5 Documentaries to Inspire

“Whatever human endeavor we choose, as long as we live our truth, it is success.”
― Kamal Ravikant, Live Your Truth

Documentaries allow people to view worlds different from their own and learn something valuable from them. Especially in an academic setting, there is a lot of thought put into what one would like to do for the rest of their life, and how to accomplish it.

In this list of documentaries you will find extraordinary individuals who prove themselves to be outstanding examples of what it truly means to live your own truth. All share what it means to pair passion with an occupation, and how success manifests itself to them. There is no set experience or background required to find success, it’s really just all about what makes you tick.

1. Encounters At the End of the World, Werner Herzog, 2007


Follow Werner Herzog to Antarctica where he explores this stunning icy continent and the small group of people (and penguins) who call it their home.






2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi, David Gelb, 2011


Learn what it takes to be one of the best sushi masters in the world, and how terrified you’d be to visit the restaurant and have an 83-year old sushi master stare at you while you ate each work of art one-by-one in front of him.





3. Man On Wire, James Marsh, 2008


Philippe Petit performed a daring but illegal high-wire act between New York City’s Trade Center Towers in 1974. Imagine having an occupation that you love deeply, but could kill you at any second-this is where Philippe steps in…





4. Maidentrip, Jillian Schlesinger, 2013

MV5BMTc2MDg5MzUzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTE4NTg3MDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Witness a 14 year old girl set the record for the youngest person to sail the world solo.







5. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre, 2012


Enter the world of an artist discussed and revered by many, performance artist Marina Abramovic. Learn about her life spent challenging and reflecting on the human psyche and what makes art so provocative and intriguing.







All of these titles are available at Media Services!


Best Wishes,

Kate L’Heureux





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Video Game Collection at Media Services

One of the lesser known collections in Media Services at the Wells Library is our great selection of video games.  From the original Xbox, to Xbox 360, to Nintendo Gamecube and Wii, to all kinds of Playstation systems, our collection has something to offer for casual and hardcore gamers alike.

In my case, growing up on the Super Nintendo shaped my taste of video games that I enjoy today.  Here’s a few of my classic favorites, and their modern-day equivalents in our collection.


Tetris Attack

This fast-paced puzzle game is similar to its original namesake Tetris in that the object is to clear as many lines as possible.  However, unlike the original, this game allows you to switch single blocks back and forth in order to line up with blocks of the same color.  This game has unlimited replay value, with the single-player Puzzle Mode and Vs. Mode, along with Multiplayer Mode which allows players of all skill levels to jump in.  Whether you’re a beginner playing on Easy Mode or an expert who needed to unlock Super Hard Mode for an adequate challenge, Tetris Attack requires lightning-fast thinking and decision making and is both challenging and fun.

If you like this and other problem-solving games, Portal 2 for the PS3 from Media Services is a must-play for you.  Like Tetris Attack, the Portal series requires critical thinking skills to go far, but in a more modern twist, Portal also adds the element of the Portal gun, creating, well, portals to jump through in order to land on your next platform to move on in the game.  When you add this element of precision, and not to mention the wise-cracking GLaDOS, you have yourself a game that will bring hours and hours of fun…and frustration, but in a good way.

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Goof Troop

Another lesser-known SNES title that took up some would say too much of my childhood was Goof Troop.  Based on Disney characters Goofy and his son Max, this game follows the tandem on another wacky adventure which involves, as you may be able to guess from the game’s cover, pirates!  What this game lacks in number of levels, it more than makes up for in charm, and if you’re even remotely a fan of Goofy and the gang, you would love this game.

If you like to blend your love of all things Disney with your love of video games like I do, you would love Kingdom Hearts II for the PS2 system in our collection.  This game is a unique crossover between the Disney universe and the vastly popular Final Fantasy universe.  Like Goof Troop, Kingdom Hearts is an adventure RPG series and in this installment Sora, the series’ main protagonist, must go on a quest with Donald Duck and, you guessed it, Goofy to find his missing friends.  Though Kingdom Hearts II is said to have a somewhat darker tone than its predecessors, the nostalgia of the Disney elements mixed with the fantasy elements brought into play will make you wish you were on the journey with them.


