New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

October 15, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Almost holy

October 14, 2016
Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Gennadiy Mokhnenko.
Special features: filmmaker commentary; deleted scenes; behind the scenes: attack on our crew; Wild moose visual montage.
Originally produced in 2015.
Gennadiy Mohknenko is a Ukrainian pastor who fights against child homelessness by abducting street kids. His tough love approach has made him a hero to some and a lawless vigilante to others. Can this self-appointed savior save his city?

Life, animated

October 14, 2016
Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Owen Suskind.
Title from disc label
Based on the book by Ron Suskind.
A coming-of-age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship, and brotherhood.

Take me to the river

October 14, 2016
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator: Terrence Howard.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2014.
Bonus features: Historic interview featuring Snoop Dogg with Stax legend William Bell; Be like me--the unseen session video featuring the legendary Bar-Kays with platinum-selling 8Ball and MJG; How I wrote the iconic song "I'll take you there" featuring Stax legend Al Bell.
Documentary celebrating the intergenerational, interracial, and undeniable influence of Memphis, Tennessee on American culture and its music, bringing together award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians for a one-of-a-kind musical project and following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album. Features Terrence Howard, William Bell, Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, North Mississippi All-Stars, and others.

Building Star Trek

October 12, 2016
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"A new documentary about a series ahead of its time"--Container.
Against the backdrop of two ambitious projects: rebuilding the bridge and restoring the original USS Enterprise model, a who's who of astronauts, engineers, writers, innovators, as well as the series' stars come together to explore the visionary universe of Star Trek, revealing how one little television show has truly, boldly gone where no show has gone before.

The first Monday in May

October 6, 2016
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Andrew Bolton, Anna Wintour.
Title from disc surface.
Special features: Deleted scenes ; Interview with director Andrew Rossi ; Theatrical trailer ; Also from Magnolia Home Entertainment.
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art introduces a new fashion exhibition with a gala event every year on the first Monday of May. A grand fashion and cultural exhibit fundraiser for the museum's Costume Institute, the event is attended by A-list celebrities. The film gives a behind-the-scenes look at the the exhibition "China: Behind the Looking Glass," conceived and organized by Met curator Andrew Bolton in 2015, and the Met Gala marking the exhibition's opening.

Royal wives at war

October 6, 2016
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Emma, Davies, Gina McKee; narrated by Richard Harrington
Title from disc surface.
A new look at Britain's abdication crisis of 1936. In a series set in 1967, Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson look back at the dramatic events, which led to King Edward VIII giving up the throne for the woman he loved. Combining drama reconstructions, archives, and interviews, follow the intimate and moving story of two strong women drawn into a bitter feud over their husbands.

Cinema's exiles : from Hitler to Hollywood

October 6, 2016
1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Sigourney Weaver.
Program content: ©2007; broadcast as a PBS television documentary in 2009.
When Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, one of his first actions was to ban Jews from working in that country's film industry, praised as the most creative cinema in the world. Men and women who had made landmarks of movie history fled their homeland in the ensuing months and years. Many went to Hollywood. This compelling documentary traces the experiences of the exiles who took refuge in Hollywood, and examines their impact on both the German and the American cinemas. In Germany they had created ground-breaking pictures such as The Cabinet Of Dr Who, Caligari, The Blue Angel and M-The Murderers Among Us. In Hollywood, their influence ranged from the horror genre and film noir, to comedy and drama. With their lush compositions, they changed the role of music in the motion picture. They even made Westerns. Included amongst more than 800 film professionals who escaped to Hollywood in the years between 1933 and 1939 were actors Felix Bressart, Hedy Lamarr and Peter Lorre; directors Fritz Land, Henry Koster, Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnerman ; composers Frederick Hollander, Hans Salter and Franz Waxman and cinematographer Rudy Mate. Not every exile found success in Hollywood. Most never regained the fame they had known in Europe.

Is the man who is tall happy?

October 6, 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry.
Special features: Animating Noam Chomsky (making of); Democracy Now! interview; DOC NYC Q&A; Huffington Post live interview; trailer.
"An animated conversation with Noam Chomsky"--Container.
An animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language.

I am Big Bird : the Caroll Spinney story

October 4, 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Debra Spinney, Jerry Nelson, Emilio Delgado, Dr. Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Joan Ganz Cooney.
Originally produced in 2014.
Extra features include deleted scenes.
For 46 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping. A loving portrait of the man in the yellow suit, features extraordinary footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces his journey from bullied child to childhood icon.

Presenting Princess Shaw

September 28, 2016
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Samantha Montgomery, Ophir Kutiel.
Special features: Princess Shaw video and clips; Additional music; Theatrical trailer.
Princess Shaw placed her dreams on YouTube. Then they became a reality. This is the extraordinary true story of an aspiring musician down on her luck, who inspired internationally famous YouTube artist Kutiman to create a magical collaboration that would bring her music to a whole new audience.

Above and below

September 27, 2016
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Edward Cardenas, Cynthia Goodwin, Richard F. Ethredge, April Davis.
Widescreen (2.35:1 aspect ratio)
Extra features: Making above and below : an new interview with director Nicolas Steiner -- Deleted scenes -- Theatrical trailer.
Contrasts the experiences and philosophical musings of homeless individuals surviving in the flood channels beneath Las Vegas and in the California desert with scientists conducting research in the Utah desert in preparation for an expedition to Mars.

