New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

February 11, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

How to dance in Ohio

February 10, 2016
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"A first kiss, a first dance. These are the rites of passage of American youth that hold the promise of magic, romance and initiation into adulthood. For kids from all walks of life, these first steps toward intimacy are at once exciting and terrifying. For some teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum, the transition can be nothing less than paralyzing. In Columbus, Ohio, a group of young people with an array of developmental challenges prepares for an iconic event - a spring formal dance. They spend 12 weeks confronting and practicing their social skills as they prepare for the big event, to be hosted at a local disco. Working with their trusted psychologist, they deconstruct fear and larger-than-life social anxiety one step at a time by picking dates, dresses, and, ultimately, a King and Queen of the Prom. How To Dance In Ohio is a story of the universal human need to grow, connect and belong as uniquely dramatized by individuals facing the deepest struggle toward social survival. In How To Dance In Ohio, we get to know three girls transitioning into adulthood. The film takes us inside their group therapy sessions, their relationships with their families and their private thoughts as they struggle to understand and navigate the social rules that surround the suspenseful and heightened experience of a first date. Through their stories, and a chorus of other young women and men confronting similar issues, these girls reveal the hard work, perseverance and resilience it takes to be a part of contemporary society, along with the extraordinary challenges of being different. Entertaining, funny and heartbreaking, How To Dance In Ohio challenges us to question and celebrate the path to human connection and to rethink the definition of normal."--Publisher's website.

Patterns of evidence, Exodus [videorecording]

February 10, 2016
St. Louis Park, MN : Thinking Man Films, [2015]
1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Kevin Sorbo.
Videodisc release of the 2014 documentary film.
Bonus features include the features Behind the music, From film to book, Books and resources, Extended DVD boxset, and Host a patterns event.
Did the Israelites' exodus from Egypt really happen? There's evidence that it did. Traveling from the United States to Israel and England, filmmaker Timothy Mahoney sifts through archaeological and historical clues, as well as comments from scholars and experts, to determine the truth as he builds a new case for an ancient, and often controversial, story.

Finders keepers

February 10, 2016
Los Angeles, CA : Paramount Home Entertainment
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
John Wood, Shannon Whismant.
Title from disc label.
Recovering addict and amputee John Wood finds himself in a stranger-than-fiction battle to reclaim his mummified leg from Southern entrepreneur Shannon Whisnant, who found it in a grill he bought at an auction. The stranger-than-fiction chain of events soon sets John heading to his certain demise. Just in time, however, another twist in these fantastical occurrences gives John a final shot at becoming whole for the first time in his life.

The best of big blue live

February 9, 2016
Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
A BBC production with PBS.
The event showcases marine life along America's West Coast. It documents the rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California. Some of the world's most charismatic marine creatures, humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and brown pelicans, convene in this once a year confluence.

Meet the Patels

February 9, 2016
[United States] : Alchemy, [2016]
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Chandar Abboy, Renita Abboy, Rishika Advani, Rali Amin.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2014.
A laugh-out-loud real-life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams and...his parents.

Dare not walk alone [videorecording]

February 5, 2016
[West Hollywood, CA] : Indican Pictures, [2008]
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
No credits provided.
Full frame.
"An emotional march from past to present combining the rarely seen news footage from 1964 with present day testimony to tell the true story of troubled times in the historic tourist town of St. Augustine, Florida."--Container.

The Image revolution

February 5, 2016
Los Angeles, CA : Shout! Factory, [2016]
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Bonus features: Includes extended interviews!
Twenty years ago, a group of artists left Marvel Comics to create their own company⁵ a company that continues to influence mainstream comics and culture to this day. Image Comics was more than just a publisher. It was a response to years of creator mistreatment, and it changed comics forever.

David Bowie : the man who wasn't there.

February 4, 2016
1 videodisc (65 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
David Bowie.
Title from disc label.
If there's one artist who defines what pop and rock music should be better than any other, that artist simply has to be David Bowie. Having now been in the business close to fifty years, this completely unique performer, composer and maverick music maker has charmed and delighted almost everybody who has ever heard his records.

