Re: [Videolib] WV core list of videos

Steve Fesenmaier (fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us)
Fri, 08 Aug 2003 08:48:56 -0400

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Here is a list I created in 1997 of videos to be owned by all 176 public
libraries in WV. Several are of course related to WV film history - all
core collections should use local film history as one criterion. - Steve

SteveĂs CORE list of videos

Children:

BABE
92 M. 1995 Universal Rated-G (CC)
This is the story of an unprejudiced heart and how it changed our
valley forever.÷ So begins BABE, a movie with a barnyard full of
unforgettable characters. ThereĂs Fly, the sheepdog; Ferdinand, the
quacky duck; Maa, the elderly ewe; and a trio of singing mice. In the
world of HoggettĂs farm, every creature has a preordained purpose until
the orphaned piglet BABE arrives and turns everything upside down.
Cared for by Fly, he soon thinks he, too, is a dog. Farmer Hoggertt
senses something special in BABE and, though everyone thinks heĂs crazy,
enters him in the National Sheepdog Championships. Just when the world
is laughing loudest, the tall farmer and the short pig step into the
area to compete, and everyone is in for a giant surprise.

MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
30 M. 1987 Direct Cinema
In the early part of the 20th century, a shepherd sows seeds and
acorns, one by one, with the greatest care, transforming both landscape
and lives. 1987 Academy Award, Best animated film!

SHILOH
93 M. 1997 Rated-PG (CC)
>From the Newbery Award-winning book set in West Virginia. Shiloh, an
adorable beagle, runs away from his neglectful owner, and is found by a
young boy named Marty (Blake Heron). Marty knows that Shiloh belongs to
someone else, but is determined to save the dog from more neglect.
Against the wishes of the dogĂs owner (Scott Wilson) and his father
(Michael Moriarty), Marty risks everything to make the dog his own.

THIS WAY TO AN A - WISE STUDY HABITS
30 M. 1992 Cambridge
Why do we have to learn this? When will I ever use this information
once I get out of school? When students acquire the ability to answer
these questions for themselves, they develop an improved understanding
of their subjects along with the ability to identify and retain
pertinent information. Note: Includes the book, " Getting Smarter -
The Study Skills Improvement Program" by Lawrence J. Greene and Leigh
Jones-Bamman.

