New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

January 10, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


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.

The homestretch

December 14, 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Roque Sanchez, Angeline "Kasey" White, Anthony Lynch.
Program content: ©2014.
"Homeless is a situation. It's not who you are" -- Container.
"The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - Roque, Kasey and Anthony - will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights. With unprecedented access into the Chicago Public Schools, The Night Ministry's Crib emergency youth shelter and Teen Living Programs' Belfort House, The Homestretch follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families and a school system on the front lines of this crisis. A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young, homeless and building a future in America today"--Container.

Heart of a dog

December 14, 2016
1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Laurie Anderson.
Originally produced in 2015.
"Director-approved DVD special edition features: high-definition digital master; alternate no-music soundtrack; new conversation between director Laurie Anderson and coproducer Jake Perlin; footage of Anderson's 2016 Concert for dogs; deleted scenes; Lolabelle's video Christmas card; trailer; plus: an essay by film critic Glenn Kenny."
In this film essay, multimedia artist Laurie Anderson presents a monologue touching upon her relationship with her rat terrier Lolabelle, the death of her mother, the heightening of surveillance following 9/11, and other topics.

You've been Trumped

December 14, 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Donald Trump, Michael Forbes, Anthony Baxter.
Special features include: Extra footage; opening of the Trump Gold Course; Trump at the Scottish Parliament; Occupy Wall Street projects You've been trumped on Trump Tower; trailer; Bill Moyers interview with director Anthony Baxter.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2012.
In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on a celebrity tycoon. At stake is one of Britain's very last stretches of wilderness. After the Scottish government overturns its own environmental laws to give Donald Trump the green light to build a golf resort on an untouched Scottish coastline, the stage is set for an extraordinary summer of discontent, as the bulldozers spring into action.

A dangerous game

December 13, 2016
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2016]
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Anthony Baxter, Alec Baldwin, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Donald Trump.
Extras include extra interviews, letter from Alex Salmond, trailer.
Viewers take globe-spanning journey to Donald Trump's controversial building sites to witness the eco-impact of luxury golf resorts around the world. Exclusive interviews with Alec Baldwin, Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Donald Trump are featured.

Lo and behold : reveries of the connected world

December 12, 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: Interview with director Werner Herzog -- Theatrical trailer.
Documentarian Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works - from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.

Raiders! : the story of the greatest fan film ever made

December 7, 2016
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb.
Title from disc label.
Special features; Dual audio documentaries featuring directors Tim Skousen & Jeremy Coon and film subjects Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala -- Deleted scenes -- Outtakes from the Raiders adaptation -- Q & A from the 2003 premier of the adaptation at Alamo Drafthouse -- Trailers.
After Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a shot-for-shot adaptation of the adventure film. They finished every scene ... except one: the explosive airplane set piece. The trio reunited two decades later with the original cast members in order to complete their masterpiece.


December 1, 2016
[New York, NY] : Film Movement, [2016]
1 videodisc (112 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
David Hockney.
Title from disc label.
Special features: Director's commentary.
A portrait of David Hockney, legendary artist and an early icon for LGBTQ and AIDS activism.

Backstreet Boys : show 'em what you're made of

December 1, 2016
[Place of publisher not identified] : MVD visual, [2015]
1 videodiscs (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson.
Originally produced in 2014.
Documentary: "Shot over the span of two years as the band prepared for their 20th anniversary re-launch, chronicles their entire career journey up to the making of their 2013 album and their subsequent world tour."--Container.

Breaking a monster : the story of Unlocking the Truth

November 30, 2016
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alec Atkins, Malcom Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins.
Title from disc label.
Extras: deleted scenes; photo gallery.
Bonding over their love of music, three grade schoolers from Brooklyn, Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse, and Jarad Dawkins, spend their weekends playing heavy metal/speed punk in Times Square as "Unlocking the Truth." After the band achieves internet fame, the boys are confronted with the realities that come with being rock stars. The documentary chronicles their first year, as the band enters the very adult world of touring, managers, and a $1.8 million record contract.

City of Gold

November 30, 2016
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Jonathan Gold.
Special feature: Trailer.
Jonathan Gold pulls back the curtain on the perceived superficiality of Los Angeles to show viewers a genuine and vibrant world where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic doorway to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America.

