New Arrivals · DVDs—Documentaries

November 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

California typewriter

November 22, 2017
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2017]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, Mason Williams.
Title from disc label.
Cultural historians, collectors, and various celebrity obsessives, including Tom Hanks and John Mayer, launch us into the bittersweet moment when a beloved, but dying technology, the typewriter, faces extinction.

The first great escape

November 21, 2017
[Holland, Ohio] : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2017]
1 videodisc (45 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Johnny Daukes.
Title from disc label.
This is the story of twenty-nine brave British officers who attempted the impossible: an escape from the supposedly inescapable German POW camp, Holzminden.

Freeway : crack in the system

November 17, 2017
[El Segundo, California] : Gravitas Ventures, [2017]
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc surface.
Originally produced in 2015.
The definitive story of the birth of the crack plague, told by the man at the epicenter of the CIA/Contra/cocaine connection: 'Freeway' Ricky Ross. His story defies all odds and proves that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

The settlers

November 17, 2017
[New York, New York] : Film Movement, [2017]
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
A comprehensive look at life as a settler in Israel's controversial West Bank settlements.

Pearl Jam [videorecording] : let's play two

November 16, 2017
New York, NY : Republic Records, [2017]
1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jeff Ament, Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Kenneth 'Boom' Gaspar, Mike McCready.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
Features: Mind your manners, Rearviewmirror, Black (full performance), Immortality, Masters of war bonus video performances; photo gallery from Danny Clinch.
Chronicles Pearl Jam's August 2016 performances at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Whose Streets?

November 10, 2017
1 videodisc (approximately 101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Brittany Ferrell, Bassem Masri, Tef Poe, Kayla Reed, Tory Russell, Alexis Templeton, David Whitt.
Title from disc label.
"Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. For this generation, the battle is not for civil rights, but for the right to live." (Official movie website).


November 9, 2017
1 videodisc (79 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2016.
Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame, and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

Wasted! : the story of food waste

November 8, 2017
New York, NY : Virgil Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, Danny Bowien.
Widescreen (1.78).
Title from disc label.
Through the eyes of chef heroes like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, and more, audience will see how the world's most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people would consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

Swim team

October 27, 2017
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2017]
1 videodisc (approximately 100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
"This program includes material that may not be appropriate for younger viewers"--Container.
What would one do if their community gave up on a child? The parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands, forming a competitive swim team, recruiting teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Watch the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence, and a life that feels winning.

Do not resist

October 13, 2017
1 videodisc (72 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
On screen participants: James Comey, Dave Grossman, Rand Paul.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2016.
"An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action -- from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of "righteous violence" to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments -- before exploring where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms, could lead the field next."-- Distributor website.

By blood

October 13, 2017
[United States] : Outcast Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (52 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Roshon Jones, David Cornsilk.
Wide screen.
Bonus scenes.
Americans are familiar with the removal of Cherokees in the infamous "Trail of Tears," but the involvement of African-American slaves is far less known. When the US Indian Removal Act forced Native Americans to relinquish their native land and move west, countless slaves followed them into the frontier, bound and shackled.

Dawson City : frozen time

October 13, 2017
[New York, New York] : Kino Lorber, 2017.
1 videodisc (120 min.) : silent and sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Kathy Jones-Gates, Michael Gates, Sam Kula.
Title from disc label.
Originally produced in 2016.
"Director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the center of the Canadian Gold Rush that brough 100,000 prospectors to the area. It was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to the Yukon. The films were seldom, if ever, returned. The now-famous Dawson City Collection was uncovered in 1978 when a bulldozer working its way through a parking lot dug up a horde of film cans. Morrison draws on these permafrost-protected, rare silent films and newsreels, pairing them with archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, and an enigmatic score by Sigur Ros collaborator and composer Alex Somers.--Container.

Diana : 7 days

October 11, 2017
[London] : BBC, [2017]
1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Prince William, Prince Harry, Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, Earl Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquodale.
This landmark documentary features in-depth interviews with her sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, speaking in detail about that week's events from the moment they heard the news of their mother's death to the day of the funeral itself, as well as reflecting more broadly on her life and what she meant to them both then and now. The film includes other family members, close friends, political figures and journalists, many of them speaking for the first time about the events.


October 11, 2017
Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2017]
1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Paula Dofat, Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger.
Wide screen (1.85:1).
Special features: deleted scenes; director commentary by Amanda Lipitz; Lethal Ladies music video; Step is life; The Lethal Ladies of BLSYW; inside the rehearsal room.
The senior year of a girls' high school step dance team against the background of inner city Baltimore. Empowered by their teachers, coaches, families, and each other, they strive to win a championship and go to college.

