New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

September 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The gardener

September 18, 2018
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2018]
1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Frank Cabot, Anne P. Cabot, Colin Cabot.
Wide screen (16:9)
Originally released in 2017.
A documentary directed by Sebastien Chabot about Frank Cabot's Les Quatre Vents, AKA Cabot Garden, a magnificent private garden in the Charlevoix region near Quebec City.

Hitler's Hollywood

September 17, 2018
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
English narration by Udo Kier ; German narration by Rüdiger Suchsland, Rike Schmid, Hans-Henrik Wöhler.
Wide screen.
Features the work of Hans Albers, Ilse Werner, Ferdinand Marian, Veit Harlan, Kristina Söderbaum, Helmut Käntner, Erich Kästner and other notable actors, directors, and screenwriters of the era.
Narrated by Udo Kier, the film asks what the Nazi cinema of the Third Reich reveals about its period and its people. About 1,000 feature films were made in Germany in the years between 1933-1945: musicals, melodramas, romances, costume dramas, and war films. Only a few were overtly Nazi propaganda films. But by the same token, even fewer of them can be considered harmless entertainment. How did the open lies and hidden truths in these films affect the future of German cinema?

Where you're meant to be

September 17, 2018
[United Kingdom] : Better Days, [2016?]
1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"Cult-pop raconteur Aidan Moffat sets out to explore Scotland's past by rewriting and touring its oldest songs. But he doesn't count on running into 79-year-old force of nature Sheila Stewart - a travelling balladeer who upturns Moffat's folk assumptions. He believes the old songs are ripe for updating. She does not. With Stewart's wrath ringing in his ears, Moffat embarks on a road trip that finds him dressed for battle in a Highland graveyard, caught between feuding monster-hunters at Loch Ness, and singing in a dismissive farmer's kitchen - before facing Stewart in his hometown of Glasgow for an unlikely final showdown, in this funny wee film about music and death." -- Container.

The Mayo Clinic : faith, hope, science

September 14, 2018
1 videodisc (approximately 115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Peter Coyote. Voice by Tom Hanks and Sam Waterston.
Special features: Deleted scenes; 1928 behind-the-scenes music video.
Discover the story of the renowned institution that has been called a 'Medical Mecca', the 'Supreme Court of Medicine', and the 'place for hope when there is no hope'.

Revolution : new art for a new world

September 6, 2018
New York, NY : Film Movement, [2018]
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"100 years of Russian avante-garde"--Container.
Enlightening documentary about the Russian avant-garde and the role art played in the Russian Revolution. Explores the works and careers of important Russian artists, including Chagall, Kandinsky, Rodchenko, Malevich, and many others.

The coolest guy movie ever

August 31, 2018
1 videodisc (58 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Lawrence Montaigne.
Wide screen (16:9).
Title from disc label.
Few films have left an impression like John Sturges's classic The Great Escape. The documentary is the ultimate tribute to the film that takes us back to the time at which it was made, revealing some little known facts about the timeless classic starring the King of Cool, Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and many more. It is the definitive look at the making of the 1963 classic.

Grace Jones : bloodlight and bami

August 31, 2018
[New York, New York] : Kino Lorber, [2018]
1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude, Sly & Robbie.
Title from disc label.
Extras: audio commentary with Grace Jonews, director Sophie Fiennes, and associate professor of African studies Judith Casselberry ; Q&A with Grace Jones and Sophie Fiennes, moderated by Piotr Orlov; trailer.
An electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones's bold aesthetic.

Won't you be my neighbor?

August 30, 2018
Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Joanne Rogers, McCcolm Cephas Jr., Francois Scarborough Clemmons, Fred Rogers.
An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.


August 23, 2018
Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 98 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Special features: Deleted/Extended scenes; Additional interviews; Theatrical trailer.
"Hero. Icon. Dissenter."--Container.
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans - until now. RBG explores Ginsburg's life and career.