Super Mario World

And of course, what would any 90’s childhood be without the inclusion of Super Mario World for the SNES.  This installment of the Mario lore has the essential elements of the side-scrolling mission to beat the baddies and save Princess Peach, which is pulled off as creatively and masterfully as ever, but with fresher elements added in as well.  For one thing, this is the game that introduces Mario’s dino-esque friend Yoshi to the world, and I think we can all agree that the world is better for it.  Not only does Yoshi make this game a classic, but the addition of the Leaf powerup that enables Mario to fly, and the seemingly countless amounts of hidden passageways and secrets will enthrall you.  Heck, I’ve been playing this game off and on for upwards of 14 years and still have yet to unlock all the game’s secrets.

If you are a big fan of saving the Princess (even though let’s face it, she’s probably in another castle), you can continue the quest with one of my modern favorites, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, from Media Services.  Even though this game also follows the plot of Mario and friends attempting to save Princess Peach, this version brings all new tools to the table.  By utilizing the motion-sensitivity of the Wiimote, you can helicopter up into the air, shoot the classic fireballs, and help out your cohorts all with the shake of the wrist. This leads me to the other aspect of this game that sets New Super Mario Bros. apart: the introduction of multiplayer action.  No more waiting until your brother finally loses a life to get handed the controller (well that was my experience anyway)!  For the first time in Mario Bros. history, this game allows you to play up to 4 players at a time on the same level.  The real fun in this is to decide whether to use these extra players as a team exercise in saving the Princess, or as a race to see who can get to the flag fastest, and in the process, how many of your friends can you knock out?  And, like Super Mario World, there are also countless secrets and side level to play as well.  Whether you’re a social gamer or prefer to defeat Bowser in solitude, this game is a wild ride from beginning to end.

If any of these games pique your interest, or whether your into sports games, first-person shooters, or fighting games, we’ve got games for all tastes here at Media Services!  Hope to see some fellow gamers stop by soon.

-Mike Horan

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Coming-of-age Films

The coming-of-age genre is a classic style of storytelling where the protagonist, typically young and in their teen years, goes through a psychological journey throughout the story. By the end of the end, the character has become an “adult” and has gone through some sort of moral growth. The character usually discovers something important about themselves or learns an important life lesson. We have all seen or read a story like this, and probably have a coming-of-age film on our favorite movies lists. We most likely saw the importance of the journey the protagonist went through, or maybe we related to it in our own lives. Perhaps we even went through the journey with them and by the end of the film, learned something new about ourselves or our lives. Basically, this is a common type of storytelling and one filmmakers have told dozens of times. So here is a highlight of some of the many classic coming-of-age films you can check out right here at Media Services!
**This list is not exclusive.

MV5BMTI0MDc0MzIyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMzc4NzA5._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_  Almost Famous
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime when teenage reporter William Miller lands an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine. Despite the objections of his protective mother, William hits the road with an up-and-coming rock band and finds there’s a lot more to write home about than the music.

MV5BMjM4NTI5NzYyNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTkxNTYxMTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_  American Beauty
An emotionally & spiritually comatose suburban man decides “to hell with it all” and reverts to living as he did when he was happiest–as a carefree teenager. His desperately uptight wife and sullen daughter can only look on as he quits his corporate job to become a burger flipper, starts getting high with a strange new neighbor (whose parents are even stranger) and lusts after a pouty blonde teenager–his daughter’s best friend.

MV5BMTQ5NTg5ODk4OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODc4MTMzMDE@._V1_SX214_AL_  Blue is The Warmest Color
Adele is a high school student who, much to her own surprise, plunges into a thrilling relationship with a female twenty-something art student. This intimate epic sensitively renders the erotic abandon of youth.

MV5BMTYzNDc2MDc0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTcwMDQ5MTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_  Boyhood
A story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a boy named Mason, who ages from six to eighteen years old on screen. The film was shot intermittently over a twelve-year period from May 2002 to October 2013, showing the growth of Mason and his older sister, Samantha, to adulthood.

