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Filmakers Library Online: Volume II As a follow-up to Filmakers Library Online, winner of the 2011 Booklist Editorsâ€™ Choice award, Filmakers Library Online: Volume II brings 100 of the most influential issue-based documentaries of 2009 through 2013 to libraries worldwide, including many of the great titles found in this catalog.
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• All Me u 16 • Between Two Rivers u 14 • Black American Gothic u 8 • Booker’s Place u 14 • Faith in the Hood u 14 • Julian Bond u 20 • Melvin & Jean u 8 • The Powerbroker u 20
• #bullyPROOF u 3 • Best Kept Secret u 3 • Facing Forward u 20 • Magic Camp u 11
Environment • The Big Fix u 21 • Carbon for Water u 12 • The Cloud Mystery u 9 • Crude Independence u 17 • Freedom u 21 • Fuel u 21 • The Weather War u 9
Anthropology • Contact
The Autism Enigma
Area Studies • Africa’s Last Taboo u 20 • Back to Nadia u 21 • Carbon for Water u 12 • Child Marriage u 20 • Dance of Outlaws u 13 • The Fatwa u 11 • The Invisible Men u 15 • Lovebirds u 9 • The Naked Option u 7 • The Noise of Cairo u 13 • The Redemption of General Butt Naked
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• All Me u 16 • Beyond Iconic u 19 • Getting Up u 2 • Indie Game u 18 • Large Scale Projects u 5 • Larry Rivers Public and Private u 5 • Let Fury Have the Hour u 18 • The Noise of Cairo u 13 • Richard Artschwager u 18 • Treasures from the Rubble u 5
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Current Affairs • Body Corporate 20 • Electoral Dysfunction u 15 • Google Baby u 20 • Stem Cell Divide u 21 • The Undocumented u 8 • What Killed Kevin? u 21
Disability and Aging • Getting Up u 2 • Going Blind u 1 • Lessons for the Living u 1 • Lost and Sound u 20 • My Wonderful Life as a Vegetable • Running for Jim u 2 • Rupture u 1 • SWINGMAN u 16
Freedom: Ethanol—One Answer to America’s Fuel Crisis
A film by Josh and Rebecca Tickell Josh Tickell and his wife Rebecca take an international journey to investigate alternatives to fossil fuel and learn the truth about how ethanol this fits into a solution to America’s energy crisis. The film offers an array of green solutions and inspirational interviews, inviting viewers to become activists for a cleaner approach to fuel. u
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In this feature-length documentary, filmmaker and biofuel advocate Josh Tickell explores the origins of America’s dependence on fossil fuels, detailing the cross-country road trip that he took in his biodiesel-converted van, campaigning for the more sustainable, environmentally friendly fuel. 2008. 112 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1738-2
• The Autism Enigma u 3 • Best Kept Secret u 3 • Born to Be Good u 21 • Can u 20 • A Diagnosed Boy u 20 • Hidden Battles u 19 • Of Two Minds u 19 • When the Shooting Stops
The use of embryonic stem cells for medical research is an issue that has unleashed passionate political controversy nationwide. Stem Cell Divide shines a light on Missouri as the state senate debates the contentious legislation introduced to eliminate certain types of stem cell research.
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A film by Nadav Harel
• The Fatwa u 11 • Out of Print u 11 • Sholem Aleichem u 21 • Can u 20 • The Latino List • White u 20
At least 94 United States military women died overseas during the Iraq War. Of these deaths, some 20 occurred under suspicious circumstances with the additional characterization of “suicide.” The Silent Truth revolves around the death of 19-year-old US Army Private LaVena Johnson, who was found dead on the military base in Balad, Iraq, in July of 2005. From the day his daughter’s body was returned to him, LaVena’s father had grave suspicions about the Army’s characterization of her death as suicide. Today her parents are continuing the fight to have their daughter’s case reopened and are advocating for a congressional hearing into the cover up.
2010. 60 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-0952-3
• (A)Sexual u 21 • Africa’s Last Taboo u 20 • The Invisible Men u 15 • The Out List u 6
Literature and Media Studies
Produced by Midtownfilms
2011. 76 min. DVD: $350. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1534-0
Produced by Triumph Documentaries
left the Gulf States, The Big Fix reveals a vast network of corruption and an outrageous cover up.
Stem Cell Divide
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in the age of globalization. Doron, an Israeli entrepreneur with a high-tech background, is proposing a new service—baby production. He provides customers with a cost-effective solution using outsourcing of the surrogacy element to India as a way to lower prices. Through a nonjudgmental presentation of the practice, the film raises issues of medical ethics, racism, and exploitation that have no simple resolutions.
2011. 92 min. DVD: $350. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1531-9
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The Big Fix: Uncovering the Truth behind the Deepwater Horizon Disaster
A film by Josh and Rebecca Tickell; executive produced by Tim Robbins, Maggie Wachsberger, and Peter Fonda; associate produced by Jason Mraz
• About Face u 7 • Back to Nadia u 21 • Birth Story u 17 • Dance of Outlaws u 13 • The F Word u 7 • His & Hers u 17 • The Naked Option u 7 • The Silent Truth u 21
On Earth Day in 2010, the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico, creating the worst oil spill in history. Until the oil well was capped nearly five months later, 205 million gallons of crude oil and more than 1.78 million gallons of chemical dispersant spread into the sea. By exposing the root causes of the oil spill and what really happened after the news cameras
2012. 89 min. DVD or three-year streaming: $350. 978-1-4631-1532-6
The Silent Truth: Crimes against Women in the Military
2012. 76 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1641-5. Available only in North America.
Back to Nadia: Becoming a “Boy” for Survival in Afghanistan Directed by Grau Serra Returning from the hospital after the suicide bombing that killed her brother, 11-year-old Nadia has an epiphany: she will pretend to be a boy, assuming her brother’s identity and name in order to support her family. In Taliban-ruled Afghanistan where women and girls are not allowed to work outside the home, Nadia spends 11 years masquerading as her brother Esmerai before ultimately escaping to Europe and reclaiming her identity as a female. 2012. 52 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1634-7
(A)Sexual: A Minority No Longer Silent A film by Angela Tucker This groundbreaking film introduces viewers to men and women who have never experienced sexual attraction. Studies show that as much as one percent of the population may be asexual. Living in a society obsessed with sex, how does one deal with life as an outsider? Intimate interviews, vérité footage, and animation help viewers understand this little known aspect of sexual identity.
archival footage along with key interviews, Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness recreates a time in czarist Russia when Jews were second-class citizens and shares the unexpected comedy that emerged in his writing. 2012. 93 min. DVD: $350. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1567-8
Electric Mind is a cutting-edge documentary that ushers viewers through the hospitals, research centers, and clinics that are conducting groundbreaking research on the electricity of brain function as a treatment for assorted medical conditions. Patients profiled include a young girl with epilepsy whose treatment enables her to lead a normal life, and an elderly woman who, after many months of inability to respond to stimuli or remember recent history, shows tangible improvement following her treatment. 2011. 60 min. DVD: $325. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1533-3
What Killed Kevin? Defining Workplace Bullying A film by Beverly Peterson One summer morning, Kevin Morrissey walked to an abandoned coal tower and dialed 911 to report a shooting before turning his gun on himself. After hearing evidence of discord between Kevin and his boss, Kevin’s sister Maria contacted the Workplace Bullying Institute and agreed to use Kevin’s case to pursue protective legislation. What Killed Kevin examines his case and ultimately questions the nature of bullying itself. 2012. 47 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1643-9
Born To Be Good Directed by Gail McIntyre and Eileen Thalenberg, produced by Gail McIntyre and Amelie Blanchard
2012. 74 min. DVD or three-year streaming: $350. 978-1-4631-1571-5
In laboratories around the world, psychologists are grappling with the age-old question of morality: do we come into the world as amoral creatures without any sense of right and wrong, without any conscience and only learn to be “good”? The film highlights young children illustrating their understanding of morality and includes interviews with the researchers leading the field.
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
2011. 52 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-4631-1570-8. Available only in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.
A film by Joseph Dorman Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness is a riveting portrait of writer Sholem Aleichem, whose stories about Tevye the Milkman became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Using a rich collection of
Other New and Best-selling Films A Diagnosed Boy: The Renowned Professor Feuerstein on Enhancing Learning Potential A film by Jens Pedersen Lars is the father of 13-year-old Silas, who has been diagnosed with ADHD, Tourette’s syndrome, and other developmental disorders. Despite sending his son to a specialized Danish school that shields him from frustration and defeat, Lars is concerned that Silas is learning little. So when Lars learns of 91-year-old Israeli professor Reuven Feuerstein, who has worked with children with problems similar to Silas’s, he travels to Jerusalem to learn more. 2012. 40 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1572-2
Can: Mental Illness and Recovery in the Asian-American Community A film by Pearl J. Park Can is a seminal film about Asian Americans suffering from mental illness. In a culture where mental problems are often viewed as a stigma that brings shame to the family, this documentary breaks an important silence. Can Truong was among millions of refugee “boat people” fleeing Vietnam in the 1970s. In the United States he became a model student, aspiring to be a doctor, but difficulties studying ultimately forced him to leave school. He experimented unsuccessfully with shock treatments and medications before becoming involved in the “mental health consumer movement” which focuses on recovery through self-determination and peer support. Inspired by his peers, he embarked on a healing journey of a different kind—trying to resolve cultural differences with his traditional Confucian father and deconstructing his painful childhood wounds. 2012. 65 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1636-1
Africa’s Last Taboo Directed by Robin Barnwell for Insight News TV In Africa, where two-thirds of countries maintain laws against homosexuality, gay people face increasing persecution. Award-winning African correspondent Sorious Samura investigates the experience of being gay in Africa, and discovers staggering levels of prejudice and hate, driven by governments, religious organizations, and communities. 2012. 50 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1557-9. Available only in North America.
