing face of cinema homosexuality from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist cinema of the 1990s. Many actors, writers and commentators provide anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians on the silver screen.
DVD 706; vhs Video/C 4717

Gate of Heavenly Peace
Directed by Richard Gordon, Carma Hinton
Discusses Tiananmen Square incident, June 4, 1989. Includes still photographs, eyewitness accounts, interviews, and newsreels.
vhs Video/C 4192

The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
Directed by Richard Gordon, Carma Hinton
The war to end all wars - - the war to make the world safe for democracy - - "The Great War," as its contemporaries knew it, began when Europe erupted in flames in August 1914. By its end in November 1918, millions were dead, and the world was forever changed. "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century" relies on a wealth of original and vintage film, rare photos, letters, and diaries, to create a haunting, stunning, and absorbing series.
vhs Video/C 5256-5259

The Journey of the African-American Athlete
African-American athletes today are much-loved heroes in American sports, but this has not always been true. In the past, many black athletes faced crushing racial discrimination, were rejected by their fellow competitors and fans, and had to wage a lifetime struggle to achieve equality on the playing field. Captured here are some of the Afro-American greats who led the way.
vhs Video/C 5430

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hillsat
Directed by Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Examines the brutal slayings of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, and the investigation, arrest and trial of the three teenagers (the West Memphis Three) whose only crime seems to have been that they dressed in black, listened to heavy metal music, and were fascinated with the Wicca religion.
DVD 5124

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NYPD Blue: Raging Bulls
Law & Order
The Simpsons
The X-Files


Coming Out Under Fire
Directed by Arthur Dong
Gay men and lesbians who served in the United States military service during World War II discuss their experiences with the response of the military establishment towards their sexual orientation.
DVD 4423; vhs Video/C 3447

Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter.
Directed by Deborah Hoffmann.
Chronicles the various stages of a mother's Alzheimer's disease and the evolution of a daughter's response to the illness. The desire to cure the incurable--to set right her mother's confusion and forgetfulness, to temper her mother's obsessiveness--gives way to an acceptance which is finally liberating for both daughter and mother. c1994. 45 min.
DVD X5393; Video/C 3976

Hoop Dreams
Directed by Steve James
This documentary follows the two inner-city basketball phenoms' Arthur Agee and William Gates through high school as they chase their dreams of playing in the NBA.
DVD 3802; vhs Video/C MM505

Road Scholar
Directed by Roger Weisberg
Satirical poet, Andrei Codrescu takes a six week, 4,500 mile odyssey across America in a cherry-red '68 Cadillac convertible. From the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate he makes impromptu detours along the way in search of a nation's heart and soul, meeting an unforgettable assortment of Americans from across the country. Andrei's odyssey is a delightful, ironic and vividly drawn portrait of America in all of its confounding diversity.
vhs Video/C 4329

The Piano Lesson
Directed by Lloyd Richards
In this story of an Afro-American family caught between their heritage and a dream for the future, the Charles family clashes over the fate of a magnificent, carved piano that carries their family's story from their days as slaves. Boy Willie wants to sell the piano to buy a farm--the same fields their family worked as slaves. But his sister, Berniece, refuses to part with it. For her, the piano is their very soul, a legacy of pride and struggle that symbolizes their survival as a family. To resolve the conflict they must first deal with the past.
vhs Video/C 999:2051

The Private Life of Plants
Host: David Attenborough; producer, Mike Salisbury
They smell heavenly, have multiple sex partners, and reproduce in the thousands. We can't live without them and yet if we get too close, they can draw blood. What are they? Plants. British naturalist David Attenborough explores the secrets of plant life throughout the world in this intriguing and fast-paced six-hour documentary series.
vhs Video/C 9791-9795

Rock & Roll
This ten-hour series for public television traces the history of rock from its renegade beginnings to its technology-driven present. See Music videography for description

Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation
Directed by Laura Silber & Allan Little,
This definitive record of the events associated with the collapse of Yugoslavia brings into focus the divergence of warring factions and the hostility among leaders on all sides.
vhs Video/C 7401-7403

Waco, The Inside Story
Directed by Michael Kirk
Chronicles the siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in 1993, and the hostile interplay of FBI tactics teams and hostage negotiators.
vhs Video/C 4850


China, Beyond the Clouds
Directed by Phil Agland
Filmmaker Phil Agland reveals the everyday drama and passion of contemporary China, a country "steeped in tradition and wracked by change," by focusing on life in one small town. Interwoven throughout the four segments of this documentary are the stories of a gang fight, in which one boy is killed, and the subsequent police investigation; a hill country teacher who leaves his charges temporarily in the care of a substitute while he takes a course to improve his skills; and the work of Dr. Tang who practices acupuncture and treats people with problems such as rheumatism and migraines as well as cerebral palsy. The blind masseuse treats the grannies' ailments and confides that she is in live with a blind pen pal. Although the focus is on the situation of children and youth in a changing world, the film does not ignore other elements of the community--the elderly, the entrepreneurs, the leaders of the "Street Committee," etc.--or the history and physical splendour surrounding this small town in China.
vhs Video/C 3899

