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Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman, Thomas Sung, Jill Sung
Description: Acclaimed director Steve James tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves, and their bank's legacy in the Chinatown community, over the course of a five-year legal battle.
Call Number: 345.747 Aba
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 7, 2018
Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini, Dina Buno, Scott Levin,
Description: Dina's getting married in a few weeks and there's still so much to do. She has to move her boyfriend, Scott, from his parents' house to her apartment, and settle him in to only the second home he's ever had, all while juggling his schedule as an early morning Walmart door greeter. She has to get her dress, confirm arrangements with the venue, and make peace with her family, who remain nervous for their beloved Dina after the death of her first husband.
Call Number: 362.27 Din
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 9, 2018
Jean Rouch, Paul Stoller, Eric Kohn, Icarus Films, Films de la Pléiade (Firm)
Description: Jean Rouch was an inspiration for the French New Wave, and a revolutionary force in ethnography and the study of Africa. Beginning in 1955 with his most controversial film The Mad Masters, through 1969's darkly comic Little by Little, these films represent the most sustained flourishing of Rouch's practice of "shared anthropology," a process of collaboration with his subjects. Astonishing on their own terms, now restored and released for the first time, Eight films by Jean Rouch is essential for anyone interested in better understanding the development of ethnography and the cross-currents of colonialism and post-colonial social change in Africa, as well as documentary film practice, film history, and world cinema as a whole. Included in this box set are eight newly restored films on four discs, a 24-page booklet with two essays about Rouch and his methodology, and a new documentary about Rouch, his films, and his influence on African cinema, Jean Rouch, "the Adventurous filmmaker".
Call Number: 301 Eig
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 31, 2018
Jeff Tamblyn, Jeff Peak, Mark Von Schlemmer, Steve Abrams, Mustafa Akyol
Description: Character driven story of the politics and motivations behind the school board decision to challenge the teaching of evolution in Kansas public schools.
Call Number: 344.071 Kan
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 31, 2018
Peter Nicks, Lawrence Lerew, Linda Davis, Justin Melland,
Description: Sprawling, immediate, and complex, Peter Nicks's verité documentary moves like a pulsing, timely thriller. In 2014, after over a decade of federal monitoring for misconduct and civil rights abuses, the Oakland Police Department hires Chief Sean Whent ... in hopes of bridging a historically tense divide between its officers and the community they serve. The Force captures everything; it hovers over Oakland's evening skies and rides inside speeding police vehicles, granting viewers breathless firsthand access to some of law enforcement's most dangerous jobs. With fly-on-the-wall intimacy, we see a department trapped in transition, desperate to shed its corrupt image but also challenged by an increasingly organized and urgent Black Lives Matter movement erupting right outside its doorstep.
Call Number: 363.232 For
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 14, 2018
Ric Burns, Steeplechase Films Inc., PBS Distribution (Firm)
Description: The film takes a broad look at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, examining the organization's history, leadership, structure, funding and relationship to veterans. The film chronicles, in depth and often in wrenching detail, the workings of this crucial but at times beleaguered American institution.
Call Number: 362.1086 VA
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 31, 2018
Oliver Goetzl, Campbell Scott, Doclights (Firm), NDR Naturfilm, Thirteen Productions
Description: At the very northern edge of North America is Ellesmere Island, where the unforgiving Arctic winds tear through the tundra dipping temperatures to 50 below zero. But running through this shifting sea of snow and ice is one of the most hardened predators on the planet, the White Wolf.
Call Number: 599.773 Arc
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 14, 2018
Elizabeth Arledge, John Capener, Victoria Coules, Craig Sechler,
Description: Challenges preconceptions about the intelligence of birds. Presents evidence of problem solving skills in varieties of crows, ravens, and parrots, as well capabilities such as postponement of reward, empathy, and the ability to read facial expressions.
Call Number: 598 Bir
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 31, 2018
Peter Fison, Eric Meyers, Paul Hartnoll, Douglas John Emlen, BBC Studios
Description: From lobster claws and dog teeth to bee stings and snake fangs, every creature depends on a weapon. Showcasing astonishing wildlife cinematography, Extreme Animal Weapons investigates the riddle of outsize weaponry, uncovers a bold new theory about what triggers an animal arms race, and explores the secrets that underlie nature's battleground.
Call Number: 591.47 Ext
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 9, 2018
Oliver Twinch, Paul Williams, Craig Sechler, Stephen Baysted, Blink Entertainment
Description: Killer Hurricanes pursues the riddle of an 18th century Caribbean super storm that killed 20,000, the highest known death toll of any single weather event. To reconstruct its epic scale and investigate what made it so devastating, NOVA joins historians and storm sleuths as they track down clues in eyewitness chronicles, old ruins, and computer simulations.
