New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

September 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Walking on water

September 16, 2019
[New York, NY] : Kino Lorber, [2019]
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
DVD extras: deleted scenes, theatrical trailer.
Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize 'The Floating Piers,' a project they conceived together many years before.

Naples '44

September 16, 2019
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Title from disc label.
Based on the book by Norman Lewis.
In 1943, a young British officer, Norman Lewis, entered a war-torn Naples with the American Fifth Army. Lewis began writing in his notepad everything that happened to him during his one-year stay, observing the complex social cauldron of a city that contrived every day the most incredible ways of fighting to survive. These notes turned into his masterpiece, a memoir.


September 16, 2019
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Christopher Rainey, also known as Quest, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest", Patricia Rainey, William Withers, Price.
Originally produced as a documentary film in 2017.
It is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest" raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their home music studio. It's a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can't always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood.

The long goodbye : the Kara Tippetts story

September 12, 2019
Loomis, CA : Ocean Avenue Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring: Kara Tippets, Joanna Gains, Ann Voskamp, Joni Eareckson Tada, Jim Daly.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2018.
A wife and young mother with terminal breast cancer explores the raw edges of dying with grace and dignity. Her honesty and courage inspired hundreds of thousands of fellow moms to follow along with Kara through her suffering and eventual death. Her story will uplift and encourage anyone who dares to watch.

Searching for Ingmar Bergman

September 12, 2019
New York, NY : Oscilloscope Laboratories, [2019]
1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Liv Ullmann, Gunnel Lindblom, Daniel Bergman, Ingmar Bergman Jr.
Title from disc surface.
Originally produced in 2019.
On the 100th anniversary of his birth, internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta examines Ingmar Bergman's life and work with a circle of his closest collaborators as well as a new generation of filmmakers. This documentary presents key components of his legacy, as it retraces themes that recurred in his life and art and takes us to the places that were central to Bergman's creative achievements.

Toni Morrison : the pieces I am [videorecording]

September 12, 2019
[United States] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviews with: Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez, Oprah Winfrey.
Title from sell sheet.
An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to '70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics, and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.

Blue Note Records : beyond the notes

September 12, 2019
[Place of publication not identified] : Eagle Vision, [2019]
1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Bonus feature: Blue Note All Stars perform Bayyinah and Masqualero.
Beyond the Notes is a revelatory journey behind the scenes of one of the most important labels in the history of jazz and by extension, that of American Music. Blue Note has been home to groundbreaking legends as well as present-day luminaries. Founded in New York in 1939 by German Jewish refugees, the history of the label goes beyond the landmark recordings, encompassing the pursuit of musical freedom, and the conflict between art and commerce.

Cassandro, the exotico!

September 10, 2019
New York, NY : Film Movement, [2019]
1 videodisc (73 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc.
This stirring feature portrait of Lucha libre star in his waning years in the ring is less a swan song than a meteor shower rendered in Technicolor. Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, his trailblazing ascent as one the industry's first openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter-century.

Echo in the canyon

September 9, 2019
[New York] : Greenwich Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced in 2018.
Documentary celebrating the explosion of popular music that came out of LA's Laurel Canyon in the mid-'60s as folk went electric and the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and the Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film includes conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (the Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (the Mamas & the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby, Roger McGuinn (the Byrds), their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty, as well as contemporary musicians influenced by their music.

D-day : Normandy 1944

September 9, 2019
Los Angeles, CA : Shout! Factory, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tom Brokaw; music performed by London Symphony Orchestra.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Special features: interviews with Pascal Vuong, Tom Brokaw, and Peter Herrly; behind the scenes (Normandy and Sand Animation); and more.
June 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI, and stunning live-action images, the documentary brings this monumental event to the world's largest screens for the first time ever.

Loopers : the caddie's long walk

September 9, 2019
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Bill Murray, Michael Allen, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Rick Riley, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange, Fuzzy Zoeller, Michael Collins.
Title from disc.
Special features: Conversations with filmmakers ; Iron Man Avery story ; Steve Williams outtakes ; Mike Kiely on Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus ; Fuzzy Zoeller on Augusta ; Rick Reilly on caddying ; Lee Trevino on caddying ; Michael Greller and Jordan Spieth's yearly bet.
Centuries old and enjoyed by millions, golf is more than a sport. This documentary explores the bond between golfer and caddie. Featuring never-before-heard stories, it is an account of golf like it's never been seen.

The freedom to marry

September 9, 2019
Holland, Ohio : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2016]
1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring: Evan Wolfson, Mary L. Bonauto, Marc Solomon, April DeBoer-Rowse, Jayne DeBoer-Rowse.
Title from disc label.
Viewers will see the nail-biting behind-the-scenes story that traces the marriage equality movement's historic progress and reveals the masterminds who fought.

8 days : to the moon and back : the inside story of Apollo 11

August 27, 2019
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2019]
1 videodisc (55 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc.
A film that seamlessly blends mission audio from Apollo 11's historic journey featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA archive, and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing.

