The point of this exercise is to cooperatively develop a short list of best and brightest works of non-feature videos. The goal is to compile a benchmark list that might provide guidance to librarians faced with the prospect of either developing a collection from scratch, or filling in gaps in an existing collection.
Think of this as a from-ground-zero core list for a largish urban public library located in a town in which there's also a mid-sized liberal arts college. In other words,a collection that serves the information and entertainment needs of everyone from kids, to do-it-yourselfers, to self-helpers, to the generally knowledge-thirsty, to high school and college students doing research. It's an ethnically and economically diverse community, and the collection should reflect that fact. The Board of Trustees is usually supportive of library decisions; censorship issues be damned...
For the purposes of this exercize, money is no object....BUT, the list should ideally contain a mix of low-to-moderately priced items and higher-priced indie works. There should probably also be a mix of older "classics" as well as newer releases.
To submit recommendations for inclusion on this list, email: Gary Handman, Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley, firstname.lastname@example.org
8 part series by Basil Davidson. The story is unfolded on location all over Africa, showing life as it is today, plus archive film and dramatized reconstructions. Two programs per cassette, each an hour long. 1984. FACETS, et al. $29.95 per installment
The Africans in America
4 videocassettes (270 min.) WGBH Considers the contradictions that lay at the heart of the founding of the American nation. The infant democracy pronounced all men to be created equal while enslaving one race to benefit another. Portrays the struggles of the African people in America, from their arrival in the 1600s to the last days before the Civil War. $59.95 FACETS, et al.
Against All Odds: Inside Statistics
With an emphasis on "doing" statistics rather than on passive learning, this series goes on location to help uncover statistical solutions to the puzzles of everyday life. You learn how data collection and manipulation--paired with intelligent judgment and common sense--lead to greater understanding of the world. 26 half hour programs on 7 cassettes. $199 Annenberg/CPB
Algebra: In Simplest Terms
26 half hour programs on 7 cassettes, $199 Annenberg/CPB Americas. 1993 This series analyzes compelling contemporary issues involving the U.S.'s neighbors in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean basin. The region's international relations, political tensions, and geopolitical transformations all come into focus. Americas takes you beyond the crisis-laden headlines of recent events to probe the political, social, and economic history that led to the present state of affairs. 10 parts, 60 min. ea. $169.00 Annenberg/CPB
Using clips from over 300 of the greatest movies ever made, this series immerses you in film history and American culture through the eyes of over 150 Hollywood insiders. In-depth treatments present film as a powerful economic force, potent twentieth-century art form, and viable career option. 13 part series FACETS,et al. $124.00
Written & presented by Robert Hughes. Examines trends, issues, individuals that shaped American art. 58 min each. $149.98 FACETS, et al.
American Experience Videos, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Orphan Trains, Ida B. Wells-Passion for Justic, Coney Island, Johnston Flood, A Family Gathering) PBS
America By Design.
Contents: 1. The House -- 2. The Workplace -- 3. The Street -- 4. Public Places and Monuments -- 5. The Shape of the Land. Kaleidoscopic tour of America's built environment, from the earliest settlements to the latest manifestations of megalopolis. 60 min. each. PBS?
Art of the Western World.
This art history series covers art from ancient Greece to contemporary New York, visually reinforcing the defining periods of Western art. Internationally known art experts and critics help makeeach work accessible as you learn how and why it was created. The religious,intellectual, and social contexts of artworks are presented, allowing you to see the relevance of art to other subject areas. 9 programs on 4 cassettes $99 Annenberg/CPB
Ascent of Man
Jacob Bronowski traces the progress of civilization from flint tools to the theory of relativity. A superb technical production, co-produced by the BBC and Time-Life Films, it uses locations in 27 countries $595 (13 videos) Ambrose Video
Baseball (Burns, Ken)
FACETS, et al. $149.00
FACETS, et al. $129.00
Black Americans of Achievement
30 min each. Set I (21 programs): $479.40; Set II (22 programs): $399.50 Schlessinger Behind the Scenes
Produced and directed by Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer. 1. Behind the scenes with David Hockney -- 2. Behind the scenes with Robert Gil de Montes -- 3. Behind the scenes with Nancy Graves -- 4. Behind the scenes with Carrie Mae Weems -- 5. Behind the scenes with Wayne Thiebaud -- 6. Behind the scenes with Allen Toussaint -- 7. Behind the scenes with Max Roach -- 8. Behind the scenes with JoAnn Falletta -- 9. Behind the scenes with David Parsons -- 10. Behind the scenes with Julie Taymor. Penn & Teller, hosts. Designed to instill creative and critical thinking skills in children through exploration of the visual and performing arts. 10 videocassettes (29 min. each) GPN Educational Media $360.00 series or $39.95 per title
The Buried Mirror series
Written and presented by Carlos Fuentes, who looks at the mix of cultures that create Latin America. A celebration of Latin American culture created for the 500th anniversary of Columbus discovering the Americas. Also available in Spanish (El Espejo Enterrado) Not sure if this series is available anymore -- I could not locate the Public Media/Films, Inc website, although I was looking at it about 6 weeks ago. 1991, 5 hours on 5 videocassettes $99.95 FACETS, et al.
A film by Jon Else. Cadillac Desert relates the story of the epic quest for water and the role it has played in the transformation of the American West. 1997. 4 tapes, approx. 55 min. each. FACETS, et al. $99.95
Camela Nitschke Ribbonry Series
In these instructional videos, Camela shares her knowledge of ribbonry. The Ribbonry
Civil War (Burns, Ken)
$149.98 FACETS, et al.
Historian Lord Kenneth Clark explores the civilization of mankind from the Dark Ages to the 20th century in this acclaimed BBC series. 13 programs. Great Britain, 1969. 52 min. each installment $99.95 FACETS, et al.
The Cold War
From the producer of The World at War, this eight-volume, 24-episode CNN program chronicles the pople and events that shaped the last 50 years, through oving testimonials, rarely seen footage and engaging storytelling. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh. 20 hours. $119.95 FACETS, et al.
Connect with English
48 episodes, $199 Annenberg/CPB
Connections/Connections II/Connections III
This humorous and upbeat science series shows that history is filled with seemingly unrelated discoveries that are actually connected in the most surprising ways. Host James Burke. Connections: $595 (10 videos); Connections II: $995 (20 videos); Connections III: $895 (10 videos) Ambrose Video
The Constitution: That Delicate Balance.
13 one hour programs on 7 cassettes. $199 Annenberg/CPB
Crossroad Café (ESL series) PBS?
Cycles of Life: Exploring Biology
Cycles of Life provides a comprehensive overview of the living world, from the simplest single-celled organisms to the vast web of Earth's ecosystems. Through original microvideography, 3-D animations, video field trips inside laboratories, and footage shot around the world, these programs present the processes that energize nature and the interrelationships that sustain life. Beyond describing the latest discoveries in the field, the series examines the scientific method, showing how biology is a dynamic process of inquiry. 26 programs on 26 cassettes, $1,195 Annenberg/CPB
This 8-part series probes the traditions of dance in communities around the world and from the latest hip-hop in Morocco to a ballet class in Russia and a modern dance rehearsal in New York. Explores the art of communication called dance. 58 min. ea.FACETS, et al. $29.95 per installment.
These programs tell the stories of some of the ethnic groups who came to the U.S. from Europe. Old World, New World, On a Clear Day You Can See Boston, Go West, Young Man, The Biggest Jewish City in the World, City of the Big Shoulders, A Place in the Sun, Where Have All the Germans Gone?, Made in Britain, Nation of Immigrants 52 minutes each. $749.00 Films for the Humanities
Teaches speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in Spanish. This telenovela, or Spanish soap opera, immerses you in everyday situations with native speakers and introduces the cultures, accents, and dialects of Mexico, Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Your understanding and appreciation of Spanish increase as you become absorbed in the mysterious and entertaining story. 52 half-hour programs on 14 cassettes $398.00 Annenberg
The Developing Child series
This series is in modules, which are available for purchase separately. It covers child development from infancy through adolescence. We own only the early childhood and adolescence modules, but they have been very well received by faculty in education and by pre-school care providers. Magna Systems Inc.; Price: 89.95 each, discounts on multiple purchases Produced 1996, 893 minutes on 30 videocassettes
Doctor Is In
Produced at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Alzheimer's Disease, Autism,Depression, etc. Films for the Humanities; Fanlight, et al.
Shows the physical and scientific processes that shape our Earth. From earthquakes and volcanoes to the creation of sea-floor crusts and shifting river courses, this series offers stunning visuals that explain plate tectonics and other geologic concepts and principles. Join in on problem solving as geologists give critically important advice on engineering and construction projects. 26 half hour programs on 7 cassettes, $199 Annenberg
Ellis Island (History Channel)
Immigrants of every ethnic background recall their extraordinary adventures, historians explore the sometimes insensitive national policies, and the Ellis Island Oral History Project reveals what the immigration experience was actually like. Features rare photographs and film. Narrated by Mandy Patinkin. 1997. 3 videocassettes, 50 min. PBS, FACETS, et al.
Europe: The Mighty Continent
Peter Ustinov and historian John Terrine bring to life the trends, technology and tides of fortune that have so drastically reshaped Europe since 1900. $595 (13 videos) Ambrose Video
Eyes on the Prize I and II (PBS)
14 hours on 7 videocassettes $149.98 PBS, FACETS, et al.
Eyewitness (nature videos) many titles (DK Vision, BBC Worldwide Americas)
French in Action
Entire Series: $398.00 52 half-hour programs on 14 cassettes Annenberg/CPB
Great Cities of the Ancient World
The Great Depression.
Using newsreels, dramatic archival photographs and footage, Hollywood films, and eyewitness accounts, this series re-creates the time, from the end of the Roaring Twenties to the outbreak of the Second World War, when economic forces, political change, and social turmoil transformed the nation. $59.95 3 hours 30 minutes on 4 videocassettes WGBH
Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers
1993. Produced by David Grubin Productions. Distributed by PBS. $99.95. 4 hours 20 minutes on 5 videocassettes FACETS, et al.
Hispanic and Latin American Video Collection
These compelling biographies introduce students to outstanding Hispanic and Latin American men and women who have made significant contributions to their fields, countries and culture. From Spain, Mexico and the countries of Central and South America, covering the 15th century to the present, these individuals helped shape world politics, sports, philosophy and the arts. Period music, archival photographs, paintings, maps and expert commentary provide a complete picture of their lives and the significance of their achievements today. Programs are available in English and Spanish. 30 minutes each, 10 titles in series $349.50 Schlessinger
History's Turning Points
With dramatizations carried out at the actual sites of the events, this series has been highly praised as a motivating addition to secondary and college classes. "Thirteen pivotal historical events, ranges across the centuries and the continents. Excellent production. Excellent series...brings immediacy to the towering moments of world history." - Booklist 13 parts. $995 Ambrose Video
A 1970's BBC (Thames TV) production co-produced by Kevin Brownlow about the early years of American film. Narrated by James Mason and full of the kind of wonderful interviews movie stars seem incapable of giving anymore. 13 parts: The Pioneers, In the Beginning, Single Beds and Double Standards, Hollywood Goes to War, Hazard of the Game, Swanson & Valentino, The Autocrats, Comedy-- A Serious Business, Out West, The Man with the Megaphone, Trick of the Light, Star Treatment, End or an Era. FACETS, et al. $9.95 per installment.
A panoply of home improvement and maintenance projects for the uninitiated. Many programmed originally aired on PBS and The Learning Channel. Hometime
I'll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Art.