CALDECOTT VIDEO LIBRARY SERIES
Time varies Churchill Audience: Children
The Caldecott Medal is a highly prestigious award presented each by the
American Library Association ˘to the artist of the most distinguished
American picture book for children÷ published in the United States.
Caldecott Honor Books are those designated each year as runner-ups.
Each volume includes both Caldecott Medal and Honor Books. Series
includes:
CALDECOTT VIDEO LIBRARY VOLUME ONE - 49 M. - Where The Wild Things Are
(1964 Medal Book, Grades: K-2) is an 8 minute, animated classic about a
little boy named Max who misbehaves and is sent to his room by his
mother, without supper. While Max is alone in his room, his imagination
takes him far, far away to a land where wild things live. Stone Soup
(1948 Honor Book, Grades: K-3) This 11 minute, iconographic story
consists of three clever soldiers who devise a plan to get food and
lodging from the selfish inhabitants of a French village during the time
of Napoleon. The Amazing Bone (1977 Honor Book, Grades: K-3) is an 11
minute, animated story about a female pig named Pearl who dawdles on her
way from school in order to appreciate the beauty of the day. Time of
Wonder (1958 Honor Book, Grades: 1-5) This 13 minute, iconographic
story is less like a story than a series of poetic expressions. All
that children and grown-ups love about the sea, the shore, and the quiet
forests of an island in Maine is joyously described in simple rhythmic
prose and radiant watercolors. Goggles (1970 Honor Book, Grades: K-2).
This 6 minute, iconographic story tells of the friendship between two
boys, Peter and Archie. Peter and Archie call upon PeterĂs faithful dog
Willie to outsmart a gang of tough bullies.
CALDECOTT VIDEO LIBRARY VOLUME TWO - 48 M. - Owl Moon (1988 Medal Book,
Grades: K-3) This 8 minute, icongraphic story tells the story of a
little girl and her father, who go looking for the Great Horned Owl on a
moon-lit winter night. Make Way For Ducklings (1942 Medal Book,
Grades: K-2) This 11 minute, iconographic story about a family of ducks
looking for a home in the city of Boston. After some pretty close calls,
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard Duck leads their brood to the perfect spot in
BostonĂs Public Garden. In the Night Kitchen (1971 Honor BookGrades:
K-1) 6 minute, animated story about a little boy, named Mickey, who
dreams that he falls out of his bed in the middle of the night and finds
himself in a magical place called the night kitchen. Strega Nonna (1976
Honor Book, Grades: K-2) 9 minute, animated story takes place in an
Italian village and focuses on the magic ways of Strega Nonna, or
Grandma Witch. When the people of the village have a problem they visit
Strega Nonna, who has special powers. When Big Anthony uses Strega
NonnaĂs magic pasta pot without her permission he finds himself ankle
deep in trouble and pasta. ; Crow Boy (1956 Honor Book, Grades: K-3)
13 minute, iconographic story takes place in Japan, where a boy
nicknamed Chibi is afraid of the teacher and children poke fun at his
strangeness. Chibi gains acceptance when he imitates the voices of
crows for the school talent show.
CALDECOTT VIDEO LIBRARY VOLUME THREE - 50 M. - MadelineĂs Rescue (1954
Medal Book); The Snowy Day (1963 Medal Book); Blueberries For Sal (1949
Honor Book); Drummer Hoff (1968 Medal Book); Andy the Lion (1939 Honor
Book); Frog Went A-CourtinĂ (1956 Medal Book).
CALDECOTT VIDEO LIBRARY VOLUME IV - 46 M. - A Story-A Story (1971 Medal
Book, Grades: K-3) This 10 minute, animated story of how African
stories, called ˘Spider Stories÷ came to be. Spider Stories are stories
about how small, defenseless men and animals come to be heroes. The
Village of Round and Square Houses (1987 Honor Book, Grades: 3-5) This
12 minute, iconographic story is set in a village in Africa. The houses
of the African village are of two shapes, square and round. The square
houses shelter the men of the village. The round houses shelter the
women and children. As the story unfolds, the routines of the
villagers, including work, play, mealtime and bedtime, are explored.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz In PeopleĂs Ears (1976 Medal Book, Grades: K-3)
This 10 minute, animated story of a mosquito who whispers a tall tale
into the ear of an iguana. This sets off a comic chain of mishaps
through the jungle grapevine in this traditional African story.
Narrated by James Earl Jones. MufaroĂs Beautiful Daughters (1988 Honor
Book, Grades: K-3) A 14-minute, iconographic story set in a small
African village where a man named Mufaro and his two beautiful daughters
live. The daughters are tested unknowingly to reveal which one is
worthy enough to marry the king.

MATILDA
98 M. 1996 TriStar Rated-PG (CC)
Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire) is Matilda, a super-smart little girl whoĂs
woefully misunderstood by her parents (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman),
her brother, and evil school principal. But with the help of a brave
best friend and a wonderful teacher, Matilda discovers she doesnĂt have
to get mad to get even. A great comedy with a great message!