350 days

August 19, 2019
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2019]
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Bret "The Hitman" Hart, "Superstar" Billy Graham, The Million Dollar Man--Ted DiBiase, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff, Wendi Richter, Tito Santana, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, George "The Animal" Steele, JJ Dillon, The Masked Superstar Bill Eadie.
Wide screen (16:9).
Program content: ©2018.
Pro wrestling legends Bret Hart, Superstar Billy Graham, and dozens more peel back the curtain on the severe toll working on the road 350 days a year took on their bodies, families, marriages, and psyches. This compelling documentary chronicles their struggles to survive the chaos of 1980s era wrestling. Living a rock and roll lifestyle, they faced nightly temptations, battled their vices, and were absentee parents and spouses while chasing dreams of fame and fortune.

The last resort

August 19, 2019
New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2019]
1 videodisc (70 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
With Susan Gladstone, Edna Buchanan, Gary Monroe, Ellen Sweet Moss, Mitch Kaplan, Kelly Reichardt, Denise Bibro, Stan Hughes.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Originally released as a documentary film in 2018.
Before the arrival of Miami Vice and MTV Spring Break, South Beach was home to the largest cluster of Jewish retirees in the country. Drawn by the apartments, low cost of living, sunny weather, and thriving cultural life, they came by the thousands seeking refuge from the Northeast. By the 1970s, these former New Yorkers had turned from seasonal visitors to year-round residents. The film takes viewers on a journey to the iconic Miami Beach of that era through the lens of two young photographers: Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe.

Owned : a tale of two Americas

August 19, 2019
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2019]
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Robert J. Shiller, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Rey Ramsey, Leigh Gallagher.
Includes trailer.
The documentary unearths the complicated, painful, often disturbing history of housing policy in America, shifting perceptions about what the idea of home means.

Be natural : the untold story of Alice Guy-Blache

August 19, 2019
[New York, NY] : Zeitgeist Films, [2019]
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, black & white, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Richard Abel, Marc Abraham, Jodie Foster.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2018.
Pamela B. Green's energetic film about the pioneer filmmaker is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.

The Beatles : made on Merseyside

August 19, 2019
[United States] : Omnibus Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
The Beatles.
Title from disc label.
The Beatles defined music and popular culture like no other band ever will, but how did they make the journey from Merseyside teenagers to international pop stars in the '60s? The film recounts how American rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues dragged post-war Liverpool into one of the most vibrant music cities ever with the Mersey Sound. Featuring unique archive and revealing interviews from those involved in the early years of The Beatles in Liverpool and Hamburg.

What we left behind : looking back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

August 19, 2019
Los Angeles, CA : Shout Factory, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Avery Brooks, Terry Farrell, Nicole De Boer, Wallace Shawn, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois.
Wide screen.
Originally produced in 2018.
Through extensive interviews with cast and creators, original show footage presented in HD. For the first time, and brand-new animated storyboards, directors Ira Steven Behr (showrunner of the original series) and David Zappone (Star Trek docs The Captains and For the Love of Spock) present an in-depth look at this beloved TV show, its fans, and its ongoing appeal to Trekkies of all ages.

Tracking Edith

August 16, 2019
[New York, NY] : First Run Features, [2017]
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Every family has its secrets. Director Peter Stephan Jungk had always known that his Austrian-born great aunt, Edith Tudor-Hart, was a talented documentary photographer. But it was not until twenty years after her death in 1973 that he learned she had led a double life, and changed the course of history. Jungk unravels what had been a well-kept secret by speaking with military historians, photo archivists, ex-KGB agents, and family members.

Tiananmen : the people versus the party

August 15, 2019
[Arlington, VA] : PBS, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Corey Johnson.
Title from disc label.
Uncover the true story of the seven-week period that changed China forever. On June 4, 1989, a violent and bloody pro-democracy demonstration ended, leaving thousands dead, and laying the foundation for China's future.

The biggest little farm

August 15, 2019
[Canada?] : Universal Studios Canada Inc., [2019]
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
John Chester, Molly Chester.
Title from disc.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2019.
John Chester chronicles the eight-year quest he and Molly Chester went on when they traded city living for 200 acres of barren farmland in the foothills of Ventura County and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester's unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Scary stories : [the story of the books that frightened a generation]

August 15, 2019
[United States] : Wild Eye Releasing, [2019]
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
R.L. Stine, Alvin Schwartz, Amelia Cotter, Peter Schwartz.
Subtitle from cover.
Special features: director's commentary; over 20 minutes of bonus footage; scene selection; trailers.
Explore the history of one of the most controversial works of modern children's literature: The best selling teen classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which scared a generation of readers and became one of the most banned books of modern times. Includes the author's family, scholars, folklorists, artists, fans, and children's book authors such as R.L. Stine, Q.L. Pearce, and more.

Patterns of evidence : the Moses controversy

August 9, 2019
New York, NY : Virgil Films, [2019]
1 videodisc (approximately 113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Randall Price.
Wide screen (16:9).
Title from disc label.

Amazing grace

August 9, 2019
Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Performed by Aretha Franklin, Southern California Community Choir, James Cleveland, C.L. Franklin.
Wide screen (1.78:1).
Originally released as a motion picture in 2018.
A documentary presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin's album 'Amazing grace' at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, in January 1972.

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