Produced by Blackside, Inc., in association with WNET. Directors, Sam Pollard and Tracy Heather Strain. Distributed by PBS Video. This historical survey of artists, musicians, dancers and authors chronicles the evolution of African American culture and consciousness in American arts. 6 parts. PBS
A film by Ken Burns. "The story, sound, and soul of a nation come together in the most American of art forms - JAZZ. Six years in the making, this "soundbreaking" series blends 75 interviews, more than 500 pieces of music, 2,400 still photographs, and over 2,000 rare and archival film clips to illuminate the lives and times of jazz's extraordinary personalities. Featured artists include: Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis and many more." PBS, $149.00
JVC World Anthology of Music and Dance.
30 videos. $1,199.00 World Music Store
JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas.
$299.00 World Music Store
Legacy: The Origins of
Historian Michael Wood stands in the Iraqi desert amid crumbling ruins and dry desolation. He describes a once-thriving metropolis, where merchants brought their goods into the city over a network of lush canals. All that remains is a sea of golden sand, the once-large population drifted away, the complex society vanished. As the world approaches the 21st century, this new series reminds us that other nations and cultures prospered for hundreds or even thousands of years. Now all that remains is the legacy of their civilizations, present and influential in our own. 6 videos $495 Ambrose Video
Life on Earth.
A natural history written and hosted by David Attenborough--a four hour program on two cassettes. This video encyclopedia spans in detail the complete story of evolution, was filmed in over 100 locations in more than 30 countries, and features amazing wildlife photography. Produced by the BBC FACETS, et al. $39.95
Life of Birds
Leading naturalist David Attenborough hosts this absorbing and thorough look at the lives and history of our fine feathered friends. Filmed in 42 countries over three years, this exceptional, ten-part PBS series is the most complete documentary series ever devoted to a single animal. Five-volume set. 600 mins. $89.98 PBS, FACETS, et al.
The Long Search Series.
This series has served as the basis of successful religious philosophy courses around the world. An American Film Festival Red Ribbon winner, the series gives a balanced treatment of a force that is sadly neglected in most educations, the basic beliefs of the major religions in the world today. $595 (13 videos) Ambrose Video
Lost Civilizations (Time Life)
All ten volumes of Time Life's superb, original production that brings ancient history to life in an entertaining and informative manner. Includes Egypt: Quest for Immortality; Maya: The Blood of Kings; Mesopotamia: Return to Eden; Aegean: Legacy of Atlantis; Greece: A Moment of Excellence; China: Dynasties of Power; Rome: The Ultimate Empire; Africa: A History Denied; Inca: Secrets of the Ancestors and Tibet: The End of Time. Ten-volume set, each tape approximately 48 mins. $159.99 FACETS, et al.
This series presents physics using real-world examples. Video field trips to hot-air balloon events, symphony concerts, bicycle shops, and other locales make complex concepts more accessible. Animation, actual experiments, demonstrations, and historical reenactments demystify physics. The Mechanical Universe helps meet different students' needs, from the basic requirements of liberal arts students to the rigorous demands of science and engineering majors. This course is also valuable for professional development. Part I: 26 half-hour programs on 7 cassettes $199.00; Part II: : 26 half-hour programs on 7 cassettes; $199.00 Annenberg
A panoramic view of the last 1,000 years, reviewing the events, achievements and people that have shaped our world. This ten-hour CNN documentary series was filmed over two years in 28 countries to vividly capture the places where history was made. Five-volume set. 1999. $99.92 FACETS, et al.
Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet.
60 min. each installment. 1998. $49.98 FACETS, et al.
The New Yankee Workshop
The New Yankee Workshop is hosted by master carpenter Norm Abram, who is legendary for his woodworking skills. Norm has guided millions of viewers through the hands-on process of home renovation and furniture making. The home videos are faithful replicas of the programs you’ve seen on television. Using these tapes as you build your own projects is like having Norm in your own workshop. Each video comes with a measured drawing. $24.95 per installment. New Yankee Workshop
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. An ALA Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults. 4 parts, 90 minutes. $299 each. Films for the Humanities & Sciences.
Pole to Pole
Monty Python regular Michael Palin stars in this madcap adventure about one man's globe-trotting adventures, taken to every corner of the earth, though with a strict caveat: he's forbidden from using any modern means of travel. So he moves around in dog sleds, camels and canoes, with frightening and unpredictable results. Four volumes. 100 mins. $49.95 FACETS, et al.
Power of Myth (Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers)
Joseph Campbell, in a dialogue with Bill Moyers, explores the foundations of culture and our being. FACETS, et al. $99.95
Portrait of an Artist: Magritte, Mirro, Feiffer, Seurat, Wyeth, etc. (Home Vision; available from most mass market distributors) FACETS, et al.
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power.
Based on Daniel Yergin's Pulitzer Prize-winning best seller, this groundbreaking series tells the epic history of oil -- how it has come to dominate global politics, shake the world economy and transform our century. 4 videocassettes. 480 min. 1992 $99.95 PBS
(6 episodes) Approx 95 min. each. color, 1/2 in. VHS Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Alex Haley. Traces a family from their capture in Africa to the slave life that they lead in America. FACETS, et al. $149.92
Sewing with Nancy series
Shock of the New
BBC's sequel to Civilisation, picks up at the threshold of the 20th century. Written and presented by Robert Hughes. The range of major figures includes Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, le Corbusier, Max Ernst, Franic Bacon and Jackosn Pollock. 52 min. ea. Ambrose Video $495 (8 videos)
Silk Road I: 6 parts, $149.00 For thousands of years, the fabled Silk Road, as traveled by Marco Polo, was the major link between the people of Europe and the vast riches of mysterious China. Spanning the deserts, grasslands and seas between Rome, Istanbul and the major cities of China, the Silk Road witnessed an ongoing parade of traders and goods, carrying with them their art, religion and culture. The impact of the Silk Road is immeasurable--giants such as Alexander the Great and tyrants like Genghis Khan created our world's history while striding along its path. This first co-production of China Central TV and the outside world was ten years in the making, and produced at a cost exceeding $50 million. Aired to critical acclaim in over 25 countries, it remains the highest rated series in Japan's television history. With a unique soundtrack by Kitaro, the series is available in six separately packaged volumes. Silk Road II: 5 parts, $149.00. FACETS, et al. The epic journey along the legendary ancient trade route that follows in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo into some of the world's most exotic and inaccessible regions. Six-volume boxed collector's set includes Across the Pamir, In Search of Wisdom, Beyond Baghdad, The Soghdian Merchants, Across the Karakum Desert and All Roads Lead to Rome. Total running time 15 hours.
Stephen Hawking's Universe
1997. 6 parts. 28 min. each installment. $59.98 FACETS, et al.
Story of English.
The highly acclaimed televisions series hosted by award-winning reporter Robert MacNeil, in a remarkable journey through the history of the English language. (PBS) FACETS, et al. $99.95
Teen Health Series
This award-winning series is an invaluable resource for health educators, covering a diverse range of sensitive topics such as puberty, sex, disease, abuse, eating disorders, sports medicine, self-esteem and peer pressure. Lively and informative, the topics are presented with a focus on teens with real-life experience in difficult situations while emphasizing preventive health and awareness. 15 tapes, 30 min. each. $599.00 Schlessinger
This Old House series
Travel the World with Rick Steves
FACETS, et al.
Vietnam, a Television Series (PBS)
The landmark, 13-hour Emmy award-winning television documentary that records the events from the 1945 revolution against the French in Vietnam to the U.S. evacuation following the fall of Saigon in April 1975. Produced by WGBH in Boston, the six-year project carefully analyzes the costs and consequences of the American military involvement in Vietnam, the strife at home and the psychological scars of the national soul. FACETS, et al. $99.95
Voices and Visions
The lives and works of 13 renowned American poets are interpreted through dramatic readings, archival photographs, dance, performances, and interviews in this inspiring series. Illustrative poems in each program are accompanied by insights about their historical and cultural connections. The series covers the terminology of poetry and the larger role of poets in American and world literature studies. Video Series - Volume 1: $69.95 4 one-hour programs: Whitman, Crane, Pound, Williams; Video Series - Volume 2: $69.95; 4 one-hour programs: Dickinson, Moore, Bishop, Plath Video Series - Volume 3: $89.95; 5 one-hour programs: Eliot, Frost, Hughes, Lowell, Stevens Annenberg
The Wisdom of the Faith, Bill Moyers with Huston Smith
An exploration of the major world religions: Islan, Hinduisn, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Confucianism. A good replacement for the aging "Long Search" series $399 Films for the Humanities and Sciences Produced 1996, 5 videocassettes, each approx. 58 min. $119.95 FACETS, et al.
and Spirtituality Trilogy
National Film Board of Canada, dist by Direct Cinema 3 parts $24.95
2 parts, 52 half hour programs on 13 cassettes $398 Annenberg/CPB series
World at War
The complete, 26-hour, documentary series that many consider to be television's definitive look at the Second World War. This acclaimed series won the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary Achievement, the National Television Critics' Best Documentary Award, and the George Polk Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Documentary on American television. Sir Laurence Olivier narrates this remarkable overview of the events and people that shaped this global conflict. Nine-volume set. Great Britain, 1974. FACETS, et al. $99.92
World of Chemistry
26 half-hour programs on 7 cassettes $199.00 Annenberg
World of Ideas (with Bill Moyers) PBS
MADE FOR TV SERIES
Most available from Ingram, FACETS, PBS Home video
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple
Inspector Morse videos
Jane Austen tapes from BBC
Jeeves & Wooster videos
Jewel in the Crown
Roots I & II
Year in Provence
Uses personal stories, expert commentary and historic advertising film clips to illustrate the causes and negative consequences of consumerism in American society. 1998. 56 min. $250.00 (2 parts for classrooms: 29/27)Bullfrog
A.k.a. Don Bonus.
This documentary is a self-portrait of a young Cambodian immigrant growing up in America today. Shot by Sokly Ny himself, it shows his struggles to graduate and survive his complicated life during his senior year of high school. Produced by Spencer Nakasako. 55 min. $265 National Asian American Telecommunications Assn.
All the Great Operas in Ten Minutes
A great introduction to opera that will dispell all of those awful myths like opera is boring and loud and nothing exciting ever happens. This film includes a body count no less!! 1992. Features: La traviata -- Carmen -- Don Giovanni -- Aida -- Tosca -- Tristan and Isolde -- Madame Butterfly -- The ring of the Nibelung. $12.99 Amazon.com, Reel.com and other home video distributors
Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winner about a labor strike at a Hormel meat plant in Minnesota and how it tears a town apart. There's a scene in it which sums up why Kopple is such a good filmmaker: a man thinking about crossing the picket lines (so he can feed his family) breaks down on camera; rather than zooming in to the distraught man's face a la The Jenny Jones Show, Kopple (or her camera operator) zooms out respectfully and gives the man some room. 1989 FACETS, et al. $19.98
An American Love Story.
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. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 8 hours 30 minutes on 5 videocassettes $99.95 PBS Video.
American Movie: The Making of Northwestern.
Producers Sarah Price and 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.Chris Smith. Director Chris Smith. 104 minutes. 2000.FACETS, et al. $21.96 VHS; $27.95 DVD
American Time Capsule
A kinestasis film. Uses kaleidoscopic views of over 1300 still pictures to summarize two hundred years of American history. $79.00 Pyramid Film and Video
Illustrates various dialects of the English language within the United States and various attitudes about regional, social, and ethnic differences in American speech. 57 min. Center for New American Media 524 Broadway, 2nd floor, New York, NJ 07423; (212) 925-5665
And Woman Wove It in a Basket.
