New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

February 25, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

For the love of Spock

February 24, 2017
Brooklyn, NY : Film Rise, [2016]
1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Adam Nimoy, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, J. J. Abrams, William Shatner.
Title from disc label.
Special features: Leonard Nimoy's Boston ; On set with The Big Bang Theory ; Tribeca panel ; Trivia time - Jason Alexander ; Filmmaker commentary ; Kickstarter gallery ; Tribeca teaser ; Theatrical trailer.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek through a personal, intimate look at the life and career of Leonard Nimoy and the enduring appeal of his alter ego, Mr. Spock, as told by his son, Adam Nimoy.

Ancient alien conspiracy : UFOs and the dawn of civilization.

February 23, 2017
Foresthill, CA : UMN LLC., [2017]
1 videodisc (200 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Host, Jim Marrs, Philip Coppens.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2015.
Has the Earth been visited by extraterrestrial beings? Did these "Ancient Aliens" contribute to the birth of human civilization? Do the ancient monuments contain evidence of their presence? Join Philip Coppens as he reveals an array of astonishing truths about our history, including a radically different understanding of the pyramids and how they were constructed.

President Trump

February 23, 2017
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Will Lyman.
Widescreen (16x9)
Title from disc label.
An examination of the key moments that shaped President-elect Donald Trump. Interviews with advisors, business associates, and biographers reveal how Trump transformed himself from real estate developer to entertainer to president.

Blood on the mountain

February 22, 2017
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Commentators: Davitt McAteer, Richard Trumka.
Title from disc label.
Examines the economic and social plight of West Virginia coal miners. Focuses on the environmental despoilation caused by mining that inhabitants of West Virginia's coal county are forced to endure.

The witness

February 21, 2017
1 videodisc (90 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
William Genovese.
Special features: Additional scenes, post-screening Q+A, interview with Bill Genovese ; Archival material: Never before seen photos, crime scene footage, rare documents from the case, including trial transcript and detective reports.
"On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly attacked on a street in Kew Gardens, Queens. The New York times published a front-page story asserting that 38 witnesses watched her being murdered from their apartment windows-and did nothing to help. The Witness follows the efforts of her brother, Bill Genovese, as he looks to uncover the truth buried beneath the story."--Container.


February 21, 2017
New York : Kino Lorber, [2017]
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Barbara Kingsolver. Featuring: Olek, Tinna Thorudottir Thorvaldar.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features: additional animations.
Every stitch tells a tale. International artists and knitters take a simple skein of yarn to create their extraordinary ideas and stories.

Zero days

February 21, 2017
1 videodisc (approximately 114 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
Special features: Interview with director Alex Gibney -- Theatrical trailer.
A black ops cyber attack launched by the U.S. and Israel on an Iranian nuclear facility unleashed malware with unforeseen consequences. The Stuxnet virus infiltrated it's pre-determined target only to spread it's infection outward, ultimately exposing systemic vulnerabilities that threatened the very safety of the planet. Delve deep into the bourgeoning world of digital warfare in this documentary thriller from Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney.


February 16, 2017
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
"For the past 25 years I've worked as a documentary cinematographer. I originally shot the following footage for other films, but here I ask you to see it as my memoir. These are the images that have marked me and leave me wondering still"--Opening frame.
A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home with the director: Kirsten Johnson weaves these scenes and others into her film, a tapestry of footage captured over her twenty-five-year career as a documentary cinematographer.

Passage to Mars

February 16, 2017
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrators, Zachary Quinto, Charlotte Rampling ; featuring Buzz Aldrin.
Program content: ©2015.
Chronicles a 2000-mile expedition across the Arctic sea-ice of the Northwest Passage by six NASA astronauts in preparation for the exploration of the planet Mars.

Sentimental reflections [videorecording] : America's heritage in story, scenery and song.