Call Number: 551.552 Kil
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 26, 2018
Nick Stringer, Melanie Finn, Miranda Richardson, Sarah Cunliffe, Eric Parkinson
Description: Chronicles one loggerhead turtle's journey from a young hatchling emerging from her nest in the sand, to a 25 year old adult returning to the same beach to hatch her own young. It's a remarkable story about the harrowing trek around the globe of this threatened species and an amazing odyssey you won't want to miss.
Call Number: 597.928 Tur
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 26, 2018
Zack Taylor, Lou Ottens, Henry Rollins, Rob Sheffield, Damien Jurado
Description: Cassette inventor Lou Ottens digs through his past to figure out why the audiotape won't die. Rock veterans like Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, and Ian MacKaye join a legion of young bands releasing music on tape to push Lou along on his journey to remember.
Call Number: 621.3897 Cas
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 14, 2018
Jody Schiliro, Lenny Williams, Chris Biondo, Smithsonian Networks (Firm), Smithsonian Channel
Description: A program on hybrid dog breeds, such as the puggle, schnoodle, and labradoodle. Also covers purebred dogs and rescue dogs.
Call Number: 636.7 Des
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 14, 2018
Frankie Fenton, Lesley McKimm, Kathryn Kennedy, Colin Farrell
Description: Documentary tracing the life of award-winning Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice and the profoundly challenging turn it took in 2008 when, at age 34, he was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND), the neurodegenerative disorder more commonly known stateside as ALS (or Lou Gehrig's disease).
Call Number: 616.839 Its
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 13, 2018
Jim Podhoretz, Philip Aromando, Alex Evans, Robert Miller, Earvin Johnson
Description: There are rivalries, and then there is the Boston Celtics vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. This critically-acclaimed film not only gets to the heart of the greatest tug-of-war in NBA history, but also shows how their three riveting Finals in four years in the 1980s fueled the popularity of the NBA. Director Jim Podhoretz presents a fabulous cast of characters who would change the NBA and open America's collective mind.
Call Number: 796.323 Cel
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 14, 2018
Russell Wayne Groves, Luke Korem, Bradley Jackson, Richard Turner, Duncan Thum
Description: One of the most renowned card magicians of all time, Richard Turner astounds audiences around the world with his legendary sleight of hand. What they may not even realize, and what makes his achievements even more amazing, is that he is completely blind. Charting Turner's colorful life from his tumultuous childhood to the present, it reveals how through determination and force of will, he overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to rise to the top of his profession.
Call Number: 793.85 Dea
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 9, 2018
Jeremy Xido, Joseph Castelo, Vladar Company, CABULA6 (Firm), Coalition Films
Description: Following nearly forty years of war, including a civil war that orphaned thousands of children, peace and reconstruction are slowly coming to Angola. Huambo, Angola's second largest city, finds fifty-five of these children in the Okutiuka orphanage under the care of Sonia Ferreira. Her boyfriend, Wilker Flores, is a death metal guitarist who uses the sounds and rhythms of this hardcore music as a path to healing. The film tracks their dream to stage the country's first-ever national rock concert, bringing together members of the Angolan hardcore scene from different provinces; propelled by social media, members of the death metal hardcore underground join together to stage the event.
Call Number: 781.66 Dea
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 13, 2018
Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Billy Harper, Jymie Merritt, Bennie Maupin
Description: In February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This feature documentary by filmmaker Kasper Collin is a love letter to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together.
Call Number: 781.65 I ca
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 31, 2018
Greg MacGillivray, Alec Lorimore, Brad Ohlund, Steve Wood, Daniel May
Description: Follows Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach as they travel through the caves of Arizona, ice caves of Greenland and underwater caves in the Yucatan, not only for sport and thrill, but also to search for discoveries that may lead to cures for human diseases.
Call Number: 796.525 Jou
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 9, 2018
Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam
Description: The legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python are all gathered in front of the camera one last time in this original documentary series that retells the entire Python phenomenon start to finish.
Call Number: 791.4575 Mon
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 13, 2018
Dale Heslip, Allan Weinrib, Paul Rudd, Rush (Musical group),
Description: An intimate view of a historic moment from the perspective of the band, their fans, crew, and management. Features interviews with the band throughout their sold-out 2015 40th anniversary tour that shows rarely seen backstage footage capturing the final moments of life on the road. Includes bonus concert, Live from the rabbit hole, recorded during the band's 1990 Presto tour, United States.
