New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

April 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Janis : little girl blue

April 28, 2016
Pottstown, PA : MVD Visual
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Cat Power ; Janis Joplin, Peter Albin, Melissa Etheridge, Clive Davis.
Title from disc label.
Bonus materials: Big brother acapella; Avalon vs. the Fillmore; Influences; Walk of Fame ceremony.
Musician Cat Power narrates a documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.

The Ritchie Blackmore story

April 26, 2016
Wandsworth, London : Eagle Vision, [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 134 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ritchie Blackmore.
The definitive story of guitar legend, Ritchie Blackmore.

The Kennedy films of Robert Drew & associates

April 22, 2016
[New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2016]
2 videodiscs (170 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: Alternate, twenty-six-minutes cut of "Primary", edited by filmmaker Richard Leacock; Audio commentary on the Leacock edit of "Primary", featuring Leacock and filmmakers Robert Drew and D.A. Pennebaker, recorded in conversation with film critic Gideon Bachmann in 1961; Robert Drew in his own words, a new documentary featuring archival interview footage; Nw conversation between Pennebaker and Jill Drew, Robert Drew's daughter-in-law and the general manager of Drew Associates; Outtakes from "Crisis" featuring former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder and Sharon Malone, Holder's wife and the sister of Vivian Malone, one of the students featuring in "Crisis"; New interview with Richard Reeves, author of "President Kennedy: profile of power"; Footage from a 1998 event at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, featuring Drew, Pennebaker, Leacock, and filmmaker Albert Maysles; Plus: an essay by documentary film curator and writer Thomas Powers.
Primary (53 minutes) (1960) -- Adventures on the new frontier (52 minutes) (1961) -- Crisis (53 minutes) (1963) -- Faces of November (12 minutes) (1964).
In 1960, a filmmaking group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy, Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis, and, following the president's assassination, the poetic short Faces of November. Collected here are all four of these titles, early exemplars of the movement known as Direct Cinema.

How to change the world

April 20, 2016
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2016]
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Barry Pepper.
Widescreen (1.85:1).
Bonus features: Additional scenes; Trailer.
In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world's imagination. Using never-before-seen archives that bring their extraordinary world to life, How to Change the World is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.


April 14, 2016
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2016]
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: Making of Moolaadé (2005), Moolaadé in Soudiane, On Sembène: reflections from Angela Davis, Youssou N'Dour, Ngūgī wa Thiong'o, Cheikh Hamidou Kane and more, Samba's story.
Ousmane Sembene was a Senegalese dockworker and fifth-grade dropout who became the self-taught father of African cinema who fought enormous odds to return African stories to Africa.

On her own

April 14, 2016
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Nancy Prebilich.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
The story of Nancy Prebilich and her family as they struggle to save their fifth-generation farm during the Great Recession. When both of Nancy's parents suddenly pass away, Nancy, her sister, niece, and nephews fight to stay afloat in the face of loss and financial instability. Chronicling Nancy's personal journey over a five-year span, this extraordinary story explores the roles that history and ancestry play in our present-day lives.

Drunk stoned brilliant dead : the story of the National Lampoon

April 14, 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 95 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, John Goodman.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2015.
A look at the history of the American comedy publication and production company, National Lampoon, from its beginning in the 1970s to 2010. The influence the magazine has had on our culture through turbulent times, morphing into Second City, Saturday Night Live, and the movies, and the stars and sorrows it has produced.

The Quakers : that of God in everyone

April 12, 2016
Worcester, PA : Vision Video [2016?]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
This documenary will introduce you to the dramatic untold stories of those who helped change the course of American history by seeing that of God in everyone.

Killing them safely

April 11, 2016
[New York, New York] : IFC Films, [2016]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2015.
About every two minutes a police officer uses a Taser. Sold as an effective way to subdue violent suspects without injuring them, Tasers, have revolutionized the way officers do their jobs. One company is responsible for this revolution: Taser International. The company's mission statement: "Protect Truth. Protect Life." In 1993, brothers Rick and Tom Smith started what would become Taser International in their parents' garage.