MV5BMTgxODIxODE2MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTA4NjQxMTE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_  Clueless
Still as smart and charming as ever, Clueless gets a fresh, sassy makeover for this new ‘Whatever!’ Collector’s Edition. Alicia Silverstone sparkles as Cher, the matchmaking 15-year-old Beverly Hills High schooler who has shopping and boys on her mind.

MV5BMTM5MDY5MDQyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzM3NzMxMDE@._V1_SX214_AL_  Dazed and Confused
Coming of age story of high school students in the ’70s. Eight seniors facing life after high school have one last party. Includes audio commentary class reunion-style with Richard Linklater; deleted scenes; and much more.

MV5BMjc5MDE0NjkxOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzA0NTkyMw@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_  Garden State
Andrew is a moderately successful TV actor living in Los Angeles. He hasn’t been home to the Garden State in nine years. Even the 3,000 miles has not separated him from the domineering father Andrew left. Stunned to find himself home for his mother’s funeral, “Large” finds old acquaintances around every corner, even as he does his best to avoid the inevitable confrontation with his father. By a twist of fate Large meets Sam, a girl who is everything he isn’t. Her warmth and fearlessness gives Large the courage to open his heart to the joy and pain that is life.

MV5BMTk0NjY0Mzg5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzM1OTM2MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_  Good Will Hunting
A young working-class genius, who works as a janitor at MIT, is hauled back from the brink of self-destruction by a gifted counselor.

MV5BMTgxMjgyMTcyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDg1MTU1MQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_  Juno
Juno MacGuff is sixteen years old. After a one-time sexual encounter with her best friend Paulie, she learns that she’s pregnant. Juno and Paulie like each other, but not enough to start a family, complete with a child. Paulie leaves all the decisions about the baby to Juno. During her pregnancy, which she treats with care but detachment, her relationships develop.

MV5BMjE1MDQ4MjI1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzcwODAzMw@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_  Mean Girls
When a young girl who has lived in Africa and been home-schooled moves to New York, she must enter a public high school. Survival of the fittest takes on a whole new meaning when she falls for the ex-boyfriend of the most popular girl in school.

MV5BMTU3ODg2NjQ5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDEwODgzMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_  Pan’s Labyrinth
When young Ofelia and her mother go to live with her new stepfather on a rural military outpost, she finds herself in a world of unimaginable cruelty. Soon Ofelia finds the creatures of her imagination in which she used to escape have become a reality and she must battle them to save both her mother and herself.

MV5BMzIxOTQyODU1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDQ4Mjg4Nw@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A high school freshman, always watching from the sidelines, is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

MV5BMjA0MjcwNDgzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzMwODQxMTE@._V1_SX214_AL_  The Royal Tenenbaums
Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal, had left them long ago, but now returns to make things right with his family.

MV5BMTgyODA5MzQ1MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzYxNzYxMTE@._V1_SX214_AL_  The Sandlot
Fifth-grader Scotty Smalls has just moved into town with his parents. The local kids call him a Dork because he can’t even throw a baseball. That changes when the leader of the neighborhood gang recruits him to play on the nearby sandlot field. It’s the beginning of a magical summer of baseball, wild adventures, first kisses, and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded Beast and its owner who live behind the left field fence. Soon nine boys have become best friends, Scotty is part of a team, and their leader has become a local legend.

MV5BMTkwNTczNTMyOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzUxOTUyMw@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim. A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams, literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past, from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsome identical twins. If he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all.

MV5BMzAzODQ1NzczMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjc1ODIyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_  School Ties
Set in the 1950s: David Greene, a working-class Jewish quarterback from Scranton, Pennsylvania, is offered a football scholarship to a prestigious New England prep school. It’s David’s ticket to an Ivy League education and a way out of his hometown, but there’s one condition: the school’s elders ask him to be discreet about his religion. At first willing to do so, David struggles with his silence as his popularity grows.

MV5BMTg1NTE4NTc3NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDA1NDI1MDE@._V1_SX214_AL_  The Squid & the Whale
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents’ divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. The patriarch of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but ultimately decided to settle into a teaching job. When his wife discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family. The two teenage sons are forced to forge new relationships with their parents.