Call Number: 781.66 Rus
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 26, 2018
Jessie Auritt, Carmen Delaney, Naomi Kutin, 3 See Films, FilmRise (Firm)
Description: When a nine-year-old girl breaks a powerlifting world record, she turns an international phenomenon and "Supergirl" is born. Naomi Kutin seems like a typical Orthodox Jewish pre-teen -- that is, until her extraordinary talent transforms the life of her family and thrusts her into news headlines. SUPERGIRL follows Naomi's unique coming-of-age story as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence, from strict religious obligations to cyber-bullying, and health issues that could jeopardize her future in powerlifting. Can she still be "Supergirl" if she can no longer break world records? With a passionate family supporting her each step of the way, Naomi must learn to accept herself and discover she is as strong inside as she is outside.
Call Number: 796.41 Sup
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 31, 2018
Yuri Ancarani, Khaled al-Kaja, Christophe Gougeon, ,
Description: Italian visual artist Yuir Ancarani's exquisite documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry. The opulence of this Middle Eastern gas state is on full display as the men race SUVs up and down sand dunes, fly their prized falcons around on private jets, and take their pet cheetahs out for desert spins in their souped-up Ferraris.
Call Number: 799.232 Cha
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 14, 2018
Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Bono, Allen Hughes, Lasse Järvi
Description: The show chronicles the unlikely partnership between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. This revealing, compelling and often gritty story takes place in recording studios, humble homes and massive mansions, in criminal courts and in the highest corridors of corporate power. Featuring interviews with those who worked closely with Jimmy and Dr. Dre, including Bono, David Geffen, and more. The docu-series showcases how the two men rose to prominence in the '80s and '90s.
Call Number: 781.64 Def
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 13, 2018
Susannah Ward, Veronika Hyks, British Broadcasting Corporation, Musée Albert Kahn, 2 Entertain (Firm)
Description: Ten part documentary series looking at the incredible collection of early color photographs of Albert Kahn. Kahn was French millionaire who attempted to create the "Archives of the Planet", a color photographic record of human life on Earth to promote cross-cultural understanding and peace.
Call Number: 779.2092 Won
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 7, 2018
Pamela Tom, Tyrus Wong, Sonia Mak, Derek Baird, Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Description: The life and work of pioneering Chinese American artist. Tyrus would overcome a life of poverty, racism, and discrimination to become a renowned painter and Hollywood sketch artist. Tyrus's eastern influenced paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney and became the inspiration for the classic animated feature Bambi.
Call Number: 741.642 Tyr
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 14, 2018
John Maggio, Oliver Platt, Jake Lacy, Wagner Moura, Alec Baldwin
Description: Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of the journey taken by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the heart of the South American rain forest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. Two of the most celebrated men from their respective nations, Roosevelt and Rondon set out with twenty other adventurers in 1914. Over eight eventful weeks in one of the most remote places on earth, the ill-equipped expedition navigated deadly rapids in crude dugout canoes. Hunger and exhaustion were compounded by the rain forest's unforgiving topography, which forced the men to carry heavy canoes long distances. What was anticipated to be a relatively tranquil journey turned out to be a brutal test of courage and character. Before it was all over, one member of the expedition had drowned and another had committed murder. Roosevelt would badly injure his leg and beg to be left behind to die. More than a dramatic adventure story, Into the Amazon shines a light on two of the western hemisphere's most formidable men, and the culture and politics of their two formidable nations.
Call Number: 918.113 Int
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 31, 2018
Peter Schnall, Patrick Prentice, Bruce Norfleet, Robert D. Ballard, Fred Karns
Description: A look at the disaster that shocked the world on May 7, 1915, when the state-of-the-art ocean liner sank after being struck by a German U-Boat torpedo that killed over 1100 passengers.
Call Number: 940.4514 Las
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 31, 2018
Michael Kirk, Mike Wiser, Jim Gilmore, Philip Bennett, Will Lyman
Description: A riveting investigation of how the U.S. struggled to confront Vladimir Putin over Russian involvement in the 2016 election, how revenge may have motivated Putin to target American democracy, and the U.S. responses under Presidents Obama and Trump.
Call Number: 947.086 Put
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 31, 2018
Pare Lorentz, George C Stoney, Charles Fussell, Virgil Thomson, Floyd King
Description: "The plow that broke the plains" depicts the social and economic history of the Great Plains from the settlement of the prairies by cattlemen and farmers through the World War I boom to drought and depression. "The river" traces life in the Mississippi River Valley during the previous 150 years, showing the consequences of sharecropping, soil exhaustion, unchecked erosion and floods, and concludes with scenes of regional planning, TVA development and federal efforts.