Dark horse

September 27, 2016
© 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Anna Karina, Claude Brasse,
Special features: Photo gallery, theatrical trailer.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.
Set in a former mining village in Wales, an inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse.

Spillover : zika, ebola & beyond

September 22, 2016
[Arlington, VA] : PBS Distribution, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Widescreen (16x9)
Title from disc label.
Investigate the rise of spillover viruses like Zika, Ebola and Nipah that can make the leap from animals to humans. Find out how human behaviors spread diseases and what science can do to anticipate and prevent epidemics around the world.

Defying the Nazis : the Sharps' war

September 15, 2016
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tom Hanks, Marina Goldman.
Title from disc label.
It tells the never-before-told story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped save scores of imperiled dissidents and refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.

Vaxxed : from cover-up to catastophe

September 13, 2016
[Los Angeles, CA] : Cinema Libre Studio, [2016]
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Del Matthew Bigtree, Mark F. Blaxill, Michaela Blaxill.
Title from disc label.
A documentary alleging that the CDC, the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens, destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Paper tigers

September 8, 2016
[Wilmington, Delaware] : KPJR Films, [2015]
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color, ; 4 3/4 in.
Includes toolkit of short, informational films: The biology of toxic stress, Around the campfire, How to connect with students, Lighthouse parenting, What are ACEs? and trailer for a related film produced by KPJR Films: Resilence: the biology of stress & the science of hope.
This film follows 6 students from Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, Washington. The principal and teachers embraced a non-punitive, trauma-informed model of teaching and discipline in order to counteract the chaos and violence present in the school. Using the ACE's model in the classroom helped the students understand their negative emotions and create an atmosphere for success.

Tap world [videorecording]

September 8, 2016
1 videodisc (ca. 72 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from container.
Follow leaders of the art of tap dancing who are shaping the community around them. Their personal stories of inspiration, struggle, and triumph are keeping this art form alive and thriving internationally. For the first time, tap dancers of all ages were encouraged to share their individual journey through tap dance.

Selected : one dream, one school, one year

August 26, 2016
Murrieta, CA : distributed by Film Works Entertainment, Inc.
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Widescreen (16:9).
Special features: Bonus feature; Trailer; Photo gallery.
The truths and challenges of public urban education as seen through the lives of high school students at Whitney Young High School. This Chicago public school began as a dram to create a fully integrated school in a racially divided city, and within a riot ravaged neighborhood in the 1970s.

The emperor's naked army marches on [videorecording] = Yuki yukite shingun

August 26, 2016
Chicago, Ill. : Facets Video, c2007.
1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1987.
"Films of Kazuo Hara"--Container.
"In this absorbing documentary, Kenzo Okuzaki--a veteran of Japan's WWII New Guinea campaign--painstakingly tracks down the former military officers responsible for the mysterious deaths of several fellow soldiers. Director Kazuo Hara not only captures the zeal of Okuzaki's mission but also exposes the atrocities committed by the Japanese military against its soldiers, resulting in a controversial film of undeniable power."--Container.

Citizen soldier

August 26, 2016
Atlanta, GA : Citizen Soldier, LLC, [2016]
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Eran Harrill
"Real people. Real heroes"--Container.
A unique inside look into the Oklahoma 45th National Guard Brigade, better known as the "Thunderbirds" Sgt. Eran Harrill represents the members of the Thunderbirds well. He is a hero, a devoted single father and a proud member of the Oklahoma National Guard. The film is as close to experiencing war on the front lines of fighting without actually being there.

The messenger

August 26, 2016
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2016]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures, woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment, are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time.

Elstree 1976

August 26, 2016
[New York, New York] : FilmRise, [2016]
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
David Prowse, Garrick Hagon, Angus MacInnes, Jeremy Bulloch.
Originally released in 2015.
Explore the lives of the actors and extras behind one of the most celebrated franchises in cinematic history, Star Wars, which spans from George Lucas's original A New Hope to J.J. Abrams's recent record-breaking blockbuster, The Force Awakens. From the man behind film's most iconic villain, to the actor whose character was completely cut from the final film, the documentary delves into the eccentric community these individuals have formed.

9/11 : inside the Pentagon

August 24, 2016
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
On September 11, 2001, 184 people lost their lives when American Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon. Today, people are surprised to hear that the Pentagon was ever a target. Few know about those who escaped, many terrifyingly close to the impact zone. This is the most complete telling of what happened at the Pentagon on a day that forever changed the world.

Requiem for the American dream

August 24, 2016
1 videodisc (73 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Noam Chomsky.
Widescreen (16x9)
Title from disc label.
It is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time, the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality, tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the wealthiest at the expense of the majority.

Ingrid Bergman : in her own words

August 24, 2016
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Alicia Vikander ; participants, Pia Lindström, Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini, Fiorella Mariani, Liv Ullmann, Sigourney Weaver, Jeanine Basinger.
Widescreen (1.78:1).
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2015.
Director Stig Björkman allows us unprecedented access to Ingrid Bergman's world, culling from the most personal of archival materials: letters, diary entries, photographs, and Super eight and sixteen mm footage Bergman herself shot, and following her from youth to tumultuous married life and motherhood. Intimate and artful, this lovingly assembled portrait, narrated by actor Alicia Vikander, provides luminous insight into the life and career of an undiminished legend.

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