This documentary interweaves three themes: several legends, including the legend of the first cedar basket; black and white photos and films of Klikitat Indians fishing and daily life; contemporary scenes of Nettie Kuneki and her family preparing materials and weaving cedar baskets. 70 min. $350.00 Women Make Movies
Anne Frank Remembered
Family members, childhood friends and the people who hid the Franks bring to life the girl behind the diary. Academy Award winner for Best Documentary of 1995, narrated by Kenneth Branagh with selections from Anne's diary read by Glenn Close. FACETS, et al. 1995. $14.95
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. 144 minutes. An ALA Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults. FACETS, et al. $19.98 VHS; $24.99 DVD
Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land.
Based on the book of the same title by David K. Shipler. Examines the critical tension between Arabs and Jews living within lands under jurisdiction of the Israeli state including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and explores their prejudices, stereotypes, and interactions. 118 min. 1989? PBS?
Arguing the World.
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. 107 min. 1996.FACETS, et al. $29.95
Andrew Wyeth, Self-Portrait Snow Hill
$19.95 Chip Taylor
Battle of Algiers.
Dramatization of the conflict between Algerian nationalists and French colonialists that culminated in Algeria's independence in 1962. 125 min. 1988. FACETS, et al. $29.95
This documentary provides a compelling look at body imageissues and the role the media plays in promoting certain ideals for women. It examines eating disorders that have become commonplace in society and looks at the influence of the Barbie doll on young girls. Powerful media images, in particular in the fashion and advertising industry, serve as a backdrop for insights into the virtually impossible and highly dangerous physical goals that so many women strive to achieve. It also explores the new world of modelling in which models in video, film and photographs are sculpted by computer technology presenting images to emulate that are not even totally human. Includes interviews with teenagers and professionals working with eating disorder patients. 47 min. Moving Images (distributor)
Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community.
A social history of homosexuality in America from the 1920s to 1969, showing how this group has moved from a secret shame to the status of a publicly viable minority group. Tells how a group consciousness coalesced after the 1969 police raid on Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, and the three-day riot that followed gained them national publicity and the birth of the gay movement. 87 min. $24.95 FACETS, et al.
Berkeley in the Sixties.
A film by Mark Kitchell. Pt. 1 Confronting the university: the Free Speech Movement-- pt. 2. Confronting America: the anti-war movement (32 min.) -- pt. 3. Confronting history: the counter-culture movement(45 min.). Through interviews with participants and archival footage, presents a history of Berkeley, California in the 1960s. 117 min. FACETS, et al. $29.95
The Black Press: Soldiers without Swords.
Director, Stanley Nelson. This moving documentary masterfully traces the birth, evolution and impact of African American journalism since Reconstruction. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 86 minutes, 1998. $195.00 California Newsreel
Blue Collar and Buddha.
Explores the dilemma of Laotian refugees living in Rockford, Illinois who are torn between preserving their cultural identity and adapting to their new life in America. Re-settlement is complicated by rising tensions with working class neighbors, many of whom resent the Laotians' economic gains and view their Buddhism with hostility. 60 min. $150.00 NAATA
The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins: The Sun's Gonna Shine.
A film by Les Blank. Focuses on blues singer Lightnin' Hopkins, who reveals the inspiration for his blues. Captures, through Hopkins' words and songs, the Black culture of Texas which reaches back to poverty, hard times, and a deep love of the land. 31 min. Home Video: $39.95; Public Libraries; Universities and University Libraries: $99.00 Flower Films
A personal and poignant docu-drama that examines the Filipino experience at the 1904 St. Louis World's fair. The film focuses on the filmmaker's grandfather, an Igorot warrior, one of the 1,100 tribal natives displayed as anthropological 'specimens' in the Philippine village exhibit. A unique fusion of rare archival images, verite, and carefully orchestrated visual sequences shot in the present, the film is an innovative investigation of history, memory and the spectacle of the "other" in the turn-of-the-century America. 56 min. Cinema Guild $350.00
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. An ALA Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults FACETS, et al. 1998. 90 minutes. $24.95 VHS; $29.95 DVD
3 tapes. 1999-2000. InJoy Productions, 3970 Broadway, Suite B4 Boulder, CO 80304; (800) 326-2082
Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien.
Poet-journalist Mark O'Brien was stricken with polio in childhood and has spent most of his life in an iron lung. He describes how he has fought against illness and bureacracy for his right to lead an independent life and offers his reflections on college, work, sex, death, euthanasia, and God. Directed, and written by Jessica Yu. 1996. Academy Award, Best Documentary. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 35 min. Fanlight $195.00
A Brief History of Time
A film by Errol Morris. Errol Morris' documentary about the English physicist Stephen Hawking takes its title from Hawking's best seller. The film explores Hawking's groundbreaking work in quantum physics and the study of the origins of the universe, despite his debilitating physical state, brought about by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Morris interweaves anecdotes, family dynamics and Hawking's background into a kaleidoscope of images, movements and sound. Music by Philip Glass.FACETS, et al. 1991. 81 min. $19.95
British Documentary Movement
6 videos w/ 18 titles from the 1930'3 & 1940's Ok, I am cheating here, but I've seen nothing that combines poetry, realism and truth (sort of) like this body of work. Titles include; Drifters, Nightmail, Fires Were Started, and Diary for Timothy. All beautiful, moving, and important work. I would say that this collection shows where all good documentaries come from. KINO, FACETS, et al. ea video 24.95
This riveting documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky is a reconstruction of the arrest and trial of Delbert Ward in the alleged suffocation and murder of his brother Bill. Set in a small town in upstate New York, Bill, Delbert and their two other brothers lived in a squalid farmhouse with no electricity or running water. Brother's Keeper is a powerful work about the nature of justice and community, and the grass-roots campaign to secure Delbert's freedom and exonerate him of the charges. FACETS, et al. $19.98
Buena Vista Social Club. (1999)
Director/writer, Wim Wenders. Featuring Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzales, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo. In 1996, a group of legendary Cuban musicians were brought together by Ry Cooder to record a compact disc. This film shows some of their songs being recorded in the studio, concert footage from Amsterdam and New York City, and some of the musicians talking about their lives in Cuba and how they got started in music. 105 min. FACETS, et al. $19.99
Alexander Calder demonstrates his famous steel wire circus sculptures which he created in Paris in 1927. His fascination with the circus began in his mid-twenties, when he published illustrations for Barnum and Bailey's Circus. This film exudes the great personal charm of Calder himself as he moves and works the tiny players while his wife winds the gramophone in the background. 18 min. Roland Collection $99.00 (institutions)
Calling the Ghosts.
Women survivors of Omarska Detention Camp describe the camp and the situation in Bosnia and Herzagovnia. Their release and recovery process are also described. 1996. 60 min. Women Make Movies $325.00
Documents the history of the Cane Toad in Australia - a biological experiment run amok. This documentary captures many of the bizarre stories that illustrate how the toads have affected daily life in Queensland. 1987 FACETS, et al. $19.95
When tourists today journey to the farthest reaches of Papua New Guinea, is it the indigenous tribespeople or the white visitors who are the cultural oddity? This documentary explores the differences and the similarities that emerge when the two groups meet within the context of organized "travel adventure tours." 77 min. Direct Cinema Ltd. $350.00
Carmen Miranda, Bananas is My Business
Archival footage, film clips, dramatic re-enactments and interviews document the life story and the lasting influence of the Brazilian Bombshell. This fun and interesting film won Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Film Critic's Award at the Brazilian Film Festival. English and Portuguese with English subtitles. FACETS, et al. $19.98
Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti In Concet
Decca Record Company; manufactured by PolyGram Records. $25.95 This 1990 performance in Rome by the Three Tenors features operatic arias and popular melodies. FACETS, et al.
Carved in Silence.
A film by Felicia Lowe . A documentary about Chinese immigration to the U.S. and the discriminatory U.S. immigration policy toward Asians. Parts filmed in the Angel Island State Park. $165 NAATA
Chicano!: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.
A four part series chronicling various aspects of the struggles for equal rights by Mexican Americans. 57 min. each installment $69.95 FACETS, et al.
Produced by Mario Barrera & Marilyn Mulford; directed by Marilyn Mulford 1988 59 min Chicano Park is located under the San Diego approaches to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in Barrio Logan, San Diego Calif. Skillful blend of archival photos and interviews Chicano Park traces the history of the park and it's giant murals that became the focus of community revitalization in the 70's & 80's. Though Chicano Park is regional in scope its theme on the importance of community involvement are universal. Gold Plaque - Chicago International Film festival Gold Award Houston International Film festival CINE Golden Eagle Cinema Guild $350.00
Chicks in White Satin
Focuses on the wedding of a lesbian couple in California. Includes interviews with the couple, their family, and friends. Dist: Elaine Holliman, 2247 28th Street, Apartment A, Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310) 396-5890
Chile, Obstinate Memory
Patricio Guzman, who was Salvador Allende's bodyguard in 1973 when he was overthrown, returns to Chile 23 years later to show his film The Battle of Chile (which has never been shown in Chile) to his old friends and to a student group to enlighten them concerning the historical facts surrounding the military coup of September, 1997. 1997. 58 min. $390 First Run/Icarus
Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment.
The cinema verite (or direct cinema) movement of the 1950's and 60's was driven by a group of rebel filmmakers tired of stilted documentaries. They wanted to show life as it really is: raw, gritty, dramatic. Rich in excerpts from verite classics with commentary by filmmakers, this is the first film to capture all the excitement of a revolution that changed movie-making forever, with its influences on everything from TV news to music videos to Webcams. An ALA Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults. 1999. 102 min. National Film Board of Canada, 22-D Hollywood Ave., Hohokus, NJ 07423.
A Class Divided
Documents a reunion of Iowa teacher Jane Elliott and her third-grade class of 1970, subjects that year of an ABC News television documentary entitled: The eye of the storm. Shows how her experimental curriculum on the evils of discrimination had a lasting effect on the lives of the students. 58 min. See also: Eye of the Storm PBS?
An amazing story about how one man realized his childhood dream of flying with geese! Join internationally known wildlife sculptor, Bill Lishman, and get a bird's eye view of a flock of Canada geese as they soar over woods and fields. $49 Bullfrog Films
A film by Marlon Riggs. Narrated by Ruby Dee, this film covers more than forty years of race relations in America through prime time entertainment. $195.00 California News Reel
The Color of Fear.
Eight North American men of Asian, European, Latino and African descent talk together about how racism affects them. 90 min. Stirfry Productions, Oakland, CA
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. An American Library Association Notable Video for Adults. 2000. 56 minutes. Bullfrog Films, $250.00
Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter.
Shows interactions between an Alzheimer's patient and her daughter. The daughter discusses how she has dealt with her mother's illness and describes various stages of the disease. 45 min. $275.00 Women Make Movies
Controlling Interest: The World of the Multinational Corporation
Old, but still valuable. Examines foreign investment policies of US corporations and the effect of those policies on the nations involved. California Newsreel; Price: $195; Produced 1978, 45 min.
The Couple in the Cage: A Guatinaui Odyssey
Based on a series of live performances in which Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gomez-Pena dressed in stereotypical Native American clothing and were viewed in a locked cage, this film presents the "primitive" as a concept conceived and promoted erroneously in the West. $200.00 Video Data Bank (112 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603; (312) 345-3550)
A film by Terry Zwigoff. Crumb presents a creepy and riveting portait of R. Crumb, perhaps the central figure in the comix underground of the 1960's. In the course of the film's loopy, non-linear narrative, we're given riffs on the roots and development of Crumb's brilliant, pathologically misanthropic and licentious art, backed by a chorus of supporters, critics, and Crumb's own laconic, alienated musings. The film's real viceral punch, however, comes from segments featuring Crumb's mother and brothers--a crew who raise familial dysfunction to new horrifying heights. You'll never think about that scruffy counterculture icons, Mr. Natural and Fritz the Cat, in the same way again. 119 min $19.95 FACETS, et al.
Dancing for Mr. B.: Six Balanchine Ballerinas.
