New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

July 27, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Heated melodies

July 26, 2017
Holland, OH : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2014]
1 videodisc (40 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
This documentary explores the challenges faced by the underground music scene in Kuwait due to the country's legal system and cultural mores being based on Sharia law.

Unstuck : an OCD kids movie

July 25, 2017
1 videodisc (22:30 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"Six kids with OCD share how they learned to face their fears, stop their rituals and regain control of their lives."--

Hired gun

July 20, 2017
Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (98 min.) sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Kenny Aronoff, Alice Cooper, David Foster, Siedah Garrett, Jay Graydon.
Title from disc.
Originally produced in 2016.
A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well established and famous bands and artists like Metallica, KISS, and Billy Joel. These hired guns may not be household names, but are still masters of their craft.

The penguin counters

July 14, 2017
New York, NY : First Run Features, [2016]
1 videodisc (68 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ron Naveen, Steve Forest, Thomas Mueller, Paula Casonovas.
Title from disc label.
Follow Ron Naveen and his team of biologists to one of the harshest corners of the planet, where they track the impact of climate change and ocean health by counting penguin populations.

Alive and kicking

July 13, 2017
Los Angeles, California : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: film commentary; deleted scenes; director interview; theatrical trailer.
Originally produced as in 2016.
It explores the dynamic world and cathartic power of swing dance, from its historic origins to its impact on today. Boiled down to its core, swing dancing is about the pursuit of happiness. The film follows several swing dancers as they find joy through dance.

Contemporary color

July 10, 2017
New York, NY : Oscilloscope Laboratories, [2017]
1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally recorded in 2015.
In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an arena concert event in Brooklyn, New York, to celebrate the creativity of high school color guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers, colloquially known as 'the sport of the arts'. Byrne invited performers Lucius, Nico Muhly & Ira Glass, Nelly Furtado, St. Vincent, Devonte Hynes, and others to join him in creating original compositions to accompany ten color guard teams' performances.

Off the rails

July 5, 2017
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Darius McCollum, Ray Sanchez.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2016.
The remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger's syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes. Over three decades, Darius commandeered hundreds of trains and buses, staying en route and on schedule, without ever getting paid. He attended transit worker union meetings, lobbying for better pay and working conditions.

Stan Lee & Kevin Smith save the world!.

July 3, 2017
[California] : Mill Creek Entertainment, [2017]
2 videodiscs (558 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Stan Lee, Kevin Smith.
Title from disc label.
disc [1]. An evening with Kevin Smith (224 min.) ; Stan Lee's mutants, monsters and marvels (95 min.) -- disc [2]. An evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening harder (239 min.).
Stan Lee's mutants, monsters and marvels: In 1961, Stan Lee teamed up with artist Jack Kirby to create the super-hero team The Fantastic Four, changing the face of comic books forever. They followed up with a creative rampage, introducing characters like: The Incredible Hulk, The Mighty Thor and The Uncanny X-Men. Then, in 1964, Stan teamed with artist Steve Ditko to create a teenage super hero, who would lose as much as he would win. The Amazing Spider-Man became, and would remain, the most popular comic book character in the world. Presented in two features, enhanced with rare photos and iconic images, Stan Lee talks in-depth with filmmaker Kevin Smith about his role in creating our modern mythology.

The brainwashing of my dad

July 3, 2017
© 2016
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrators: Matthew Modine, Jen Senko ; Interviewees: Noam Chomsky, David Rock, Jeff Cohen, Claire Connor, Dr. Kathleen Taylor, Frank Luntz, Thom Hartmann.
"In this award-winning new documentary, director Jen Senko seeks to discover why her WWII veteran father's personality radically transformed from that of a non-political Kennedy Democrat to an angry right-wing fanatic after his discovery of Talk Radio and Fox News. In trying to understand how this happened, Senko not only finds this to be a phenomenon, but also comes to a startling conclusion about the course of the media over the last 30-40 years. ... The documentary pulls back the curtain on the wizards behind the right-wing media phenomenon, and through interviews with Noam Chomsky, David Brock, Jeff Cohen, George Lakoff, Claire Connor, Dr. Kathleen Taylor, Frank Luntz and others, reveals the true story of the behind-the-scenes strategies designed to shift the national discourse to the Right."--Container.

Kings, queens & in-betweens

June 23, 2017
[Warren, New Jersey] : Passion River, [2017]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc.
Through the compelling stories of eight performers in the thriving drag scene in the unlikely location of Columbus, Ohio, the film dives into the often misunderstood topic of 'gender' itself. Giving rare insight into an underground scene, KQIB captures how an unlikely midwestern city full of vibrant performers tackles complexities of gender expression, personal identity, and human rights, all with humor, great music, big hair, and duct tape.

