New DVD List: The Bad Kids , To Walk Invisible & More

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

The Bad Kids film still

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

The Bad Kids dvd coverThe Bad Kids

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Presented at the True/False Film Fest in 2016, this film is an observational documentary that chronicles one extraordinary principal’s mission to realize the potential of students whom the system has deemed lost causes. The film follows Principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at-risk teens through the traumas and obstacles that rob them of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high school diploma.  Continue reading “New DVD List: The Bad Kids , To Walk Invisible & More”

The Aging Mind: Docs Featuring People With Alzheimer’s Disease

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

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“It occurred to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases – one was Alzheimer’s and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer’s.” – Terry Pratchett

Having Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging both physically and psychologically. How can people deal with these challenges on them and their loved ones? Check out these docs to see how various people face the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.


Alive Inside dvd coverAlive Inside” (2014)

This film chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. It’s a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Continue reading “The Aging Mind: Docs Featuring People With Alzheimer’s Disease”

New DVD List: Planet Earth II, Best of Enemies & More

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

Planet Earth II

TV miniseries 
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This 2016 follow-up to the 2006 documentary mini-series “Planet Earth” examines the natural features and wildlife found in various parts of the world. Each of the six episodes correspond to a different category of natural or man-made terrain (e.g., islands, mountains, jungles, desserts, grasslands, cities, etc.).

Best of Enemies
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Presented at the True/False Film Fest in 2015, this film highlights the 1968 debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed, and a new era in public discourse was born. Continue reading “New DVD List: Planet Earth II, Best of Enemies & More”

New DVD List: Cameraperson, Weiner, & More

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Camercaperson still from DVDHere is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Cameraperson DVD coverCameraperson
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Presented at the True/False Film Fest in 2016, Kirsten Johnson weaves a tapestry of footage captured over her 25-year career as a documentary cinematographer into a film that combines documentary, autobiography and ethical inquiry. “Cameraperson” is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. Continue reading “New DVD List: Cameraperson, Weiner, & More”

New DVD List: The JT LeRoy Story, Zero Days, & More

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

JT Leory Story film still

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

Author DVD coverAuthor: The JT LeRoy Story

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Presented at the True/False Film Fest in 2016, this film tells the story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert. This epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a sensation. As she recounts her odyssey, Albert also reveals the intricate web spun by her irrepressible creative forces. Continue reading “New DVD List: The JT LeRoy Story, Zero Days, & More”

Center Aisle Cinema

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Just like books, film has the power to inform and inspire.

Each month at the Columbia Public Library, we offer a free screening of a thought-provoking documentary to help our community delve deeper into contemporary issues. Through this series, we frequently show films that have been celebrated by the True/False Film Fest as well as other highly-acclaimed film festivals. We also partner with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series, to bring you the most relevant and groundbreaking documentaries of the year.

Mark your calendars now with our upcoming film screenings. Better yet, sign up for our email newsletter so that you receive reminders for upcoming programs directly in your inbox! You can also check out previous Center Aisle Cinema films in the library catalog.

Upcoming Film Programs


From This Day Forward
Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

When director Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon’s wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents’ marriage, and their family, survived intact. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. (2015, 75 minutes)

Special guest Mason Aid from The Center Project will join us for a post-film discussion. The Center Project’s mission is to provide resources and a safe space for LGBTQ individuals to meet, to play, and to grow. Their outreach efforts focus on youth, families, and people living in rural areas.


4.1 Miles
Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

In this Oscar-nominated short film, director Daphne Matziaraki follows a day in the life of Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast Guard who is caught in the middle of the biggest refugee crisis since WWII. Despite limited resources, the captain and his crew attempt to save thousands of migrants from drowning in the Aegean Sea. Staff from Refugee and Immigration Services of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri will lead a discussion and share information on volunteering to help refugees get settled in our community. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. (2017, 24 minutes)


No Impact Man
Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein, this documentary tells the story of author Colin Beavan who went completely “green,” giving up virtually all of the comforts of modern living — electricity, gas-powered transportation, shipped food and public waste disposal — in a drastic effort to curb his environmental impact. 2009 True/False Film Fest selection. (2009, 93 minutes)


The Music of Strangers
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

The Silk Road Ensemble is an international collective of musicians created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville follows the performance group as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. 2016 True/False Film Fest selection. (2015, PG-13, 96 minutes)

New DVD List: Life Animated, Citizenfour & More

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

Life Animated still

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

Life Animated DVD coverLife, Animated
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This film played at the True/False Film Fest in 2016, and it tells the remarkable story of how a boy found a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world through Disney animated films. By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with vérité scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with Disney characters create a context for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality. Continue reading “New DVD List: Life Animated, Citizenfour & More”

New DVD List: Sherpa, Particle Fever & More

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 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.

sherpaSherpa
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Presented at the True/False Film Fest in 2016, this film focuses on the compelling stories of the Sherpas, the Nepalese mountain climbing guides who risk their lives to provide for their families. Director Jennifer Peedom set out to uncover tension in the 2014 Everest climbing season from the Sherpas’ point of view and instead captured a tragedy when an avalanche struck, killing 16 Sherpas. Continue reading “New DVD List: Sherpa, Particle Fever & More”

New DVD List: What Happened, Miss Simone? & More

Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Dewey Decimal Diver

nina-simone

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

what-happened-miss-simoneWhat Happened, Miss Simone?
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Playing at the True/False Film Fest in 2015, this Academy Award-nominated documentary explores the life of Nina Simone. A classically trained musical genius, chart-topping chanteuse and Black Power icon, she is one of the most influential, beloved, provocative and least understood artists of our time. This film inspired a companion book published earlier this year. 

city-of-goldCity of Gold
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Playing earlier this year at Ragtag Cinema, this film follows restaurant critic Jonathan Gold as he pulls back the curtain on the perceived superficiality of Los Angeles to show viewers a genuine and vibrant world where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic doorway to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America. Continue reading “New DVD List: What Happened, Miss Simone? & More”

New DVD List: The Fear Of 13, Elena & More

Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 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.
fear of 13The Fear of 13
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Playing at the 2016 True/False Film Fest, this film presents former death-row inmate Nick Yarris as he tells the story of how he was charged with the murder of a woman in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, sentenced to death, and, after twenty-one years behind bars, exhonerated based on DNA evidence. Continue reading “New DVD List: The Fear Of 13, Elena & More”