New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

November 21, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

First man on the moon..

November 20, 2014
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
The story of Neil Armstrong.

Robin Williams remembered

November 19, 2014
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Jerry Bertram ; featuring, Robin Williams.
Title from disc surface.
"A Pioneers of Television special"--Container.
The film will feature one of Williams' last full-length interviews for the series, including never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him, along with clips from moments throughout his career.

Chronicle of a Summer (Paris 1960) = Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960)

November 14, 2014
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Jean Rouch, Edgar Morin, Marceline Loridan, Marilù Parolini.
Special features: New 2K digital master from the Cineteca di Bologna restoration; "Un été + 50" (2011), a seventy-five-minute documentary featuring outtakes from the film; Archival interviews with co-director Jean Rouch and Marceline Loridan; New interview with anthropology professor Faye Ginsburg. Booklet featuring an essay by scholar Sam Di Iorio.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1961.
By interviewing a group of Paris residents in the summer of 1960, Rouch and Morin reveal the hopes and dreams of a wide array of people and give us a document of a time and place with extraordinary depth.

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

November 13, 2014
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

I am Santa Claus

November 7, 2014
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mick Foley, Artie Lange, Dee Snider.
Title from disc label.
Follows the lives of six real-bearded professional Santa Clauses as they anticipate and prepare the coming holiday season while showing them for who they actually are; flawed, flesh and blood men who feel an overbearing responsibility to protect the integrity of the spotless, untarnished reputation of the 'Red Suit.'

Road trip for Ralphie [videorecording] : a Christmas story documentary

November 3, 2014
[S.l.] : Janson Media, [2013]
1 videodisc (ca. 81 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Tyler Schwartz, Jordie Schwatz.
Title from disc label.
"The perfect companion to a treasured holiday classic"--Container.
"During an adventure spanning two years and two countries, two mega-fans of 'A Christmas Story' set out to discover all the film's shooting locations. Along the way, they uncover forgotten facts, discover little-known locations and recover long-lost movie memorablia"--Back container.

Deepsea challenge

October 31, 2014
[Los Angeles, California] : Millennium Entertainment, [2014]
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
James Cameron.
Title from sell sheet.
As a boy, filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of a journey to the deepest part of the ocean. This film is the dramatic fulfillment of that dream. It chronicles Cameron's solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench and nearly seven miles beneath the ocean's surface piloting a submersible he designed himself. The risks were astounding. The footage is breathtaking. A celebration of science, courage, and extraordinary human aspiration.

Pink smoke over the Vatican [videorecording]

October 31, 2014
[Calif.] : Eye Goddess Films, 2011.
1 videodisc (ca. 58 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Jules Hart.
"Pink Smoke Over the Vatican is a documentary film about the controversial movement of women seeking ordination in the Roman Catholic Church. More and more women are answering a spiritual calling to take on the vestments of priesthood and seek equality in the religion they love. These daring women have risked banishment, loss of livelihood, and even excommunication to take part in what the Church calls illicit ordinations. The Vatican has vowed to end this threat to the male hierarchy, even forbidding the mere discussion of female priests. The papacy has reached a time of crisis and the controversy over women's role, and their place in the Church, must be addressed if the Vatican is to have any relevance in the 21st century." --Imdb.


October 30, 2014
New York City, NY : Disinformation
1 videodisc (61 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced in 2012 and released in 2013.
Bonus features: Revolutionary accelerated unboring version (48 min.) for the easily board. Really; Stage of bordom (3 mins.); The mountain that boredom built (4 min.).
The first serious documentary on boredom. Director Albert Nerenberg asks why the subject of boredom has been so religiously avoided and shows that boredom isn't what one think it is. The film's breakthrough research suggests boredom is likely a state of stress. It may also be killing people. Perhaps the powers that be would rather people not know that, especially if one is inside some kind of educational institution or dead end job.