Alien contact : outer space.

October 4, 2017
New York, NY : Cinedigm Entertainment
1 videodisc (63 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
O.H. Krill, Philip Gardiner, J. Michael Long.
Title from disc label.
Earth is not alone in outer space, and while the aliens may be initiating contact, they could also be here already.

Ella Brennan : commanding the table

October 4, 2017
[Warren, NJ : Passion River], [2017]
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Narrated by Patricia Clarkson.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks brings Ella Brennan's remarkable story to the screen showing how she became a leading force in the contemporary restaurant business despite the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated field. With the success of New Orleans iconic establishment Commander's Palace, restaurateurs and chefs from around the world and all walks of life credit the important role Ella has played in building and enhancing American cooking and hospitality.

The B-side : Elsa Dorfman's portrait photography

October 4, 2017
New York, New York : Virgil Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Elsa Dorfman.
Wide screen (1.78).
Title from disc label.
Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20x24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the surfaces of those who visited her Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables.

Michael Jackson : searching for Neverland

October 4, 2017
Santa Monica, CA : Lionsgate, [2017]
1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Navi, Chad L. Coleman, Sam Adegoke, Aiden Smith, Taegen Burns, Michael Mourra.
Title from disc label.
Told through the eyes of Michael Jackson's trusted bodyguards, this scripted drama reveals firsthand the devotion Michael had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.

Bright Lights : starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

October 4, 2017
[Burbank, CA] : HBO Documentary Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
Widescreen 16:9.
Title from disc surface.
Featuring vérité footage and vintage family films, this documentary was shot primarily within the compound where Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher led separate lives but maintained a close relationship.

Elvis : [DVD] that's the way it is

September 29, 2017
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2007]
2 videodiscs (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring live performances by and documentary footage of Elvis Presley.
Special features: never-before-seen performance footage; Elvis photo scrapbook.
DVD release of the 1970 motion picture and the 2001 special edition.
Disc 1. 2001 special edition -- Disc 2. 1970 original theatrical version.
Features Elvis in rehearsal as well as in six Las Vegas concerts, along with interviews with fans.

Documented : a film by an undocumented American

September 26, 2017
[New York] : Bond/360, [2017?]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jose Antonio Vargas, Emelie Salinas, Leonila Salinas.
Originally produced in 2013.
On screen, subtitle phrase "illegal immigrant" is struck-through with a red line, and replaced with "undocumented American."
"In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in person in over 20 years"--Container.

The Reagan show

September 21, 2017
[United States] : Gravitas Ventures, [2017]
1 videodisc (74 min.) : sound, color, black &white ; 4 3/4 in.
Ronald Reagan.
Wide screen.
Title from disc label.
It is an all-archival documentary about the original performer-president's role of a lifetime. Teasing apart the spectacle at the heart of finger-on-the-button global diplomacy, the film follows Ronald Reagan's rivalry with charismatic Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, tracing how the Communicator-in-Chief uses his public relations chops to overcome Soviet mistrust, the objections of a skeptical press corps and the looming threat of WW III.

Score : a film music documentary

September 21, 2017
[United States] : Gravitas Ventures
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, Quincy Jones.
This is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players or drives.
Bonus features: Director's commentary ; Interview with James Cameron ; Bear McCreary rocks the Hurdy Gurdy ; Harry Gregson Williams at the piano ; Trailer.
It brings Hollywood's elite composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world's most international music genre: the film score. A film composer is a musical scientist of sorts, and the influence they have to complement a film and garner powerful reactions from global audiences can be a daunting task to take on.


September 21, 2017
New York, New York : Virgil Films, [2017]
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, Lady Gaga.
Wide screen (1.78).
"How much of your own life are you willing to risk"--Container.
Laura Poitras returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, the film is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high-stakes election year and its controversial aftermath.

Stray dog

September 21, 2017
Oley, Pennsylvania : Bullfrog Films, [2014]
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Featuring the Hall and Padilla-Soriano families.
A portrait of a motorcycle-riding, freedom-loving, Vietnam veteran cast in the mold of an outlaw biker. The film follows Stray Dog as he caravans on his Harley with fellow vets to pay tribute to their fallen brothers at the Vietnam Memorial. Meanwhile, back home in southern Missouri where he owns and operates an RV Park populated by a community on the margins, he forges a new life of domesticity with his Mexican wife Alicia.

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