Eat that question : Frank Zappa in his own words

November 30, 2016
1 videodisc (approx. 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Full screen (1.33:1).
Interviews and performances, rare and never-before-seen historic footage of Frank Zappa's 30-year career.

Bayou Maharajah

November 23, 2016
[United States] : Cadiz Recording Company, [2016]
1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
James Booker.
Widescreen (1.78:1).
DVD release of the 2013 motion picture.
Explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who Dr. John described as 'the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.' Lily Keber's roller coaster portrait traces Booker's life from his early years as a chart-topping child prodigy, to his star-studded years touring and playing as a sideman, through his outrageous solo career in America and Europe.

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

November 16, 2016
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

Time for school, 2003-2016

November 16, 2016
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
16x9 wide screen.
Time for School puts a human face on a global crisis, by following five children in five countries, from their first days of school through the next twelve years as they try to get a basic education. Told primarily from the point of view of the children and their families.

Minimalism : a documentary about the important things

November 11, 2016
[S.l.] : Catalyst, [2016]
1 videodiscs (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
How might your life be better with less? Minimalism examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life--families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker--all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.

Miss Sharon Jones!

November 8, 2016
1 videodisc (95 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.
Container title.
The inspirational story follows soul queen Sharon Jones during the most courageous year of her life as she battles life-threatening illness and triumphantly returns to center stage.

Journey of dreams

November 7, 2016
Pottstown, PA : MVD Visual, [2016]
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Extras (40 min.): Interviews and rare photos.
The Boston-born 'Low Rock' band Morphine blazed like a comet across the international music scene in the 1990s, rising from local small clubs to indie and major label record deals, high and wide critical acclaim, and packed shows until its singer, songwriter and inventive two-string bassist Mark Sandman died of a heart attack onstage at an Italian music festival on July 3, 1999 at age 46.

Hillary's America : the secret history of the Democratic Party

November 7, 2016
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Dinesh D'Souza.
Title from disc label.
"Based on the books Stealing America and Hillary's America by Dinesh O'Souza"--Container.
The truth about Hillary Clinton and the history that has been kept secret of the Democratic Party.

David Suchet : being Poirot

October 28, 2016
[United States] : Distributed by RLJ Entertainment, Inc., ©2014.
1 videodisc (approximately 62 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
David Suchet, Stanley Tucci.
DVD; 16:9 widescreen; Dolby Digital stereo.
Bonus: Interviews with David Suchet on Poirot (18 min.) and with Agatha Christie's grandson, Mathew Prichard (33 min.).
After 25 years playing one of television's most beloved characters, David Suchet explores why fans have always gravitated towards the great Hercule Poirot. Suchet shares his experience of portraying the iconic detective as camera crews follow his preparations and join him on set for the final, emotional days of filming. He also returns to Agatha Christie's summer home in Devon--where he met the author's family after first being cast as Poirot--and visits Belgium to explore Poirot's roots and learn what Belgians think about one of their most famous fictional sons. Hosted by Stanley Tucci, this is a must-see documentary for all Poirot fans.

What happened, Miss Simone?

October 25, 2016
New York, NY : Eagle Vision, [2016]
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 audio disc ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally released in 2015.
Features: bonus interviews.
CD. I loves you Porgy -- Don't let me be misunderstood -- I put a spell on you -- Strange fruit -- Sinnerman -- Mississippi Goddam -- Little girl blue -- Don't smoke in bed -- My baby just cares for me -- Lilac wine -- Black is the color of my true love's hair -- Night song -- Nobody knows you when you're down and out -- Feeling good -- Ne me quitte pas.
Profiles the life and career of American singer Nina Simone.

Dogs on the inside

October 24, 2016
1 videodisc (67 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen (16:9)
Program content: ©2013.
"Dogs on the Inside follows the relationships between abused stray dogs and prison inmates working towards a second chance at a better life. In an attempt to re-build their confidence and prepare for a new life outside, these prisoners must first learn to handle and care for a group of neglected strays. This heart-warming story reconfirms the timeless connection between man and dog, showing the resiliency of a dog's trust and the generosity of the human spirit in the unlikeliest of places."--Container.

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?

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