MV5BNDk2MTkyMTA1OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTc2Njk3OA@@._V1_SX214_AL_  Stand By Me
This film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up takes place in a small Oregon town as four boys set out on a two-day search for a missing teenager’s body, a search that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery.

MV5BMTc0NjIyMjA2OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzIxNDE1MQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_  Superbad
Seth and Evan are accepting the fact that they will be going to different colleges in the fall. Now, it seems more important than ever that they go to a high school party, and achieve some of their long time goals. This includes, but is not limited to, losing their virginity with the girl of their dreams by getting them wasted and being their “regret hookup.” Their awkward friend Fogell gets a fake ID, with just the name McLovin, and agrees to get liquor to bring to Jules’ a.k.a. Seth’s dream girl’s graduation party.

MV5BNjA1NjExMzkwN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjEzMjk3OA@@._V1_SX214_AL_  The Virgin Suicides
When school hunk Trip Fontain convinces the beautiful but sheltered Lisbon sisters to go to the prom, the romantic fantasies of a group of neighborhood boys threaten to come true–until all are engulfed in a stunning chain of events that will change their lives forever.

MV5BMTczNzI2MDc1Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTU5NTYxMjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_  Wild
After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own.


-Samantha Hanzel

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German Films Available in Media Services

If you are in the market to expand your knowledge of the German language then look no further.

Das Experiment
This film released in 2001 was inspired by the Stanford Prison Experiments conducted in 1971. Das Experiment gives a glimpse on the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. The film does have scenes of brutality and psychological torture therefore; watch at your own discretion.

Sophie Scholl – The Final Days

This film released in 2005 is about the last days of Sophie Scholl. Sophie Scholl born in 1921 was a member of the anti-Nazi resistance group White Rose. White Rose was founded by students at the University of Munich whom used non-violent means to oppose the Third Reich. The Last Day has superb acting and should not be missed.

Click here for additional German films in the Wells Library Media collection.


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Claymation and Stop Motion films

We often enjoy animated films because of the beautiful artwork that goes into them.  Companies such as Pixar and Disney, as well as Studio Ghibli in Japan, are well-known for their excellent storytelling through animation.  However, there are other types of  animation that are just as amazing and innovative, such as claymation and stop motion films.  With these films, the creators hand-make the set pieces and the characters and spend hours upon hours moving the pieces to create shots for the film.  It is an extremely detailed and time-consuming work.  In honor of those creators, I would like to present a list of five films that exclusively use claymation and/or stop motion.

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas


Bored with the same old scare and scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere.

  1. Fantastic Mr. Fox


Mr. and Mrs. Fox live a happy home life underground with their eccentric son Ash. Mr. Fox works as a journalist, but against the advice of Badger, his attorney, he moves his family into a larger and finer home inside a tree on a hill. The treehouse has an excellent view of the nearby farms of Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Ash becomes hostile when his cousin, Kristofferson, joins the family for an extended stay. Mr. Fox decides to raid the farms, but this leads the farmers to stakeout the treehouse. The farmers try to dig the Fox family out, but they dig even faster. Mr. Fox organizes a tunneling project to burrow under all three farms and steal all the chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys.

  1. Coraline


A young girl walks through a secret door that she has found in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life, but much better. When her adventure turns dangerous, and her counterfeit parents, including the Other Mother, try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination, and bravery to get back home and save her family.

  1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Christmas will be cancelled unless Santa can find a way to guide his sleigh through a blizzard.

  1. The Boxtrolls


A community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher, comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, ‘into the light,’ where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Bonus: All of these titles are available at Media Services!