The Words That Built America

August 17, 2018
1 videodisc (48 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, David McCullough.
Bonus feature: extended Bill of Rights.
16:9 wide screen.
The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution and The Bill of Rights represent much more than the words used by America's Founding Fathers to define a fragile, nascent country. They're the living, breathing realization of America's democratic ideal, the bedrock of a society that its people have built over nearly two-and-a-half centuries, and they provide a blueprint that is, was and will be a template for democracy around the world.To celebrate these iconic documents on our nation's birthday, HBO presents a 45-minute special, directed by Alexandra Pelosi and narrated by David McCullough (John Adams), in which dozens of Americans - from actors and media personalities, to politicians, lawmakers and presidents, to schoolchildren whose future is being shaped by our shared past - read the three founding documents that define our outlook on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Midwest heartland : Theodore Roosevelt to The Homestead Act

August 17, 2018
1 videodisc (approximately 56 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Contents note taken from container.
[Contents from container] : North Dakota. Theodore Roosevelt National Park -- Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site -- Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site -- Michigan. Isle Royale National Park -- Mackinac Island National Historic Landmark -- Keweenaw National Historical Park -- Picture Rocks National Lakeshore -- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore -- Wisconsin. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore -- Voyagers National Park -- Minnesota. Grand Portage National Monument -- Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness -- Nebraska. Scotts Bluff National Monument -- Agate Fossil Beds National Monument -- Homestead National Monument of America -- Kansas. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
National Parks in the Midwest region of the United States inspire us with their history, beauty, and phenomenal natural resources. This program features over a dozen National Park sites throughout the Midwest region of the United States.

Railroads : magic, mystery & mystique

August 17, 2018
1 videodisc (62 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Take a journey from yesteryears of transporting through the wild west to present-day on the railroads. America has a long standing love affair with trains. From its yesteryears of transporting ore through the Wild West to present-day journeys, the railroads were a crucial part of the creation of the National Park System, taking early visitors to Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, and other parks that were nearly inaccessible by other means. Although roads have made access easier in recent history. Today National Parks, National Historic Sites, National Historic Landmarks & Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks preserve America's rich rail history and delight millions of people from around the world through scenic rail excursions and informative interactive exhibits. Featured parks include: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska; Cuyahoga National Park, Ohio; Steamtown National Historic Site, Pennsylvania; Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah; Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Pennsylvania; Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad National Historic Landmark & Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, Colorado; Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad National Historic Landmark, Colorado.

The dating project

August 17, 2018
Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures, [2018]
1 videodisc (70 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Anamorphic wide screen (2.39:1).
Half of America is single. The hook-up, texting and social media culture have profoundly altered the dating landscape. Yet, men and women still seek meaningful relationships. If follows five single people, ages eighteen through forty, as they search for authentic and meaningful relationships, real people trying to find love and happiness in an age of swiping left or right.

Wait for your laugh

August 16, 2018
Culver City, CA : Samuel Goldwyn Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (ca. 82 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Peter Marshall ; starring Rose Marie, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke.
Videodisc release of the 2017 documentary motion picture.
"The longest career in showbiz history."--Container.
Chronicles the showbiz career of Rose Marie, from her start at the age of 4 on her NBC radio show, through Vaudeville, Vegas and several television shows.

Half the picture

August 10, 2018
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees, Ava DuVernay, Lena Dunham, Jill Soloway.
Wide screen.
Special feature: Trailer.
Women and men attend film schools in equal numbers, but women direct only four percent of top grossing feature films in the US. Why are women largely shut out of this prestigious, lucrative and culturally influential profession? High profile women directors including Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle In Time), Lena Dunham (Girls), Jill Soloway (Transparent), offer candid, unfiltered and often humorous tales of their careers in Hollywood.

