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New DVD: “Moms Mabley”

July 21, 2014

momsmableyWe recently added “Moms Mabley” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown last year on HBO and currently has a rating of 90% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes . Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Jackie “Moms” Mabley was an African-American stand-up comic and showbiz pioneer who emerged from the Chitlin’ Circuit of African-American Vaudeville to become a mainstream star on the stage and TV. Mabley pushed the boundaries of comedy by tackling topics such as gender, sex, and racism, making her one of the first taboo-pushing comedians on the comedy circuit. Once billed as “The Funniest Woman in the World”, she performed up until her death in 1975. Whoopi Goldberg directs and appears.

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Docs Around Town: July 18 – July 24

July 17, 2014

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July 18: Life Itself” starts at Ragtag. (via)
July 19: The Case of the Three Sided Dream” starts at Ragtag. (via)
July 21: The Underground History of Science” 5:30 p.m. at  Ragtag. (via)

 

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“My Way to Olympia” on August 13th

July 16, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

My Way to Olympia” (60 min.) is an insightful and funny documentary about the Paralympics. Who better to cover the Paralympics, the international sporting event for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, than Niko von Glasow, the world’s best-known disabled filmmaker? Even though the filmmaker dislikes sports and thinks the games are “a stupid idea,” von Glasgow serves as an endearing guide to London’s Paralympics competition. The screening is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.

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New DVD: “Narco Cultura”

July 14, 2014

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We recently added “Narco Cultura” to the DBRL collection. The film currently has a rating of 89% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco-traffickers have become icons, glorified by musicians who praise their fame and success. In this new constituency, they represent a pathway out of the ghetto, nurturing a new American dream fueled by money, drugs, and violence. The film is an explosive look at the drug cartels’ pop culture influence on both sides of the border as seen through the eyes of an LA narcocorrido singer and a Juarez crime scene investigator.

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New DVD: “People of a Feather”

July 7, 2014

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We recently added “People of a Feather” to the DBRL collection. The film has won various awards and currently has a rating of 83% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, takes us through time into the world of the Inuit in the northern reaches of Canada. Connecting past, present and future is the Inuit’s unique relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters.

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New DVD: “1964″

June 30, 2014

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We recently added “1964” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown earlier this year on the PBS series American Experience. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

It was the year of the Beatles and the Civil Rights Act; of the Gulf of Tonkin and Barry Goldwater’s campaign for the presidency; the year that Americans learned smoking was bad for their health and Cassius Clay became Mohammed Ali; the year that cities across the country erupted in violence and Americans tried to make sense of the assassination of their president. Based on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964, the film will follow some of the most prominent figures of the time.

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New DVD: “McConkey”

June 23, 2014

mcconkeyWe recently added “McConkey” to the DBRL collection. The film currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

A heartfelt documentary film about extreme skier, Shane McConkey. The legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor, he inspired countless lives.

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“Good Fortune” on July 16th

June 18, 2014

goodfortuneWednesday, July 16, 2014 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Good Fortune” (90 min.) by Landon Van Soest and Jeremy Levine is a provocative exploration of how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. In Kenya’s rural countryside, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multimillion-dollar rice farm. Across the country in Nairobi, Silva’s home and business in Africa’s largest shantytown are being demolished as part of a U.N. slum-upgrading project. The screening is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.

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New DVD: “Let’s Get Lost”

June 16, 2014

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We recently added “Let’s Get Lost” to the DBRL collection. The award winning 1988 film was re-released last year currently has a rating of 96% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from the film website:

Traveling with the elusive jazz vocalist and trumpeter Chet Baker, LET’S GET LOST weaves together the life story of a jazz great. The film uses excerpts from Italian B movies, rare performance footage and candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, battling ex-wives and his children in what turns out to be his last year of life.