Of men and war

April 8, 2016
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2016]
1 videodisc (147 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
16x9 widescreen (1.78:1).
The warriors in Of Men and War have come home to the United States, but their minds remain on the battlefield. Anger consumes a dozen combat vets long after their return from the front. Ghosts and echoes of the war fill their lives. Wives, children, and parents bear the brunt of their fractured spirits. At The Pathway Home, a first-of-its-kind PTSD therapy center, the film's protagonists resolve to end the ongoing destruction of their well-being.

Becoming bulletproof

April 7, 2016
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.
Documents the making of an original Western film called Bulletproof. Bulletproof features actors with and without disabilities who meet every year at Zeno Mountain Farm (ZMF) to write, produce, and star in original short films. Founded by two brothers and their wives, Zeno Mountain Farm's philosophy is to create a truly inclusive community that builds genuine friendships that transcend stigma and stereotypes.

America's national parks. Yosemite and Olympic

April 7, 2016
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, C.J. Taylor.
Yosemite -- Olympic.
Celebrate the 100th birthday of America's best idea. This premium blue-chip event premieres two new hours of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world, featuring stories of our nation's most majestic landscapes and beloved animal characters. Yosemite National Park, set within California's Sierra Nevada Mountains and designated a World Heritage Site, is home to hundreds of wildlife species, and is famed for its iconic mountain vistas, waterfalls, and giant sequoia groves.

Print the legend

April 7, 2016
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Commentator, Bre Pettis.
Looks at the advent of 3D printing, profiling the pioneering company MakerBot Industries and its founder Bre Pettis.

Saving face [videorecording]

March 31, 2016
[New York, N.Y.?] : HBO Documentary Films, [2013]
1 videodisc (approximately 40 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a documentary in 2011.
"Every year, hundreds of people are attacked with acid in Pakistan. The majority of these are women, who are left physically and emotionally scarred. Saving Face tells the stories of two acid-attack survivors: Zakia, a 39-year old whose husband threw acid on her after she filed for divorce, and Rukhsana, a 25-year-old whose husband and inlaws threw acid and gasoline on her, then set her on fire. Charting the arduous attempts to bring their assailants to justice, the film also follows plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who put his London practice on hold to return to his home country to help Zakia, Rukhsana and other victims. Saving Face is a powerful look inside Pakistani society, illuminating each woman's personal journey while showing how reformers are tackling this vexing problem though the passage of a new law that punishes convicted acid attackers with life imprisonment"--Publisher description.

Prescription thugs

March 31, 2016
Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ryan Sakoda, Matt Wiese, Chris Leben.
Widescreen (1.78:1).
Originally produced in 2015.
It is filmmaker Chris Bell's (Bigger Stronger Faster) hard-hitting and thought-provoking expose of Big Pharma, its marketing practices and their impact on the staggering level of addiction to prescription drugs in North America. Executive Produced by Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley, this documentary is compelling viewing.

Capturing grace

March 31, 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Brooklyn Parkinson Group, Mark Morris Dance Group, Dance for Parkinson's, David Leventhal.
Documentary about people with Parkinson's disease who join forces with the renowned Mark Morris Dance Group to create a unique performance in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Statue of Liberty & New York City

March 31, 2016
1 videodisc (approximately 50 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
The universal symbol of freedom and democracy along with 10 national parks and recreational sites.