This documentary portrays six of Balanchine's celebrated American ballerinas and, through them, also illuminates the life of their mentor. A chronicle of forty years of the New York City Ballets. Also features archival footage from Balanchine's greatest ballets. 94 min. $29.97 FACETS, et al.
A film by Jacob Young. Jesco White is the Dancing Outlaw. His wife says he is three persons: a beautiful man, the Devil himself, and Elvis. He is also "the best mountain dancer in these here parts." Jesco idolized his dad, and keeps his memory alive through Appalachian tap dancing, amid the feuds, poverty, ignorance, violence and natural wildness of Boone County. 1991. 60 min. $49.95 FACETS, et al.
The David Macaulay Series
Awe-inspiring architectural history comes alive in this award-winning PBS series from author/illustrator David Macaulay. Four-video set includes Castle, Cathedral, Pyramid and Roman City. Each tape is 60 mins. FACETS, et al. $79.98
The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb.
A film by Jon Else. People who worked with J. Robert Oppenheimer discuss the man, his role in the development of the atomic bomb, his fall from grace during the McCarthy era, and his desire to see nuclear proliferation controlled. 90 min $39.95 FACETS, et al.
A Day with Timmy Page
A film by David Hoffman and Iris Hoffman. This charming and funny short takes as its subject a bright and articulate 13-year-old who aspires to be a filmmaker. Young Timmy would grow up to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and classical music critic for The Washington Post, but seen here, in 1967, he enthusiastically directs his brother, his girlfriend and other pals through his scripted, 8mm productions. A Day with Timmy Page won honors at the 1968 Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Atlanta Film Festivals. 1967. $59.95. FACETS, et al.
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.
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. 87 min. $19.98 FACETS, et al.
Tim Kirkman's video letter to North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms uses their parallel lives to explore homophobia, racial discrimination and self-affirmation. 1997. 90 min. $29.95 FACETS, et al.
Days of Waiting: The Life and Art of Estelle Ishigo.
Director: 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. 1988, 28 minutes $175 NAATA
directed by Robert Gardner, 1963, 87 min Classic example (along w/ Les Maitres Fou) of Ethnographic filmmaking. Describes a photographic and ethnographic study which was sponsored by the Peabody Museum from Feb. 1961 to Nov. 1963 of the Dani, a people dwelling in the Grand Valley of the Baliem, high in the mountains of West New Guinea. CRM/McGraw-Hill Films
Expose of the human and environmental effects of General Electric Company's nuclear weapons facilities. Plant workers have been poisoned by radiation and asbestos; neighboring homes have experienced cancers and birth defects. Shows the activists who are working to inform the public and stop the company's dangerous activities. Producer/director, Debra Chasnoff Academy Award for Best Documentary. 29 min. $50.00 FACETS, et al.
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. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 1997. $69.95 FACETS, et al.
Dear Dr. Spencer: Abortion in a Small Town
From the early 1920s until his death in 1969, Dr. Robert Douglas Spencer practiced medicine in a small town in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. Dr. Spencer treated colds, set fractures, and provided basic medical care. He also performed illegal abortions. After he did his first abortion in 1923 for a poor coal miner's wife, the doctor's reputation spread. Soon he was receiving letters from women across the country, asking for his help. This tape features interviews with the doctor's wife, local townspeople, and women who traveled from all over seeking help.1998 Margaret Mead Film Festival 24 min. 1997. $225 First Run/Icarus
Defending Our Lives.
Shows the magnitude and severity of domestic violence in this country. This video features four women imprisoned for killing their batterers and their terrifying personal testimonies. Each of these women tells her own horrific tale of beatings, rape and torture at the hands of her husband or boyfriend. 31 min. Cambridge Documentary Films $160.00
Del Mero Corazon (Straight From the Heart)
Producer, Chris Strachwitz; director, photographer, and special editing, Les Blank. A lyrical journey through the musings of the heart in the Mexican-American Nortena music tradition. Various performers are shown in dancehalls and cantinas, presenting songs of passion and death, hurt and humor, and the pleasures and torn dreams of love. 1976. 28 min. Home Video: $39.95; Public Libraries; Universities and University Libraries: $99.00 Flower Films
Dialogues with Madwomen.
A film by Allie Light Captures the experiences of seven women who have experienced the dark side of the imagination -- multiple personality, manic-depression, schizophrenia, euphoria. 90 min $295.00 Women Make Movies
Discovering the Future: The Business of
Joel A. Barker explores how hidden barriers to new ideas limit our ability to successfully anticipate the future. Charthouse Learning Corp.
Dollar a Day, Ten Cents a Dance.
Presents a portrait of Filipino farm laborers who came to the United States in the 1920's and 1930's. Voicing their recollections, these men reveal the poverty, and social and cultural difficulties they experienced. The social life of the men centered around illegal cock fights, athletic clubs, and dance halls. 30 min. NAATA
Don't Look Back (1967)
Producers, Albert Grossman, John Court ; director, D.A. Pennebaker. Performers: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Donovan, Alan Price, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Tito Burns, Derroll Adams. Pennebaker Associates
Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life.
Brings to life five decades of American history withphotographs and insights by Dorothea Lange, one of America's most accomplished documentary photographers. Film reveals her passion for her work and her commitment to record the rapidly changing face of the 20th century. Includes interviews with her family and colleagues, along with her photographs and recordedconversations, creating an intimate portrait of this extraordinary photographer. 46min. $39.95 FACETS, et al.
DreamWorlds II: Desire/Sex/Power in Music Video
A controversial video that MTV tried to ban. Portrays the impact that sex and violence in media have on society and culture in our everyday life. Shows scenes from over 165 music videos to show how the media portrays masculinity, femininity, sex, and sex roles. Includes a scene of a brutal gang rape from the movie, The accused. 56 min. 1995. Media Education Foundation $195 ($125 High Schools)
East Side Story
"That's Entertainment," Communist style. A documentary of Soviet and Eastern bloc communist musical films. Comrades drive tractors, sweep factory floors, feed farm animals, harvest crops, all the while singing their hearts out about the joys of socialism. Included are interviews with people involved in the making of some of these movies, as well as a film historian and moviegoers. 79 min. Kino, FACETS, et al.
The End of One.
A wordless parable of modern society in which masses of sea gulls fighting for growing mounds of garbage are intercut with the final feeble movements of a single dying bird while tractors and jet planes roar in the distance. Learning Corporation of America, 1970. 7 min. color, 1/2 in. VHS
Produced and directed by Marlon Riggs and narrated by Esther Rolle, the film presents an eye-opening look at the evolution of black stereotypes and how they have affected the perception of race relations from the 1820's on. $195 Calfornia Newsreel
The Eye of the Storm.
Award winning documentary records an innovative experiment in which a third-grade teacher divides her all-white class into "blue-eyes" and "brown-eyes," making each group superior or inferior on successive days. The program demonstrates the nature and effects of bigotry by showing changes brought about in the children's behavior and learning patterns. 26 min. See also: A Class Divided PBS?
Faces of the Hand.
Searching for a near-by miracle? Look no further than the ends of your wrists. In under half an hour, this is superbly shot and edited, video manages, with minimal narration, to convey the enormous physiological complexity of the hand, it's vast flexibility and uses across cultures as an instrument of creation, healing, aggression, communication, and tenderness. An extraordinarily moving work which reveals poetry and wonder in the everyday world at hand. 1996. $195.00 29 minutes. Bullfrog Films.
A visual memoir of an Oregon family of Japanese American's sharing their experiences of immigration through relocation during World War II. 60 min. NAATA
The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison.
Academy Award Nomintion for Best Documentary 1998.Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Story of six inmates at Angola, a former slave plantation in Louisiana.(A&E) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. $24.95 FACETS, et al.
The Farmer's Wife
Producer and Director, David Sutherland. David Sutherland*s beautifully filmed Frontline documentary presents a deeply involving look at the tribulations and triumphs of a struggling Nebraska farm family. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 6 hours 30 minutes on 3 videocassettes. $49.98 PBS Video
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
A film by Errol Morris (from the director of the Thin Blue Line and a Brief History of Time). "Madness vs. genius, funny and inspiring" -- "Morris weaves interviews with a wild animal trainer, a topiary gardener, a robot designer and an expert on the naked mole rat together with old movies, cartoons, and stock footage." ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. $19.95 FACETS, et al.
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. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. Distributed by Transit Media/Fear and Learning Library.
Fires in the Mirror
On Aug. 19, 1991 in Crown Heights (Brooklyn, N.Y.) a Hasidic man accidentally runs over a Black boy (Gavin Cato). Three hours later a young Jewish scholar (Yankel Rosenbaum) was murdered by Black youths. Four days of fire-bombing and riots ensued. Smith acts out the roles of these 18 persons involved in the racial conflict, trying to present the differing views of this serious problem. Includes actual film footage of the riots and violence. 82 min. PBS
directed by Connelly, Bob 1982 54 min Very interesting and compelling film. In 1930 the Leahy brothers penetrated the interior of New Guinea. In so doing discovered Stone Age groups that had no concept of life outside of their secluded valleys. Great archival footage shot by the Leahys mixed with interviews of both the adventurers and the indigenous folks they ran into. Like the classic boy's own adventure. Grand Prix, Cinema du reel Margret Meade Film festival Best in Sociology, San Francisco Film Festival Filmmakers Library $395.00
Director, Carlos Saura. Popular dancers and folk groups demonstrate what is considered to be the national dance of Spain, the Flamenco. Over 300 dancers participate as they are photographed by the master cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro. 100 min.
Forever Activists: Stories From the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
The personal recollections of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade veterans are interspersed with historic footage of the events of the Spanish Civil War in which they took part. The film explores their long term commitment to political activism as many of these veterans have played significant roles in World War II, trade unionism, the McCarthy period, civil rights, the Vietnam anti-war movement, disarmament and peace efforts. 1990. 60 min $90.00 FACETS, et al.
4 Little Girls
A film by Spike Lee. Civil rights story. Remembrance of a tragic crime. 4 little girls killed in the bombing of a black Baptist church, September 15, 1963. $19.98 FACETS, et al.
Frank Lloyd Wright.
A Film by Ken Burns, 1998. 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. 2 tapes FACETS, et al.
Freedom on My Mind.
Produced and directed by Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford. Documentary of the civil rights movement and the events surrounding the Mississippi Voter Registration Project of the early 1960's. Combines archival footage with contemporary interviews. 110 min. : $195 California Newsreel
Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds
Reunion of some leading poets of the Beat Generation at the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics, Naropa Institute: Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Timothy Leary, William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Ann Waldman, and others. 1979. 55 min $29.95 Mystic Fire Video, FACETS, et al.
The Gate of Heavenly Peace.
Directors: Carma Hinton & Richard Gordon. Discusses Tiananmen Square incident, June 4, 1989. Includes still photographs, eyewitness accounts, interviews, and newsreels. 1995. 189 min. $325 NAATA
The Maysles Brothers record of the infamous 1969 Rolling Stones concert at Altamont, where a concertgoer was killed by the Hells Angels -- an act captured on film. An interesting bookend to Woodstock. 1970 Reel.com et al. $25.99
The Global Assembly Line.
A film by by Lorraine W. Gray. Documentary, filmed in electronic and garment factories, examines working forces in United States and free-trade zones of developing countries particularly the Philippines and Mexico. 58 min. Institutional: $375: Community Groups/ Public Libraries: $200 New Day Films
Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life
Originally issued as silent motion picture with separate titles in 1925. A documentary in which Merian C. Cooper, Ernest Schoedsack and Marguerite Harrison travel through Asia Minor and Iraq to reach a tribe of nomads in Iran known as the Bakhtyari. They follow the tribe on its forty- eight day trek across deserts, streams and mountains to reach pasture for their flocks. These three people were the first Westerners to cross the Zardeh Kuh Pass and the first to make this migration with the tribes. $39.95 Milestone Film & Video
Great Day in Harlem
A documentary about a photograph taken in 1958 by Art Kane of the jazz greats of the period. Includes home movie footage of that day of the musicians arriving and greeting each other the morning of the shoot. Also includes conversations with musicians and archival performance footage. 60 min. $19.95 FACETS, et al.