Fat Chance
Directed by Jeff McKay
Rick Zakowich is fat. Many would call him obese. Now at 40 he feels he's come to that stage in his life where it's do or die. Nothing has ever worked before; and after 30 years of trying and failing, he wants to give it one more chance. He feels confident; he's got the support of his family and friends, but more importantly he believes in himself. This is the story of Rick's journey toward a new sense of self. Caught in a world where looks are everything, Rick aspires to thinness, but ultimately begins to question the real values of this world promulgated by media, fashion and diet-mania.
vhs Video/C MM65

Directed by David Grubin
Franklin Delano Roosevelt led America through the two greatest crises of this century, the Great Depression and World War II. Part one is based on Before the trumpet, by Geoffrey C. Ward. It covers Roosevelt's early years and early political successes. Part two is based on Geoffrey C. Ward's A first class temperament. It begins with Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 39 and ends with his election to the presidency. Also details Eleanor's rise in public life. Part three explores FDR's response to the Great Depression. Part four is based on No ordinary time : Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt : the home front in WWII, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It portrays FDR's leadership of the American people in the face of war until his death.
DVD 969; vhs Video/C 3885

Malcolm X: Make It Plain
Directed by Orlando Bagwell
This definitive biography weaves together interviews, archival footage, photographs, and an original score to portray the fascinating intellectual journey of Malcolm X, a complex man whose ideas still generate controversy today.
DVD 6533; vhs Video/C 3218

Tales of the City (American Playhouse)
Directed by Alastair Reid
Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Laura Linney, Marcus D'Amico, William Campbell, Thomas Gibson, Paul Gross, Barbara Garrick, Chloe Webb. In this chronicle of San Francisco in the 1970s, the carefree chaos revolves around the funky old apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane where landlady Anna Madrigal welcomes tenants by taping homegrown joints to their doors and presides over their lives with an almost maternal affection.

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I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School
Directed by Susan Raymond
Stanton is a Chapter One school which receives federal funding because of the poverty in this area. Principal Deanna Bernie does her best to give these children the same quality education that more fortunate children have. Includes disciplinary methods, experimental classes, and information about the home lives of some of the children in this inner city environment.
vhs Video/C 6998

Silverlake Life
Directed by Tom Joslin and Peter Friedman
An extraordinary video diary of living with AIDS. Told with guts and humor by longtime companions Tom Joslin and Mark Massi who both have AIDS, this powerful documentary celebrates the human spirit while capturing the emotional challenges of living with a fatal illness.
DVD 5426; vhs Video/C 3229

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Homicide: Life on the Street


Color Adjustment
Directed by Marlon Riggs
This study of prejudice and perception traces over forty years of race relations in America through the lens of prime time TV entertainment. Revisiting such popular hits as Amos and Andy, Beulah, The Nat King Cole Show, Julia, I Spy, Good Times and Roots, viewers see how bitter racial conflict was absorbed into the non-controversial formats of the prime time series.
DVD 3047; vhs Video/C 2145

The Donner Party (American Experience)
Directed by Ric Burns
Chronicles the tale of the pioneer group that set out for California in the spring of 1846 and ended in disaster in the snows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains the following winter.
vhs Video/C 2847

The Machine That Changed the World
Directed by Robert Hone
Since the dawn of recorded time, humankind has been inventing and then living with the consequences of technology. The current accommodation concerns "artificial intelligence," the development and implications of the computer revolution. This landmark five-hour documentary of the origin and current status of computing raises as many questions as it answers.
vhs Video/C 2452-2456

Surviving Columbus
Directed by Diane Reyna
Using stories from Pueblo elders, interviews with Pueblo scholars and leaders, archival photographs, and historical accounts, this program explores the Pueblo Indians' 450-year struggle to preserve their culture, land, and religion despite European contact.
vhs Video/C 3882

Threads of Hope
Directed by Andrew Johnson
This powerful documentary tells the story of a group of Chilean women who banded together in silent protest and dared to defy a dictatorship. They are the sisters, mothers and wives of Pinochet's 'disappeared' and, armed with scraps of cloth, sewing needles and the overwhelming desire to find their loved ones, they set to work telling their stories by creating arpilleras: colourful handmade tapestries that chronicled the horror and injustice of Chile's reign of terror.
vhs Video/C 8677

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Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads
See African American Studies for descriptions

Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo
Directed by Steven Okazaki
Documentary about artist Estelle Peck Ishigo, a Caucasian woman interned during World War II with her Japanese American husband at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyo. Vivid portrayal through her words and drawings and through photographs of the deprivations and humiliations of camp life, and the difficulties of readjustment at war's end.
vhs Video/C 2177

The Civil War
Directed by Ken Burns
A documentary series presenting the Civil War from the battlefields to the homefront, integrating original still photographs, narrated documents, and music derived from the period.
vhs Video/C 1810-1818

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The Sopranos
Saturday Night Live
Twin Peaks--Premier Episode


Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt
Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Friends and family tell the stories of five individuals whose lives are lovingly represented by panels in the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. David Mandell, Jr., an 11-year-old hemophiliac; Dr. Tom Waddell, Olympic athlete and organizer of the Gay Games; Robert Perryman, a former drug addict turned proud husband and father; Jeffrey Sevchik, the lover of film historian, author and gay activist Vito Russo; and David C. Campbell, a gay "everyman" whose story is told by his dying partner, Lt. Commander Tracey Torrey. The quilt, when displayed in Washington D.C. in October 1987, covered 14 acres, by 1996 it had grown to over 20 times that size.
DVD 2761; vhs Video/C 1774

Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Directed by Christine Choy
Documentary on racism in working-class America focuses on the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American, in a Detroit bar. Interweaves the murder with social concerns and questions about justice.
DVD 9435; vhs Video/C 1767

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Lonsome Dove
Sesame Street


Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam
Directed by Bill Couturie
A history of American involvement in the Vietnamese conflict told through letters of American service personnel and illustrated with contemporary news footage, home movies, and still photos.
vhs Video/C 1230

The Singing Detective
Directed by Jon Amiel
Cast: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, Janet Suzman. The hallucinations of a mystery writer stricken with a crippling skin disorder interweave memories of his past with a plot casting him in the role of a suave sleuth who croons with a big band.
DVD 1666; vhs Video/C 999:1750


American tongues
Directed by Andrew Kolker and Louis Alvarez.
Illustrates various dialects of the English language within the United States and various attitudes about regional, social, and ethnic differences in American speech.
DVD 7571; vhs Video/C 993

Corridos! Tales of Passion and Revolution
Directed by Luis Valdez
Examines the influence of Corridos, Mexican and Mexican American ballads, which celebrate popular heroes and folk tales and provide a sense of history and standards of public morality. Includes performances of Corridos in a program originally produced for stage, with historical and critical commentary between performances.
vhs Video/C 6789

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years
See African American Studies for descriptions

The Japan Series
See East Asian Studies for descriptions

Directed by Claude Lanzmann
The Nazi extermination of Jews is examined through interviews with survivors, witnesses and perpetrators and through footage of the sites of the death camps and environs as they appear today. Those interviewed include Jewish survivors of the death camps and the Warsaw ghetto uprising, Polish farmers and villagers who lived near the camps and Nazis who worked in the camps and the ghettos.
DVD 1929; vhs Video/C 943

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LA Law
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Big Good-Bye


The Story of English
Producer, William Cran; series writer, Robert McCrum; host and co-writer, Robert MacNeil.
We read in the Scriptures that 'In the beginning was the Word.' Increasingly, that word is in English. How did it happen? How is it that the Tower of Babel has toppled, to reveal English as the first truly global language? These are difficult questions, not particularly suited to demonstration and explanation on television. Yet, in a stunningly informative and entertaining nine-hour series, MadcNeil-Lehrer Productions and the British Broadcasting Corporation have effectively traced the evolution of our mother tongue.
DVD 4852; vhs Video/C 918-922

Unknown Chaplin
Using countless reels of footage and outtakes Chaplin wanted destroyed, film archivists Kevin Brownlow and David Gill have meticulously crafted an essential and fascinating documentary homage to the silver screen legend.
DVD 4852; vhs Video/C 1414

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The Cosby Show


Crisis in Central America
Executive producer, Austin Hoyt.
This is a repeat appearance by FRONTLINE as a winner in the Peabody Awards competition. The exceptional four-part series, aired in the Spring of 1985, traces the historical roots of the crisis in Central America.
DVD 4004 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 774-777


Heritage: Civilization and the Jews
See Jewish Studies for descriptions

The Brain
Directed by John Heminway.
The eight one-hour documentaries which make up "The Brain" represent most of the things which go to make television useful and meaningful in our society.
vhs Video/C 955-959


He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'
Produced by Edgar J. Scherick Associates.
Jacques d'Amboise, principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, teaches children dance during school hours in fourteen schools in the metropolitan area. Tells the story of the children's experiences, from auditions, through the teaching process, culminating in an event at Madison Square Garden in which 1,000 children participate and celebrities perform with them.
vhs Video/C 751

The Making of a Continent
Directed by Bo G. Erikson, Carl O. Lofman
vhs Video/C 1273-1275

The Miracle of Life (NOVA)
Directed by Bo G. Erikson, Carl O. Lofman
Detailed microcinematography is used to explain the process of human reproduction with magnification of up to half a million times the actual size. Film shows the cell as the basic unit of life; the structure and function of the male and female reproductive organs; the fertilization, implantation and development of a human egg; the development of the embryo and fetus during pregnancy; and the birth of a baby.
DVD 266; vhs Video/C 1233

Vietnam: A Television History
Directed by Bo G. Erikson, Carl O. Lofman
Over the years, the Peabody Board has viewed countless programs documenting the impact of the Vietnam conflict on our national life. None can match the scope, intensity, and originality of this extraordinary achievement.
DVD 2796; vhs Video/C 1911-1917

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