Stealing Charlie Chaplin

June 23, 2017
New York, NY : Virgil Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (72 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc.
Originally produced in 2016.
In 1978, three months after the death of comedy icon Charlie Chaplin, his body disappeared from its grave in Corsier-Sur-Vevefy, Switzerland. Examining Magistrate Jean-Daniel Tenthorey and the Swiss Police had no clues to follow, only ridiculous rumors. It would be quite some time before the robbers would eventually contact the family asking for a million Swiss Francs. After being denied by the family, the robbers would lower the amount a number of times before escalating threats of violence.

Tesla : born in light

June 23, 2017
[California] : Reality Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (70 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Features: additional footage.
Chronicles the inventions and technological achievements of Nikola Tesla and addresses the claim that the FBI seized his work and personal papers upon his death.

When the bough breaks

June 23, 2017
[United States] : Gravitas Ventures, [2017]
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Brooke Shields.
When The Bough Breaks is about postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Narrated and Executive Produced by Brooke Shields, this shocking film uncovers this public health issue which affects one in five new mothers after childbirth.


June 23, 2017
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2015.
Special features: The making of Sherpa (featurette) -- Deleted scenes.
Every year, Western mountain climbers make news ascending Mount Everest. The compelling stories of the Sherpas, the Nepalese guides who risk their lives to provide for their families, have remained a mystery, until now. This chronicles a fateful 2014 expedition and the tragic avalanche that spurred the Sherpas to make a stand for human rights and respect.

Olé olé olé! : a trip across Latin America

June 20, 2017
[Wandsworth, London] : Eagle Rock Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (155 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Rolling Stones.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features: Seven full length performances from the Latin American tour.
Rock n' roll concert documentary following the Stones on their 2016 tour, culminating in their historic stop in Havana, Cuba.

Steve McQueen : the man & Le Mans

June 19, 2017
[New York] : FilmRise, [2015]
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color and black & white ; 4 3/4 in.
Steve McQueen.
Special features include theatrical trailer and cast & crew interviews.
"By 1970, Steve McQueen ruled Hollywood. He was the 'King of Cool" and the world's most notorious ladies' man. Hot off the back of classics like The Thomas Crown Affair and Bullitt, the racing fanatic began production of his passion project, Le Mans, centered on the 24-hour car race in France. But the infamously troubled production was plagued with financial troubles, on-set rivalries and the star's own personal issues. This documentary film interweaves stunning, newly-discovered footage and McQueen's private recordings with original interviews to reveal the true story of how this cinema legend would risk everything in pursuit of his dream."--Container.

I am Heath Ledger

June 19, 2017
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Heath Ledger.
Wide screen.
Special features: additional stories from Heath, his family and friends ; Heath Ledger scholarship introduction.
The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey. It was his creative energy and unshakable willingness to take risks that instilled such an extraordinary deep love and affection in the people that entered his life.

Fantastic lies [videorecording]

June 16, 2017
Owensboro, KY : Team Marketing, [2016]
1 videodisc (ca. 101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
On spine: 30 for 30 season III number 7.
"In 2006, there was judgment before justice."--Container.
On March 13, 2006, a group of Duke University lacrosse players threw a team party that ended up changing lives, ruining careers, tarnishing a university's reputation and even jeopardizing the future of the sport at the school. A black exotic dancer accused three white lacrosse players from prestigious Duke University of rape, resulting in news headlines, controversial opinions and protestors. Acclaimed director Marina Zenovich delves into the party that ignited a national firestorm and resulted in a highly-charged legal investigation with its underlying themes of sex, race, class, violence.

Four days in October

June 16, 2017
[United States] : ESPN Home Entertainment ; Owensboro, KY : Distributed byTeam Marketing, ©2010.
1 videodisc (approximately 51 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Bonus features: Gary Waksman director's statement; deleted scene; Bill Simmons and Lenny Clarke extras; game 4 walk-off home run; last out of 2004 ALCS.
When the night of October 16, 2004 came to a merciful end, the Curse of the Bambino was alive and well. The New York Yankees, led by A-Rod, Jeter, and Sheffield, had just extended their ALCS lead to 3 games to none over the Boston Red Sox, and seemed on course to yet another trip to the World Series. But the cold October winds of change began to blow. Over 4 consecutive days and nights, this determined Red Sox team miraculously won 4 straight games to overcome their destiny.