A Great Wall.
This moving and humorous story chronicles the return of Leo Fang and his American-born wife and son to his native China and provides a comical insight into the cultural clashes between traditional Chinese families and Chinese-American families. Fang and his family are met with many curious and intimate questions on subjects ranging from money to sex. Directed by Peter Wang. 1985. 103 min. $19.98 FACETS, et al.
Directed by Albert & David Maysles, 1974, 94 min The story of an eccentric mother and daughter living together in a decaying East Hampton mansion. In the course of the film they reveal much about what is universally stressful and destructive in mother/daughter relationships as well as question the values and status quo of American life. FACETS, et al. 79.95
Presents case histories of tragedies like space shuttle Challenger, Pearl Harbor and the Cuban Bay of Pigs which resulted from the natural tendency to achieve agreement for the sake of group unity. Features interviews with Dr. Irving Janis and Dr. James K. Esser and gives groupthink symptoms to avoid. 22 min. CRM Films $845.00
Growing Old in a New Age.
1993. Produced by Center on Aging at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Video Series Only: $199.00-13 one-hour programs on 7 cassettes Curriculum Package: $389.00-13 one-hour programs on 13 cassettes;Faculty guide Annenberg/CPB Collection.
Harlan County U.S.A.
produced and directed by Barbara Kopple, 76, 3 min Seminal work of political/social filmmaking. Chronicles the efforts of 180 coal mining families to win United Mine Workers contract in Kentucky. Documents their 1973 strike against the operators of the Brookside mine and the Duke Power Company. FACETS, et al. 29.95
Hearts & Hands, the Influence of Women & Quilts on American Society
A film by Pat Ferrero. Diaries, letters, photographs, and quilts are pieced together to tell a story of nineteenth century women from New England, the South, the Midwest, and the West. 64 min. (Blue Ribbon, Amer Film & Vid Festival, Cine Gold Eagle) $99 New Day Films
Presents actual birth experiences of 3 couples, a review of common medical procedures that may be used during birth and an actual Cesarian section. 48 min. 1989. Produced and distributed by Vida Health Communications, 6 Bigelow St., Cambridge, MA 02139; 617-864-4334. $395.
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. 53 minutes (2 parts for classrooms: 22/30) ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 1998. $250. Bullfrog Films
High Fidelity (Adventures of the Guarneri String
A film by Allan Miller (From Mao to Mozart. The inner-workings of the Guarneri String Quartet are revealed as they are followed through private rehearsals and recording sessions as well as a four of Prague, Venice, Baden-Baden and across the United States. 85 min. 1989. $39.95 New Yorker Films, FACETS, et al.
History and Memory.
Focusing on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, this work examines the rewriting of history through media representation. Rea Taijiri interweaves collective history and personal memory. 1991. 30 min $200.00 Electronic Arts Intermix
The groundbreaking documentary about the dream that inspires young men throughout the country: the dream of playing professional basketball for the NBA. Seven years in the making, Hoop Dreams is an innovative work that closely focuses on the maze of high school sports, agents and the system as well as on the dreams of escaping the inner city. A remarkable, heartrending piece of history that says a lot about basketball, and about the life we all choose to live. Produced by Kartemquin Films. $19.98; widescreen, $49.99 FACETS, et al.
Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World.
A film by Pat Ferrero. An in-depth look at the meaning of the Hopi way, a philosophy of living in balance with nature. Describes the Hopi philosophy of life, death, and renewal as revealed in the interweaving life cycles of humans and corn plants. 58 min. $199; public libraries $99 New Day Films
A film by Jay Rosenblatt. A haunting documentary which illustrates the banality of evil by creating intimate portraits of five of this century's most reviled dictators, presenting "intimate and mundane details" from the private lives of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Francisco Franco and Mao Tse-tung. There is no mention of their public lives but the horrors for which these men were responsible hovers over the film inviting the viewer to confront the nature of evil. 30 min. $195 Jay Rosenblatt Films
I Am Sufi, I Am Muslim
Available from Films for the Humanities for $129.00 This film introduces Sufism, a less fundamentalist branch of Islam than is typically known in the West. The variety of ways Sufism is practiced throughout the world contrast dramatically with the way Islamic religion is often perceived. $129.00 Films for the Humanities
Ida B.Wells: A Passion for Justice.
Chronicles the life of Ida B. Wells, an early black activist who protested lynchings, unfair treatment of black soldiers, and other examples of racism and injustice toward black Americans around the turn of the century. 58 min. $125.00 FACETS, et al.
Impressionists on the Seine
Captures the mystery, beauty and moods of the River Seine and the life of Parisians who worked and played along its banks in the 1870s. $29.95 FACETS, et al.
In the Land of the Deaf
A unique and privileged look inside the world of deaf people. A teacher, a woman treated for mental illness because of her deafness, and a newly wed deaf couple offer compelling portraits from a community estimated to comprise 130 million people worldwide in a film which is revealing, moving and often funny. French and French Sign Language with English subtitles. . $79.95 Kino Video, FACETS, et al.
In Whose Honor: American Indian Mascots in Sports
Written, produced and edited by Jay Rosenstein, this film critically investigates the pervasive use of Native American mascots in American sports. New Day Films $195.00
Inside the White House.
A rarely seen peek at this legendary house. Interviews with former Presidents and employees plus the frenzy surrounding a state dinner are included. National Geographic Video; FACETS, et al. $19.98
Microscopic photography, innovative computer animation present and eye-opening look at the stages of human development from conception to old age. Produced by BBC Worldwide. Distributed by Video Sets for Libraries/Teacher's Video Company, PO Box VSS-4455, Scottsdale, AZ 85261; 800-262-8837. $58.95. 4 VHS cassettes, 99 min.per video.
Ishi, The Last of the Yahi.
When Ishi suddenly appeared in rural Northern California in 1911, the country was stunned. His tribe as considered extinct; Ishi had lived in hiding for forty years . As the sole survivor, he had refused to surrender. His story embodies the strength and resilience of California's indigenous people. 57 min. $19.95 FACETS, et al.
Isle of Floweres (Ilha dos Flores)
A Film by Jorge Furtado. From Brazil, this is an hilarious but ultimately devastating film about values, the food chain, and the human condition on a real life Brazilian island where pigs eat first, and the people are fed what the pigs leave over. "Startling... the film seems facile and flippant at first, but it builds to a crescendo of outrage as it reaches its real purpose." - Vincent Canby, New York Times "A powerful, unpredictable piece on man's inhumanity to man... A pungent social satire, the visual poem reads like a comic political essay written by James Joyce in a mock documentary style... A remarkably unconventional use of media as parable. Recommended for film, art, social, intercultural, and political studies." - Choice. 1991 Sundance Film Festival. 15 min. 1990. $175 First Run/Icarus
It's a Dog's World.
1993. Contrasts the good and bad aspects of patient services through the story of a man and his dog. Produced and distributed by CRM Films. (www.crmfilms.com) $595.00 (purchase) $125 (rental).
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket.
Presents a look at author James Baldwin's life as reflected in his own words and reminiscences of family and friends. 87 min. $195 California Newsreel
Jeni LeGon: Living in a Great Big Way.
Producer Selwyn Jacob. 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. An ALA Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults. 1999. 49 min. $275 The Cinema Guild
Knowing Her Place.
An Indian woman looks at her life, her marriage, and her role in contemporary society both India and the Untied States. 1990. 40 min. $250.00 Women Make Movies
Franco Zeffirelli's production of Puccini's tragic love story features Teresa Stratas and Jose Carreras; This lavish Metropolitan Opera performance includes English subtitles. FACETS, et al. $19.99
In Mexico, on the first days of November, the dead come to visit. They are received and given offerings of their favorite food, flowers, and momentos of their presence on earth. La Ofrenda takes a non-traditional look at the celebration in Mexico and the United States. c1989. 50 min. Direct Cinema $95
Yale Strom traveled to Eastern Europe to search for remnants of Klezmer music (Jewish folk melodies) that survived the Holocaust such as recordings, sheet music and Klezmer musicians. In this program he interviews and travels with Leopold Kozlowski, the last Klezmer who grew up in the tradition. 84 min. $79.95 FACETS, et al.
The Last Tasmanian.
62 min. color, 1/2 in. VHS Deals realistically with the genocide of the Tasmanian aborigines by the British in latter half of the 19th centruy. Shows the anthropologist recreating the story of an extinct people, and it sensitizes the viewer to the need of cultural understanding. There are two parts; Extinction and Ancestors. CRM Films, 1980.
The Lemon Grove Incident
Directed by Christopher, Frank, 1985 58 min Many of the earliest desegregation cases occurred in the American Southwest and they involved the children of Mexican immigrants. This is the true story of one of those cases." The story is told with a mixture of dramatizations, archival photographs and interviews with the former students involved. Once again regional in content but universal in understanding race issues. 3 Emmys; Gold Award, CINE Golden Eagle Cinema Guild $350.00
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. An ALA Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults. 1999. 60 minutes. $149 Films for the Humanities & Sciences,
Legendary Guitar of James Burton
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Leonard Bernstein at Harvard "The Unanswered Question"
Renowned conductor and musician Leonard Bernstein gives six lectures at Harvard University on various aspects of music. Includes musical illustrations played on piano or conducted by the maestro. 6 tapes. $149.00 Kultur, FACETS, et al.
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. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 1997. 240 mins. $29.98 FACETS, et al.
The Life & Times of Allen Ginsberg.
Depicts Allen Ginsberg, an American poet and social activist in the different decades of his life and activities. Includes interviews with contemporaries of his cultural era. 82 min. 1993. $14.95 FACETS, et al.
Litany for Survival: the Life & Work of Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde, poet and lesbian-feminist talks about being lesbian and black in New York in the 1950s and her social/political activity. Includes conversations and readings by Lorde and comments by other writers and family members. 1996. 56 min. American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Films for Adults, 1999 Third World Newsreel
The Long Way Home.
Discusses the critical post World War II period between 1945 and 1948 and the plight of the tens of thousands of Jewish refugees who survived the Holocaust. The documentary looks at their attempts to get to the Jewish homeland (often illegally) and the formation of a Jewish state, Israel. Combining rare archival film and stills with new interviews, this film interweaves historical narrative with stories, anecdotes and recollections of Jewish refugees. 120 min. 1997. $24.95 Simon Wiesenthal Center, Moriah Films)
Looking for Langston: A Meditation on Langston Hughes (1902-1907) and
the Harlem Renaissance.
Directed by Isaac Julien, 1988. A tribute to Langston Hughes, this film attempts to reclaim him as an important black gay voice in American culture. 45 min. $275 Third World Newsreel
Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.
Mothers who believe their children were kidnapped by the Argentine government tell how they banded together in 1977 to demonstrate in the Plaza de Mayo. 1986. 64 min Women Make Movies
The Mahabharata series
Produced by French, British and American TV, this is a dramatized retelling of the creation legends of India: The Game of Dice; Exile in the Forest; The War. Dist: Parabola Video Library; Price: $99.95 Produced 1989, 328 minutes on 3 videocassettes
Manufacturing Consent : Noam Chomsky and the Media
directors and producers, Peter Wintonick, Mark Achbar, 1992, 166 min Explores the political life and times of the controversial author, linguist and radical philosopher, Noam Chomsky. Highlighting his analysis of media, Chomsky focuses on democratic societies whose populations, not disciplined by force, are subject to more subtle forms of ideological control FACETS, et al. 39.95
Let's Get Lost.