WEST VIRGINIANS- 25 M. 1996 PBS
Narrated by Chris Sarandon. Briefly describes the lives of the most
famous people born in West Princess- Aracoma --˘Mad Anne÷ Bailey--Randy
Barnes--Clair Bee--Pinkney Benedict--Michael Benedum--Tony Brown--Pearl
Buck--Jesse ˘The Crab÷ Burkett--Rebecca Cain--Ted Cassidy--Lyell
Clay--Jim Comstock--Stephen Coonts--Chief Cornstalk--George
Crumb--Phyllis Curtin--Faith Daniels--Joyce DeWitt--Little Jimmy
Dickens--Muriel Dressler--Ed Etzel--Conchata Ferrell--Frank
Gatski--Denise Giardina--Lawson Hamilton--Justina Hart--Harold
˘Hawkshaw÷ Hawkins--John Henry--Sam Huff--Mary Draper Ingles--Thomas
˘Stonewall÷ Jackson--Dr. Colleen Jackson-Cook--Anna Jarvis--Frances
Johnston--Don Knotts--John Knowles--Blanche Lazell--William Leigh--Chief
Logan--Pare Lorentz--Ann Magnuson--George Preston Marshall--Peter
Marshall--Jon McBridge--Charlie McCoy--Rae Ellen McKee--Arnold
Miller--Holmes Morton--John Forbes Nash, Jr.--Earl ˘Greasy÷
Neale--Louise McNeill Pease--Charles Peters--Jayne Ann Phillips--Eugenia
Price--Ed Rabel--Mary Lou Retton--Walter Reuther--Cecil Roberts--Soupy
Sales--Chris Sarandon--David Selby--Ada ˘Bricktop÷ Smith--Wayne
Smith--Red Sovine--Eleanor Steber--David Hunter Strother--Cyrus
Vance--Clyde Ware--Booker T. Washington--Bill Withers--ChuckYeager.

Adult:

OUCHLESS HOUSE: YOUR BABY SAFE HOME
45 M. 1992 Cambridge
Features CNN Anchor, Toria Tolley, as the host and takes you
from the car to the kitchen, up the stairs, into the nursery and
bathroom seeing each area from a baby's curious and unsuspecting point
of view. With this video, viewers learn to create a baby safe home,
avoid unnecessary injuries and be prepared for quick action if any
should occur. This 45-minute videocassette is accompanying by the book
The Perfectly Safe Home.

MOUNTAINEER CIRCLES
Time varies 1995 WNPB-TV
Three video documentaries and discussion guide exploring life in West
Virginia. Includes: PROGRAM ONE-MOUNTAINEER - 59 M. - What is the
difference between a hillbilly and a mountaineer? A unique film done
with collages of movie clips starting with TOLĂ ABLE DAVID (1921) and
coming up to the present to show how the hillbilly and West Virginia has
been portrayed throughout history. Interviews with historians, artists,
professionals, the elderly, the young people of today, and just common
folk tell what it means to them to be a Mountaineer. Covers areas that
are desolate today but still people remain. Excellent music of
yesteryear and of todayĂs sound. Shows that generation after
generation, they still hold to their roots - even though the sound may
change, the feelings remain the same. PROGRAM TWO-FARMER -59 M. -
Interviews five farmers who remember what the family farm was like in
West Virginia in the 20Ăs and 30Ăs. They each tell how a
family-intensive farm activity was done, and they describe interesting
aspect of their families. Featured are Titus Harris of Princeton,
Mercer County, Kline Henry of Sugar Grove, Monongalia County, Leona
Swisher of New Milton, Doddridge County, Mary Thomas of Bruceton Mills,
Preston County, Claude Winters of Eglton, Preston County and Ralph Kerns
of Monongalia County. PROGRAM THREE - GILIGANĂS APPALACHIA - 29 M. -
Uses both humorous and documentary approaches to look at our way of life
in West Virginia. Through rapidly crosscut stories and opinions of
several individuals with fantasy and comedy stories, Giligan attempts to
echo the ˘crazy quilt÷ of experiences that come to mind when describing
our state.

