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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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”

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”

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


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”