A profile of the life and work of the great jazz trumpet player Chet Baker, with reminiscences by his family, friends and fellow artists, plus performances by Chet Baker himself. 119 min. $29.98 FACETS, et al.
Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter.
Five women reminisce about their jobs and working conditions during World War II. Includes topics of sex discrimination, the women's movement, and the role of movies and radio in helping mold public opinion during World War II. 65 min. Direct Cinema $350.00
Les Maitres Fous (The Mad Masters)
directed by Rouch, Jean, 1957, 28 min. Amazing footage shot with great touch and feel by a recognized master. Ethnographic film about a West African trance ceremony of the Hauka. FACETS, et al. $200.00
Man Who Planted Trees
Classic Academy Award-winning animated film tells the inspirational story of a solitary shepherd who patiently plants and nurtures a forest of thousands of trees, single-handedly transforming his arid surroundings into a thriving oasis. Undeterred by two world wars, and without any thought of personal reward, the shepherd tirelessly sows his seeds and acorns with the greatest care. As if by magic, a landscape that seemed condemned grows green again. A film of great beauty and hope, this story is a remarkable parable for all ages and an inspiring testament to the power of one person. The author, Jean Giono, created the story "to make people love the tree, or more precisely, to make them love planting trees", and to pay homage to the kind of unselfish individuality that leaves a positive mark on our planet. 30 min. 1987. Video Project $95
Man With a Movie Camera (Chelovek s Kinoapparatom) (1929)
A "camera eye" documentary without any plot, showing, through a succession of street and interior scenes, all the tricks of which the instrument is capable creating a boldly detailed portrait of the Moscow of the l920s. Kino. $29.98 FACETS, et al.
Martha and Ethel
A film by Jill Johnstone. These two gals decide to film a documentary about their "nannies" that they had while growing up. Martha and Ethel are the nannies. Great commentary about immigrants, family social infrastructure in the 50s and 60s and a myriad of other issues. 1994, 80 min. $97.76 Amazon.com, Reel.com and other home video distributors
Matter of Hear
An affectionate but probing documentary of the enormous contribution of Carl Gustav Jung to modern psychology, this remarkable film has become not only a boxoffice hit, but a must-see film for anyone even remotely interested in the foundations of psychoanalytic thought. USA, 90 mins. $24.95 FACETS, et al.
Maya Lin, a Stron Claear Vison
Portrays the career of Maya Lin as an architect/artist as told by her and others, with special focus on the design and emotional impact of the Vietnam Veterans and Civil Rights Memorials. 98 min. 1995 Academy Award, Best Feature Documentary FACETS, et al. $59.95
Media War In El Salvador
Using the 1989 El Salvador presidential campaign, this film takes a look at the way media is being used to coerce voters to ignore issues and instead concentrate on image. First Run/Icarus $190.00
Mi Puerto Rico.
Presents a personal journey through Puerto Rico's rich cultural traditions, revealing the remarkable stories of its revolutionaries, abolitionists, poets and politicians, whose struggle for national identity unfolds within the history of relations between Puerto Rico and the United States. Combines interviews, location sequences, poetry and literature and the collages of artist, Juan Sanchez, with rare archival film and photographs to treat viewers to a visual and musical feast. Narrator, Raquel Ortiz. 1996. 90 min. National Latino Communications Center $95 (institutions)
This revealing, shocking and fascinating look at the mysterious world of insects through the miracle of microphotography mesmerized audiences at Cannes. Watch as these fantastic creatures struggle with nature's most urgent issues. Special Jury Prize 1996 Cannes Film Festival $14.99 FACETS, et al.
Miracle of Life.
Combines liveaction and animation with detailed microcinematography to explain the process of human reproduction. 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. 57 min. WGBH $19.95 FACETS, et al.
Inspired by the studies of Robert and Helen Lynd in 1929 and 1935, this classic series created by Emmy and Academy Award winner Peter Davis (THE SELLING OF THE PENTAGON, HEARTS AND MINDS) explores both the continuity and the change embodied in the people and institutions of one Midwestern American community: Muncie, Indiana. In intimate detail the films show how, during the six decades since the Lynds' studies, more has been preserved than altered in the American social fabric. Particularly striking in the series is "Seventeen": In their final year at Muncie's Southside High School, a group of seniors hurtles toward maturity with a combination of joy, despair, and an aggravated sense of urgency. They are also learning a great deal, both in and out of school, that is often quite different from what school officials think they are teaching. 6 films. Inquire for pricing. First Run/Icarus Films
Millhouse: A White Comedy
A film by Emile de Antonio. Comic and terrifying portrait of Richard Millhouse Nixon. It's all here--Nixon advocating the death penalty for drug dealers, suggesting the use of nuclear weapons in Indochina, photos of Nixon watching go-go dancers in the White House. 1971. $39.95FACETS, et al.
The National Film Board of Canada: A History.
5 tapes A sampler of documentary and feature films highlighting the past remarkable 50 years of the redoubtable NFB.
A parable about two people who, after living side by side in mutual friendliness and respect, come to blows over the possession of a flower that one day grows where their properties meet. National Film Board of Canada, 1952. 9 min.
No Maps on My Taps.
Veteran jazz tap dancing stars, including Bunny Briggs,Chuck Green, and Sandman Sims, reminisce about theirart and careers in documenting another disappearingart cultured in Black America. Includes scenes ofstreet corner challenge dancing and stills from the1930's of legendary figures from tap dancing's heyday. 58 min. Dance Horizons Video
Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B.
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. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 3 hours 30 minutes on 2 videocassettes. $29.98 PBS Video.
On My Own: The Traditions of Daisy Turner.
Presents the life of a daughter of a former slave, 102-year-old Daisy Turner. She recalls childhood incidents and her father's Civil War experiences and talks about life in her homestead in Vermont. Folklorist Jane Beck fills in details about traditions preserved in the Turner family. 28 min FACETS, et al. $24.95
One Survivor Remembers.
One Survivor Remembers, the Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Short. What makes One Survivor Remembers memorable is its storyteller... Gerda Weissman, a Polish-born Jew who lost her entire family to the Holocaust. With grace and dignity she eloquently describes her experiences during the war and her memories of her mother, father, and brother from whom she was forcibly separated. Gerda spent three years in slave labor camps along the Polish-German border. Her parents were deported to Auschwitz. Direct Cinema $95.00
Paris is Burning.
Story of the young men of Harlem who originated "voguing" and turned these stylized dance competitions into glittering expressions of fierce personal pride. A story of street-wise urban survival, gay self-affirmation, and the pursuit of a desperate dream. 76 min. FACETS, et al. $19.98
Only the Ball was White.
30 min. color, 1/2 in. VHS Traces the history of the Negro Leagues through photographs, film footage and interviews with the ball players. Discusses the era when major U.S. baseball leagues refused to hire black athletes. Narrator Paul Winfield recounts the number of unrecognized athletes, some of whom, such as Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, were later hired by the leagues. WTTW Television, 1992. FACETS, et al. $19.98
One Day Longer: Story of the Frontier Strike.
Producer/director Amie S. Williams. 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. An ALA Video Roung Table Notable Video for Adults. 50 minutes. CineVegas, 2501 N. Green Valley Pkwy., #118-D Henderson, Nevada 89014.
Illustrates and examines the work and ideas of modern abstract expressionist painters, including Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, Hans Hoffman, Larry Poons, Jules Olitski, Philip Pavia and Frank Stella. 116 min. FACETS, et al. $29.98
Partisans of Vilna
Documentary on the Jewish youth who organized a Jewish underground resistance in the Vilna ghetto and fought as partisans in the woods against the Nazis. Features interviews with surviving partisans interspersed with rare archival footage. 130 min. $70 National Center for Jewish Film
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. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. Audience Award, Best Documentary, Sundance International Film Festival, 1997. 90 min. $150 First Run/Icarus Films.
The Plow that Broke the Plain
Directed by Pare Lorentz. Makes me cry, as well as, want to get a shovel & get to work. Very American! A lyrical, moving examination of the Great Plains, and the Dust Bowl that occurred there in the Thirties. The great American composer Virgil Thomson created the score. 1936, 20 min KINO, FACETS, et al. 29.95 ( packaged w/ Basil Wright's, Nightmail. Another great docu!)
Popol Vuh: The Creation Myth of the Maya.
An animated film which uses original images drawn by Quiche Maya Indians in the seventh century on funerary pottery to illustrate the Popol vuh, which is the sacred book of the Maya and includes their creation story and birth of the hero twins. Narration in English. 62 min. $295 UC Center for Media & Independent Learning
Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the
Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero.
Dealing with scale, proportion and dimension, the film moves in real time over a course of 40 powers of ten, from the cosmic distances of the universe to the heart of the atom. Some techniques used are classical and radio astronomy; large-format aerial, mapping, and satellite photography; X-ray diffraction analysis; and models. Based on the book Cosmic view, by Kees $79.00 Boeke. Pyramid Film & Video
A candid film covering the political campaign efforts during the 1960 Wisconsin Democratic Presidential Primary when Sen. John F. Kennedy upset Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey. Shot entirely in synchronous sound with light-weight portable equipment, the film revolutionized documentary filmmaking with its spontaneous, unobtrusive and highly intimate style. Credits: Conceived and produced by Robert Drew for Time-Life Broadcast; directed by Ricky Leacock, Don Pennebaker, Robert Drew, Al Maysles. 60 min. Direct Cinema $250.00
Quilts in Women's Lives.
A film by Pat Ferrero. Seven contemporary quiltmakers, among them a California Mennonite, a Black Mississippian, and a Bulgarian immigrant talk about their art, its importance in their lives, and how it is influenced by their daily experiences. 28 min. $99.00 New Day Films
Rabbit in the Moon.
Producers Emiko Omori and Chizuko Omori. Directed, written, and narrated by Emiko 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. An ALA Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults. 1999. 85 minutes. Transit Media, 22-D Hollywood Avenue, Hohokus, NJ 07423.
A Film by Robert Stone. The internationally acclaimed, award-winning documentary tells the story of the greatest operation to test nuclear weapons ever. Staged by the U.S. at the Pacific atoll called Bikini in 1946, the tests were also one of the first great "media events" of the modern age. Using never-before-seen archival footage, the film unfolds through the eyes of the elderly chief of the Bikinians and a former American serviceman who was there. 1988 Academy Award Nominee $285.00 First Run/Icarus
The Ransom of Red Chief.
27 min. color, 1/2 in. VHS An adaptation of the O. Henry short story of the same title about two inept con men whose kidnapping venture of a small boy backfires when the boy's parents refuse to take him back. FACETS, et al. $9.99
A film by Min-ha, Trinh T 1982 35 min. Film about the lives of women in the rural villages of Senegal is simultaneously a reflection of the outside filmmaker and a sharp critique of conventional ethnographic and documentary filmmaking. It challenges both the content and filmic language found in many documentary films about Africa. Women Make Movies 395.00
Roger and Me
When General Motors announced the closing of its Flint, MI plant, journalist Michael Moore set out to find GM president, Roger Smith, to get an explanation. Moore's quest is punctuated by interviews with many of the Flint residents whose lives were affected. Though a depressing topic, Moore's storytelling abilities, sense of humor, and commitment to the cause make this film a very effective bit of propaganda. 1990. FACETS, et al. $19.98
Routes of Rhythm.