WEST VIRGINIA - A FILM HISTORY
Time Varies 1995 WNPB-TV
This portrait documents historical events from the stateĂs first
inhabitants to the present day and follows the contributions of the men
and women who shaped the stateĂs cultural, economic, and political
landscapes. Using paintings, still photographs and motion picture
clips, the series helps students explore what it means to be a West
Virginian. Narrated by Richard Thomas. Includes a TeacherĂs Guide
and Index Guide. Series include:
PART I: A HIDDEN LAND - 73 M. - Opens with the Shawnee Indians who have
lived undiscovered for centuries along the Ohio River. We watch as
their lives are slowly changed by the arrival of white settlers into the
Shenandoah and Potomac valleys. As British settlements grow, the French
also in forces to claim land. The result is bitter warfare that engulfs
the area of decades, resulting in the IndiansĂ departure from their
land. Along the way, we meet such figures as Celoron de Blainville,
George Washington, Andrew Lewis, Mary Ingles, Lord Dunmore, Chief Logan,
Chief Cornstalk, and Betty Zane.
PART II: STATE OF WAR (Late 1700s-1865) - 73 M. - Begins in the late
1700s and takes us through the Civil War. Covering the growth of
religion, industry, and transportation routes during the post-war years,
this section explores the regional culture of western Virginia. It
concludes with the divisive war and the subsequent birth of the new
state of West Virginia. Key people in Part II, include circuit rider
Francis Asbury, Alexander Campbell, writers David Hunter and Strother
and Rebecca Harding, John Brown, General ˘Stonewall÷ Jackson, Senators
Waltman Wiley and John S. Carlile, Anna Jarvis and President Lincoln.
PART III: WEST VIRGINIA (1865-1913) - 120 M. - Covers West Virginia
from he end of the Civil War to the beginning of unionization and the
coal wars in 1913. It tells of the internal migration of blacks to the
state and the missionary zeal of those determined to help hem; of the
infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud; and of the Industrial Revolution. The
Railroad sweeps through the state, bringing immigrant workers in and
taking natural resources and money out. By the turn of the century, coal
is king and miners are left fighting for a degree of freedom and
independence. During the dynamic period in West VirginiaĂs history, we
meet such personalities as educators Nathan Cook Brackett and Sarah Jane
Foster, railroad and business tycoons Henry Gassaway Davis and Collis
Potter Huntington, the legendary Hatfields and McCoys, independent mine
operator John Cooper, and union organizers Frank Kenney, Fred Mooney and
Mother Jones.
PART IV: ALMOST HEAVEN (1913-Present) - 120 M. - Opens on the Matewan
Massacre and the Battle of Blair Mountain. Under the leadership of John
L Lewis, minersĂ unions seek growth. However, with the onset of the
Depression, the fall of the post-war coal market, and the mechanization
of the mines, West VirginiaĂs communities and inhabitants suffer great
poverty. We watch as figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt and President
Johnson work to improve the living conditions in Appalachian West
Virginia. Despite hardships, West Virginians emerge as a courageous and
determined people who take great pride in their state. Figures
encountered in this final section of the film include union loyalist Sid
Hatfield, Sheriff Don Chafin, UMWA leader John L. Lewis, social worker
Mary Behner, Eleanor Roosevelt, the talented musicians of ˘ItĂs Wheeling
Steel,÷ John F. Kennedy, Governors William Marland, Wally Baron and
Senator Robert Byrd.

Matewan- 100 M. 1986 Cinecom Rated-PG-13 VHS/16MM
Compelling and compassionate drama about labor troubles in the heart of
coal mining country, Matewan, West Virginia in the 1920Ăs. As unusual,
writer-director John Sayles makes every note ring true of this
meticulous period piece Beautifully photographed and filmed from
Thurmond, WV. Stars: James Earl Jones, John Sayles, Chris Cooper, Will
Oldham, Mary McDonnell and many local stand-ins.

The Night of the Hunter
91 M. 1955 B/W VHS/16MM
Based on the novel by Davis Grubb. Based on a story set in Moundsville,
West Virginia. A psychopathic preacher goes on the trail of hidden
money, the secret of which is held by two children. A weird, maniac
fantasy in which evil confronts the power of innocence. Stars: Robert
Mitchum in his greatest role, Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish, directed
by Charles Laughton.

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