Child Marriage: A Tradition Continues in Africa Produced by SW Pictures Despite being illegal, child marriage remains part of the culture across Africa. Child Marriage introduces 10-yearold Wube-Enat, who is preparing for her wedding; 12-year-old Simenge, who is eight months pregnant, but would rather be in school than preparing for motherhood; and Achawache, who spent 12 days in labor at age
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15 before giving birth to a stillborn baby. But in villages across the continent, advocates have begun speaking out in hopes of saving future generations from being forced into harmful child marriages. 2011. 23 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1535-7. Available only in North America.
bitter disillusionment, and ultimately reconciliation. When he becomes a professor at a predominately non-white university, he must confront his own racial attitudes. And this reflection on race continues as Joel and his wife enter the adoption process and face the prospect of adopting a non-white child. 2012. 59 min. DVD: $325. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1628-6
Facing Forward: A Charter School for At-risk Youth A film by Laura Paglin
Lost and Sound
In Cleveland, where only 1 in 20 African American males graduates from high school, a new charter middle school, E Prep, is one of a wave of organizations championing the “old school” values of hard work, discipline, and respect for authority. Here viewers meet Tyree, a charismatic but troubled 12-year-old, who struggles with his sexual identity. After graduating eighth grade, Tyree’s life remains in limbo as he begins to attend a low performing high school. This award-winning film asks the question, can a school with high expectations overcome the negativity of an inner-city community?
A film by Lindsey Dryden
2012. 67 min. DVD: $295. Three year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1191-5
Lost and Sound explores the lives of three extraordinary people who are deaf or hearing impaired as they try against the odds to rediscover music. A music reviewer by trade, Nick is forced by the sudden onset of tinnitus and loss of his hearing in one ear to relearn how to listen to music. Meningitis destroyed young Holly’s hearing at 14 months, but hasn’t stopped her from becoming an accomplished cellist and pianist. Twenty-year-old deaf dancer Emily has landed a place at a coveted European dance school. The film offers a poignant exploration of how our relationship with music reveals the wonders of the mind.
Directed and produced by Lars Feldballe
This enlightening portrait joins African American social activist Julian Bond as he traces his roots back to slavery. Julian Bond was among the founders of SNCC, a leader of the 1963 March on Washington, and a Georgia legislator for 20 years. Now in his 70s, Bond recalls the experience of growing up in the segregated South and invites cameras into his classroom at the University of Virginia.
My Wonderful Life as a Vegetable shares the story of Birger Bergmann and his zeal for life. After developing Lou Gehrig’s disease, Birger became fiercely determined to educate other patients and their families. The film addresses important ethical dilemmas including the question of whether governments have the right to deny life-saving medical equipment when costs become exorbitant, and shares the story of an inspiring man who sees life for its opportunities, rather than its difficulties.
2012. 32 min. DVD or three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1647-7
2012. 58 min. DVD: $295. Three year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1637-8. Available only in North America.
The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights
Produced by ABC Australia
The Powerbroker portrays the life of Whitney Young, once called “the inside man of the black revolution.” As executive director of the National Urban League from 1961 to 1971, he helped thousands of people struggling against discrimination. Young took the fight directly to the powerful white elite—serving as an advisor to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon—but often arousing disdain from the very people he was trying to help.
In Body Corporate, reporter Andrew Fowler travels through the United States and Australia to hear from both sides in the high-stakes controversy of whether corporations should be allowed to patent human genes. If our unique genes can be patented, could they later be franchised out to a major corporation? The film raises these questions and profiles the companies that are gearing up to battle all the way to the Supreme Court to protect their multimillion dollar investments.
2012. 54 min. DVD or three-year streaming: $350. 978-1-4631-1642-2
White: A Memoir in Color
A film by Joel Katz, original music score by Don Byron In this deeply personal and emotional exploration of racial identity, director Joel Katz shares his family’s journey of immigration, assimilation, liberal idealism,
2011. 45 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1240-0. Not available in Australia.
Directed and produced by Zippi Brand Frank, co-produced by Zvi Frank Google Baby journeys across three continents to tell the story of the up-and-coming baby production industry
2011. 50 min. DVD: $250. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1778-8
Directed and produced by Hugh Hudson
In 2007, former Bond girl Maryam d’Abo suffered a brain hemorrhage. The experience inspired her to partner with her husband, Hugh Hudson, to create a film
about survivors of brain injuries, giving a sense of hope to those isolated by the condition. As she guides audiences through her personal journey of recovery, Maryam speaks with others who have suffered brain injury, including Robert McCrum, former literary editor of The Observer; jazz guitarist Pat Martino; and music producer Quincy Jones. The film features the testimony of eminent neurosurgeons and neuroscientists including Professor V.S. Ramachandran and Baroness Susan Greenfield along with firsthand stories that celebrate human life and the will to survive. 2012. 70 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1782-5
Going Blind: Coming Out of the Dark about Vision Loss A film by Joseph Lovett
Body Corporate: Who Owns Your Genes?
Executive produced by Bonnie Boswell
communicates with people’s nearly dead souls. A terminally ill but vivacious woman talks about the dying people she’s met and then turns to face her own fast approaching death with unexpected humor and grace. However small or great these moments spent with the dying are, these volunteers’ lives have been changed forever. As the baby boomer generation enters its senior years, this film offers a timely look at what it means to face mortality.
Rupture: Living with My Broken Brain
My Wonderful Life as a Vegetable
A film by Eduardo Montes-Bradley
Lessons for the Living reveals a unique subculture of hospice volunteers as they reflect on their experiences with the dying and their new-found philosophies of life and death. Among them, a teenager sits bed-side with a wise man only to bring his corpse to the morgue one day later. A hard-edged corporate lawyer finds his experience with the dying worth more than his riches. A shaman
2012. 76 min. DVD or three-year streaming: $295. 978-1-4631-1638-5
Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement
Directed by Lily Frances Henderson, produced by Shani Hashaviah and Leslie Koren
“The word ‘inspirational’ is so overused as to be hackneyed, but writerdirector Joe Lovett’s documentary Going Blind. . . is exactly and profoundly that.” – The Village Voice “Going Blind is a jewel of a film and belongs in every library.” –Library Journal “Going Blind encourages and inspires people to take action to preserve, prolong, and maximize the precious gift of sight — for themselves, their loved ones, and society.” –The Washington Post Going Blind is a unique documentary film about sight loss and vision issues that can profoundly affect the course of
a life. Filmmaker Joe Lovett has glaucoma, a disease that robs 4.5 million people worldwide of their vision. Over the years, Joe lost a significant percentage of his vision. Concerned about how to address the trend, he began speaking with people who had already lost theirs. Going Blind features a spirited cast coping with various sources of blindness across the US: art teacher Jessica Jones has diabetic retinopathy; architect Peter D’Elia suffers from age-related macular degeneration; Ray Kornman, an outreach coordinator for a guide dog school, lives with retinitis pigmentosa; veterans administration worker Patricia Williams has glaucoma; 11-yearold Emmet Teran has nystagmus; and Iraq War veteran Steve Baskis lost his sight in a roadside bomb attack. The film weaves together Joe’s mission to slow down the course of his decline with the stories of others to whom he looks for guidance in the darkening world. These compelling stories provide a glimpse into the
world of low vision and blindness, and will encourage viewers to appreciate and take care of their powerful sense of sight. 2010. 81 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1813-6
Getting Up: The Tempt One Story
Beyond Iconic: Photographer Dennis Stock
Directed by Caskey Ebeling, executive produced by Mick Ebeling
A film by Hanna Sawka
Tony “Tempt” Quan is a legendary LA graffiti artist, social activist, and publisher. In 2003, he was diagnosed with ALS (also called Lou Gherig’s disease), a paralyzing
Photographer Dennis Stock (1928–2010) is renowned for his classic images of Hollywood stars and jazz musicians such as James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis. Beyond Iconic surveys Stock’s work and reveals his artistic philosophy, giving a penetrating portrait of a man devoted to his craft.
degenerative nerve disorder which has rendered him unable to move, breathe, or speak. But his mind and creative spirit remain intact. In 2009, Mick Ebeling and his Not Impossible Foundation brought a motley crew of international hackers and artists to Los Angeles to attempt the impossible: invent a low-cost, open source DIY device that would allow Tempt to once again create art using the only part of his body that still moves, his eyes. After harrowing rounds of trial and error, The EYEWRITER was born and Tempt was once again able to create art. Getting Up beautifully illustrates that through the will of two men, and on the shoulders of a community, anything is possible.
