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”

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
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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”

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

Alive Inside film still

“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

The Music of Strangers
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 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)


Detropia
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady examine the decline of Detroit and the stalwart residents who remain in the once-thriving city in this month’s documentary selection inspired by the One Read book, “The Turner House.” Post-film discussion will be led by Arthur Mehrhoff, academic coordinator for the University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology. In addition to living in Detroit in the early ’70s, Dr. Mehrhoff earned his M.A. in urban affairs from Washington University and his Ph.D. in American studies from Saint Louis University. He spent many years working in and teaching about urban housing and neighborhoods. A 2012 True/False Film Fest selection. (90 min.)


Presenting Princess Shaw
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Samantha Montgomery placed her dreams on YouTube. Then they became a reality. “Presenting Princess Shaw” is the extraordinary story of an aspiring musician, down on her luck, who inspired internationally famous musician, composer and video artist Ophir “Kutiman” Kutiel to create a magical collaboration that would introduce her talent to a whole new audience. A 2016 True/False Film Fest selection. Directed by Ido Haar and shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series (www.pbs.org/pov). (2015, 90 minutes)


Tribal Justice
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

In “Tribal Justice,” two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are modeling restorative systems that are working. Mainstream courts across the country begin to take notice. Directed by Anne Makepeace and shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series (www.pbs.org/pov). (2017, 90 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”