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“Glickman” on September 17th

August 13, 2014

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

The HBO documentary “Glickman” (84 min.) examines the life of famed sportscaster Marty Glickman. A gifted Jewish-American athlete who was denied the chance to represent the U.S. at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he went on to become one of the most revered and influential sportscasters in history, pioneering many of the techniques, phrases and programming innovations that are commonplace in sports reporting today. This documentary directed by James L. Freedman is a companion to our One Read book, “The Boys in the Boat,” a story of the U.S. crew team 1936 Olympics.

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New DVD: “The Address”

August 11, 2014

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We recently added “The Address” to the DBRL collection. The film played on PBS earlier this year, and is the latest from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns who has done other series such as “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” “The War,” “The National Parks,” and “Prohibition.” Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

At the tiny Greenwood School in the small New England town of Putney, Vermont, its roughly 50 students, boys from the ages 11 to 17 are asked each year to memorize the Gettysburg Address. This would be a daunting assignment for any student, but the boys at Greenwood all suffer from learning differences that have made their personal, academic and social progress extremely challenging. As the students come to terms with the address’s simple message of freedom, equality and democracy, they are seen to grow in self-confidence as they confront past failures and humiliations, ultimately opening the door to what Lincoln himself described as ‘a new birth of freedom’. Interweaving the history of this most famous of American speeches with the contemporary journey of the boys at Greenwood, the film reveals the timeless resonance of Lincoln’s words, while culminating in the triumph of the human spirit.

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Docs Around Town: Aug. 8 – Aug. 14

August 7, 2014

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August 8: Boyhood” starts at  Ragtag. (via)

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New DVD: “We Always Lie to Strangers”

August 4, 2014

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We recently added “We Always Lie to Strangers” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown earlier this year at Ragtag Cinema and currently has a rating of 86% from audiences at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

A story of family, community, music, and tradition, five years in the making, set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, one of the biggest tourist destinations in America. At the heart of Branson’s appeal is the staged music shows that earned the town the moniker of the live music capital of the world. These shows are well known for their traditional, family style of entertainment and crowds from around the country flock to Branson for this, return to old-fashioned values.

A story of family, community, music, and tradition, five years in the making, set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, one of the biggest tourist destinations in America. At the heart of Branson’s appeal is the staged music shows that earned the town the moniker of the live music capital of the world. These shows are well known for their traditional, family style of entertainment and crowds from around the country flock to Branson for this, return to old-fashioned values. – See more at: http://dbrl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/576335018_we_always_lie_to_strangers#sthash.7WwXG45y.dpuf An animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. – See more at: http://dbrl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/577581018_is_the_man_who_is_tall_happy#sthash.59NCeRDk.dpuf Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that peddle them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them are coming from American’s largest megachurches. – See more at: http://dbrl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/559029018_god_loves_uganda#sthash.hmxmLNTm.dpuf Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that peddle them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them are coming from American’s largest megachurches. – See more at: http://dbrl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/559029018_god_loves_uganda#sthash.hmxmLNTm.dpuf

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Docs Around Town: Aug. 1 – Aug. 7

July 31, 2014

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August 6 & 7: Two: The Story of Roman and Nyro” 6:00 p.m. at  Ragtag. (via)

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New DVDs: “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”

July 29, 2014

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We recently added the “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” series to the DBRL collection. The 4 disc set is a collection of the episodes originally released earlier this year on TV. Here’s a synopsis from the National Geographic Channel:

Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, COSMOS will explore how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. It will bring to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge and transport viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest scale. COSMOS will invent new modes of scientific storytelling to reveal the grandeur of the universe and re-invent celebrated elements of the legendary original series, including the Cosmic Calendar and the Ship of the Imagination. The most profound scientific concepts will be presented with stunning clarity, uniting skepticism and wonder, and weaving rigorous science with the emotional and spiritual into a transcendent experience.

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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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