2012. 72 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1769-6
This engaging film brings viewers into Stock’s workshop to examine photography as a social force as well as an art form. It presents hundreds of Stock’s famous photographs, which include images from the golden ages of Hollywood and jazz as well as stills of the American social landscape, architecture, and nature. An early member of Magnum, one of the world’s most famous photographic agencies, Stock was an artist of intellectual depth who had a talent for expressing strong opinions and colorful anecdotes. As a teacher, he encouraged his students to maintain their creative integrity. Stock’s prolific work captures 20th century American history with sensitivity and humor, encapsulating his
belief that photography is both an artistic expression and a concrete means to record reality. 2011. 75 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1644-6
Hidden Battles Directed by Victoria Mills, produced by Hayley Downs, Victoria Mills, Kathy Leichter, and Lila Yomtoob
Running for Jim
“Hidden Battles is a timely and evocative documentary that looks beyond political rhetoric and polemics to focus on the very real human cost of war; any war. . . Brilliant and highly recommended.” –George T. Marshall, Executive Director/CEO, Rhode Island International Film Festival
Directed by Robin Hauser Reynolds and Dan Noyes “It’s an outstanding documentary.” –Fred Fisher, President and CEO, The ALS Association Golden West Chapter “Running for Jim . . . is a film every studentathlete should see.” –Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson “A powerful film about the will to finish.” –ESPN Running for Jim chronicles the story of Jim Tracy, the deeply dedicated, brutally honest and tough-loving coach of the San Francisco University High School cross-country
team. Under Jim’s leadership, the University High School girls’ cross-country team holds a record nine state championships, making Jim the most decorated high school cross-country coach in California history. In June 2010, Jim Tracy was diagnosed with fatal Lou Gehrig’s disease. Sixteen-year-old Holland Reynolds and her crosscountry teammates brought Jim’s story to international attention on November 27, 2010, when Holland “hit the wall” and collapsed several meters from the finish line during a championship. With a state record at stake, Holland, suffering from dehydration and hypothermia, crawled across the finish line, securing the record for her team and ailing coach. For the previous 17 years, despite being at times penniless and homeless, Jim committed his time and energy to training teens to run. Now, as Jim faces the
challenge of his life battling ALS, he poignantly personifies the strength and fortitude he unequivocally demands of his athletes. 2013. 78 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1814-3
“Well made and revealing.” –Vietnam Veterans of America “Hidden Battles is a powerful testimony to war and its effects on those who fight in them. . . The world needs to see this film.” –Shad Meshad, Founder, National Veterans Foundation
How does killing change the person who pulls the trigger? Hidden Battles is a dramatic and deeply intimate 2010. 65 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. documentary about the psychological impact of war on 978-1-4631-1711-5 five soldiers. Representing a cross-section of nationality, gender, class, and race, these soldiers unveil intimate memories about a central act of combat—killing another human being. Consciously apolitical but deeply psychological, Hidden Battles examines the strength and struggles of men and women who have killed and how they create a life for themselves afterwards. Among those profiled are: Zachariah, a fighter on the West Bank who is on Israel’s “most wanted” list; Aaron, who is haunted by his experience as a marine in Somalia; Esmeralda, a former soldier in Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution; and George, a Vietnam veteran who works with young veterans to overcome their psychological wounds.
Produced by Lisa Klein and Kristin Chambers, directed by Lisa Klein and Doug Blush
A film by Niobe Thompson
Hidden Battles weaves together moments of reflection and realization from people who struggle with the complexity of what it means to kill.
Of Two Minds: Coping with Bipolar Disorder
The Perfect Runner How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land? How did Homo sapiens evolve to dominate the planet? How did people hunt before they developed weapons? The answer, you may be amazed to learn, is that humans became nature’s perfect endurance runners. From Africa’s Great Rift Valley to the highlands of Ethiopia, from the most remote place in Arctic Siberia to one of the world’s toughest ultra-marathons
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in the Canadian Rockies, anthropologist and host Niobe Thompson leads a journey that weaves cutting-edge science with gripping adventure, and asks what today’s runners can learn from our evolutionary past. Learn the science behind the sport of barefoot running. Meet Harvard’s “barefoot professor,” Dr. Daniel Lieberman, the father of the barefoot running movement, and learn how running was key to the evolution of modern humans. In a pioneering study of running biomechanics, Lieberman has shown how modern running shoes encourage a running style humans never evolved to withstand, and that likely underpins the epidemic in running injuries seen today.
“The intelligent, compassionate Of Two Minds should flourish.” –Variety “A must-see if you care about our world, the people in it, and making a difference.” –Keris Jän Myrick, President, National Alliance on Mental Illness
2012. 45 mins. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1786-3. Not available in Canada.
“A fine piece of documentary work that sensitively captures the unique challenges of those living with bipolar disorder. . . I applaud the skill of the team that gave birth to this film!” –Russ Federman, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Virginia
From Academy Award-nominated director Doug Blush, Of Two Minds explores the extraordinary lives, struggles, and successes of individuals living with bipolar disorder. The harrowing events they undergo, the medical mazes they find themselves lost in, the discrimination they face, and the effects of social stigma merge to provide a compelling look at a generation coming out of the “bipolar closet.” Cheri has moved 37 times in 37 years. Carlton notes positive life changes after beginning medication. They suffer from manias and depressions, divorces and breakups, suicide attempts, fears of intimacy, and “emotional contagion.” They have experienced poverty and displacement approaching the verge of homelessness. Of Two Minds portrays bright lively people who feel the necessity to “play sane” but are nonetheless fully
candid about their thoughts and experiences. The film puts an authentic face on bipolar disorder, providing an intimate, sometimes painful, and funny look at those who live in its shadows. 2012. 90 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1709-2
Indie Game: The Movie
Best Kept Secret: Aging Out with Autism
A film by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky
Directed by Samantha Buck, produced by Danielle DiGiacomo
“Smart, involving. . . enlightening.” –The Los Angeles Times “Lays bare the passion behind the pixels.” –The New York Times “You’ll believe a videogame movie will make you cry.” –SlashFilm Indie Game: The Movie is the first feature documentary film to explore the world of video game creation. It
shines a spotlight on the underdogs of the video game industry—independent game developers—who sacrifice money, health, and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their visions with the world. After two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy. At PAX, a major video game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated game FEZ, four years in the making. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating Braid, one of the highest-rated games of all time. By showcasing four developers, three games, and
one ultimate goal, Indie Game: The Movie delivers a moving portrait of the process of pouring your soul into your work. 2012. 103 min. DVD: $350. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1737-5
Let Fury Have the Hour
“Rousing. . . You’ll leave the theater wanting to create something loud.” –Rachel Maddow, MSNBC “Let Fury Have the Hour is a cinematic movement, not just a film.” –The Huffington Post Rough, raw, and unapologetically inspirational, Let Fury Have the Hour is a charged journey into the heart of the creative counterculture in 2012. In a time of global challenge and big questions, this upbeat, outspoken film tracks the story of the artists, writers, thinkers, and musicians who have gone underground to reimagine the world in exuberantly paradigm-busting ways.
Billy Bragg, Gogol Bordello, MC5, DJ Spooky and Sean Hayes—Let Fury Have the Hour is a fast and furious trip into the grassroots of art and activism.
Writer and director Antonino D’Ambrosio unites 50 powerful, of-the-moment voices who share personal and powerful tales of how they transformed anger and angst into provocative art and ideas. Mix-mastered with historical footage, animation, and performances, the film delivers a visceral portrait of a generation looking to revamp a system that has failed to address the most pressing problems of our times. The story begins in the 1980s with the rise of Reagan and Thatcher—and a cultural shift towards fierce individualism and rampant consumerism. Coming of age in a world seemingly gone mad, a group of kids started searching for something more authentic. Now that generation is coming to the fore, sparking a global movement focused not just on pushing the boundaries with guitars, paint, dance, storytelling, graphics, and subcultural style—but on coming together around real reasons for hope. Set to a stirring soundtrack from the film’s artists— including Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy,
2012. 100 min. DVD: $350. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1707-8
Richard Artschwager: Shut Up and Look Produced by Morning Slayter and Maryte Kavaliauskas, directed by Maryte Kavaliauskas Shut Up and Look tells the story of Richard Artschwager, the American artist known for his inventive, categorydefying creations—plastic and wood sculptures and paintings on crenelated industrial paper. Despite being highly esteemed by museum directors and curators of contemporary art, fame eluded him in his lifetime. The film follows Artschwager as he turns reality upside down with his whimsical works of art. It joins him late in life as he abandons his reclusive lifestyle and
of the public school system forever for a future in an uncertain world without any guarantee of support. Best Kept Secret follows Ms. Mino and her students over the year and a half before graduation. During this 18 month period, she puts in endless hours exploring the options and advocating for her students, fighting to find them a place in the adult world—a job or rare placement in a recreational center—so they do not end up where their predecessors have, sitting at home, institutionalized, or on the streets. But will her efforts be enough?
