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”

Fool Me Once: Docs Featuring Fakers

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

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People create fake identities for various reasons. In the case of the documentary films below, these fakers wish to expose something to the audience through their trickery. Check out this list of docs that feature various kinds of fakers.

The Ambassador” (2012)

This is a darkly comic, genre-bending piece of gonzo journalism from international provocateur Mads Brügger. He disguises himself as a European ambassador to expose the business of selling diplomatic titles that allows wealthy businessmen to exploit the resources of Third World nations.

Kumare” (2013)

Follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life — and wondering if and when to reveal his true self.

Czech Dream” (2007)

Documents the largest consumer hoax the Czech Republic has ever seen. Two of Eastern Europe’s most promising young documentary filmmakers set out to explore the psychological and manipulative powers of consumerism by creating an ad campaign for a super store that didn’t exist.

New DVD List: Faces Places, Handmaid’s Tale & More

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Faces Places film

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

Faces Places DVD coverFaces Places
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This Oscar-nominated documentary showed earlier this year at Ragtag Cinema and focuses on two unique French artists. 89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR team up to co-direct this enchanting road movie. Together the artists travel and meet locals in French villages, learning their stories and produce epic-size portraits of them. Continue reading “New DVD List: Faces Places, Handmaid’s Tale & More”

Northern Lights: Docs Featuring Canadian Cities

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Still from Seth's Dominion

Cities can inspire hopes and dreams, so it’s no surprise that they also can inspire fantasy lives as well. This collection of documentaries offers up a unique blend of facts and fantasies involving cities in Canada.

Seth's Dominion dvd coverSeth’s Dominion” (2016)

Director Luc Chamberland sheds light on the cartoonist Seth, mixing insightful biography with vivid animation and exploring his model city named Dominion that Seth has been building for the last 10 years. In this deft portrait, Seth proves to be a wry and engaging narrator of his life story and artistic process. Continue reading “Northern Lights: Docs Featuring Canadian Cities”

New DVD List: Quest, Motherland & More

Posted on Friday, March 16, 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.

Quest dvd coverQuest
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Playing at the True False Film Fest in 2017, this film is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency a married couple 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. Continue reading “New DVD List: Quest, Motherland & More”

Previous Docs From True/False 2018 Directors

Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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We’ve compiled a list of previous documentaries available at DBRL from the directors who are presenting films at this year’s True/False Film Fest.

Bart Layton
True/False 2018 film: “American Animals
Past film as director: “The Imposter

Jason Kohn
True/False 2018 film: “Love Means Zero
Past film as director: “Manda BalaContinue reading “Previous Docs From True/False 2018 Directors”

Playing Along: Docs About Gamers

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Wizard modeBeing a gamer can challenge your cognitive ability and your dexterity, but it can also be a challenge to your social skills. How can gamers interact constructively with others while still maintaining their competitive edge? Check out these documentaries about various kinds of gamers.

Wizard Mode dvd coverWizard Mode” (2016)

This film is a candid personal perspective on autism through the life of one of the world’s greatest pinball players. The film follows Robert Gagno as he seeks to balance his quest to become a world pinball champion and his growing real world responsibilities, culminating at the largest pinball tournament in the world. Continue reading “Playing Along: Docs About Gamers”

New DVD List: Dina, The War Show, & More

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

still from Dina- man and woman on a bench

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

Dina dvd coverDina
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Shown at the 2017 True False Film Fest, this film follows Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia who invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge. Continue reading “New DVD List: Dina, The War Show, & More”

Being a Wallflower: Docs About Banksy

Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Still From Exit Through the Gift Shop documentaryThe art of British graffiti artist Bansky has always raised more questions than answers. This mystique is probably why the artist has been a popular topic for documentaries this past decade. Check out these documentaries about Banksy.

Exit Through the Gift Shop DVD coverExit Through the Gift Shop” (2010)

This film tells the story of how an eccentric French documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the worlds most infamous graffiti artists at work. Continue reading “Being a Wallflower: Docs About Banksy”

New DVD List: Fire at Sea, Twin Peaks & More

Posted on Wednesday, January 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.

Fire at Sea dvd coverFire at Sea
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An Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this film takes place in Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Nearby, we bear witness as thousands of people risk their lives to make the brutal crossing from Africa. Continue reading “New DVD List: Fire at Sea, Twin Peaks & More”