February 10, 2017
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

The race underground

February 9, 2017
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Michael Murphy.
Title from disc label.
16x9 wide screen.
In the late 19th century, as America's teeming cities grew increasingly congested, the time had come to replace the nostalgic horse-drawn trolleys with a faster, cleaner, safer, and more efficient form of transportation. Ultimately, it was Boston, a city of so many firsts that overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to construct America's first subway.

Jesus Town USA

February 9, 2017
1 videodisc (78 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from container.
For 88 years, a small Oklahoma town has pantomimed a passion play on a bizarre reproduction of Jerusalem built into the Wichita foothills. A light-hearted and comedic documentary chronicling the journey of a 100-strong amateur cast, a dozen horses, and a very devout community. Once boasting audiences of over 200,000, the Pageant now struggles to find any audience at all. When the man playing Jesus retires, his replacement, a long standing member of the cast, has a secret he is hiding.

Half the sky

February 9, 2017
2 videodiscs (approximately 3 hr., 52 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Introduced by George Clooney ; featuring Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, Olivia Wilde.
Title from disc labels.
Inspired by Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.
Actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof meet individuals who are doing work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of challenge, transformation and hope.

The eagle huntress

February 8, 2017
1 videodisc (approx. 87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Daisy Ridley.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
Follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been typically been handed down from father to son for centuries.

CSNY/Déjà vu

February 8, 2017
Santa Monica, Calif. : LionsGate, 2008.
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Neil Young.
Title from disc.
DVD features: Film trailer -- "Find the Cost of Freedom" bonus video -- 10 "Living with War" music videos -- Tour information -- Cast biographies.
The war in Iraq is the backdrop as the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Freedom of Speech Tour crisscrosses North America. Echoes of Vietnam-era anti-war sentiment abound as the band connects with today's audiences.


February 6, 2017
[New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]
4 videodiscs (566 min.) : sound, color, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees: Armando Aaron, Paula Biren, Abraham Bomba, Czeslaw Borowi, Inge Deutschkron, Itzhak Dugin, Ruth Elias, Pan Falborski, Pan Filipowicz, Henrik Gawkowski, Richard Glazar, Franz Grassler, Raul Hilberg, Jan Karski, Martha Michelson, Moshe Mordo, Filip Müller, Joseph Oberhauser, Pana Pietyra, Jan Piwonski, Michaël Podchlebnik, Simha Rottem, Franz Schalling, Gertrude Schneider's mother, Alfred Spiess, Simon Srebnik, Walter Stier, Franz Suchomel, Rudolf Vrba, Motke Zaïdl, Hanna Zaïdl, Itzhak Zuckermann.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1985.
"This digital print of Shoah was produced by Why Not Productions in 2012, with the support of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, as well as the participation of IFC Films and the Criterion Collection."
Special features: Disc 1: Trailer. Disc 5: On Shoah (interview with Claude Lanzmann by Serge Toubiana); Caroline Champetier and Arnaud Desplechin (new interview with Champetier, assistant camera person on Shoah, and filmmaker Desplechin); -- The Karski report (2010, 49 min., additional footage of Jan Karski). Disc 6: A visitor from the living (1999, 68 min., documentary of Theresienstadt, with interview of Maurice Rossel); -- Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001, 102 min., documentary of the uprising at the Sobibór concentration camp, with interview of Yehuda Lerner); -- Claude Lanzmann (director discusses the making of A visitor from the living and Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. with writer Hélène Frappat). Booklet features essay by critic Kent Jones and writings by Lanzmann.
Over a decade in the making, this monumental investigation of the unthinkable: the murder of more than six million Jews by the Nazis. Using no archival footage, Claude Lanzmann instead focuses on first-person testimonies (of survivors and former Nazis, and other witnesses), employing a circular, free-associative method in assembling them. The intellectual yet emotionally overwhelming Shoah is not a film about excavating the past but an intensive portrait in which the past is always present.