Bible quiz

October 28, 2014
New York, NY : Virgil Films, [2014]
1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mikayla Irle
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2013.
Follow seventeen-year-old Mikayla Irle as she memorizes books of the Bible on her quest to win the National Bible Quiz Championship and the heart of JP, her quiz team captain. The film explores coming of age in the face of faith, doubt, fierce competition, sexuality and teen love.

U2 [videorecording] : the rebirth of cool in the third millennium

October 27, 2014
New Malden, Surrey, England : Sexy Intellectual, c2008.
1 videodisc (68 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring U2: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.
Special features: "Millennium tours" special feature ; "Rebirth of cool" interactive challenge ; contributor biographies ; "Beyond DVD" featurette.
Originally released in 2008.
"Tells the story of the massive regeneration of U2 during the new millennium. Across two stunning and classic albums, a world tour to accompany each, numerous side projects and a fresh attitude that not only drew the old fans back in droves, but equally attracted huge swathes of new devotees, the "noughties" was just as much U2's decade as the eighties had been ... this DVD uniquely shows how a band can, using intelligence, soul, and plenty of classic song writing, revive not just a career but a whole way of life"--Container.

Whitey : United States of America v. James J. Bulger

October 27, 2014
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Stephen Rakes, James Bulger.
Title from container.
Special features: Extended interviews; Photo gallery, Trailer.
A sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within the nation's law enforcement and legal systems.

Pelotero [videorecording] = Ballplayer

October 24, 2014
Culver City, CA : Strand Releasing Home Video, [2012]
1 videodisc (77 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, John Leguizamo.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
Bonus features: Photo gallery; original theatrical trailer; other Strand Releasing trailers.
A compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo that is a gritty and rare look inside the recruitment of top talent baseball players from the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista are among 100,000 teenagers vying for a handful of coveted contracts with baseball teams. As they turn sixteen years old and become eligible to sign, each must navigate the fiercely competitive and frequently corrupt system if they are to lift their families out of poverty.

Awakening in the now [videorecording]

October 24, 2014
Boulder, CO : Sounds True, c2009.
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Speaker, Eckart Tolle.
Title from disc surface.
"As seen on PBS"--Container.
Where is the off switch -- A primordial spiritual practice -- Space consciousness and object consciousness -- Becoming friendly with the Now -- From thinking to awareness.
Features a live talk by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle.

Sholem Aleichem [videorecording] : laughing in the darkness

October 22, 2014
New York : Riverside Films : New Video, 2013.
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
With commentaries from Bella Kaufman (Aleichem's 100-year-old granddaughter), Aaron Lansky of the Yiddish Book Center, and Professor Ruth Wisse of Harvard University. Narrator, Alan Rosenberg ; with the voices of Peter Riegert, Rachel Dratch, Jason Kravits, Daniel Lerman.
Winner: Jerusalem International Film Festival.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2011.
A portrait of writer Sholem Aleichem, whose stories about Tevye the milkman became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Aleichem (1859-1916) was a rebellious wordsmith who created a new genre of literature and used his remarkable humor to encapsulate the realities of the Eastern European Jewish world in the late nineteenth century. Using a rich collection of archival footage, the film recreates a time in czarist Russia when Jews were second-class citizens and frequent scapegoats in times of social and political unrest.

America : imagine the world without her

October 22, 2014
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Based on the New York Times best -selling book "America: Imagine A World without her" by Dinesh D'Souza.
What would the world look like if America never existed? Dinesh D'Souza, bestselling author and creator of 2016: Obama's America, explores this fascinating question in this stirring, thought-provoking documentary. Through re-enactments of landmark events in America's history and insightful interviews with leading historians, D'Souza brings us face-to-face with the brave heroes who built a great nation, and offers a powerful defense against critics intent upon "the shaming of America."

Bukowski at Bellevue [videorecording].

October 21, 2014
Lytham St. Annes, England : Screen Edge ; [Oaks, Pa] : American distributor, Eclectic DVD, c2004.
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced as a documentary film in 1970.
This pioneer reading (only his fourth ever) was videotaped in black-and-white using a primitive portable video system with two cameras by students at Bellevue Community College and the film has lain forgotten for 18 years. The recording quality is poor.