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Docs Around Town: June 13 – June 19

June 12, 2014

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June 17: Age of Champions” 5:30 p.m. at Ragtag, free. (via)

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New DVD: “Smash & Grab”

June 9, 2014

smashandgrabWe recently added “Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers” to the DBRL collection. The film currently has a rating of 85% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from the film website:

Playing out like a noir thriller spiced with cutting-edge animation and shocking real surveillance footage, Havana Marking’s Smash & Grab is an exclusive all-access pass into the mysterious world of international jewel thieves. Dubbed ‘The Pink Panthers,’ the formidable Balkan gang has stolen nearly a billion dollars worth of jewels from boutiques in the world’s most opulent cities, including Geneva, Paris, London, Geneva, Dubai and Tokyo. Through never-before-seen interviews with key gang members, this provocative documentary delves into the gang’s incredible history and introduces the viewer to the global police forces who work furiously to stop them.  Beyond the glitz of the Panthers’ incredible heists, Smash & Grab exposes dark truths about the illicit diamond trade and the world’s most ruthless mafia networks.

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New DVD: “Glickman”

June 4, 2014

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We recently added “Glickman” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown last year on HBO and currently has a rating of 80% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Before Marv Albert, Bob Costas, and Mike Breen, there was Marty Glickman. The documentary chronicles the life and career of Glickman, a Jewish-American athlete turned broadcaster who pioneered many of the techniques, phrases, and programming innovations that are commonplace in sports reporting today. A multi-sport athlete with blistering speed, he was a teammate of Jesse Owens on the 1936 U.S. Olympic track team.

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Docs Around Town: May 30 – June 5

May 29, 2014

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May 30: Jodorowsky’s Dune” starts at Ragtag. (via)

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New DVD: “The Green Wave”

May 28, 2014

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We recently added “The Green Wave” to the DBRL collection. The film currently has a rating of 91% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Green is the color of hope. Green was the color of Islam and the symbol of respect among the supporters of presidential runner Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who became the figure of the Green Revolution. The election in 2009 was about change, but contrary to all expectations, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was set in office. A collage illustrating the events and the stance of the people behind the rebellion: their initial hope and curiosity, fear, and the courage to continue to fight.

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Docs Around Town: May 23 – May 29

May 22, 2014

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May 23: The Unknown Known” starts at Ragtag. (via)

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“Particle Fever” on June 18th

May 21, 2014

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

A hit at the 2014 True/False Film Festival, the film “Particle Fever” (99 min.) explores a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Imagine if you could have watched footage of Thomas Edison turn on the first light bulb. This film directed by Mark Levinson follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. 

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Questions from “The World Before Her”

May 21, 2014

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Thanks to everyone who came to the “The World Before Her” showing at the Columbia Public Library. Here are some questions about the film that you can respond to in the comments section of this blog post:

  1. What do you see in each young woman’s experience that gives her confidence? What experiences undermine that confidence?
  2. What’s the difference between modernization and Westernization? What might India look like if it modernized, but not in a way that emulated Western nations? Is that possible?
  3. In Prachi and Ruhi we see what pageant advocate Sabira Merchant describes as “the two Indias.” How would you describe the way each of those “Indias” defines success for women?
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New DVD: “Winter Soldier”

May 19, 2014

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We recently added “Winter Soldier” to the DBRL collection. The film was originally released in 1972 and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Vietnam veterans speak about atrocities committed upon Vietnamese soldiers and civilians during their time in the U.S. armed forces in Vietnam. Through testimony given at the Winter Soldier Investigation held by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971, press conferences, and interviews with individual participants, the film graphically portrays the effect of U.S. government policy and practice, which turned soldiers into animals bent on destruction and Vietnamese into “gooks”–Non-human “targets” for murder, rape, and mutilation. The veterans struggle to come to terms with the devastation they caused so that others will not make the same mistake again.

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Docs Around Town: May 16 – May 22

May 15, 2014

worldbeforeherMay 16: Finding Vivian Maier” starts at Ragtag. (via)
May 21: “The World Before Her” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)

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New DVD: “Disco & Atomic War”

May 14, 2014

discoandatomicwar

We recently added “Disco & Atomic War” to the DBRL collection. The film currently has a rating of 90% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Hijacking broadcasts from Finland with makeshift yet powerful TV antennas, the people of Estonia, while still under the rule of the Soviet Union and its propaganda, found new heroes in JR Ewing and David Hasselhoff, and quickly became obsessed with the forbidden fruit that was western pop culture.

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