Glen Campbell : I'll be me

February 1, 2016
New York, NY : Virgil Films, [2014]
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Glen Campbell, Kim Campbell, Ronald Petersen.
Extra features: "I'm not gonna miss you" music video; Volunteers of American PSA; "I'll be me Alzheimer's fund PSA".
They thought it would last five weeks. Instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a "Goodbye Tour."

The Black Panthers : vanguard of the revolution

January 28, 2016
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2016]
1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
The first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails.

Matt Shepard is a friend of mine

January 28, 2016
1 videodisc (89 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Commentators, Michele Josue, Judy Shepard, Dennis Shepard.
Revisits the much-publicized case of Matthew Shepard, the young man tortured and killed in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming for being gay. Family and friends recount Shepard's life and the circumstances surrounding his murder.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers [videorecording] : runnin' down a dream

January 27, 2016
[Burbank, Calif.] : Reprise Records, 2008.
2 videodiscs (259 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Ron Blair, Steve Ferrone, Scott Thurston, Stan Lynch, Howie Epstein) ; interviews with Eddie Vedder, Rick Rubin, Roger McGuinn, Dave Grohl, Johnny Depp, Jeff Lynne, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, and others.
Released to DVD, Oct. 2008.
Bonus performances: Too much ain't enough (1978) ; The waiting (with Eddie Vedder) (2006) ; Mystic eyes (2006) ; Liner notes, by Warren Zanes, and full credits on container insert.
"Tracking Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from their Gainesville beginnings to their 30th anniversary celebration, Runnin' Down a Dream is the hard-hitting account of a band that became a family and, along the way, left a body of work that is among the richest deposits in American musical history"--Container.

Banksy does New York

January 27, 2016
[New York, New York] : Kino Lorber, [2015]
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced in 2014.
Includes trailer.
Incorporates user-generated content to follow a 31-day scavenger hunt that took place in October, 2013, on the streets of New York City at the hands of Banksy, a British street artist.

Awake : the life of Yogananda

January 27, 2016
New York, NY : Kino Lorber
1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees, George Harrison, Anupam Kher, Russell Simmons and others ; narrator, Anupam Kher.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
Includes excerpts from the writings and lecures of Paramahansa Yogananda.
An unconventional biography about the Hindu swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920's.

David Bowie [videorecording] : rare and unseen

January 27, 2016
[United States] : Wienerworld Ltd. ; Oaks, Pa. : MVD Visual, 2010.
1 videodisc (ca. 55 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Features interviews and other rare footage. Contains no recordings by David Bowie.
Container indicates running time of 64 min.
Most famous for his alter-ego, the ostentatious, androgynous 'Ziggy Stardust', Bowie has continually reinvented his music and image. He has had numerous top ten hits in the U.S. and U.K., most notably China Girl; Space Oddity; Under Pressure; and more. Told through archive interviews (originally thought lost) and rare and unseen footage, a worthy addition to any Bowie collection. Items genuinely unseen and never before shown on DVD including film from the ITN archive.

Top spin

January 27, 2016
[New York, New York] : First Run Features, [2015]
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ariel Hsing, Michael Hsing, and Lily Zhang.
Originally released in 2014.
Bonus features: Extended and deleted scenes, biographies.
Inside a cramped gym, the clacking sounds of hollow plastic balls whirling at 80 mph are punctuated by exclamations of victory and bitter cries of defeat. Welcome to the hidden world of competitive ping pong. Three fiercely committed teenagers battle their way through the world of elite table tennis. With devoted parents by their side, they have traded normal teenage life for a chance to represent their country on the world₂s biggest athletic stage: the Olympics.

A girl like her

January 20, 2016
[United States] : The Bully Chronicles, LLC, [2016]
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jimmy Bennett, Hunter King, Luke Jaden Sawicki.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2015.
Sophomore year has been a nightmare for Jessica Burns. Relentlessly harassed by her former friend Avery Keller, Jessica doesn't know what she did to deserve the abuse from one of South Brookdale High's most popular and beautiful students. But when a shocking event changes both of their lives, a documentary film crew, a hidden digital camera, and the attention of a reeling community begin to reveal the powerful truth.

Above and beyond [videorecording]

January 20, 2016
[United States?] : Playmount Productions, [2015]
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Videodisc release of the 2014 documentary motion picture.
Bonus features include bonus scenes, deleted scenes and a photo gallery.
Documentary film that follows the true-life story of a group of Jewish-American pilots who, in 1948, become members of Machal and flew as volunteers from abroad for Israel in its War of Independence.

