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Ursula Liang, Peter Liang, Kino Lorber
Description: When a Chinese-American police officer kills an innocent, unarmed Black man in a darkened stairwell of a New York City housing project, it sets off a firestorm of emotion and calls for accountability. When he becomes the first NYPD officer convicted of an on-duty shooting in over a decade, the fight for justice becomes complicated, igniting one of the largest Asian-American protests in history, disrupting a legacy of solidarity, and putting an uneven legal system into sharp focus.
Call Number: 363.23 Dow
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 15, 2021
Jill Li, Sheng Chai, Yancong Ren, Icarus Films
Description: Embedding herself in the village of Wukan, southern China for several years starting in 2011, first-time documentarian Jill Li witnessed an unprecedented experiment in local democracy. Corrupt officials had illegally sold villagers' land, but the villagers decided to fight back. The documentary is divided into two halves: the first, "Protests," depicts the grassroots activities of Wukan residents as they work to reverse the land sales and gain a substantial measure of control over their local territory. See how the villagers themselves learn to organize elections, form alliances, and win support. "After Protests," confronts the collapse of idealism as the newly elected village government finds itself mired in the same kind of corrupt dealings they had originally condemned.
Call Number: 320.951 Los
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 23, 2021
Wendy Apple, Emily Levine, John Lithgow, Lily Tomlin, Leonard Nimoy
Description: The film uses physics, which explains how the universe works, to explain our metaphysics, the story of our values, our institutions, our interactions. Using her own experience and a custom blend of insight and humor, provocation and inspiration, personal story and social commentary, Emily takes her audience through its paradigm shift: from the Fear of Change to the Edge of Chaos. Emily Levine, like her film, was one-of-a-kind. She was a television writer, a stand-up performer, and an out-of-the-box-thinker, whose brilliant TED talks have been seen by millions. She made this film with Wendy Apple, who produced and directed it. Wendy died in 2017 and Emily continued working on the film until she also passed away in 2019.
Call Number: 530 Emi
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 2, 2021
Peter Yost, Edna Alburquerque, Salme Lopez Sabina, Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Description: A multiplatform event that will incorporate digital, social media, and short-form video resources, local broadcasts, and live events. At the core of this initiative is a groundbreaking documentary series, airing on PBS and streaming online. Airing over two consecutive evenings, the film will explore mental illness in historical, scientific, and social contexts. It is now available for corporate sponsorship.
Call Number: 616.89 Mys
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 2, 2021
Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw, Piero Botto, Maria Cicciu, Sergio Cauda
Description: A documentary about a small group of men and their expertly trained dogs as they search for rare white Alba truffles in the forests of Piedmont, Italy.
Call Number: 641.358 Tru
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 15, 2021
Jeff Prosserman, Eli Gesner, Rosario Dawson, DMC (Musician), Kid Capri (Musician)
Description: In the late '80s and early '90s, the streets of downtown Manhattan were the site of a collision between two vibrant subcultures: skateboarding and hip-hop. Narrated by Zoo York co-founder Eli Gesner with an original score by legendary hip-hop producer Large Professor (Nas, A Tribe Called Quest), this documentary brings to life the magic of the time and the convergence that created a style and visual language that would have an outsized and enduring cultural effect. From the DJ booths and dance floors of the Mars nightclub to the founding of brands like Supreme, this convergence would lay the foundation for modern street style. Paris Is Burning meets Larry Clark's KIDS; this is a love letter to New York, examining race, society, fashion, and street culture.
Call Number: 781.649 All
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 15, 2021
Tom Hurwitz, Rosalynde LeBlanc, Bill T. Jones, Arnie Zane, Inc. Kino Lorber
Description: Brings to life the creative process that culminated in choreographer/dancer/director Bill T. Jones's tour de force ballet D-Man in the Waters, one of the most important works of art to come out of the AIDS crisis. In 1989, D-Man in the Waters gave physical manifestation to the fear, anger, grief, and hope for salvation that the emerging Bill T. Jones/Arnie ZaneCompany (both partners at the time) felt as they were embattled by the AIDS epidemic. As a group of young dancers in the present re-interprets the work, they deepen their understanding of its power, exploring what is at stake in their own personal lives in order to commit and perform it successfully. Through an extraordinary collage of interviews, archival material, and uniquely powerful cinematography, this lyrical documentary uses the story of this iconic dance to illustrate the power of art and the triumph of the human spirit.
Call Number: 792.8 Can
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 15, 2021
Lisa Immordino Vreeland,
Description: The brilliant work, personal struggles, and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in this innovative dual-portrait documentary. Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Love, Cecil, and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel) masterfully collages a wealth of archival material, including dishy talk show appearances with David Frost and Dick Cavett, with clips from some of the duo's most memorable movie adaptations: A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and In Cold Blood. Featuring vibrant voiceover work by award-winning actors Jim Parsons (Capote) and Zachary Quinto (Williams), the film is dripping with wit and wisdom. It is a celebration of both men's fearless candor and often tumultuous friendship that honors how their identity as gay Southerners informed their timeless artistic achievements and relationships with family, colleagues, confidants, and most significantly each other.
Call Number: 813.52 Tru
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 1, 2021
Erik Nelson, Ittsei Nakagawa, Kino Lorber
Description: Recounts the end of World War II. With never-before-seen restored footage and the voices of 24 men who lived through these events, this timely documentary highlights the experiences of the last of the Greatest Generation.
Call Number: 940.53 Apo
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 15, 2021
Sky Hopinka, Grasshopper Film (Firm)
Description: A poetic, experimental debut feature circling the origin of the death myth from the Chinookan people in the Pacific Northwest, małni - towards the ocean, towards the shore follows two people as they wander through their surrounding nature, the spirit world, and something much deeper inside. At its center are Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier, who take separate paths contemplating their afterlife, rebirth, and death. Probing questions about humanity's place on earth and other worlds, Sky Hopinka's film will have audiences thinking (and dreaming) about it long after.
Call Number: 973.0497 Mal
Format: DVD
Date Added: Sep 2, 2021
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Down A Dark Stairwell
Ursula Liang, Peter Liang, Kino Lorber
363.23 Dow
All The Streets Are Silent : The Convergence Of Hip Hop And Skateboarding (1987-1997)
Jeff Prosserman, Eli Gesner, Rosario Dawson, DMC (Musician), Kid Capri (Musician)
781.649 All
Lost Course
Jill Li, Sheng Chai, Yancong Ren, Icarus Films
320.951 Los
Can You Bring It : Bill T. Jones And D-man In The Waters
Tom Hurwitz, Rosalynde LeBlanc, Bill T. Jones, Arnie Zane, Inc. Kino Lorber
792.8 Can
Emily At The Edge Of Chaos
Wendy Apple, Emily Levine, John Lithgow, Lily Tomlin, Leonard Nimoy
530 Emi
Truman & Tennessee : An Intimate Conversation
Lisa Immordino Vreeland,
813.52 Tru
Mysteries Of Mental Illness
Peter Yost, Edna Alburquerque, Salme Lopez Sabina, Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
616.89 Mys
Apocalypse '45
Erik Nelson, Ittsei Nakagawa, Kino Lorber
940.53 Apo
The Truffle Hunters
Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw, Piero Botto, Maria Cicciu, Sergio Cauda
641.358 Tru
Małni : Towards The Ocean, Towards The Shore
Sky Hopinka, Grasshopper Film (Firm)
973.0497 Mal