2013. 85 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1815-0
The Autism Enigma
Written and directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio “Exuberant. . . a thoughtful and entertaining debut film.” –The New York Times
JFK High School, located in a run-down area in Newark, New Jersey, is a public school for all types of students with special education needs. Janet Mino has taught her class of young men with autism for four years, a crucial service in a state where 1 in 49 students lives with the disorder. But the clock is ticking. When her students graduate, they will leave the security
permits a camera into the private world of his studio, his personal life, and his reminiscences of his colorful past. Shut Up and Look details the artist’s childhood in New Mexico, and his journey from baby photographer to furniture builder to classical pianist before achieving ultimate success as a mixed-media artist. Interviews with artists, curators, and collectors reveal a deeper understanding of the quirky, irreverent man who continued throughout his life to confound critics and inspire a new generation of artists with his everevolving artwork.
Directed and produced by Marion Gruner and Christopher Sumpton, produced by Robin Benger What is causing the dramatic rise in incidences of autism in North America? Could the disorder actually begin in the gut? This fresh perspective on autism research focuses on the “bacterial theory” of autism, used by an international group of scientists to look for clues into this baffling disorder. They explore the theory that the foods we eat and commonly used drugs, intended to kill infection, may play a part in the development of certain forms of autism.
The film features the stories of two mothers with autistic sons. One, a Somali immigrant named Adar, has been working with scientists who are exploring autism’s prevalence in her immigrant community. The other is Ellen, who began her own investigation in an attempt to help her son. Through home videos, she shares the story of her search for answers and the treatment she believes has given her son an opportunity to learn language, play, and become more socially interactive. The film also tracks the debate of scientists trying to determine the disorder’s root causes. Some say it’s triggered by environmental factors and point to another intriguing statistic: 70 percent of children with autism also have severe gastrointestinal symptoms. The Autism Enigma looks at the progress of an international group of scientists who are studying the gut’s amazingly diverse and powerful microbial ecosystem for hints into autism’s causes.
2011. 45 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1816-7. Not available in Canada.
#bullyPROOF: Classroom Confidential A Caroline Harvey/CBC film A high school riteof-passage or an experience that scars victims for life? The issue of bullying and its often tragic consequences continually makes headlines, but what really goes on in our schools? #bullyPROOF goes back to high school to find out. In this emotional,
compelling, and raw documentary, the #bullyPROOF team sets up a “Bully Booth” where students and teachers privately share their personal experiences with bullying. Extra interviews feature former NBA star John Amaechi who discusses his experience of being bullied and journalist Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. 2012. 45 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1784-9. Not available in Canada.
2012. 57 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1710-8
The Legacy Project: Volume II
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives
Produced by the Dramatists Guild Fund, filmed and directed by Transient Pictures
A film by Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore “A disarming example of documentary filmmaking.” –Variety “A fascinating history lesson and a raucous celebration of life. . . you’ll shed tears of joy at the sight of babies being brought into this world with a sense of wonder, awe and love.” –Matt Holzman, KCRW
The Legacy Project: Volume II documents and preserves the creative process of America’s most esteemed writers for the theater in a series of filmed conversations, each featuring an established stage author (or team of collaborators) being interviewed by an emerging writer.
Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends began delivering each other’s babies in 1970 in rural Tennessee. With Ina May as their leader, the women
taught themselves midwifery from the ground up and, with their families, founded an entirely communal, agricultural society called The Farm. They grew their own food, built their own houses, published their own books, and, as word of their social experiment spread, created a model of care for women and babies that changed a generation’s approach to childbirth. Ina May led the charge away from isolated hospital birthing rooms, where husbands were not allowed and mandatory forceps deliveries were the norm. Today, with nearly one-third of all US babies born via C-section, she fights to preserve her community’s hard-won knowledge. With incredible access to the midwives’ archival video collection, Birth Story captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic from its heyday into the present, and
showcases childbirth in a way most people have never seen—unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring. 2012. 93 min. DVD: $325. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1734-4
His & Hers Thomas Meehan is best known for his work as the librettist on the Tony Award-winning shows Annie, The Producers, and Hairspray. Interviewed by Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu). 37 min. Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt are best known for their musical The Fantasticks. Its original OffBroadway production ran for a record-setting 42 years and introduced the hit song “Try To Remember.” Other works include 110 in the Shade, I Do! I Do!, and Celebration. Interviewed by Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). 49 min. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty wrote the music and lyrics for the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime. Their other works include Once on This Island, Seussical, and A Man of No Importance. Interviewed by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party). 51 min. Mary Rodgers is the composer of the Tonynominated musical Once Upon a Mattress, one of the most produced musicals in the world. Daughter of legendary composer Richard Rodgers, her other theatrical works include Hot Spot and Working. She
also penned the children’s book and subsequent screenplay Freaky Friday. Interviewed by Marsha Norman (‘night Mother). 36 min. Jules Feiffer is the author of the Obie-winning play Little Murders; the Tony-nominated Knock, Knock; Elliot Loves; and A Bad Friend. Interviewed by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey). 44 min. Terrence McNally was cited as “one of our most original and audacious dramatists” by The New Yorker. His work spans plays, films, television, operas, and musicals. His librettos include Ragtime and Kiss of the Spiderwoman. Notable plays include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; The Lisbon Traviata; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Master Class; Corpus Christi; and Deuce. Interviewed by Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation). 46 min. Tina Howe is the mastermind behind the celebrated works The Nest, Birth and After Birth, Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances, Approaching Zanzibar, One Shoe Off, and Pride’s Crossing. Interviewed by Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room—or The Vibrator Play). 39 min.
Charles Fuller is the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with his play A Soldier’s Play. He also founded the Afro-American Arts Theatre in Philadelphia. Other plays include the Obie-winning Zooman and the Sign, The Perfect Party, and The Brownsville Raid. Interviewed by Lynn Nottage (Ruined). 45 min. Frank Gilroy is the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Subject Was Roses. Other notable plays include Who’ll Save the Plowboy? and Contact With the Enemy. Interviewed by Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife). 53 min. John Guare authored the critically acclaimed play The House of Blue Leaves winning an Obie and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award when it was first produced on Broadway. Its 1986 revival won four Tony awards. Guare’s landmark work, Six Degrees of Separation, received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Olivier Best Play Award. Interviewed by Theresa Rebeck (Seminar). 42 min. 2013. DVD series: $895. Three-year streaming series: $895. 978-1-4631-1817-4
Directed by Ken Wardrop “The result is a near-perfect act of cinematic sleight of hand: a beautiful tale told apparently by accident. No wonder His & Hers is the most lauded Irish film since Hunger.” –The Irish Times “Sweet and wonderful award-winning gem.” –The Examiner
“Funny, profound and lovely to look at, Wardrop’s film presents a telling portrait of Irish womanhood that may turn out to be this year’s best Irish film.” –Entertainment.ie
Told through the words of 76 unique narrators, this delicate film delivers an intimate portrait of the cycle of a woman’s life. Inspired by his mother’s life, director Ken Wardrop created a graceful and triumphant portrait, accenting each personal interview with stunning cinematography. Set against the backdrop of the Irish Midlands, the girls’ and women’s candor weaves a tapestry that is simultaneously hilarious and sad, profound and relatable. As subjects progress from children to young adults, mothers,
and grandmothers, His & Hers becomes a touching rumination on the relationships that shape all human lives, regardless of gender. 2009. 80 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1735-1
Crude Independence Directed by Noah Hutton
The Legacy Project, Volume I: Dramatists Talk about Their Work Produced by the Dramatists Guild Fund, filmed and directed by Transient Pictures The Legacy Project is a 10-part series that documents and preserves the creative process of America’s most esteemed theatre writers. Each filmed conversation features an established stage author interviewed by an emerging writer. The featured writers include: Lee
Adams (Bye Bye Birdie), Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), A.R. Gurney (The Dining Room), John Kander (Cabaret), Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), Stephen Sondheim (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way
to the Forum), Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof), Charles Strouse (Annie), and Lanford Wilson (Fifth of July). 2011. 475 min. DVD or three-year streaming for 10 films: $895. 978-1-4631-1156-4
In 2006, the United States Geological Survey estimated that more than 200 billion barrels of crude oil rested in a previously unreachable formation beneath western North Dakota. Following this announcement, oil companies from far and wide began descending on small rural towns across the state with men and machinery in tow. Crude Independence travels to the town of Stanley (population 1,300) atop the largest oil discovery in
the history of North America and captures the change wrought by the unprecedented boom. Townsfolk—store owners, farmers, and county officials—had lived there for decades when the oil men began to arrive searching for clear information on the rightful owners of the land and the riches that flowed beneath it. Through revealing interviews and breathtaking imagery of the northern plains, Crude Independence is a rumination on the future of small town America—a tale of how one resource so far below ground can dramatically affect life on the surface. 2009. 71 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1733-7
Making the Crooked Straight: An American Doctor in Ethiopia
Treasures from the Rubble
Produced and directed by Susan Rockefeller
A film by Alexandra Branyon
Making the Crooked Straight shares the story of a doctor’s journey to save the world one child at a time. Born in Long Island, New York, and educated at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Rick Hodes has spent more than 20 years treating patients across Ethiopia. Many of his patients are stricken with tuberculosis of the spine, a disease that creates massive humps on the backs of its victims. Eventually, the condition forces sufferers
Artist Lois Wilson was born in 1905 into deep poverty in the rural South. She created her first paintings using pilfered shoe polish on scrap tin from her father’s blacksmith shop. From her childhood home in Fayette, Alabama, Wilson went on to study art in Boston and New York. Unable to afford rent in New York City, Wilson moved to Yonkers where they were bulldozing the slums around her, throwing off tons of refuse. She started using gathered scrap materials—table legs,
into a permanent forward-facing posture, which in turn prevents their lungs from working properly, and if left untreated leads to death. Driven by his devotion to Orthodox Judaism and its belief that “he who saves one life, saves an entire world,” Hodes provides patients with hospital care and arranges for complex overseas surgeries—often funding them himself—and has fostered 17 children, providing them not only with proper medical care but a home and an education. 2009. 30 min. DVD: $250. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1731-3
Firefighter Captain Marshall Allen has seen his share of trials. After twice being returned to an adoption agency in childhood, he was abused in the foster care system only to be adopted by an abusive family. As he aged, his severe depression remained undiagnosed despite building rage and hopelessness. He channeled his emotions toward positive goals: becoming
a Golden Gloves boxer, the first black firefighter in Salt Lake County, Utah, a power lifting champion, and a rising star in the Fort Worth Fire Department. In 2001, a freak bicycle accident left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. But despite his physical challenges, his spirit prevailed. As Captain Allen was returning to oversee his fire department, using-voice activated computer software to complete his work, he received a letter from the first blood relative he ever knew, a grown daughter whose arrival would transform his life for the better. SWINGMAN is an artful story that weaves together stories of sorrow and torment into a human tale that is ultimately one of victory, courage, and growth.
