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”

Center Aisle Cinema

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Just like books, film has the power to inform and inspire.

Each month at the Columbia Public Library, we offer a free screening of a thought-provoking documentary to help our community delve deeper into contemporary issues. Through this series, we frequently show films that have been celebrated by the True/False Film Fest as well as other highly-acclaimed film festivals. We also partner with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series, to bring you the most relevant and groundbreaking documentaries of the year.

Mark your calendars now with our upcoming film screenings. Better yet, sign up for our email newsletter so that you receive reminders for upcoming programs directly in your inbox! You can also check out previous Center Aisle Cinema films in the library catalog.

Upcoming Film Programs


The Genius of Marian
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

This documentary is an intimate and courageous portrait of filmmaker Banker White’s 61-year-old mother, Pam White, who is struggling with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. It integrates home movies, photos and current footage to depict a family’s fight to cope with loss while holding on to its collective memory. Directed by Banker White and Anna Fitch and shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.



From This Day Forward
Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

When director Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon’s wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents’ marriage, and their family, survived intact. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.

New DVD List: Life Animated, Citizenfour & More

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Life Animated still

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

Life Animated DVD coverLife, Animated
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This film played at the True/False Film Fest in 2016, and it tells the remarkable story of how a boy found a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world through Disney animated films. By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with vérité scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with Disney characters create a context for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality. Continue reading “New DVD List: Life Animated, Citizenfour & More”

Alternative Learning: Docs About Unusual Schools

Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Boys of Baraka documentary stillIf you attended public school, you may have forgotten that there are many different kinds of schools out there educating students in a variety of different ways. Take a look at some of these unusual schools, and see how they touch the lives of their students.

Boys of Baraka dvd coverBoys of Baraka” (2005)

Twenty “at risk” 12-year-old boys from the tough streets of inner-city Baltimore leave home to attend Baraka, an experimental boarding school located in Kenya, East Africa. Here, these brave kids begin the daunting journey towards putting their lives on a fresh path. This documentary was directed by award-winning filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Continue reading “Alternative Learning: Docs About Unusual Schools”

New DVD List: Sherpa, Particle Fever & More

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

sherpaSherpa
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Presented at the True/False Film Fest in 2016, this film focuses on the compelling stories of the Sherpas, the Nepalese mountain climbing guides who risk their lives to provide for their families. Director Jennifer Peedom set out to uncover tension in the 2014 Everest climbing season from the Sherpas’ point of view and instead captured a tragedy when an avalanche struck, killing 16 Sherpas. Continue reading “New DVD List: Sherpa, Particle Fever & More”

Shot by Shot: Docs Featuring a Film Within a Film

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Becoming Bulletproof film stillCreating films often leads to a flurry of activity and decision making that is itself interesting to capture on film. Check out these documentaries that capture films being made.

Becoming Bullet Proof CoverBecoming Bulletproof” (2016)

A diverse group of disabled people from across the U.S. take on leading roles in a Western filmed on vintage Hollywood locations. This film within a film immerses us in a dynamic, inclusive world of discipline and play, raising questions about why we so rarely see real disabled actors on the big screen.

Continue reading “Shot by Shot: Docs Featuring a Film Within a Film”