Gore Vidal : the United States of amnesia

March 31, 2016
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Gore Vidal, with commentary by Norman Mailer, William F. Buckley, Tim Robbins, Sting, Christopher Hitchens and others.
Made with the support of Film Independent, Spectrum Films Sydney, Creative Differences, Audax Films, Super Films! and Amnesia Films LLC.
Includes trailer.
This is an unashamedly opinionated film. In Gore Vidal's America, the political coup has already happened. The right have triumphed and the human values of the liberals have been consigned to history. But how did this happen and who organized it? In this film Gore Vidal's acerbic, opinionated and informed approach rips away at the facade of the new America. The film dramatizes Gore's political views and his concern at the present state of American democracy using interviews and historical footage of his famous appearances on television and talk shows over the last fifty years. In the recently filmed interviews Gore examines the course of American history and policy making and draws dramatic conclusions on the fate of the nation in the modern age.

A poem is a naked person

March 24, 2016
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Leon Russell, Jim Franklin, George Jones, Willie Nelson.
Special features: Good day Tulsa interview with Leon Russel and Harrod Blank, broadcast August 2015; excerpts from a 2013 Q&A with Les Blank; A film's forty-year journey: the making of A poem is a naked person, a new documentary featuring interviews with Harrod Blank, assistant editor and sound recordist Maureen Gosling, and artist Jim Franklin; Out in the woods, a short documentary by Maureen Gosling; trailers.
Program notes by Kent Jones inserted in container.
Filmmaker Les Blank considered this free-form feature documentary about singer-songwriter Leon Russell, filmed between 1972 and 1974 while Blank was living at the Russell/Shelter records recording studio compound on Grand Lake of the Cherokees in NE Oklahoma, but unreleased due to creative differences and music clearance problems, to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Includes scenes of Russell and his band and others performing, both in concert and in the studio.

Cartel land

March 24, 2016
Hollywood, California : Paramount Pictures, [2016]
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jose Manuel 'El Doctor' Mireles, Tim 'Nailer' Foley.
Originally produced in 2015.
In the Mexican state of Michoaćán Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley, Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico's drug wars from seeping across our border.

The making of Trump.

March 23, 2016
Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [2016]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Donald Trump, Al D'Amato, Mike Tyson, Omarosa.
Title from disc label.
The swagger, the ego, the outrageous claims, the hair. This is the story of how a kid from Queens took New York City, and then the nation, by storm. So, what;s his story? And what kind of leader might he make? From his interviews with Phil Donahue to statements from celebrities, politicians, and those close to him, rarely seen footage sheds some light. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is a true American phenomenon.

Sunshine superman

March 21, 2016
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Carl Boenish.
Title from disc surface.
Flying dreams: the making of Sunshine superman ; Masters of the sky ; Sky dive! ; Theatrical trailer.
Carl Boenish is the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular and dangerous feats of foot-launched human flight. Experience his jaw-dropping journey in life and love, to the pinnacle of his achievements when he and wife Jean broke the BASE jumping Guinness World Record in 1984. Incredibly, within days, triumph was followed by disaster.

Steve Jobs : the man in the machine

March 14, 2016
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (approximately 128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Steve Jobs.
Title from disc label.
Special features: Extended interviews; AXS TV: A look at Steve Jobs.
A critical examination of Steve Jobs, revered both as an iconoclastic genius and denounced as a barbed-tongued tyrant. Interviews with a handful of those closest to him unravel the larger than life myth he deliberately crafted, and examine the endurance of his values which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day.

Making rounds

March 14, 2016
New York, NY : First Run Features, [2015]
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Valentin Fuster, Herschel Sklaroff.
Program content: ©2015.
Profiles Dr. Valentin Fustin and Dr. Herschel Sklaroff, two leading cardiologists in the Cardiac Care Unit at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital, whose method of diagnosis favors listening to the patient over high-tech diagnostic testing.

Songs from the North

March 14, 2016
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2016]
1 videodisc (72 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Videodisc release of the documentary motion picture produced in 2014.
Special features: Two short films: Dangerous supplements and Ssitkim: Talking to the dead.
A documentary offering a unique look at the enigmatic land of North Korea, a country usually seen through the distorted lens of jingoistic propaganda and satire.

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