2012. 54 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1732-0
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert Directed by Vivian Ducat, produced by Vivian Ducat and Mark Urman “Mr. Rembert’s work is important because it offers an unvarnished view of the segregated South, from the vantage of a lived history. What makes it resonate, however, is Mr. Rembert’s incredible spirit. . . Even in the dreaded cotton fields, Mr. Rembert could find something to love.” –The New York Times “Rembert’s example represents an inspirational victory, representing our hopes for a better future.” –The Huffington Post “All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert came as a complete surprise. . . and an immensely pleasurable and moving one, at that.” –TrustMovies
2012. 60 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1818-1
Larry Rivers Public and Private
A film by Mark Birnbaum “Personal, powerful, and poignant.” –Fort Worth Star Telegram
fan blades, toilet seats—as the canvas for her paintings. Thus began her career making art from found objects. With old age approaching, Wilson began corresponding with Jack Black, a Fayette newspaperman, and ultimately donated 2,600 pieces of art to the town. Black spent the following 35 years growing the Fayette Art Museum from its tenuous beginnings to a beacon of Southern arts. Although Wilson passed away in 1980 an obscure figure in the art world, Black’s work ensures her legacy lives on.
With his intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South, Winfred Rembert has preserved an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. His indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, or working on a chain gang are especially powerful, particularly because they happened as recently as the 1960s and 70s. Now in his 60s, Rembert has developed a growing following among collectors and connoisseurs, and enjoyed a number of tributes and exhibitions of his work. In All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, the artist relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings and, in a series of intimate reminiscences, shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful. A glowing portrait of how an artist—and
his art—is made, All Me is also a triumphant saga of race in contemporary America. 2011. 78 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1736-8
A film by Lana Jokel During his lifetime, Larry Rivers was a prominent figurative artist, noted for bridging the gap between abstract expressionism and pop art. Having made a major impact on the art scene during New York’s post-war cultural explosion, Rivers is also largely celebrated for bringing history back into contemporary painting—from his own famous version of “Washington Crossing the Delaware” to the pictorial story of the Jews in “The History of Matzoh,” and the somber set of large portraits of Primo Levi. His paintings hang in the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Corcoran Museum, the National Gallery, the Guggenheim Museum, museums abroad, and private collections.
In the five decades that Rivers was a prominent artist and sometimes jazz musician, he was known for his outspokenness, irreverence, wit, and controversial character. Combining candid interviews and stunning imagery, this dazzling documentary explores his influence. Interviewed in the film are River’s dealer Pierre Levai, art historian and critic Sam Hunter, author Arnold Weinstein, his ex-wife Clarice, his children, and Rivers himself. 1992. 93 min. DVD: $250. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1819-8
Large Scale Projects: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen A film by Lana Jokel and Nicholas Doob Claes Oldenburg, one of the giants of pop art, was the subject of an acclaimed retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. He is famous for making oversized replicas of everyday objects, i.e., a giant hamburger and a lipstick tube the size of a tree. This film illustrates his collaboration with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, as they create a number of large scale sculptures for public spaces, including some carried out in collaboration with American architect Frank Gehry. The film shows various works from conception to installation, including “Spoonbridge and Cherry” in Minneapolis, “Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices
and Peels” in Miami, “Knifeship” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and “Binocular Building” in Venice, California. Theirs was an intimate collaboration of minds and artistic input: he was reserved and quietly driven, she energetic and outspoken. Together they explored the mystery and power of everyday objects by changing their sizes, shapes, and textures in surprising and unsettling ways. 1991. 56 min. DVD: $250. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1820-4
The Latino List: Volume 1
Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Produced, directed, and written by David Deschamps, Leslie D. Farrell, and Bennett Singer
The Latino List presents a unique glimpse into the vibrant and burgeoning culture of Hispanic America through a series of highly personal video portraits of Latinos who have richly contributed to the fabric of contemporary society. Funny, poignant, and irreverent, The Latino List illuminates the Latino experience today, at a time when the Latino population in the US is booming. Volume 1 spotlights a diverse range of notable prominent Hispanic Americans who discuss such subjects
as the childhood inspirations that fueled their ambitions, how they achieved success, the evolving American cultural landscape they helped mold, the importance of preserving a distinct cultural identity for future generations to embrace, and the challenges of discrimination. Subjects featured in The Latino List: Volume 1 include Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, America Ferrera, Sandra Cisneros, José Moreno Hernández, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, John Leguizamo, Eva Longoria, Robert “Bob” Menendez, Pitbull, Juan Antonio “Chi-Chi” Rodriguez, Anthony D. Romero, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Julie Stav, and Dr. Marta Moreno Vega. 2011. 57 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1821-1
Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders evolving American cultural landscape they helped mold, to the importance of preserving a distinct cultural identity for future generations. Volume 2 features activist Dolores Huerta, journalist Soledad O’Brian, NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, model and humanitarian Christy Turlington, actors George Lopez and Judy Reyese, former Telemundo president of entertainment Nely Galan, Univision network president Cesar Conde, and political figures like Raul Yzaguirre, the US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
modern perspectives on being out in America. Subjects featured in The Out List include screenwriter and activist Dustin Lance Black, legendary promoter and drag queen Lady Bunny, R. Clark Cooper, former professional football player Wade Davis, comedian Ellen Degeneres, ballroom performer Twiggy Pucci Garcon, actor Neil Patrick Harris, playwright and activist Larry Kramer, advocate and writer Janet Mock, actress Cynthia Nixon, author and TV host Suze Orman, New York councilwoman Christine Quinn, vocalist Jake Shears, comedian Wanda Sykes, Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez, and educator and Muslim women’s activist Wazina Zondon. 2013. 59 min. DVD: $325. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1824-2. Available beginning January 2014.
Electoral Dysfunction, an acclaimed feature-length documentary, uses humor and wit to take an irreverent—but nonpartisan—look at voting in America. Shot between 2008 and 2012 and created by an award-winning production team, the film is hosted by political humorist Mo Rocca, who opens the film with an eye-opening discovery: the US Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote. He then sets out to learn why the founding fathers deliberately omitted the right to vote from the Constitution—and to learn about the consequences of this decision for voters in the 21st century. Mo’s quest leads him to Indiana, home to some of the strictest voting laws in the nation. Two impassioned Hoosiers—one Republican and one Democrat—take him inside their efforts to turn out every vote. As he progresses on his journey, he investigates the heated battle over voter ID and voter fraud, explores the origins and impact of the Electoral College, critiques ballot design with renowned designer Todd Oldham, and examines the case of a former felon sentenced to 10 years in prison—for the crime of voting.
Animated segments bring key historical concepts to life, while interviews with reformers and experts highlight efforts to bring greater fairness and uniformity to America’s electoral system. Electoral Dysfunction is a film for Americans across the political spectrum who want their votes to count. 2012. 91 min. DVD: $350. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1684-2
Justice: The Martin Lee Anderson Story Directed by Andy Opel, produced by Bill Lawson and Brett Ader “Reminds viewers that history, especially in Florida, is doomed to repeat when there is no justice.” –Orlando Weekly On January 5, 2006, 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson was incarcerated in a juvenile detention “boot camp” in Bay County, Florida. Eighteen hours later he was pronounced dead in a Pensacola hospital. Though the hidden camera footage of his fatal beating by seven prison guards was shown in court as evidence, not one of them was convicted.