Jordan rides the bus

June 16, 2017
[Bristol, CT] : ESPN Home Entertainment, ©2010.
1 videodisc (approximately 51 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Michael Jordan.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features: director's statements; extended interviews; Michael Jordan baseball highlights.
After leading the Dream Team to Olympic Gold and taking the Chicago Bulls to their third consecutive NBA championship, Michael Jordan walked away from the game of basketball. Jolted by the tragic loss of his father, Jordan decided to pursue a lifelong ambition and play baseball. His brief career in the minor leagues was subject to intense media scrutiny and ridicule, but those who knew him best understood his need to honor his father by fulfilling their dream.

No crossover : the trial of Allen Iverson

June 16, 2017
[Bristol, CT] : ESPN Home Entertainment ; ©2010.
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features: director's statements; deleted scenes; 2005 Iverson interview on "Quite frankly with Stephen A. Smith"; trailer.
"On Valentine's Day 1993, 17-year-old high school basketball and football star Allen Iverson was bowling in Hampton, Virginia when an argument erupted into a brawl, pitting Iverson's African-American friends against a group of white patrons. The fallout from the fight and the subsequent trial landed Iverson a lengthy prison sentence and sharply divided the city along racial lines."--Container.

Banking on Bitcoin

June 16, 2017
[California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2016]
1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Wide screen (1.78:1)
"In open-source we trust"--Container.
Bitcoin is the most disruptive invention since the internet, and now an ideological battle is underway between fringe utopists and mainstream capitalism. Bitcoin's early pioneers sought to blur the lines of sovereignty and the financial status quo. After years of underground development, Bitcoin grabbed the attention of a curious public, and the ire of the regulators the technology had subverted. After landmark arrests of prominent cyber criminals, Bitcoin faces its most severe adversary yet, the very banks it was built to destroy. --from container.

Class divide

June 16, 2017
1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"Acclaimed filmmaker Marc Levin explores the effects of hyper-gentrification and rising economic disparity in the NYC neighborhood of West Chelsea. On one side of the intersection of 10th Ave. and 26th St. sits Avenues: The World School, an elite, state-of-the art private school (pre-K through 12th grade) with a $40,000 plus per year price tag. On the other side sits the Elliott-Chelsea public-housing projects, home to thousands of underemployed and underserved residents living mostly below the poverty line. Through the stories of young people from both sides of the street, we learn what it is like to live here, in the shadow of The High Line, a celebrated elevated park that has spawned skyrocketing property values that are among the highest in the city. As we see, the juxtaposition of "haves and have-nots" in West Chelsea underscores a growing problem in many urban meccas around the country, as low-income residents are feeling the pressure of new money and luxury living that may eventually force them to move out of the very neighborhoods where they were born and raised."--Container.


June 13, 2017
2 videodiscs (129 min.) : sound, black and white with color sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Kevin Brownlow, Judith Douw, S.E. Gontarski, James Karen, Jim Knowlson, Leonard Maltin, Mark Nixon, Barney Rosset, Steve Schapiro, Jean Schneider, Jeannette Seaver, Haskell Wexler, Billie Whitelaw ; voices/archival images, Samuel Beckett, Boris Kaufman, Buster Keaton, Milt Perlman, Alan Schneider.
Special features: The street scene : a lost scene reconstruction from the Film outtakes (6 min.); "What if E's eyes were closed?" (audio recordings of Beckett, Schneider, and Kaufman) (7 min.); Buster Keaton and Film : James Karen in conversation (42 min.); Memories of Samuel Beckett : an afternoon with James Knowlson (8 min.); Jean Schneider : memories of Alan Schneider (11 min.); Jeannette Seaver : Beckett and "Godot" (4 min.); Photographing Film, photographing Beckett : Steve Schapiro and I.C. Rapoport in conversation (7 min.); photo gallery; The music of Notfilm : downloadable MP3 recordings by Mihály Víg.
Originally released as a documentary film in 2015.
Disc one. Notfilm -- Disc two. [Special features].
Explores the making and meaning of Film, a 1965 short film starring Buster Keaton, that was written by Samuel Beckett, directed by Alan Schneider, and produced by Barney Rosset. Topics covered include the circumstances leading to the film's production, the production process itself, and the film's critical reception. Includes outtakes, never-before-heard audio recordings of production meetings, interviews, and other archival information.

Love thy nature

June 13, 2017
[Warren, New Jersey?] : [Distributed by Passion River?], [2017?]
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Liam Neeson.
Closed-captioning incorrectly indicated on container; English subtitles option is SDH.
Examines the interconnectivity between human beings and the natural world. Discusses ways in which the increasing estrangement from nature, brought on by modern lifestyles, is proving harmful both to people and the environment. Looks at biomimicry, the study of nature for the purpose of engineering new technologies. Argues that a reconnection with nature could be essential for restoring personal health and solving the environmental and climate crises.

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