New DVD List: I Am Not your Negro & More

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

I Am Not your Negro
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Shown at the True/False Film Fest in 2016, this film by Raoul Peck was inspired by a book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. It’s a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. Continue reading “New DVD List: I Am Not your Negro & More”

Way to the Top: Docs Featuring Musicians Rising From Obscurity

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Breaking a Monster still from filmMany musicians start out small and rise to be successful, but that process is not always captured on film. Check out these documentaries featuring musicians rising from obscurity.

Breaking a Monster dvd cover

Breaking a Monster” (2015)

Three grade schoolers spend their weekends playing heavy metal/speed punk in Times Square as Unlocking the Truth. After the band achieves internet fame, the boys are confronted with the realities that come with being rock stars. The documentary chronicles their first year, as the band enters the very adult world of touring, managers and contracts.

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New DVD List: The Bad Kids , To Walk Invisible & More

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

The Bad Kids film still

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

The Bad Kids dvd coverThe Bad Kids

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Presented at the True/False Film Fest in 2016, this film is an observational documentary that chronicles one extraordinary principal’s mission to realize the potential of students whom the system has deemed lost causes. The film follows Principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at-risk teens through the traumas and obstacles that rob them of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high school diploma.  Continue reading “New DVD List: The Bad Kids , To Walk Invisible & More”

The Aging Mind: Docs Featuring People With Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Alive Inside film still

“It occurred to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases – one was Alzheimer’s and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer’s.” – Terry Pratchett

Having Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging both physically and psychologically. How can people deal with these challenges on them and their loved ones? Check out these docs to see how various people face the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.


Alive Inside dvd coverAlive Inside” (2014)

This film chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. It’s a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Continue reading “The Aging Mind: Docs Featuring People With Alzheimer’s Disease”

New DVD List: Planet Earth II, Best of Enemies & More

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

Planet Earth II

TV miniseries 
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This 2016 follow-up to the 2006 documentary mini-series “Planet Earth” examines the natural features and wildlife found in various parts of the world. Each of the six episodes correspond to a different category of natural or man-made terrain (e.g., islands, mountains, jungles, desserts, grasslands, cities, etc.).

Best of Enemies
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Presented at the True/False Film Fest in 2015, this film highlights the 1968 debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed, and a new era in public discourse was born. Continue reading “New DVD List: Planet Earth II, Best of Enemies & More”

White Coats Optional: Docs Featuring Scientists

Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

The idea of humorless scientists who wear white coats and carry clipboards is a media stereotype that isn’t always accurate. Take a look at these documentaries to see a variety of modern scientists who don’t conform to this typical stereotype as they follow their quests to understand our world.

Particle Fever dvd coverParticle Fever” (2013)

Follow six 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. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists join forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson. Continue reading “White Coats Optional: Docs Featuring Scientists”

New DVD List: Cameraperson, Weiner, & More

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Camercaperson still from DVDHere is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Cameraperson DVD coverCameraperson
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Presented at the True/False Film Fest in 2016, Kirsten Johnson weaves a tapestry of footage captured over her 25-year career as a documentary cinematographer into a film that combines documentary, autobiography and ethical inquiry. “Cameraperson” is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. Continue reading “New DVD List: Cameraperson, Weiner, & More”

Previous Docs From True/False 2017 Directors

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

True/False image with neonWe’ve compiled a list of previous documentaries available at DBRL from the directors who are presenting films at the upcoming True/False Film Fest. Check out their old films before you attend the fest for their new films!

Alma Har’el
True/False 2017 film: “LoveTrue
Past film as director: “Bombay Beach

Amir Bar-Lev
True/False 2017 film: “Long Strange Trip
Past film as director: “Happy Valley,” “The Tillman Story,” “My Kid Could Paint ThatContinue reading “Previous Docs From True/False 2017 Directors”

New DVD List: The JT LeRoy Story, Zero Days, & More

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

JT Leory Story film still

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

Author DVD coverAuthor: The JT LeRoy Story

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Presented at the True/False Film Fest in 2016, this film tells the story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert. This epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a sensation. As she recounts her odyssey, Albert also reveals the intricate web spun by her irrepressible creative forces. Continue reading “New DVD List: The JT LeRoy Story, Zero Days, & More”

May The Film Crew Be With You: Docs About Star Wars

Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

elstree-1976-imageThe Star Wars film franchise has been an influential cultural force ever since the first film came out in 1977. Check out these documentaries about various aspects of the franchise and its effect on generations of fans.

Elstree 1976 DVD coverElstree 1976” (2016)

In 1976, during the hottest summer on record, “Star Wars” was shot in suburban North London. Nobody involved had any idea how big the film would become, and many couldn’t even remember the title. Yet, for actors in smaller roles, this job would go on to color their lives, even four decades later. Continue reading “May The Film Crew Be With You: Docs About Star Wars”