Back on board : Greg Louganis

January 20, 2016
[United States] : Bob Films, LLC, [2015]
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Greg Louganis, Ron O'Brien, Kyle David Pierce.
Title from disc label.
A refreshingly candid documentary film that follows four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis over three years as he struggles with financial security and reunites with the sport he once dominated but not welcomed in. The threat of losing his house during the recent financial crisis forces Louganis to re-evaluate the choices, relationships, and missed opportunities of his career.

The girls in the band

January 20, 2016
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color and black & white ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Marian McPartland, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patrice Rushen, Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston, Ina Ray Hutton, Lil Hardin Armstrong, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, and many more.
Originally produced in 2011.
Includes commentary by Judy Chaikin and Michael Greene, film trailer, and never before seen stores: On the road with the diva jazz orchestra ; Mary Lou Williams - the lady who swung the band ; Jennifer Leitham - making the changes ; Another great day in Harlem.
The award-winning documentary film tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, history-making journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The many first-hand accounts of the challenges faced by these talented women provide a glimpse into decades of racism and sexism that have existed in America.


January 20, 2016
1 videodiscs (117 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviews and commentary from Alex Acuña, Juan Alderete, Dr. Ken Alper, Steve Bailey, Victor Bailey, Nick Beggs, Randy Bernsen, Toni Bishop, Richard Bona, Randy Brecker, Delmar Brown, Scott Brown, James Cannings, Les Claypool, Bootsy Collins, Bobby Columby, Wayne Cochran, Alex Darqui, Al Dimeola, Joe Diorio, Kenwood Dennard, Chuck Doom, Bobby Economou, Mark Egan, Randy Emerick, Peter Erskine, Flea, Mike Figgis, Alex Foster, Neil Gibbons, Jerry Gonzalez, Peter Graves, Herbie Hancock, Jonas Hellborg, Ian Hunter, Rich Hurt, Anthony Jackson, Jerry Jemmott, Alphonso Johnson, Darryl Jones, Kevin Kaufman, Geddy Lee, Tracy Lee, Jeff Levinson, Les Luhring, Gary Mayone, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Milkoski, Bob Miller, Bob Mintzer, Joni Mitchell, Othello Molineaux, Bob Moses, Me'shell Ndegéocello, Geri Paladino, Felix Pastorius, Gregory Pastorius, John Francis Pastorius IV, Mary Pastorius, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Carlos Santana, Ricky Schultz, Shenkar, Wayne Shorter, Mike Stern, TM Stevens, Sting, Tommy Strand, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Thomas, Ron Tunks, Robert Wallis, Nathan Watts, Lenny White, Victor Wooten, and Peter Yianilous.
A film following the life, career, and decline of legendary bass guitarist Jaco Pastorius, featuring interviews with friends, family, and other artists.

The look of silence

January 20, 2016
United States : Cinedigm Entertainment, [2016]
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced as a documentary motion picture in 2014.
"Werner Herzog and Errol Morris present"--Container.
A family that survives the political anti-communist genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.


January 20, 2016
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Program content: ©2014.
"Before the Pentagon papers and WikiLeaks, before Edward Snowden's NSA revelation, there was Media, Pennsylvania."
Extra feature: Snowden on 1971. (85 min.) Edward Snowden in conversation with the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI.
On March 8, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside of Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI's vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights. Despite conducting one of the most thorough investigations in its history, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in.

Earth's natural wonders : living on the edge

January 20, 2016
Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution
1 videodisc (ca. 180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Corey Johnson.
Explores the most extraordinary places on the planet and how their environments shape the lives of those who live there. From Mount Everest's Khumbu Icefall to the Amazon to the Grand Canyon, visit six continents to learn how these natural wonders evolved and hear the rarely told stories about the challenges their inhabitants face.

Cincinnati's abandoned subway [videorecording]

January 20, 2016
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Time Bonus Productions, c2010.
1 videodisc (ca. 56 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, J. Dewey Hawthorne.
The history of Cincinnati's abandoned subway tunnels constructed during the early 20th century.

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