New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

January 17, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The green prince

January 16, 2015
[Chicago, Illinois] : Music Box Films, [2014]
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, Sheikh Hassan Yousef.
Title from disc label.
Based on the book Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef and Ron Brackin.
Based upon the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel's prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him.

Wild Congo

January 15, 2015
Washington, DC : National Geographic
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
There's a reason Africa's most powerful and mysterious river is called the Heart of Darkness. Up to eight miles wide with towering ten-foot waves, the Congo pulses through dangerous terrain and serves as the lifeblood to an incredible variety of species; from forest elephants to elephant fish.

My Winnipeg

January 15, 2015
[United States] : The Criterion Collection
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Ann Savage, Guy Maddin.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2007.
A work of memory and imagination, Maddin's film burrows into what the filmmaker calls "the heart of the heart" of the continent, conjuring a city as delightful as it is fearsome, populated by sleepwalkers and hockey aficionados. Take part in Winnipeg's annual epic scavenger hunt! Pay your respects to the racehorses forever frozen in the river! Help judge the yearly homoerotic Golden Boy pageant.

Boogie man [videorecording] : the Lee Atwater story

January 13, 2015
[New York] : InterPositive Media, c2009.
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Bonus features: deleted scenes, additional interviews, MSNBC interview, unpublished photographs, theatrical trailer, additional biographical info, discussion guide.
Through interviews, tells the story of Lee Atwater, the blues-playing rogue whose rambunctious rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a household name.

Finding Fela

January 9, 2015
1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Paul McCartney, Questlove, Yeni Kuti, .
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2014.
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, a combination of jazz, funk, and Nigerian percussion styles. It was also a political force, a propulsive delivery system of Fela's revolutionary ideas, pitched against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a tilt towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan-Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela's music and message endure today.

Keep on keepin' on

January 9, 2015
1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Clark Terry.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
Depicts the remarkable story of 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry. A living monument to the Golden Era of Jazz, having played in both the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands. He broke racial barriers on American television and mentored the likes of Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, but his most unlikely friendship is with Justin Kauflin, a 23-year old blind piano prodigy. Justin, fighting a debilitating case of stage fright, is invited to compete in a prestigious competition.

Eat : the story of food.

January 8, 2015
2 videodiscs (270 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc labels.
Originally broadcast as episodes of the television program in 2014.
Travel through time on a culinary adventure that reveals the humble beginnings and climactic interludes of cuisine throughout the ages to reveal how food has made us who we are today, and how it shapes our future.

Plastic galaxy : the story of Star Wars toys

January 6, 2015
1 videodisc (70 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Steve Sansweet, Gus Lopez, and others.
Title from container.
Special features: Tiny Toys, Giant Disaster: Kenner's Micro Line; Steve Sansweet: The Secret Origin of a Record-Setting Collector; Know Your Toy Lightsaber!; The Art and Science of Kenner Prototypes.
Plastic Galaxy is a documentary that explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts and authors like Steve Sansweet and Gus Lopez, and of course collectors, it looks at the toys' history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.

The pleasures of being out of step : notes onthe life of Nat Hentoff

December 31, 2014
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Andre Braugher, Nat Hentoff.
Title from disc label.
Originally released in 2013.
Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and who also led the rise of 'alternative' journalism in America. This unique documentary wraps the themes of liberty, identity and free expression around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act.

A will for the woods

December 31, 2014
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
While battling lymphoma, Clark has discovered a burgeoning movement that uses burial to conserve and restore natural areas, forgoing typical funeral practices that stress the ecosystem. Boldly facing his mortality, Clark and his partner Jane have become passionate about green burial, compelled by both the environmental benefits and the idea that one can remain within the cycle of life, rather than being cut off from it.

SuperMensch [videorecording] : the legend of Shep Gordon

December 31, 2014
Beverly Hills, CA : distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2014.
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Videodisc release of the 2013 documentary film.
Recounts the career and times of talent manager and Hollywood insider Shep Gordon, told through interviews with Shep Gordon himself as well as Alice Cooper, Emeril Lagasse, Michael Douglas, Anne Murray and many of his other clients and friends.

Leo Beuerman [videorecording] : a legacy

December 29, 2014
St. Louis, Mo. : Phoenix Learning Group, c2012.
1 videodisc (46 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc surface.
Brief biographical film about Leo Beuerman, a man born with severe disabilities who refused to succumb to self-pity or fear--remastered & updated with special features.

Disco & atomic war = Disko & Tuumasõda

December 19, 2014
[Brooklyn, NY] : Icarus Films, [2014]
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Arvo Sildnik, Edward Lucas, Prof. Esko Salminen, Sakari Kiuru.
Title from disc.
Originally produced in 2009.
Disko & Tuumasõda -- Bonus film. Lotman's world / Agne Nelk (57 min.).
Hijacking broadcasts from Finland with makeshift yet powerful TV antennas, the people of Estonia, while still under the rule of the Soviet Union and its propaganda, found new heroes in JR Ewing and David Hasselhoff, and quickly became obsessed with the forbidden fruit that was western pop culture.

Ornette : made in America

December 18, 2014
Harrington Park, NJ : Oscilloscope Pictures
1 videodisc (78 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from container.
Bonus features: Shirley loves Felix; Link Revisited (an interview with Denardo Coleman); Video and radio interview with Shirley Clarke; trailer and more.
The documentary captures Ornette Coleman's evolution over three decades, chronicling his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. The film explores the rhythms, images and myths of America seen through the eyes of an artist's ever-expanding imagination and experience.