2012. 55 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1822-8
The Out List Alternately humorous and poignant, The Out List features a diverse crosssection of accomplished leaders from entertainment, business, sports, and public service sharing intimate stories on childhood, understanding gender and sexuality, building careers while out, and reflecting on the challenges still facing the LGBT community. Against the backdrop of historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage and financial equality, subjects recall joyous moments of acceptance and romance, along with painful instances of intolerance and discrimination, offering unique
“A timely look at an important issue that’s getting more hotly contested every month. . . The film offers a welcome, and sometimes charming, behind-thescenes look.” –The Hollywood Reporter “Engrossing and eye-opening. . . The movie has a charged, electric feel to it. . . approachable for level-headed audiences of various political stripes.” –Brent Simon, past president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association
The Latino List: Volume 2 The Latino List: Volume 2 features interviews with an extraordinary cross-section of Hispanic Americans who represent a variety of professions, disciplines, and backgrounds, each speaking to the unique struggles and triumphs he or she has faced. The film consists of intimate first-person vignettes, with each subject speaking simply and directly into the camera about a number of topics—from the hot-button issue of immigration to childhood inspirations that fueled their ambitions, to the
“Electoral Dysfunction pulls off an admirable trick: It’s pleasant. . . This lighthearted, colorful, nonpartisan documentary . . . lives up to its title, exploring problems of nationwide accessibility and fairness.” –The New York Times
Beating Justice looks at the intersection of race, class, and the juvenile justice system in Florida. Through unflinching interviews with Anderson’s family, state government officials, civil rights groups, student activists, journalists, and media scholars, the film uncovers a system of abuse and denial that resulted in the death of a teenage boy and the acquittal of his killers. Featuring testimony from Benjamin Crump, the Anderson family attorney who later represented the family of Trayvon Martin, Beating Justice offers insight into a pattern of violence in juvenile justice systems in Florida. 2011. 57 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1739-9
The Invisible Men Directed by Yariv Mozer Persecuted in Palestine and called criminals in Israel because of their illegal immigration status, gay Palestinians are the silent victims of the conflict in the Middle East. Louie has been hiding in Tel Aviv for 10 years, Abdu was tortured and accused of espionage for his relationships with gay Israelis, and Louis was almost killed by his family. Wherever they go they live in fear of discovery.
The Invisible Men is a powerful documentary that sheds light on the suffering of a relatively unnoticed segment of the Palestinian population. Gay men fear for their lives in their own country, while, in exile, they long for their families and their homeland. Their stories and their inner conflicts evoke powerful emotions and highlight the paradox of the subjects’ ability to be themselves only in the heart of “the enemy’s” land. 2012. 59 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1728-3
Between Two Rivers: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Small-town America
About Face: Supermodels Then and Now
A film by Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan
Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
“Stunning. . . Incredibly well shot. . . Between Two Rivers is hauntingly beautiful. . . A wonderful film.” –Ralph Arlyck, director of Following Sean “Throws into sharp relief a powerful history, thanks …to the compelling wit, curiosity and insight of its makers. Visually mesmerizing.” –Pulp “Captivating. . . Identifies the history of racism in the area without being exploitative. . . Strikingly captured. . . weaving the stories together at a crucial, historical pressure point, smack dab in the middle of America.” –Ecstatic Film Between Two Rivers shines a spotlight on Cairo, Illinois, a historic town with a dark and troubled past, located
between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, where North meets South in America’s heartland. The film offers a remarkable insight into a community struggling with severe economic, social, and environmental pressures. The city’s tumultuous past serves as an undercurrent to the latest community crisis: the recordbreaking floods of spring 2011, when the rising rivers threatened to destroy the town. With lyrical and striking contrasts between the past and present, the film explores the factors that have led to the city’s rise and fall, from booming river trade and juke joints to mob lynchings and race riots. Once renowned for its wealth and fine architecture, Cairo today has countless derelict homes, abandoned businesses, and empty lots, which nature is steadily reclaiming. Researched and filmed over a four-year period, the film combines original cinematography and candid interviews with archival footage, unseen for more than 40 years, capturing the town at the height of explosive racial tensions in the late 1960s. Between Two Rivers
“About Face is as much a retelling of the fittings, the nights out with Warhol, and the shoots with Avedon, as it is a rumination on growing old gracefully, with the film’s interviewees offering a physical compendium of the variety of ways in
illustrates the long-term impact of the violent civil unrest, economic boycotts, curfews, and martial law that so deeply divided the community. 2012. 96 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1707-8
which to do so.” –Vogue About Face reunites fashion’s legendary models and examines their lives, careers, and lifelong relationship with beauty. From youth to cosmetic surgery, addiction to self-esteem, overnight stardom to reinvention, this
A film by Candace Shermerhorn “An inspiring and revealing film about everyday women taking on a powerful multinational corporation.” –Teresa Odendahl, Executive Director and CEO, Global Greengiants Fund
Directed by Raymond De Felitta, produced by David Zellerford
“Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story doesn’t flinch from asking tough questions.” –New York Post In 1965, filmmaker Frank De Felitta filmed a documentary focused on changing times in the American South, particularly the tension-fraught Mississippi Delta. The film was broadcast on NBC News
in May of 1966 and outraged many Southern viewers, in part because it included an extraordinary scene featuring a local African American waiter named Booker Wright. Wright, who worked at a local “whites only” restaurant in Greenwood, Mississippi, went on record to deliver a stunning, heartfelt, inflammatory monologue about the realities of racism in the community. The fallout for Booker Wright was extreme. He lost his job. He was beaten and ostracized by those who considered him “a traitor.” Booker’s Place, his place of business, was torched. Forty-five years after Booker’s television appearance, Frank De Felitta’s son, director Raymond De Felitta, journeyed into the Mississippi Delta with Wright’s granddaughter to learn more about who Wright was, the mystery surrounding his
The Naked Option reveals the inspiring story of an organized group of Nigerian women who use the threat of stripping naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, to
courageous life and untimely death, and the impact of the NBC News documentary. 2012. 91 min. DVD: $325. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1729-0
TRT: 55 Minutes Directed by Paul Wagner Produced by American Focus, Inc. and the Institute for Advanced Studies of Culture
at the University of Virginia
FAITH IN THE HOOD
street ministry for former convicts, a socially active storefront church, a powerful Afro-centric church, an evangelical camp for youth, and an Islamic school. With commentary from leading experts on African American faith, the film displays the richness of inner-city religion and its centrality as a defining aspect of black community life. 2012. 55 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1730-6
2012. 52 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1826-6
Directed by Michael McNamara, produced by Judy Holm/Markham Street Films
Directed by Paul Wagner, produced by American Focus, Inc. and the Institute for Advanced Studies of Culture at UVA Southeast DC, Washington’s poorest region, has only one sit-down restaurant, but hundreds of churches. Faith in the Hood is a compelling portrait of the inner city, as seen through the prism of the spiritual life of its people. The film profiles five ministries: a
make their voices heard. In their perilous struggle to hold multinational oil companies accountable to the communities in which they operate, these women are taking over where men have failed, transforming their “naked power” into 21st century political action. They stand up to the corruption in the Nigerian government and protest their lack of inclusion in society. The film also takes a penetrating look at the environmental havoc caused by the American oil giants Shell and Chevron.
The F Word: Who Wants To Be a Feminist?
Faith in the Hood In the neighborhood called Southeast, there are 60,000 people and only one sit-down restaurant. But there are hundreds of churches.
2012. 75 min. DVD: $295. 978-1-4631-1825-9
The Naked Option
Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story “In equal measure a look at two families, the ongoing legacy of America’s recent past and an essay on one man’s moment of transformative courage.” –The Los Angeles Times
HBO documentary reveals the extraordinary women behind the famous faces. Shot in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s intimate portrait style, About Face highlights the women whose images defined our sense of beauty from the 1940s through the 1980s. About Face features Carol Alt, Marisa Berenson, Karen Bjornson, Christie Brinkley, Pat Cleveland, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Jerry Hall, Bethann Hardison, Beverly Johnson, China Machado, Paulina Porizkova, Isabella Rossellini, and Lisa Taylor. The film also includes special appearances by Kim Alexis, Nancy Donahue, Esme, Eileen Ford, Dayle Haddon, Cheryl Tiegs, Christy Turlington, and Calvin Klein.
Feminism. Does the word have any meaning today? Has it become tainted with connotations that alienate some women? Or is it simply irrelevant in the 21st century? Today in North America, women make up half the
work force and more than half of all university students. But according to the UN, they own only 1 percent of the world’s wealth despite comprising 53 percent of the population. And in Canada, they’re badly outnumbered on corporate boards and in Parliament. Even so, young women often shun identifying with the “F” word. In this timely documentary, the story of feminism and its continuing uphill battle is told through interviews with some of the best-known feminist icons, including Gloria Steinem and Germaine Greer, along with younger voices who are finding new ways to advance the cause. 2010. 45 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1785-6. Not available in Canada.
