New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

December 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Navy SEALs : their untold story

December 17, 2014
[United States] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Gary Sinise.
Title from disc label.
The history of the US Navy Seals from WWII to Afghanistan today, through never-before-told stories and never-before-seen footage.

Ripley : believe it or not

December 17, 2014
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Oliver Platt.
Title from disc label.
LeRoy Robert Ripley rose to fame during the Great Depression, transforming himself into an entertainer who mesmerized the nation with his razzle-dazzle blend of homespun Americana and freakish oddities. Over three decades, his franchise grew into an entertainment empire. This is the story of the man who popularized the iconic phrase, and proof of why we still can't resist his challenge to 'Believe it, or not!'

Crisis hotline : veterans press 1

December 17, 2014
1 videodisc (approximately 40 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2013.
Today, more military members are lost to suicide than on the battlefield. After serving their country overseas, many veterans in their darkest moments turn to the unique services of the Veterans Crisis Line to help with traumas like post-traumatic stress, depression, homelessness and drug dependence. The 40-minute documentary is an intimate look at the vital work of several responders who provide life-saving intervention and desperately needed referrals through the 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line,

First cousin once removed

December 17, 2014
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Edwin Honig.
Bonus features: director Alan Berliner in conversation with Richard Peña; Edwin Honig memorial tribute; "56 ways of saying I don't remember" / a short film by Alan Berliner; reference websites to learn more about the poetry of Edwin Honig.
A distinguished poet, translator, critic and teacher, Edwin Honig wrote dozens of books and poems that attracted critical praise around the world. His seminal translations awakened English-speaking readers to previously overlooked literary giants, resulting in honorary knighthoods from the king of Spain and the president of Portugal. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner paints a deeply personal portrait of his "good friend, cousin and mentor" as Honig journeys through the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and memory loss.

Alive inside

December 12, 2014
1 videodisc (78 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dan Cohen, Bobby McFerrin, Oliver Sacks.
Title from disc label.
Bonus features: directors commentary; deleted scenes; Michael Rossato-Bennett interview; trailer; footage from the 2014 Sundance International Film Festival ; soundtrack of the music in the film with visuals; available on DVD and Blu-Ray; ask Dan Cohen.
A joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.

Levitated mass : the story of Michael Heizer's monolithic sculpture

December 11, 2014
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced in the United States as a motion picture and released in 2013.
"LEVITATED MASS is Doug Pray's new documentary about a two-story tall, 340-ton, granite boulder that was moved from a quarry in Riverside to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and mounted atop the walls of a gigantic slot in the earth. The massive artwork, titled Levitated Mass, is the latest 'land sculpture' by one of America's most exciting and misunderstood artists, Michael Heizer. Heizer's sculpture references the expanse of art history -- from ancient traditions of megalithic stones to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering. The boulder's 105-mile journey from quarry to museum attracted international media attention and challenged the imagination of thousands of Southern Californians over 10 nights as it crawled through 22 cities on a football-field length, 206-wheeled trailer. The film captures this spectacle while weaving together the dramatic story of the reclusive Heizer, the ambitions of a major metropolitan museum, and the public's wild reactions to this massive display of modern yet eerily timeless conceptual art."--Container.


December 11, 2014
New York, NY : First Run Features
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
DVD extras: Extended interviews; photo gallery.
The provocative portrait of an American trendsetter whose free spirit defied convention. A woman ahead of her time, Altina Schinasi was born in 1907 in New York City; the daughter of a tobacco tycoon and decedent of Sephardic Jews, she upended the expectations that accompanied her position. Altina was a paradox: simultaneously seductive and reserved, her genteel upbringing was in sharp contrast to the bold sexuality of her art and her life.