(Dis)honesty : the truth about lies

January 31, 2017
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2017]
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
16x9 wide screen (1.78:1).
An exploration of the complex impact dishonesty has on our lives and everyday society.


January 31, 2017
1 videodisc (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Ryan Ferguson, Charles Erickson.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2015.
When teenaged Ryan Ferguson was wrongly arrested for the brutal murder of a local journalist, he assumed that the law would run its course and he'd soon be released. But it turned out to be only the beginning of a long nightmare involving corrupt police, judges and attorneys, and resulting in years of unjust incarceration. Told through the eyes of Ryan's devoted father, whose persistent amateur sleuthing saved his son from a lifetime in prison.

Jim : the James Foley story

January 30, 2017
[United States] : Gravitas Ventures, [2016]
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
With James Foley, Diane Foley, John Foley Sr., John Foley Jr.
A look at the life of journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012 and became the first American citizen to be killed by the terrorist group ISIS. Friends, family and professional colleagues share their recollections of him in this documentary. Directed by Brian Oakes who was a childhood friend of Foley's, this award-winning documentary provides an in-depth look into the life and work of American journalist James Foley, who was captured and beheaded by ISIS terrorists in 2014.

To Joey, with love

January 30, 2017
Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Rory Feek, Joey Feek.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features : New Joey + Rory song, In the Time That You Gave Me ; Family slide show ; I am not a mistake ; Not to die, but to live.
The amazing story of Joey and Rory Feek. Intimately filmed by the couple over a course of two and a half years. This documentary follows this beautiful couple through the birth of their daughter, and even shows Joey's struggle and ultimate surrender to cancer. However, they never lose hope. A love story for the ages.

Jamel Shabazz : street photographer

January 30, 2017
Oscilloscope Pictures, 2012, 2015.
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
In the infancy of hip-hop, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz documented the pioneers of music and style who would launch an enduring worldwide phenomenon. Charlie Ahearn (director of the seminal graffiti movie Wild Style) pays tribute to both Shabazz and those who defined hip-hop before it had definition. More than just vintage shots of kids rocking sneakers and savvy street style in Times Square and Fort Greene Park.

Maestro : music is everything

January 23, 2017
[Place of publication not identified] : Endeavor Pictures, [2015]
1 videodisc (58 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Paarvo Järvi, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn.
Maestro follows Grammy award-winning conductor Paavo Järvi and an array of brilliant musicians as they perform to sold-out music halls across the world. It is an intimate, unprecedented glimpse into the life of a renowned conductor and a vibrant, contemporary portrait of the world of classical music


January 9, 2017
[Oaks, Pennsylvania] : MVD Visual, 2015.
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
John Hunt.
Title from disc label.
The Palio is the oldest horse race in the world. Viewers will follow legendary maestro Gig Bruschelli, winner of thirteen races, and his former protǧ̌ Giovanni Atzeni, a handsome young contender driven by a fearless passion to become number one, in this expose of the notoriously closed world of this ancient race.

Author, the JT LeRoy story

December 28, 2016
© 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 112 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Anamorphic wide screen (1.85:1).
The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn't actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco housewife, Laura Albert. Now viewers can journey down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade.

Chonda Pierce : laughing in the dark, a true story

December 28, 2016
[United States] : Fuseic Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Chonda Pierce.
Special features: Complete interview with David and Chonda Pierce; Laughing in the the dark Q&A with Kevin & Sam Sorbo, Sherri Shepherd, Miss Kay Robertson, James Robinson, Roma Downey, Monica Crowley and Corbin Bernsen; Chonda interview on Life Today; What now? Post film interview with director Rick Altizer and Chonda Pierce; A film tribute to Chonda and her fans; Book of Job Bible study enhancement clips for use as a personal study or small group study.
"Intended for mature audiences"--Container.
"This docu-comedy follows Chonda as she takes the audience on an emotional roller-coaster ride descending to the depths of dark despair and rising to the heights of victory propelled by laughter, perseverance and faith."--Container insert.

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