Navy SEALs : their untold story

December 17, 2014
[United States] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Gary Sinise.
Title from disc label.
The history of the US Navy Seals from WWII to Afghanistan today, through never-before-told stories and never-before-seen footage.

Ripley : believe it or not

December 17, 2014
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Oliver Platt.
Title from disc label.
LeRoy Robert Ripley rose to fame during the Great Depression, transforming himself into an entertainer who mesmerized the nation with his razzle-dazzle blend of homespun Americana and freakish oddities. Over three decades, his franchise grew into an entertainment empire. This is the story of the man who popularized the iconic phrase, and proof of why we still can't resist his challenge to 'Believe it, or not!'

Crisis hotline : veterans press 1

December 17, 2014
1 videodisc (approximately 40 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2013.
Today, more military members are lost to suicide than on the battlefield. After serving their country overseas, many veterans in their darkest moments turn to the unique services of the Veterans Crisis Line to help with traumas like post-traumatic stress, depression, homelessness and drug dependence. The 40-minute documentary is an intimate look at the vital work of several responders who provide life-saving intervention and desperately needed referrals through the 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line,

First cousin once removed

December 17, 2014
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Edwin Honig.
Bonus features: director Alan Berliner in conversation with Richard Peña; Edwin Honig memorial tribute; "56 ways of saying I don't remember" / a short film by Alan Berliner; reference websites to learn more about the poetry of Edwin Honig.
A distinguished poet, translator, critic and teacher, Edwin Honig wrote dozens of books and poems that attracted critical praise around the world. His seminal translations awakened English-speaking readers to previously overlooked literary giants, resulting in honorary knighthoods from the king of Spain and the president of Portugal. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner paints a deeply personal portrait of his "good friend, cousin and mentor" as Honig journeys through the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and memory loss.

Alive inside

December 12, 2014
1 videodisc (78 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dan Cohen, Bobby McFerrin, Oliver Sacks.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features: directors commentary; deleted scenes; Michael Rossato-Bennett interview; trailer; footage from the 2014 Sundance International Film Festival ; soundtrack of the music in the film with visuals; available on DVD and Blu-Ray; ask Dan Cohen.
A joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.

Levitated mass : the story of Michael Heizer's monolithic sculpture

December 11, 2014
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced in the United States as a motion picture and released in 2013.
"LEVITATED MASS is Doug Pray's new documentary about a two-story tall, 340-ton, granite boulder that was moved from a quarry in Riverside to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and mounted atop the walls of a gigantic slot in the earth. The massive artwork, titled Levitated Mass, is the latest 'land sculpture' by one of America's most exciting and misunderstood artists, Michael Heizer. Heizer's sculpture references the expanse of art history -- from ancient traditions of megalithic stones to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering. The boulder's 105-mile journey from quarry to museum attracted international media attention and challenged the imagination of thousands of Southern Californians over 10 nights as it crawled through 22 cities on a football-field length, 206-wheeled trailer. The film captures this spectacle while weaving together the dramatic story of the reclusive Heizer, the ambitions of a major metropolitan museum, and the public's wild reactions to this massive display of modern yet eerily timeless conceptual art."--Container.


December 11, 2014
New York, NY : First Run Features
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
DVD extras: Extended interviews; photo gallery.
The provocative portrait of an American trendsetter whose free spirit defied convention. A woman ahead of her time, Altina Schinasi was born in 1907 in New York City; the daughter of a tobacco tycoon and decedent of Sephardic Jews, she upended the expectations that accompanied her position. Altina was a paradox: simultaneously seductive and reserved, her genteel upbringing was in sharp contrast to the bold sexuality of her art and her life.

The final member

December 4, 2014
Austin, TX : Drafthouse Films
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Páll Arason, Ásbjöm Bjöorgvinsson, Hannes Blöndal.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Marketed and distributed in the U.S. by Cinedigm Entertainment.
Thirty miles from the Arctic Circle, in the town of Husavik, stands the Icelandic Phallological Museum, the world's only penis museum. Over 40 years, the founder and curator has collected every specimen from every mammal except for one elusive penis needed to complete his collection. The film follows the curator's incredible, sublimely comic, often shocking quest to complete his eccentric collection, and the two intrepid men who have raised their hands to be the first human donor.

Transformation [videorecording] : old building, new life

December 4, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. : WFYI Productions, c2011.
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
With Judy O'Bannon.
Originally broadcast on WFYI on September 29, 2011.
Chronicles the dramatic restoration of the former Capitol Avenue United Methodist Church, located in the Old Northside community in Indianapolis, as it is transformed into the new headquarters for Indiana Landmarks.

Transforming power of caregiving : returning to life after caregiving ends

December 3, 2014
1 videodisc (46 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
A new beginning -- A new normal -- New life discoveries.
Whether you have cared for your loved one for one year or many, when it ends it will feel abrupt. The life and routine that have become yours suddenly comes to an end with a finality that is painful on many levels. You have become a different person during your caregiving experience, yet you haven't had time to realize who that person is. Your focus was on someone else and the thought of shifting that focus to yourself may be scary. However, exploring who you are now as well as what you learned about yourself, and about life itself, during your caregiving experience can be an experience full of discovery and adventure.


December 1, 2014
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
It takes us on a journey from the world of Silicon Valley to the bedrooms of British teenagers in order to ask an important question: What exactly is the internet doing to our children? This revealing documentary examines how children are adapting to the technological world we live in, and how free and open connectivity can have alienating and addictive side-effects, especially on the youngest minds using it.

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