Growing cities

October 20, 2014
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Malik Yakini, Scott Stokoe, Eugene Cook, Mike Mennono, Brooke Budner, Britta Riley, Caitlyn Galloway.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. Growing Cities goes coast to coast to tell the inspiring stories of these intrepid urban farmers, activists, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country feeds itself. From those growing in backyards to make ends meet to educators teaching kids to eat healthier, viewers find that urban farming is about much more than simply good food.

Ice warriors : USA sled hockey.

October 15, 2014
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from web page.
This powerful, uplifting one-hour documentary, on PBS, follows the USA Paralympic Sled Hockey team as they prepare for the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi.

The possession of Michael King

October 15, 2014
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Shane Johnson, Julie McNiven, Jed Rees, Ella Anderson, Cara Pifko, Dale Dickey, Tomas Arana.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Michael doesn't believe in God or The Devil. The documentary filmmaker decides to make a film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment (allowing various practitioners of the occult to try the spells and rituals on him) in the hopes that when they fail, he'll once and for all have proof that it's all nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over him and it will not let go.

Cooper & Hemingway : the true gen

October 14, 2014
1 videodisc (138 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Sam Waterston.
Title from container.
Ernest Hemingway's extraordinary life and career has been exhaustively, but less thoroughly examined is his fascinating friendship with film icon Gary Cooper. The liberal, best-known writer of the 20th century and the tight-lipped, all-American 'common man' were complete opposites and yet the best of friends for over 20 years. An unprecedented look at the bond between two of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.

Unstoppable [videorecording] : where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?

October 14, 2014
[United States] : CAMFAM Studios, LLC ; Franklin, Tenn. : Distributed in the USA by Provident Distribution, c2013.
1 videodisc (ca. 65 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Kirk Cameron.
Special features: behind-the-scenes featurette, Warren Barfield's "The Time is Now" music video.
The big question -- In the beginning -- Adam and Eve -- The fall -- Cain and Abel -- The pitch -- Sandgren family -- God's war bow -- Let's talk about Jesus -- The final word.
Following a record-breaking live one-night theatrical event and an incredibly successful second showing, Provident Films brings Kirk Cameron's newest film to DVD. Unstoppable is Kirk's personal and inspiring visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raiser in faith: Why? Kirk goes back to the beginning -- literally -- as he investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives and our eternities. Reminding us that there is great hope, Unstoppable creatively tackles the age-old question: Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering? "It's easy to get excited about your faith when things are going well in your life. But when your whole world comes crashing down on you, the questions start: 'Where is God when I need him most? Why do bad things happen to good people?' Unstoppable is a journey, based on a true story, that has become the most personal and transparent project I have ever made regarding my faith. Together, in hundreds of theaters across America, we will discover with our eyes wide open, that life is stronger than death, good is stronger than evil, and faith is stronger than doubt." - Publisher.

Explorer. Python wars [videorecording]

October 10, 2014
[Washington, DC?] : National Geographic Society, [2010]
1 videodisc (50 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Peter Coyote.
Title from container.
"As seen on National Geographic Channel."
"The Burmese python, one of the largest, most powerful snakes in the world, has established a breeding population in Florida's Everglades--and soon, the snakes will be poised to spread to other areas in the United States. How far will they get? Biologists are plotting a conteroffensive, even as they're still making discoveries about the basic biology of these massive serpents. The scientists waging this 'python war' have one objective: to preserve the ecological balance of the Everglades. Can they protect Florida's native species by stopping the pythons, or is it already to late?"--Container.

Charles Lloyd : arrows into infinity

October 8, 2014
München : ECM Records
1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Contains archival footage from several of Charles Lloyd's concerts.

Mermaids : the body found, the new evidence

October 3, 2014
1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc surface.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
A look into the urban legend of the existence of mermaids. What if there's a kernel of truth that lives beneath the legend of the mythic mermaid? Animal Planet brings viewers into the world where the legend is real. The film blends real-life events and phenomena with the story of two scientists who testify they found the remains of a never-before-identified sea creature.

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