New DVD List: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? & More

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Won't you be my neighbor? DVD coverWon’t You Be My Neighbor?
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Playing earlier this year at the True/False Film Fest, this film takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. Continue reading “New DVD List: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? & More”

Leaving Early: Docs About Suicide

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Documentaries on the subject can give perspective to not only those contemplating suicide, but friends, family, and caregivers as well. Check out these documentaries about suicide.

The Departure dvd coverThe Departure” (2017)

A former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health. This film captures him at a crossroads, leading him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?

Kate Plays Christine DVD coverKate Plays Christine” (2016)

A gripping, nonfiction psychological thriller, Robert Greene’s film follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil as she prepares for her next role: playing Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who committed suicide live on-air in 1974. As Kate investigates Chubbuck’s story uncovering new clues and information, she becomes increasingly obsessed with her subject.

Ho to Die in Oregon DVD coverHow To Die In Oregon” (2012)

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. This film gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether, and when, to end their lives by lethal overdose.

New DVD List: Human Flow, The Rider & More

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Human Flow
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Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. “Human Flow,” an epic film journey led by the artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Continue reading “New DVD List: Human Flow, The Rider & More”

Long Story Short: Docs Filmed Over Long Periods Of Time

Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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Some documentaries take very little time to shoot, while others can take decades. For these longer films, directors undertake the tough process of sorting the quality from the quantity in order to create unique testaments to their subjects. Check out these documentaries that were filmed over long periods of time. Continue reading “Long Story Short: Docs Filmed Over Long Periods Of Time”

New DVD List: Spielberg & More

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Spielberg DVD coverSpielberg
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Steven Spielberg has built an unrivaled catalog of groundbreaking films over the course of nearly 50 years. In the exclusive HBO documentary, Spielberg steps out from behind the camera to open up about his directorial influences and motivations, while sharing little-known stories behind some of his most iconic films. Acclaimed producer/director Susan Lacy charts the evolution of this iconic filmmaker in this film. Continue reading “New DVD List: Spielberg & More”

Sounds & Substances: Docs Featuring Musicians Dealing With Addiction

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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Musicians who have problems with substance abuse often make tragic headlines with their struggles. Documentaries can provide a unique view of these individuals not only in their lowest moments with drugs, but also at their heights as they triumphantly take the stage to perform. Check out these documentaries featuring musicians dealing with addiction.

Last Days Here DVD coverLast Days Here” (2012)

A look at the life of Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons, to try and get his life back. The film chronicles the triumphs and downfalls of this underground icon who finds himself at the crossroads of life and death. Continue reading “Sounds & Substances: Docs Featuring Musicians Dealing With Addiction”

New DVD List: Unrest, Black Panther & More

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

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Journalist Jennifer Brea documents her struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After spiking a 105 degree fever shortly after being accepted to a PhD program at Harvard, Brea manifested a mysterious cluster of symptoms, including extreme weakness, fatigue, full-body pain and mental confusion. After being dismissed by doctors, she discovered a community of patients similarly struggling with the mysterious disorder.

Black Panther
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Based on the Marvel Comics series, this film follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

Little Women
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Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this three-part adaptation was originally shown on PBS. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage.

Other notable releases:
Annihilation” – Website / Reviews
Call Me By Your Name” – Website / Reviews
Channel Zero” – Season 3Website / Reviews
Dark Matter” – Season 3Website / Reviews
Detectorists” – Season 3Website / Reviews
Do Not Resist” – Website / Reviews
Girlfriends” – Season 1Website / Reviews
I, Tonya” – Website / Reviews
In the Dark” – Season 1Website / Reviews
LA 92” – Website / Reviews
Phantom Thread” – Website / Reviews
The Post” – Website / Reviews
The Shannara Chronicles” – Season 2Website / Reviews
The State” – Website / Reviews
Suits” – Season 7Website / Reviews
Wait for your Laugh” – Website / Reviews

The Write Stuff: Docs About Authors

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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Writers face many struggles in their chosen craft. How do they get inspiration and explore their chosen subjects? How do they portray themselves to get an audience? Check out these documentaries about writers.

City of Gold dvd coverCity of Gold” (2016)

Acclaimed food writer Jonathan Gold sets off on a journey to explore the panoply of regional cuisines and trademark dishes to be found within the vast urban sprawl of Los Angeles. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect, and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before. Continue reading “The Write Stuff: Docs About Authors”

Act Long & Prosper: Docs Featuring Actors From Star Trek

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Still from For the Love of Spock documentary

The Star Trek franchise launched in the 1960s, giving viewers a unique view of our culture as reflected through science fiction. The actors who have portrayed characters on Star Trek have themselves lived interesting lives due to the cultural influence of their work. Check out these documentaries featuring actors from the Star Trek franchise.
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New DVD List: Bombshell, Dolores & More

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Bombshell dvd coverBombshell
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When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star Hedy Lamarr decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history. Continue reading “New DVD List: Bombshell, Dolores & More”