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”

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”

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.

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New DVD List: Presenting Princess Shaw & More

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

presenting-princess-shawHere is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

presenting-princess-shawPresenting Princess Shaw
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Playing at the True/False Film Fest in 2016,  this film is the true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Continue reading “New DVD List: Presenting Princess Shaw & More”

Cinema Eye Honors: Top Docs Of The Last Decade

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Images from Cinema Eye Honors filmsThe Cinema Eye Honors are annual awards that recognize outstanding craft and artistry in nonfiction film. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Cinema Eye organization recently announced 20 films that have been named as among the top achievements in nonfiction film-making over the last decade. Here’s the assembled list of films in the library collection: Continue reading “Cinema Eye Honors: Top Docs Of The Last Decade”

All the World’s a Stage: Docs Involving Shakespeare

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

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William Shakespeare may have been gone for 400 years, but his cultural influence still looms large today. How do modern people react and interact with his work? Check out these documentaries that explore Shakespeare’s works in a modern context.

shakespeare behind barsShakespeare Behind Bars” (2005)

Convicted felons at Kentucky’s Luther Luckett Correctional Complex rehearse for the Shakespearean production, “The Tempest,” as part of the Shakespeare Behind Bars Program. The play’s underlying theme of forgiveness parallels themes in the lives of the prisoners. Continue reading “All the World’s a Stage: Docs Involving Shakespeare”

New DVD List: The Boys of ’36 & More

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

boysof36Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

boys of 36The Boys of ’36
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This documentary is based on the 2014 One Read book “The Boys in the Boat” and recently played on PBS. In 1936, nine boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and a nation by storm when their eight-oar crew team captured the gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. The boys’ victory, and their obstacles, inspired a nation. Continue reading “New DVD List: The Boys of ’36 & More”

Against the Grain: Docs About Outlaws

Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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The rules of society are sometimes flaunted by criminals. Who are these people, and what makes them tick? Check out these documentaries that feature various outlaws.

wile and wonderful whites of west virginiaThe Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia” (2010)

A shocking and outlandish year-in-the-life documentary about the White Family of Boone County, West Virginia’s most notorious extended family. The film includes shoot-outs, robberies, gas-huffing, drug dealing and using, pill popping, murders and tap dancing. Continue reading “Against the Grain: Docs About Outlaws”

New DVD List: Angie Tribeca, House of Cards & More

Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 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.

angie tribecaAngie Tribeca
Season 1
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Rashida Jones plays Angie Tribeca, a 10-year veteran of LAPD’S RHCU: Really Heinous Crimes Unit. The show is a hilarious spoof of police procedurals in the spirit of “The Naked Gun” and was created and executive produced by Steve and Nancy Carrell. Continue reading “New DVD List: Angie Tribeca, House of Cards & More”

Racing Forward: Docs About Runners

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

spirit of the marathonRunning is a sport that attracts many people young and old. What drives them to run, and how has it transformed them as people? Check out these documentaries that give insight into different kinds of runners.

spirit of the marathonSpirit of the Marathon” (2008)

A look at the Chicago Marathon, which stretches 26.2 miles, and the runners who participate from all walks of life, each with their own story. The film is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph — a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike. Continue reading “Racing Forward: Docs About Runners”