The final member

December 4, 2014
Austin, TX : Drafthouse Films
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring, Páll Arason, Ásbjöm Bjöorgvinsson, Hannes Blöndal.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Marketed and distributed in the U.S. by Cinedigm Entertainment.
Thirty miles from the Arctic Circle, in the town of Husavik, stands the Icelandic Phallological Museum, the world's only penis museum. Over 40 years, the founder and curator has collected every specimen from every mammal except for one elusive penis needed to complete his collection. The film follows the curator's incredible, sublimely comic, often shocking quest to complete his eccentric collection, and the two intrepid men who have raised their hands to be the first human donor.

Transformation [videorecording] : old building, new life

December 4, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. : WFYI Productions, c2011.
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
With Judy O'Bannon.
Originally broadcast on WFYI on September 29, 2011.
Chronicles the dramatic restoration of the former Capitol Avenue United Methodist Church, located in the Old Northside community in Indianapolis, as it is transformed into the new headquarters for Indiana Landmarks.

Transforming power of caregiving : returning to life after caregiving ends

December 3, 2014
1 videodisc (46 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
A new beginning -- A new normal -- New life discoveries.
Whether you have cared for your loved one for one year or many, when it ends it will feel abrupt. The life and routine that have become yours suddenly comes to an end with a finality that is painful on many levels. You have become a different person during your caregiving experience, yet you haven't had time to realize who that person is. Your focus was on someone else and the thought of shifting that focus to yourself may be scary. However, exploring who you are now as well as what you learned about yourself, and about life itself, during your caregiving experience can be an experience full of discovery and adventure.


December 1, 2014
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
It takes us on a journey from the world of Silicon Valley to the bedrooms of British teenagers in order to ask an important question: What exactly is the internet doing to our children? This revealing documentary examines how children are adapting to the technological world we live in, and how free and open connectivity can have alienating and addictive side-effects, especially on the youngest minds using it.

Design is one : Lella & Massimo Vignelli

December 1, 2014
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Special features: 11 bonus shorts including: Diffuser of Helvetica; Lella's jewelry numbers; Massimo's mentor; The girl with the graphic tattoo; From the Canon bibliography and resources; In Memoriam.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
They are two of the world's most influential designers. Lella and Massimo Vignelli's work covers such a broad spectrum that one could say they are known by everyone, even by those who don't know their names. Adhering to self-proclaimed motto, "If you can't find it, design it," their achievements in industrial and product design, graphic and publication design, architectural graphics, and interior and furniture design have earned worldwide respect and numerous international awards.

Beirut diaries & 33 days [videorecording]

November 28, 2014
[United States] : Arab Film Distribution, c2009.
1 videodisc (150 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Beirut diaries: featuring Nadine Zaidan.
Title from disc label.
Special features: Mai Masri filmography; trailers.
Beirut diaries : truth, lies and videos / produced and directed by Mai Masri (2006, 80 min. ; full screen) -- 33 days / directed and produced by Mai Masri ; a Mai Masri production for al-Jazeera Documentary Channel (2007, 70 min. ; widescreen).
Beirut Diaries: through the diaries of Nadine Zaidan, a look at how life was affected by the assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. 33 days: After Lebanon was attacked by Israel in 2006, a group of people - including a theatre director, a journalist, and a news desk director - try to report the current news, provide aid, and help the children living in the devastation.

Sacred journeys with Bruce Feiler.

November 28, 2014
Arlington, VA : PBS Distribution
2 videodiscs (360 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc labels.
Retraces some of the world's most ancient, meaningful and challenging religious pilgrimages. Viewers travel alongisde contemporary seekers as they explore breathaking locations, fascinating history, and ancient religious traditions.

Emperor's ghost army

November 28, 2014
[United States] : PBS Distribution
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
In central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army built to serve China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. With exclusive access to pioneering research, it reveals how the Emperor directed the manufacture of the tens of thousands of bronze weapons carried by the clay soldiers including lethal crossbows engineered with astonishing precision.

