New DVD List: The Vietnam War & More

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

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

The Vietnam War
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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. The series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony from all sides — Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Continue reading “New DVD List: The Vietnam War & More”

New DVD List: Big Little Lies & More

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

Big Little Lies
Season 1
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Based on the New York Times best-seller of the same name by Liane Moriarty, this seven-part limited series is a subversive, darkly comedic drama that weaves a tale of murder and mischief as it explores society’s myth of perfection and the contradictions that exist beneath our idealized façade of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. Continue reading “New DVD List: Big Little Lies & More”

Out of the Wild: Docs With Animals Out of Their Natural Habitat

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Photo of chimp from Project Nim film

Humans remove animals from their natural environment for many reasons. Sometimes it is to try an experiment, or for entertainment, or because they are endangered. Whatever the reasons, the way the animals react to this change is not always predictable. Check out these docs about animals out of their natural habitat.

Project Nim DVD coverProject Nim” (2012)

The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Project Nim uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society. Continue reading “Out of the Wild: Docs With Animals Out of Their Natural Habitat”

New DVD List: Contemporary Color & More

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

Contemporary Color
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Playing at last year’s Boone Dawdle, this film shows an arena concert event in Brooklyn, New York, to celebrate the creativity of high school color guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles and sabers, colloquially known as “the sport of the arts.” David Byrne invited many musicians to create original compositions to accompany ten color guard teams’ performances. Continue reading “New DVD List: Contemporary Color & More”

The 25 Best Documentaries of the 21st Century

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

Collage of Stills from best 25 DocumentariesThe film site IndieWire recently collected a list of the 25 Best Documentaries of the 21st Century. We have all of them at DBRL, but please note that there are a few that are on order at the moment. Here’s the full list:

25. “All These Sleepless Nights” (2016)
24. “No Home Movie” (2016)
23. “Amy” (2015)
22. “Kedi” (2016) Continue reading “The 25 Best Documentaries of the 21st Century”

New DVD List: Korla & More

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

Korla DVD coverKorla

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This documentary played locally at Ragtag Cinema and focuses on the story of John Roland Redd, an African American from Columbia, Missouri who migrated to Hollywood in 1939 and reinvented himself as a musician from India. The newly-named Korla Pandit found fame as an actor, spiritual guide and recording artist, and was later celebrated by a new generation of fans who crowned him the Godfather of Exotica music. Continue reading “New DVD List: Korla & More”

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
Website / Reviews / Trailer
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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