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
Website / Reviews / Trailer
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
Website / Reviews / Trailer
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
Website / Reviews
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”

Blood Relations: Docs Featuring Families In Crisis

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

tarnation imageFamilies can go into crisis mode when faced with stressful situations. How will family members deal with the situation and how will it transform their relationships with each other? Check out these docs that focus on families in a state of crisis.

tarnationTarnation” (2005)

Part documentary, part narrative fiction, part home movie, and part acid trip. Faced with the haunting remnants of his past, including a family legacy of mental illness, abuse and neglect, Jonathan Caouette returns home to aid in his schizophrenic mother’s recovery. Continue reading “Blood Relations: Docs Featuring Families In Crisis”

Get Away From Me: Docs About Reclusive Artists

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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Some artists shrug off fame and notoriety for various reasons, oftentimes attracting attention through their attempts at obscurity. Check out these docs featuring various reclusive artists.

exit through the gift shopExit Through the Gift Shop” (2010)

Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation. This film tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Continue reading “Get Away From Me: Docs About Reclusive Artists”

The Last of Us: Docs Featuring Endangered Species

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

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Bringing endangered species back from the brink has long been a concern of scientists and conservationists. Check out these documentaries that not only explore several endangered species, but also explore some of the people interested in preserving them.
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The Chances of the World Changing” (2006)

An artist abandons his life’s work to build an ark filled with hundreds of endangered animals. But his growing “ark” and preservation efforts are threatening to exhaust him, both mentally and financially. A story about time, death, art, love and turtles. Continue reading “The Last of Us: Docs Featuring Endangered Species”