Presented by Harry Belafonte. Traces the origins of Latin music from Spain and Africa to the New World. Focuses on pop music developed in Cuba and examines how North Americans began to discover this island's musical treasures. c1989. 58 min. $250 Cinema Guild
Albert and David Maysles were at the peak of their abilities when they made this film about four door-to-door bible salesmen who migrate from Boston to try their luck pushing their wares in Miami Beach. 1969. FACETS, et al. $79.95
Satya, A Prayer for the Enemy.
Since the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950, more than one million people have been tortured, executed or starved to death for their role in demonstrations against the Chinese occupation. This film focuses on personal testimonies of Tibetan Buddhist nuns who have taken the lead in this resistance by fearlessly staging courageous demonstrations for religious freedom and independence. A film by Ellen Bruno, 1993. 28 min. (Film Library 22-D Hollywood Avenue, Hohokus, NJ 07423)
Say Amen, Somebody.
Documentary that follows gospel singer Willie Mae Ford Smith from her home to church services, to emotionally galvanic singing conventions. Also features Thomas Dorsey, her mentor, and the man credited with inventing gospel music. 100 min. FACETS, et al. $29.95
Secret People: The Naked Face of Leprosy in America
A film by John Anderson and Laura Harrison. Secret People tells a damning story of outrageous discrimination and stigma in our public health system, interwoven with a haunting and bittersweet chronicle of human courage and perseverance. $195 Fanlight
This program tells the story of Zem Ping Dong, an immigrant who worked in America's garment factories for over 30 years and her struggle, along with other Chinese women, to leave war-torn China for a new life in America. 14 min. NAATA $135.00
The BBC plays. 36 plays. Ambrose Video $99 each
The Shakers--Hands To Work, Hearts To God.
A film by Ken Burns. A historical documentary on an American religious sect which, at its height in 1840, included six thousand believers. Touches first on the Shaker's superficial identity as celibate chairmakers, then pursues their historical and social significance through the use of archival photos, paintings, live shots of landscapes and architecture, and on-camera interviews. 1984. FACETS, et al. $14.98
A film by Ross McElwee. A Documentary Meditation upon the Possibilities of Romantic Love in the South during an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation," and director Ross McElwee delivers an engaging nonfiction journey through the South in a picaresque tour of contemporary relationships. FACETS, et al. $29.95
by Claude Lanzmann. What can say about this great & important work. Examines the banalities of evil. How keeping the trains running and the books balanced helped the Nazi extermination of Jews. The film is constructed through interviews of survivors, witnesses and perpetrators and through footage of the sites of the death camps and environs as they appear today. 556 min, 1985 $299.00 FACETS, et al.
Director, Orly Yadin. In a unique blend of animation and archival footage, a Holocaust survivor finally tells her story. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 10 min. $99 Filmaker's Library.
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. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 55 min. 1999. Distributor: Direct Cinema, Ltd., P.O. Box 10003, Santa Monica, CA 90410. 56 minutes.
Slaying the Dragon
Using clips from film classics and contemporary works, this video is one of the most successful works to reveal the historical and political forces in recent history that heavily influenced the depictions of sians and, in particular, Asian women on the screen. 1988, 60 minute $175 NAATA
Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness
Investigates the relationship between advertising and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Offers new ways to think about our relationship with food. $250.00 Media Education Foundation
Directed by Allan Miller. This "real Mr. Holland's Opus" (The Boston Globe) is the incredible, true story of Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras, a dedicated teacher who, refusing to let funding cuts stop her, drove from one school to the next in a car packed with violins to bring music to inner city kids. Follow seemingly talentless beginners from first lessons to inspiring performances before a raging crowd at Madison Square Garden and alongside world-renowned musicians at Carnegie Hall in this "magical, moving and inspirational" (New York Post) film. 80 min, 1996. $$19.95 FACETS, et al.
So Far from India.
Directed by Mira Nair. Describes the experiences of a recently arrived Indian immigrant in America, contrasting them with the traditional world of his new bride whom he left behind in India. Seeks to explore the conflicts that arise when Indian culture meets American society. 1982. Filmmakers Library
The Spirit Travels: Immigrant Music in America
Surveys the musical contributions made by a variety of immigrant groups to the American culture. Celebrates how the gifts of native music, traditions and cultural expressions have enriched the cultural diversity of American music. 1992. 55 min. Cinema Guild $350.00
Stages of Labor
Non-technical narration explaining the stages of labor using animation, live birth footage, and parents' descriptions of their labor and delivery experiences. Available in English and Spanish. 1998. 28 min. InJoy Productions, 3970 Broadway, Suite B4 Boulder, CO 80304; (800) 326-2082
Still Killing Us Softly
Discussed the images of women in advertising and the effect this has on women, men and children. Although it circulates steadily it is somewhat dated -- it is an update of the original "Killing Us Softly" done in the early 70's, and rumor has it that there may be another update within the next year or two.... Cambridge Documentary Films $299; Produced 1987, 32 min. 1992. 55 min.
Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Impact
of Media Images on Women and Girls (The Strength to Resist)
A documentary about the fight against the toxic and degrading messages to women and girls that dominate the media. The film presents the leading authorities in the fields of psychology of women and girls, eating disorders, gender studies, violence against women, and media literacy -- and focuses their ideas on practical solutions and the best tactics for reclaiming our culture. Cambridge Documentary Films $195; 2000, 34 min.
Stomp Out Loud.
A stunning musical odyssey that rolls through the Manhattan cityscape, transforming everyday life into percussive poetry. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 1984. 129 min $19.95 HBO, et al.
Stop Making Sense
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Featuring the Talking Heads. 1984. 129 min $19.95 FACETS, et al.
Stories of Maxine Hong Kingston. (World of ideas with Bill Moyers)
Interview with Maxine Hong Kingston, author of Chinese American ethnic literature, in which she relates her life experiences growing up in California as a first generation Chinese American. 1990. 56 min. PBS
The Story of Romeo and Juliet.
60 min. color, 1/2 in. VHS Good introduction to the joys of Shakespeare, narrated by George Murcell, who clarifies the complexities of the Elizabethan language nicely as he explains the plot and characterizations. Produced in St. George's Theatre, London. Dragon Video Productions, 1991.
Straight from the Heart: A Journey to Understanding and Love
Parents of gay children and gay individuals discuss the attitudes and responses of family members and others toward their sexual orientation. 24 min. Cinema Guild $195.00
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. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 60 minutes. 2000. $195 California Newsreel
Strong at the Broken Places
A film from the producers of "Defending Our Lives," "Strong at the Broken Places" is the story of vastly different lives; but the death camps of Cambodia, the violents streets of South Boston, the amputee ward of a V.A. hospital and the cell of an alcohol and drug addicted inmate yield remarkable survivors, all of whom heal themselves by helping others. Cambridge Documentary Films $195; 2000, 38 min.
Superstar, the Life and Times of Andy Warhol
This is no ordinary documentary. Its subject is one of the most controversial artists of our time, a man who made celebrity an art form. Superstar traces Warhol's career from his beginnings as a commercial artist to his jaw-dropping appearance on The Love Boat (a brief clip that is alone worth the price of the video). Was Warhol a great artist or a master hypester? In all the postures and roles he assumed, which was the real Warhol? An ambitious film that endeavors to answer the myriad of questions surrounding the man and the myth. $14.98 FACETS, et al.
Surname Viet, Given Name Nam
English and Vietnamese or Vietnamese with English subtitles. A film by Trinh T. Minha-ha. Interviews in Vietnam by Mai Thu Van, excerpted and translated from her book, Vietnam, Un Peuple Des Voix. 1989. 108 min. $495.00 Women Make Movies
Survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb holocausts reveal their fears and profound traumas, including recurring nightmares, radiation-related ailments, and community ostracism, and describe their fight for government medical insurance coverage. Interviews with thirty Japanese Americans who have either returned or immigrated to the United States are augmented with archival and newsreel footage and commentary by medical and psychiatric professionals. 58 min. $125 NAATA
Tao of the Dumpster
Examines the meaning of success and freedom, as defined by Burt Jamison, who gave up working as a contractor, choosing instead to spend his time gathering food from dumpsters. This change of life cost Burt his marriage, but helped him discover his "Tao". 30 min. 1996. $195.00 Carousel Film & Video 260 Fifth Avenue Suite 905; New York, NY 10001; (800) 683-1660
Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press
A documentary on the life and work of George Seldes, America's most important press critic. The film includes archival footage of many of the 20th century's key events from Seldes's encounters with Pershing and Mussolini, to the tobacco industry and the "lords of the press," as it provides a fresh perspective on 20th century history, while raising profound questions about America's news media. 1996. 111 min. New Day Films $249; public libraries $99
Times of Harvey Milk
An Academy Award winner that details the life and killing of San Francisco's first openly gay city supervisor. Harvey Fierstein narrates this poignant documentary. $35.95 FACETS, et al.
Director and producer, Frederick Wiseman Almost any Wiseman film should be included but Titicut Follies stands out. Filmed at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater, this documentary shows harsh scenes of the life and treatment of the criminally insane inmates. More then you ever wanted to know. Best Film Mannheim International Filmweek Best Film Festival Dei Popoli 1967 184 min Zipporah $500.00
To Taste a Hundred Herbs: Gods, Ancestors, and Medicine in a Chinese
Focuses on a Catholic doctor in a small village in China and shows how he combines traditional Chinese and Western medical procedures in his practice. Tells how the complex decollectivization policies in China are changing life there. 58 min. Long Bow Group (Long Bow Group 55 Newton St., Brookline, MA 02445; (617) 277-6400)
A film by Marlon Riggs. Derogatory accusations, judgments, and jokes in our culture are met head-on by this video about black, male, and gay identity. Poetry, personal testimony, and drama unite to oppose the homophobia and racism that attempt to split a person into opposing loyalties. 55 min. $150 Frameline
"Tough Guise is the first program to look systematically at the relationship between the images of popular culture and the social construction of masculine identities in the US in the late 20th century. In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, Jackson Katz argues that there is a crisis in masculinity and that some of the guises offered to men as a solution (rugged individualism, violence) come loaded with attendant dangers to women, as well as other men." 56 min. 1995. Media Education Foundation $275 ($150 High Schools)
The Triumph of Evil (Frontline)
Eight hundred thousand Tutsis were slaughtered by the Hutu majority in Rwanda. As the U.N.'s Genocide Convention--created to make sure genocide would never happen again--marks its 50th anniversary, Frontline examines the role of Britain, France, the U.S. and the U.N. as they ignored the warnings and evidence of impending massacre. 60 min. 1999. PBS
Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens: Das Dokument vom Reichsparteitag 1934)
A film by Leni Riefenstahl, commissioned by Adolph Hitler as the official record of the Nuremberg Party Rally of 1934. Produced as an important piece of political propaganda to introduce the new German leaders to the nation and to impress foreign audiences. FACETS, et al. $29.95
Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Directed and written by Jeanne Jordan & Steven Ascher. Documents 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. 88 min. 1997. WGBH FACETS, et al. $29.95 $59.99
Since the revolutions of the sixties, we've claimed great strides in the fight for equality: laws have been enacted, legal precedences set, and codes enforced. What, in reality, have we accomplished? Diane Sawyer, ABC's PrimeTime host, follows two men, equal in all measurable aspects, except skin color, as they involve in a variety of situations to test levels of prejudice based on skin color. MTI Home Video 2349 Chaffee Dr. St. Louis, MO 63146; (800) 221-1274
28 Up / 35 Up -
Directed by Michael Apted. Beginning in 1964, director Michael Apted turned his camera on a group of 7-year-old boys and girls from both wealthy and poor families in England, recording their thoughts, hopes and dreams with revealing interviews. He then returned to film these same children every seven years, until the age of 28; all of their most personal moments, from the rapture of discovered love to the despair of dreams long forgotten, are brought vividly to life, played out before the viewer with striking emotional power. A moving and utterly memorable work. FACETS, et al. $19.98 each
Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography.