Call Number: 978 Plo
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 7, 2018
George Stevens, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Firm)
Description: Biography of filmmaker, George Stevens, 1904-1975, which contains excerpts from many of the films he directed including Gunga Din, Woman of the year, A Place in the sun, Shane and Giant, as well as recently discovered color footage he and his unit of Army cameramen shot of the Allied liberation of Europe in World War II. Also includes interviews with fellow directors and with executives and actors who worked with him.
Call Number: B Ste
Format: DVD
Date Added: Jan 31, 2018
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Abacus : Small Enough To Jail
Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman, Thomas Sung, Jill Sung
345.747 Aba
Death Metal Angola
Jeremy Xido, Joseph Castelo, Vladar Company, CABULA6 (Firm), Coalition Films
781.66 Dea
Dina
Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini, Dina Buno, Scott Levin,
362.27 Din
I Called Him Morgan
Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Billy Harper, Jymie Merritt, Bennie Maupin
781.65 I ca
Eight Films By Jean Rouch
Jean Rouch, Paul Stoller, Eric Kohn, Icarus Films, Films de la Pléiade (Firm)
301 Eig
Journey Into Amazing Caves
Greg MacGillivray, Alec Lorimore, Brad Ohlund, Steve Wood, Daniel May
796.525 Jou
Kansas Vs. Darwin
Jeff Tamblyn, Jeff Peak, Mark Von Schlemmer, Steve Abrams, Mustafa Akyol
344.071 Kan
Monty Python. Almost The Truth
Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam
791.4575 Mon
The Force
Peter Nicks, Lawrence Lerew, Linda Davis, Justin Melland,
363.232 For
Rush : Time Stand Still
Dale Heslip, Allan Weinrib, Paul Rudd, Rush (Musical group),
781.66 Rus
VA: The Human Cost Of War
Ric Burns, Steeplechase Films Inc., PBS Distribution (Firm)
362.1086 VA
Supergirl
Jessie Auritt, Carmen Delaney, Naomi Kutin, 3 See Films, FilmRise (Firm)
796.41 Sup
Arctic Wolf Pack
Oliver Goetzl, Campbell Scott, Doclights (Firm), NDR Naturfilm, Thirteen Productions
599.773 Arc
The Challenge
Yuri Ancarani, Khaled al-Kaja, Christophe Gougeon, ,
799.232 Cha
Bird Brain
Elizabeth Arledge, John Capener, Victoria Coules, Craig Sechler,
598 Bir
The Defiant Ones b
Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Bono, Allen Hughes, Lasse Järvi
781.64 Def
Extreme Animal Weapons : Nature's Arms Race
Peter Fison, Eric Meyers, Paul Hartnoll, Douglas John Emlen, BBC Studios
591.47 Ext
The Wonderful World Of Albert Kahn : Albert Kahn's Archives Of The Planet
Susannah Ward, Veronika Hyks, British Broadcasting Corporation, Musée Albert Kahn, 2 Entertain (Firm)
779.2092 Won
Killer Hurricanes
Oliver Twinch, Paul Williams, Craig Sechler, Stephen Baysted, Blink Entertainment
551.552 Kil
Tyrus
Pamela Tom, Tyrus Wong, Sonia Mak, Derek Baird, Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
741.642 Tyr
Turtle : The Incredible Journey
Nick Stringer, Melanie Finn, Miranda Richardson, Sarah Cunliffe, Eric Parkinson
597.928 Tur
Into The Amazon
John Maggio, Oliver Platt, Jake Lacy, Wagner Moura, Alec Baldwin
918.113 Int
Cassette : A Documentary Mixtape
Zack Taylor, Lou Ottens, Henry Rollins, Rob Sheffield, Damien Jurado
621.3897 Cas
Last Voyage Of The Lusitania
Peter Schnall, Patrick Prentice, Bruce Norfleet, Robert D. Ballard, Fred Karns
940.4514 Las
Designing Dog
Jody Schiliro, Lenny Williams, Chris Biondo, Smithsonian Networks (Firm), Smithsonian Channel
636.7 Des
Putin's Revenge
Michael Kirk, Mike Wiser, Jim Gilmore, Philip Bennett, Will Lyman
947.086 Put
It's Not Yet Dark
Frankie Fenton, Lesley McKimm, Kathryn Kennedy, Colin Farrell
616.839 Its
The Plow That Broke The Plains ; The River
Pare Lorentz, George C Stoney, Charles Fussell, Virgil Thomson, Floyd King
978 Plo
Celtics/Lakers : Best Of Enemies
Jim Podhoretz, Philip Aromando, Alex Evans, Robert Miller, Earvin Johnson
796.323 Cel
George Stevens : A Filmmaker's Journey
George Stevens, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Firm)
B Ste
Dealt
Russell Wayne Groves, Luke Korem, Bradley Jackson, Richard Turner, Duncan Thum
793.85 Dea