Black American Gothic: Planting Urban Roots in Iowa
The Noise of Cairo: Arts after the Arab Spring
A film by Carla Wilson
Directed by Heiko Lange
“Black American Gothic offers a dynamic and richly personal account of urban gentrification’s impacts far outside the city limits. . . inspires vigorous and thoughtful discussion through its frank, smart, and at times humorous depictions of the opportunities and challenges facing black Americans in a small, midwestern town. . . The film’s critical cultural analysis of race, gender and class in American culture is deeply pleasurable to watch.” –Naomi Greyser, University of Iowa
Independent filmmaker Carla Wilson documents the exodus of black people from the inner-city, tracking folks from Chicago as they migrate west to small-town Iowa City, where they struggle to establish roots. Echoing the early 20th-century Great Migration of blacks from southern states to the Northeast and Midwest, this new migration is also about family-friendly housing, jobs, and the search for a better life. Iowa City is a self-identified peaceful community now facing new challenges: supposedly safe havens from urban life are increasingly attractive to the urban underclass, and as a consequence, these communities are compelled to redefine themselves in terms of race, class, and the urban/rural divide. Moving between narrated experience and social scientific data, local
“Excellent.” –Arabist.net “Highly recommended.” –Amadla! Magazine South Africa
and the national scenes, history and immediacy, the documentary profiles a region in transition, providing public administrators, teachers, and private citizens new narratives for self-understanding and action. 2013. 29 min. DVD: $250. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1781-8
Melvin & Jean: An American Story
After the 2011 revolution, Egypt’s artists emerged from decades in hiding. Hope blossomed among painters, dancers, and musicians. Color exploded in the streets. Fear still remains today among these artists who continue
2012. 52 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1726-9
Dance of Outlaws
A film by Maia Wechsler
Melvin & Jean: An American Story is a poignant tale of two people, the radical 60s, crime in the name of a cause, and second chances. The documentary follows Melvin and Jean McNair from revolt and exile to renewal and reconciliation.
“A beautiful film that inspires and triggers your inner hero, reminding us that courage is a powerful force.” –Heather Ferrigan, Stocktown.com
trying to process recent political events, but with Mubarak gone, does art remain a form of protest? Keizer is a street artist who works under cover of darkness, educating the masses about the latest corruption. Choreographer Karima Mansour strives to create timeless dances that express the complex role of women within the society. Artist Hany Rashed describes the very act of depicting brutality as “a beautiful thing” in a community where even photographing the police was forbidden until recently. By sharing the works of these and other bold, newly liberated artists, The Noise of Cairo delivers an expressive, intelligent showcase of Egypt’s vibrant, fluid creative life.
Directed and written by Mohamed El Aboudi
As a young couple in 1972, the McNairs made news when they hijacked a plane from Detroit to Algeria to join the international section of the Black Panthers. Simultaneously an act of political resistance to racism and the Vietnam War and an act of desperation committed by two young people who saw no other way to escape the constant state of racial oppression in the US, the controversial act continues to have long-term repercussions decades later. After serving several years in prison in France for the hijacking, the McNairs remained in France and, for 35 years, have lived as model citizens in their adopted country. Forty years after the fact, the two are still coming to terms with their crime and its lifelong
consequences as they try to gain the freedom to return home without spending the rest of their lives behind bars in America. 2012. 60 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1827-3
At age 14, Hind was raped. After her drugdealing parents evicted her from her home in Morocco, she was forced to begin working as a prostitute and dancer. Now 22, Hind lives with her drug-addicted boyfriend Bilal in a shack with no electricity, toilet, running water, or proper windows. On paper, Hind doesn’t exist; she cannot access her birth certificate or apply for identification papers. Yet she is dreaming of a better future: marrying her boyfriend,
getting back the children she’s had to give up, and finding a job and proper home. But shortly after they become engaged, Bilal is arrested and sent to prison for 20 years, and Hind learns she is pregnant with her third child. Dance of Outlaws follows Hind and her friends Leila and Ahlam for more than a year, capturing their individual struggles for survival and the quest for a more stable, fulfilling life against the backdrop of Morocco’s traditional society. 2012. 85 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1727-6. Not available in Scandinavia.
The Undocumented A film by Marco Williams “Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, sometimes tough to watch, this is a must-see about our ongoing immigration discussion.” –Charlotte Observer “The Undocumented. . . is heartening in a sense, even though it deals with a grim subject: the high number of deaths among migrants who try to cross the Arizona desert. A variety of people in this film—border patrol agents, medical personnel, humanitarian workers— quietly demonstrate a commitment to treating human beings with dignity no matter what their immigration status.” –The New York Times
Marcos Hernandez entered the United States from Mexico, settling in Chicago after a life-threatening border crossing through the Sonora Desert in southern Arizona. Each month, he sends money to his mother in Mexico City to buy medicine for his brother, Gustavo, who needs a kidney transplant. But Marcos has another reason for moving to Chicago. He is searching for his father. Chronicling Arizona’s deadliest summer months, the film weaves Marcos’s search with the efforts of humanitarians and Border Patrol agents who are fighting to prevent migrant deaths, the medical investigators and Mexican Consulate workers who are trying to identify dead border crossers, and Mexican families who are struggling to accept the loss of a loved one. The characters in The Undocumented are immersed in the hazards of migration, patrolling the desert and rescuing people from the brink of death, discovering piles
Criminal Injustice: Death and Politics at Attica Co-produced and directed by David Marshall, co-produced and written by Chris Christopher
of bones picked apart by wild animals, wheeling bodies in and out of refrigerated storage rooms, and distressing over missing family members. In true cinéma vérité style, The Undocumented reveals the ongoing impact of immigration laws and economic policies on the very people who continue to be affected by them. By going beyond politics, the film also tells a story that is deeply personal. 2013. 88 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1828-0. Available only in the US and Canada.
In September of 1971, the infamous prison rebellion began at the Attica State Correctional Facility in upstate New York—a dramatic civil rights protest that ended with Governor Nelson Rockefeller ordering more than 600 state troopers to storm the prison and retake it by force. As a result of this forcible retaking, 39 people were shot to death—hostages and inmates alike—and scores of other prisoners were severely wounded and tortured for days.
Criminal Injustice: Death and Politics at Attica brings this historical event to life in new and startling ways. Based on interviews of eyewitnesses who waited four decades to open up and share their stories, as well as newly discovered documents, Criminal Injustice sheds new light on what happened at Attica from September 9th to 13th, 1971, and the role played by local, state, and federal officials. It raises important new questions about the needless deaths, the White House’s involvement, and the influence of Rockefeller’s political aspirations on decisions made before, during, and long after the controversial and deadly event. 2012. 60 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1708-5
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
Lovebirds: Rebel Lovers in India
A film by Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion
A film by Gianpaolo Bigoli
“A compelling portrait of an extraordinarily complex personal odyssey, a film that explores both the power and the limitations of faith and forgiveness.” –The Los Angeles Times “This amazing docu confronts the contradictions of reconciliation in a war-ravaged continent.” –Variety “An intriguing, bizarre, horrifying and thoughtprovoking doc—Utterly fascinating. . . an extremely unsettling film that holds you tightly in its grip.” –The Hollywood Reporter
Joshua Milton Blahyi was a ruthless and feared warlord during Liberia’s 14-year civil war in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Dubbed “General Butt Naked” for fighting with nothing more than an AK-47 and a pair of leather shoes, Blahyi believed he possessed supernatural powers that made him impervious to bullets. The General and his army of child soldiers are said to have killed thousands during the horrific civil war. Following a dramatic conversion to Christianity, Blahyi abruptly laid down his weapons in 1996, leaving behind his soldiers, his country, and a war that would rage for another seven years. Now, he is on a quest for redemption: facing those he once terrorized, preaching where he once murdered, and trying to rebuild the shattered lives of those he commanded during the war. For five years, filmmakers tracked his often troubling path up-close, finding his efforts both genuine and disconcerting.
The film forces viewers to question the very nature of what true, meaningful reconciliation looks like in a country where justice has not been possible. In the end, are some crimes beyond forgiveness?
In a small room in the center of New Delhi, Mr. Sachdev, a former journalist, has transformed himself into the leader of the Love Commandos, an activist group that helps young couples escape persecution for violating
“A profoundly moving film . . . about the shameful treatment of indigenous people.” –Simon Foster, SBS Film As British and Australian governments began testing space rockets in the mid-20th century, members of a nomadic indigenous population in Western Australia
Directed and produced by Lars Oxfeldt Mortensen
startling moment in history and the troubling treatment that followed. 2009. 78 min. DVD: $295. Three year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1724-5. Available only in North America.
a sense of adventure and give scientific weight to the discoveries presented. 2008. 52 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1830-3. Not available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia, or New Zealand.
Produced by Ginestra Film in collaboration with SVT K-Special
A film by Evan Abramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez
The Cloud Mystery is a scientific detective story. It tells how Danish scientist Henrik Svensmark, through pioneering experiments in a basement in Copenhagen, discovered how supernova explosions in our galaxy and variations in the sun govern climate changes on Earth.
Henrik Svensmark has discovered a new kind of aerial chemistry—triggered off by events in the galaxy—that determines the magnitude of clouds in the atmosphere. His discovery introduced a paradigm shift in meteorology, which prompted the need for scientists to reevaluate the causes of global warming. For 10 years, a film crew documented Henrik Svensmark’s struggle to find the physical evidence of a celestial climate driver. The film demonstrates the difficulty of working in the scientific realm when your theories are in opposition to widely accepted beliefs. The Cloud Mystery mixes astonishing imagery from the galaxy , the sun, and cloud formations with spectacular animations to simplify the science. Comments by astronomers, geologists, and climate experts convey
The Weather War
Carbon for Water Carbon for Water shares the story of the hardships of the people in Kenya’s Western Province, where safe drinking water is scarce and the wood fuel used to boil water for purification is expensive. These two factors conspire to make waterborne illness a daily, life-threatening reality among the impoverished population. Women and girls are especially vulnerable; they often miss school or work when fetching wood, and some even fall victim to sexual violence in the process.