The auteur theory, which emerged in 1950's French cinema scholarship, rightfully focused attention on the director's role as the primary aesthetic force behind a movie. However, at least equally responsible for the look and ultimate artistic success of a movie is a figure almost universally unrecognized and unacknowledged by the movie-going public--the cinematographer. Visions of Light is a superb look at the evolution of movie camerawork, and a loving paean to notable DPs (Directors of Photography), from Billy Bitzer, D.W. Griffith's cameraman, to Gregg Toland and others who shaped the lush black and white studio films of Hollywood's golden era, to young Turks such as Haskell Wexler, Conrad Hall, and Laszlo Kovacs who took up the seat behind the increasingly restless lens in the post-War era. $94.98, 95 min. FACETS, et al.
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. An ALA Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults. 180 mins. $29.98 VHS; DVD $34.98 FACETS, et al.
A thought-provoking dramatization of an actual classroom experiment on individualism vs. conformity in which a high school teacher formed his own "Reich" (called "The Wave") to show why the German people could so willingly embrace Nazism. This unflinching yet sensitive 1984 Emmy Award-winner raises critical questions: When does dedication to a group cross the line from loyalty to fanaticism? Does power corrupt? What is the nature of propaganda and mass persuasion? Can something like the Nazi Holocaust happen again? (The paperback is a novelization based on the teleplay.) Grades 7-12. 46 minutes. Social Studies School Service $79.00
Weapons of the Spirit
As a Jew born in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon during World War II, filmmaker Pierre Sauvage relates the story of how the village successfully shielded 5,000 Jews from the Nazis. 90 min. 1989. Chambon Foundation
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. An ALA Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults. 119 minutes. Epidavros Project, 141 West 28th Street, Suite 6B, New York, NY 10001. (212) 594-2522
When I Was a Boy
Directed by Isabelle Fox. Filmed on location in San Bernardino and Carson, California. A comedy about a twelve year old tomboy, named "Jac", short for Jacqueline, who plays football with the neighborhood boys and is treated by them as a peer. That is until puberty hits and she has to trade in her undershirt for her first bra. Carousel Film & Video 260 Fifth Avenue Suite 905; New York, NY 10001; (800) 683-1660
Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Directed by Christine Choy and ReneeTajima. A powerful statement about racism in working class America. It relates the stark facts of Vincent's Chin's brutal murder, trial, and aftermath. Which outraged the Asian-American community to the point where they organized an unprecedented civil rights protest. Good, well-articulated content presented in an interesting way. Silver Baton, Dupont Award Columbia University San Francisco International Film Festival Best Documentary - Hawaii International Film festival. 1988. 82 min Filmmakers Library $395.00
Who Are the DeBolts, and Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?
Focuses on the daily life of the DeBolt family and their adopted, handicapped, and multiracial children. Academy Award Winner. 1977. 72 min. $95 (also available in TV version, $79.00, 54 min.) Pyramid Films
Wild Women Don't Have the Blues.
The story of Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox, and other pioaneering women blues singers. This film recreates the stories of these women who left an indelible mark on the music world. 58 min. $195 California Newsreel
Without Pity, A film About Abilities
(Christopher Reeve, HBO Documentary) $129.00 Films for the Humanities
Woodstock: Tree Days of Music and Peace A film by Michael Wadleigh. 1970. 184 min. $24.98 FACETS, et al.
The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
Director/writer, Ray Muller. Interviews with Leni Riefenstahl, now in her nineties, flash-backs and modern film sequences tell the story of the most famous woman film director of all time. Known for her films made during the Third Reich, Riefenstahl's story is a controversial one. Best known for her "Triumph of the Will," the film made of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress, it proved to be her undoing. 1993. 181 min. $39.95 KINO, FACETS, et al.
Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives
A film by Peter Adair. This is the first major film to explore America's gay culture. Involving a diverse range of people in locales from San Francisco to Boston, the study interviews 26 men and women ranging in age from 18 to 77. Speaking tellingly, funnily and movingly of their experiences, these women and men overturn decades worth of accumulated stereotypes. From the director of Absolutely Positive. FACETS, et al. 1977. 130 mins. $29.95
Wrestling the Mississippi
The Mississippi River floods of 1973, 1993 and 1995 were bad, but none were the 100-year flood that hydrologists predict. This disastrous flood is coming though - and many scientists say that when it does, the Mississippi will finally and inevitably have its way, flooding over its normal banks into countless towns. Narrated by Louisiana born Harry Connick, Jr., this film takes us up the mighty river for a look at its history and how it has affected the people who live on its banks. State-of-the art graphics are used to show where the Mississippi should be and could be, but no one can be certain what course the river will take. 1999. 60 min. $99.95 Ambrose
Yosemite: The Fate Of Heaven
A film by Jon Else. Traces the conquest of the Yosemite wilderness in 1851 and examines the sharp contrast to the Yosemite of today, a national park attracting more than 3 million visitors yearly and producing 25,000 pounds of garbage daily. Emphasis is on the impact of man on Yosemite and the conflict between preserving the area and providing access to the public. 1989. 58 min. Direct Cinema $95.00
You Don’t Know Dick.
Director, Candace Schermerhorn. Distributed by The These interviews with six female-to-male transsexuals reveal lives notable for their profound emotional complexity and bravery. ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults. 81 min. 1994. $225 University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning.
Zora is My Name!
A funny, stirring story based on the life of Zora Neale Hurston, one of the most distinctive writers of the American South and how a turn-of-the-century Black woman captured the folklore of the rural South. 90 min. PBS
Childeren and Young Adult
Clay Animation. An adolescent frog takes a surprise trip to the garbage dump, where he tries to make friends with the locals. An ALA Notable Children's Video. 5 min. 1998. $95 Bullfrog Films
Big Henry & the Polka Dot Kid
Based on: Luke Baldwin's Vow by Morley Callaghan. A story about a ten-year-old orphan boy who goes to live with his aunt and uncle in rural Canada. Shows how the boy's love for an old, blind dog leads to a conflict with his uncle who feels the animal is impractical to keep. 35 min. Phoenix/Coronet/BFA 2349 Chaffee Dr. St. Louis, MO 63146; (314) 569-0211, (800) 221-1274
Chato, a low-riding, mambo-loving cat invites new mice neighbors for fiesta. The surprising appearance of their canine friend causes a change in Chato's plans. Cheech Marin's humorously authentic narration and original salsa flavored music by Jerry Dale McFadden season Gary Soto's picture book. An ALA Notable Children's Video. 11 min. 1999. $60 Weston Woods/Scholastic Iconographic
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Mischievous lower case letters of the alphabet climb a coconut tree in order. When there is not enough room, they all fall down. BOOM! They are comforted and bandaged by upper case parents and begin to climb all over again, accompanied by lively music. An ALA Notable Children's Video. 6 min. 1999. $60 Weston Woods/Scholastic Iconographic
Children's Stories from Africa
$ 44.98 Monterey Home Video
Dance Lexie, Dance
12-year-old Laura, an Irish, Protestant girl yearns to be a Riverdancer. Her newly widowed father, Lexie, rethinks his parental role to help his daughter and comes to terms with the loss of his wife. $59.95 Cinema Guild
Frog Goes to Dinner
A story without dialogue about the consequences when a young boy brings his pet frog along to a formal restaurant where it escapes causing chaos. Phoenix/Coronet/BFA 2349 Chaffee Dr. St. Louis, MO 63146; (314) 569-0211, (800) 221-1274
From the Brothers Grimm--American Versions of Folktale Classics.
Retellings of 11 Grimm tales set in Appalacia. Includes: Mutzmag: an Appalachian Folktale; Soldier Jack, An American Folktale; Ashpet (Cinderella); Hansel and Gretel, an Appalachian Version; Rapunzel, Rapunzel; The Frog King; Bristlelip; Jack and the Dentist's Daughter; Bearskin or the Man Who Didn't Wash for Seven Years; The Goose Girl; Willa: An American Snow White; Jack and the Dentist's Daughter. $24.95-$34.95 each Davenport Films
Good Night, Gorilla [animation]
A precocious gorilla tiptoes behind a sleepy, unobservant zookeeper unlocking each animal's cage. The parade of animals follows the zookeeper home for a good night's sleep. Brahams' Lullaby accompanies this delightful video based on the 1994 Peggy Rathman book. 8 min $60 Weston Woods, Dist. by Scholastic, 1998
Harry the Dog series (Harry the Dirty Dog/Harry & the Lady Next
Door, Harry Comes Home)
Barr Films 12801 Schabarum Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 91706-7878 (818) 338-7878
Officer Buckle & Gloria
Officer Buckle knows more about safety than anyone in the town of Napville. But whenever he tries to share his safety tips, nobody listens — until the day the Napville Police department buys a police dog named Gloria, who has her own way of demonstrating safety tips. Narrated by John Lithgow. Caldecott Medal Book; 1998 ALA Notable Video. 11 min. $60.00 Weston Woods 12 Oakwood Avenue, Norwalk CT 06850 (800)243-5020
Film maker George Levenson has come up with a must-see treat for pumpkin lovers of all ages. With a gentle, funny, and informative verse narrative read by Danny Glover, and a terrific folksy score by George Winston, Pumpkin Circle takes us through the wondrous growing cycle of a shaggy backyard patch. But that's just for openers! The meditation on seasons and natural cycles is only a prelude to an unforgettable romp through pumpkin lore, pumpkin art, and, of course, tastey pumpkin eats. 1997. $99.95. 20 min. Informed Democracy. P.O. Box 67, Santa Cruz, CA 95063. 800-827-0949
The Snowy Day.
6 min. color, 1/2 in. VHS Based on the Caldecott Award winning book by Ezra Jack Keats. Silent wonder of a city snow and a small boy's solitary delight in it have been transposed from the book to the screen. Weston Woods, 1964
26 min. color, 1/2 in. VHS Presentation of the Snowman by Raymond Vriggs (book). A young boy dreams that his snowman comes to life. Together they share the perils of winter. Muted pastels and orchestral score make this non-verbal Christmas tale an experience for all seasons. Weston Woods, 1983.
20 min. color, 1/2 in. VHS Red, blue, and yellow - three separate worlds - learn of the existence of the other. Prejudice leads to a war, causing each to recognize the beauty of working together. 20 min. 1985. Pyramid Film & Video $195.00
Paul Zelinsky's elegant illustrations have won him the coveted Caldecott Medal in this unique retelling of the classic story of RAPUNZEL, the girl with the long, golden hair. This spellbinding production will enthrall and excite, and ensure a special place in children's hearts and minds. $60.00 Weston Woods
The Red Balloon.
34 min. color A classic fantasy about a boy who makes friends with a balloon, playing with it in the streets of Montmartre, Paris, and trying unsuccessfully to elude a gang of urchins trying to destroy it. Lamorisse Peter, 1959. FACETS, et al. $24.95
Sadako and the Thousand Cranes
adako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl, on the threshold of adolescence, developed leukemia in 1955, from the effects of radiation caused by the bombing of Hiroshima. While hospitalized, her closest friend reminded her of the Japanese legend that if she folded a thousand paper cranes, the gods might grant her wish to be well again. With hope and determination, Sadako began folding. Liv Ullmann vividly tells this poignant story with original music performed by George Winston. The action is presented as the camera moves through hundreds of exquisite pastel drawings by Caldecott Award-winning artist, Ed Young. 30 min. CALL 1-800-827-0949 for pricing. Informed Democracy
Toccata for Toy Trains.
Toy trains of every size and vintage journey from rail yard and roundhouse to a bustling station. Music by Elmer Bernstein. (on same tape: Parade, a whimsical look at the toys of another age). 14 min. 1989. $79.00 Pyramid Film & Video
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