A gathering of souls [videorecording] : the Billy Graham crusades

November 26, 2014
Wheaton, Illinois : Institute for the study of American evangelicals ; Vorcester, Pa. : Distributed by Vision Video, [2014]
1 videodisc (approx. 51 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
The history and impact of a spiritual phenomenon.

Luther : his life, his path, his legacy.

November 25, 2014
Worcester, PA : Vision Video
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Interview with actor Joseph Fiennes.
Title from disc label.
Vary few historical figures have affected modern society and humanity as enduringly as Martin Luther, and on such a global scale. This comprehensive documentary traces the footsteps of the great Reformer and reflects upon the places which have become inseparably connected with his name.

Rainbow Bridge revisited

November 25, 2014
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring interviews with Paul Gebauer, John 'Tiny' Schofill, Leslie Potts, Steve Sutherland and Mike Hynson.
Title from disc label.
Rainbow Bridge revisited takes an interesting look back through the eyes of the original cast members of the Jimi Hendrix movie, Rainbow Bridge. Filmed in California and beautiful island Maui, Hawaii, with exciting surf scenes.

First man on the moon..

November 20, 2014
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
The story of Neil Armstrong.

Robin Williams remembered

November 19, 2014
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrator, Jerry Bertram ; featuring, Robin Williams.
Title from disc surface.
"A Pioneers of Television special"--Container.
The film will feature one of Williams' last full-length interviews for the series, including never-before-seen comments on his life and comedic and dramatic work, as well as tributes to Williams by those who knew and worked with him, along with clips from moments throughout his career.

Chronicle of a Summer (Paris 1960) = Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960)

November 14, 2014
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring Jean Rouch, Edgar Morin, Marceline Loridan, Marilù Parolini.
Special features: New 2K digital master from the Cineteca di Bologna restoration; "Un été + 50" (2011), a seventy-five-minute documentary featuring outtakes from the film; Archival interviews with co-director Jean Rouch and Marceline Loridan; New interview with anthropology professor Faye Ginsburg. Booklet featuring an essay by scholar Sam Di Iorio.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1961.
By interviewing a group of Paris residents in the summer of 1960, Rouch and Morin reveal the hopes and dreams of a wide array of people and give us a document of a time and place with extraordinary depth.

Sentimental reflections [videorecording] : America's heritage in story, scenery and song.

November 13, 2014
Cincinnati, OH : Sentimental Productions, a division of Delaney Communications, 2004-
videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

I am Santa Claus

November 7, 2014
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Mick Foley, Artie Lange, Dee Snider.
Title from disc label.
Follows the lives of six real-bearded professional Santa Clauses as they anticipate and prepare the coming holiday season while showing them for who they actually are; flawed, flesh and blood men who feel an overbearing responsibility to protect the integrity of the spotless, untarnished reputation of the 'Red Suit.'

Road trip for Ralphie [videorecording] : a Christmas story documentary

November 3, 2014
[S.l.] : Janson Media, [2013]
1 videodisc (ca. 81 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Tyler Schwartz, Jordie Schwatz.
Title from disc label.
"The perfect companion to a treasured holiday classic"--Container.
"During an adventure spanning two years and two countries, two mega-fans of 'A Christmas Story' set out to discover all the film's shooting locations. Along the way, they uncover forgotten facts, discover little-known locations and recover long-lost movie memorablia"--Back container.

Deepsea challenge

October 31, 2014
[Los Angeles, California] : Millennium Entertainment, [2014]
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
James Cameron.
Title from sell sheet.
As a boy, filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of a journey to the deepest part of the ocean. This film is the dramatic fulfillment of that dream. It chronicles Cameron's solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench and nearly seven miles beneath the ocean's surface piloting a submersible he designed himself. The risks were astounding. The footage is breathtaking. A celebration of science, courage, and extraordinary human aspiration.

feed —Subscribe to the DVDs—Documentaries feed .


For Teens

For Kids


Electronic Resources



Large Print