2012. 52 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1829-7. Available only in North America.
The Cloud Mystery
Produced and directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean were still living off the land, surviving the desert’s extreme conditions. In 1964, two officers from the Weapons Research Establishment were clearing an area for rocket testing when they came across the area’s indigenous Martu people. Contact shares the story of Yuwali, 17 at the time, who recalls the Martus’ startling first contact with the developed world and eventual removal from their homeland. Now 62, she describes with humor the terrifying experience of seeing her first white person, and the shock of first experiencing a moving car, which she believed was a rock come to life. Her powerful and direct storytelling skills, blended with original footage and a hauntingly beautiful landscape, contribute to an artful narrative about a
couples’ stories are linked by the voice of Mr. Sachdev who dreams of a caste-free society founded above all on love.
2011. 85 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1723-8. Contains strong violence.
Contact: Australia’s Indigenous People Confront the Space Age “The visuals are superb. . . Contact well deserved to share the best documentary prize at last year’s Sydney Film Festival.” –ABC Australia
India’s ancient prohibition of marriage outside one’s caste. Although the caste system has been legally abolished, young couples in mixed marriage still continue to risk their lives. Condemned by their families, these pairs are forced to escape for fear of being ostracized, beaten, or killed. The Love Commandos offer safe refuge, legal support, and secret weddings. Sachdev ushers in new arrivals Sanjay and Arti, and helps mitigate the lawsuit against Karunesh, accused of having kidnapped his wife. He provides a safe harbor for the clandestine marriage of Bablu and Kamlesh, who still wish to be accepted in their village and the brave Famida, a Muslim woman married to a Hindu man, who lives in a secret place to escape her father’s death threats. These
But an innovative company has financed the distribution and maintenance of 900,000 water filters in Western Province, funded entirely by carbon credits awarded for reductions in the use of wood fuel. The filters help to slow deforestation, as household demand for wood drops. In this way—and in just five weeks—4.5 million people were given the means to purify their water, which in turn unlocked the potential to improve families’ income, education, and health. Carbon for Water is a personal look at the revolutionary power of a precious resource to improve a struggling community and the flagging environment. 2011. 23 min. DVD: $250. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1725-2
The Weather War tracks the history and contemporary struggle between man and man-made climate. The film focuses on a man’s attempts to control the weather and harness it for his own purposes. In a blend of land art performance and road movie, artist duo Bigert & Bergström travel to the US tornado belt with their special
machine-sculpture, the Tornado Diverter. The goal: to stop a tornado. Along the way, the film shares historical examples of how the science of meteorology developed in symbiosis with military goals and how these visions evolved into modern ideas of geo-engineering. Controversial ideas with socio-political consequences spotlight big questions about modified weather. In a larger perspective, The Weather War addresses problems faced worldwide due to global climate change. How do global citizens behave to meet those challenges? Adapt? Or wage war against increasingly aggressive weather that threatens to destroy us? Bangladesh is building protective walls against coming floods. China
shoots rockets into threatening clouds. And in Italy, antihail cannons are fired to protect the year’s wine harvest. 2012. 58 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1831-0. Not available in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania.
When the Shooting Stops
Out of Print
Directed and produced by Lisa Davis Larry
Directed by Vivienne Roumani
Violent news stories of shooting victims and grieving families can be seen every day, but the private stories of the families’ recoveries are rarely made known. When the Shooting Stops examines the lives of four families after gun violence and how they respond to their losses. After an armed robbery resulted in the killing of filmmaker Lisa Davis Larry’s grandfather, Charles Caplin, an Indiana businessman, Lisa began to explore the effects of gun violence on her family and three other American families. The families include Colonel (Ret.) and Mrs. Wilbert Bryant, the parents of Lisa Bryant, a Princeton University
Every aspect of the written word is changing—from publishing and writing to selling and reading. If books are the foundation of civilization, how does that change the world of ideas? And how does it change us? With the unique perspective gained as a director at the Library of Congress and the UC Berkeley Library, filmmaker Vivienne Roumani
graduate and Army officer, who was shot and killed by an Army sergeant; the Hawkins family, who lost two young adult sons in separate shootings: Joe Hawkins, a car mechanic, to a mistaken identity drive-by shooting and Gerald Roberts, a college student studying to be a probation officer, to a car-jacking; and the family of Gilbert Salinas, a survivor of an accidental shooting at a party, and his wife, Cindy who is herself a survivor of a drive-by shooting at age 12. When the Shooting Stops uncovers life after gun violence. It illustrates the strength each victim and survivor develops to process the pain and to give meaning to their catastrophic losses while becoming advocates for social change.
2013. 55 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1834-1
The Fatwa: Salman’s Story
2013. 30 min. DVD: $250. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1832-7
A BBC production “A hugely insightful and occasionally thrilling examination of one man’s struggle, with lashings of dark humour.” –Time Out
Lost for Life
“Moving, thoughtful film about the early days of the fatwa.” –Radio Times, UK
Directed and produced by Joshua Rofé “Rofé reenacts the crime through photographs and actual video shot by the two boys both before and after the murder. It’s shocking and horrific, and makes the film’s goal of garnering sympathy for murderers seem well-nigh impossible. But Rofé does an admirable job.” –The Washingtonian
tackles the questions confronting today’s word industry and shows that much more is at stake than how quickly we can access the latest byte. Out of Print is narrated by Meryl Streep and features Jeff Bezos, Scott Turow, Ray Bradbury, Jeffrey Toobin, Robert Darnton, Jane Friedman, Alberto Manguel, booksellers, cognitive scientists, architects, educators, parents, and students.
Lost for Life is a documentary about juveniles who are serving life in prison without parole. All are guilty of first-degree murder. The film examines the sometimes unanswerable questions: What is justice when a young person kills? Can a horrific act place a life beyond redemption? Are there alternatives for kids like these? Or do we simply dispose of them?
“Compelling account of the fallout of The Satanic Verses.” –Mirror, UK Salman Rushdie, author of the novel The Satanic Verses, tells for the first time the inside story of how it felt to be condemned to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989 and to spend the next decade in hiding. This intimate and involving documentary charts in full the consequences
2013. 76 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1833-4
of the worldwide controversy that forced Rushdie into hiding for over a decade. Following publication of The Satanic Verses in 1988, Rushdie was accused of blasphemy by conservative Muslims. As the situation escalated, on February 14, 1989, Iran’s then-leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling on Muslims to kill the book’s author and publishers. This inside story describes his role at the epicenter of an international crisis as Rushdie recalls the day-to-day drama of living under a death sentence, fearing for the safety of his child, and hearing horrific news of his publishers and translators being attacked and killed. The film offers unprecedented access to key figures, including Rushdie’s closest family and friends: Ian
McEwan, Hanif Kureishi, Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, William Nygaard, Arthur Hibbert, and Andrew Wylie. 2012. 80 min. DVD: $325. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1835-8. Not available in Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, or Taiwan.
Magic Camp Directed and produced by Judd Ehrlich
Diagnosis Murder: Shaken Baby Syndrome
“Spry and revealing. . . The enchantment is irresistible in Judd Ehrlich’s documentary Magic Camp.” –The New York Times
A CBC/Fifth Estate Film It’s a scenario as horrifying as it is heartbreaking: a frustrated parent, a baby that just won’t stop crying, and suddenly, what were tender, cradling arms become instruments of death. This is how shaken baby syndrome has been characterized in countless court cases in recent years. But what are the scientific foundations of this diagnosis?
Diagnosis Murder tells the story of several parents who say they were wrongfully accused—and the leading medical researchers who believe they’re telling the truth. The stakes are high. Some have gone to jail. All have had their other children taken away from them. Is shaken baby syndrome conclusive evidence of murder? Or is it a scientific hypothesis that has convicted an untold number of parents as killers when their children actually died from other causes? 2012. 42 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1787-0. Not available in Canada.
“Directed with deftness and care. . . Magic Camp takes these kids’ desires and dreams at face value, skillfully leavening the esoterica of magicianhood with more than a dollop of good humor.” –Filmmaker Magazine “Charming and riveting. . . about magic certainly, but also on a deeper level about being a teenager. . . Magic isn’t gone. It’s alive and well!” –Forbes
“Delightful. . . Priceless. . . Gratifying to watch.” –Village Voice Each year magic-obsessed kids from across the country all descend on one place they can be themselves: Tannen’s Magic Camp, the oldest and most prestigious training ground for young magicians, often referred to as the real-life Hogwarts. In their respite on the campus of Bryn Mawr College, they strive to prove their worth on the same stage where superstars like David Blaine and David Copperfield once performed. While many of the campers are socially withdrawn, they devote themselves fully to their craft, often as a means to escape their troubles, which range from the loss of a parent to difficulties in school. The film tracks the stories of several campers who’ve set their sights on becoming professional magicians, and the devoted staffers who guide them on their way. But to achieve
their dreams, they need to learn more than sleight of hand and tricks of the trade. They have to find the magic inside. 2013. 86 min. DVD: $295. Three-year streaming: $199. 978-1-4631-1836-5