New DVD List: McQueen, Support The Girls & More

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

McQueen
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Playing last year at Ragtag Cinema, this film is a personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of fashion icon Alexander McQueen. Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, recovered archives, exquisite visuals and music, it is an authentic celebration and thrilling portrait of an inspired yet tortured fashion visionary. Directed by Ian Bonhôte and co-directed/written by Peter Ettedgui. Continue reading “New DVD List: McQueen, Support The Girls & More”

Imitation Game: Docs That Inspired Feature Films

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

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The Loud family from the documentary “An American Family” (left) and actors portraying the Loud family in “Cinema Verite” (right).

Some documentaries are so compelling that you don’t want them to end. Fictional films can expand upon a documentary in unique and surprising ways, including scenes and people that didn’t make it into the original. Check out these docs that have inspired feature films:

An American Family dvd coverAn American Family” (1973)

First debuting in 1973 over twelve episodes, viewers were introduced to the William C. Loud family and the dramatic life events that unfolded during seven months of documentary shooting. This DVD edition is a two hour compilation of the series’ best moments. The documentary series inspired the fictional film “Cinema Verite” released in 2011. Continue reading “Imitation Game: Docs That Inspired Feature Films”

New DVD List: Long Strange Trip, Blackkklansman & More

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

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

Long Strange Trip
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Playing at the True False Film Fest in 2017, this film examines the long career of the Grateful Dead featuring new interviews with the surviving members of the group and never-before-seen footage of the group’s performances. This is the first full-length documentary to explore the fiercely independent vision and perpetual innovation that made the Bay Area band one of the most influential musical groups of their generation. Continue reading “New DVD List: Long Strange Trip, Blackkklansman & More”

Ice Bucket List: Docs Featuring Subjects With ALS

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

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The neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS, has gotten a lot of public attention ever since the Ice Bucket Challenge gained internet fame in 2014. In the wake of this newfound interest, several ALS-related documentaries have been released which explore the impact of this disease on individuals and families. Check out these documentaries featuring subjects with ALS.

Gleason dvd coverGleason” (2016)

At the age of 34, Steve Gleason, former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero, was diagnosed with ALS. Doctors gave him two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do: live. This film incorporates personal video journals from Gleason for his then-unborn son to footage of his adventures undertaken as part of his mission to live his life to the fullest. Continue reading “Ice Bucket List: Docs Featuring Subjects With ALS”

New DVD List: Three Identical Strangers & More

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

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

Three Identical Strangers
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Playing at the True False Film Fest in 2018, this film tells the astonishing true story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of nineteen, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio’s joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives. Continue reading “New DVD List: Three Identical Strangers & More”

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”