My generation

August 9, 2018
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2018]
1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
David Bailey, Michael Caine, Joan Collins, Roger Daltrey.
Wide screen.
Originally produced in 2017.
The cultural revolution that occurred in 1960s England is explored in this documentary

Shadow nation

August 9, 2018
Holland, OH : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2018]
1 videodisc (67 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
George Lynch, Noam Chomsky, Tom Morello, Serj Tankian, Ted Nugent; music from, Shadow Train, KXM, Mother Earth Blues Band, Mark Slaughter, Finbar O'Hanlon.
The journey of a group of renowned rock musicians, led by George Lynch, on a journey of discovery through music, exposing the injustices done to Native Americans.

Strange Victory

August 9, 2018
1 videodisc (64 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrators: Alfred Drake, Muriel Smith, Gary Merrill, and others.
Originally produced in 1948.
"'Strange Victory' was the first solo film by Leo Hurwitz, a central character in the radical Frontier Film movement. It is both an exposé and inside view of the facts of the Cold War as experienced at the very moment of its birth. The director's vision amounts to an almost surrealist network of images and sounds about the perverse consequences of the "strange victory"--How high hopes are destroyed, and the flowers of evil grow instead, with aggressive Capitalism and anti-Semitism taking over, vampire-like, all aspects of everyday life, probably including personalities who had natural goodness in them. It's not just a Cold War, it is also a civil war. The chilling existence of American fascism is revealed through a puzzle of collage materials."--Container.

Gus : an American icon

August 6, 2018
[United States] : Fox Hollow Features, [2018]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Colleen Zenk, narrator.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2009.
An honest look at the life of Gus Giordano, the founding father of jazz dance and master of choreography. From his early years as the son of immigrants in New York to his most successful moments as the founder of the Jazz Dance World Congress, Gus Giordano's love for dance took him to places he never imagined, where he was to touch the lives of many talented dancers and artists.

No room in paradise

July 27, 2018
Honolulu, HI : Green Island Films, ©2016.
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"A journey through the worst homeless crisis in America."--Cover.
Presents a portrait of life on the streets of Honolulu. Follows two homeless families as they struggle from sidewalk tents to subsidized housing, allowing them to tell their own stories of how and why they became homeless. Along the way, the viewer learns the impact of addiction and mental illness, the huge cost of maintaining the status quo and what can be done to fix it.

Urban roots : when everything collapses plant your field of dreams

July 25, 2018
Santa Monica, CA : Tree Media Group, ©2011.
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: Protecting the right to grow food (7 min.) -- Insights and tips on urban farming (18 min.).
This film follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. Urban roots is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.

Dream big : engineering our world

July 19, 2018
Los Angeles, CA : Shout! Factory, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 42 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jeff Bridges, narrator.
Includes special features.
Could engineering secretly be an exciting, creative, heroic realm where the optimists of today are creating the life-saving, world-altering marvels that will make for a safer, more connected, more equal and even more awe-inspiring tomorrow.

My letter to the world

July 12, 2018
Chicago, IL : Music Box Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Catherine Bailey, Chris Bernardi, Jerome Charyn, Cynthia Nixon, Terence Davies.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Bonus feature: Emily Dickinson poems recited by Cynthia Nixon and Terence Davies.
An in-depth exploration of the life and work of the great American poet Emily Dickinson.

War dog : a soldier's best friend

July 5, 2018
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video
1 videodisc (approximately 69 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen (16:9).
Title from disc label.
From executive producer Channing Tatum and director Deborah Scranton (The War Tapes) comes a deeply personal documentary that highlights the intimate relationship between veterans and their K9 companions, both during combat and as they readjust to civilian life. Focusing on three courageous dogs (Layka, Mika and Pepper) and the soldiers who served by their side in the most elite forces in the military.

Baltimore rising

June 28, 2018
[United States] : HBO Home Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
In the wake of the 2015 death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, Baltimore was a city on the edge. Peaceful protests and destructive riots erupted in the immediate aftermath of Gray's death, reflecting the deep divisions between authorities and the community - and underscoring the urgent need for reconciliation.

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