-Alanna Dawley


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Celebrating LGBT History Month

photograph of lgbt history month display in the lobby of the herman b wells library, indiana university

LGBT History Month Display @ IU Libraries

[Over the next few weeks, in celebration of LGBT History Month, I will be highlighting films that attempt, in at least some small part, to do justice to the varieties and diversity of queer experience]

History, and its representation, is a fraught and frustrating undertaking for most who seek to engage with it, and this has never been truer than it is today in our current media environment. As previously (and continuously, we must acknowledge) marginalized subjects and communities take back their agency and make their voices heard, and as librarians, archivists, and scholars make further investments toward ensuring resources are widely (and often freely) available, attempts to tell stories based on individual interpretations or even commonly-accepted versions of history are subject to a much greater degree of informed scrutiny and critique. It’s easy to see, then, how one might view the sometimes predictable (as if the reliability of an argument somehow undermines its legitimacy or importance) cycle of criticism and backlash which many (a)historical films face throughout production and release as ultimately an obstacle to artistic integrity or the oft-abused notion of “freedom of speech.” Nevertheless, somehow, movies keep getting made.

Despite what we might think about the individual merits of any film, art, in my opinion, always speaks not only for the intentions of the artist, but to the contexts and systems that have made its existence possible. Whether we should be looking to history and always coming up with heroes is a question outside the scope of this piece, but what’s absolutely clear is that, especially for those of us who have only very rarely (or very recently) had complex, let alone positive, queer characters to engage with, the very necessary world-building work that representation provides is essential, even if it isn’t all that we need. We need to see that we can and should exist, even piecemeal and even if it’s just a matter of providing some of the vocabulary we need to continue evolving (and thriving) as individuals and within communities. When our cultural products, especially those masquerading as “history,” continue to proffer white-washed, heterocentric, and sexist (and/or cisnormative) visions of the world we live in, it’s easy to assume we didn’t exist or, if we did, that we didn’t matter.

This brings me to Stonewall, the recent Roland Emmerich film that has recently crashed and burned in theaters. Writers from around the internet have lambasted the film for centering the white, cis-male perspective of its protagonist while glossing over the contributions of queer folks of color and other genderqueer individuals. Though we will likely never know, with any real certainty, who threw the first brick, what we can talk about is what these conversations mean about and for us. As Susan Stryker put it, eloquently distilling the structural nature of these conflicts:

“Arguing about whether drag queens, transwomen, butches, or gender-nonconforming street kids were present at Stonewall, or whether they (and they alone) were responsible for escalating the resistance to police violence, serves mostly as an arena in which some non-transgender gays and lesbians can express antipathy towards trans people and reject political alliance with them as part of an imagined LGBT community. Likewise, trans people, particularly trans people of color, engage in the same debates about history to express justifiable outrage over continued marginalization of, and prejudice toward, trans people by many homonormative cisgender gays and lesbians. Fighting over Stonewall history is a proxy battle for more entrenched structural conflicts.”

Erasure, in other words, has continued resonance, especially for people and communities who continue to be erased. Whether or not you choose to see Stonewall (and I would never suggest you just take my word for it), one of the best ways to celebrate and acknowledge queer people is to engage with our turbulent, beautiful histories. Here are a few films that attempt to do justice to us.

cover art for Paris is Burning film

Paris is Burning (1990)

Paris is Burning

A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.






Tongues Untied (1989)

Tongues Untied

Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act. The film intercuts footage of Hemphill reciting his poetry, Riggs telling the story of his growing up, scenes of men in social intercourse and dance, and various comic riffs, including a visit to the “Institute of Snap!thology,” where men take lessons in how to snap their fingers: the sling snap, the point snap, the diva snap. The film closes with obituaries for victims of AIDS and archival footage of the civil rights movement placed next to footage of Black men marching in a gay pride parade.



The Celluloid Closet (1995)

The Celluloid Closet

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.






cover for film How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague (2012)

How to Survive a Plague

The story of two coalitions — ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) — whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.






And, offered freely online thanks to the excellent, queer-centric curation of Frameline VoicesPay it No Mind: Marsha P. Johnson:

Stay tuned for my review of Tangerinewhich I was worried wouldn’t ever make it to Indiana! In the interim, I highly suggest the shorts program being screened this Friday at the IU Cinema: Queer Mythologies // Queer Histories.

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Blast Off! Orphans in Space: Forgotten Films from the Final Frontier

orphan filmsThe IUB Libraries Media Services, Life Sciences, and the William & Gayle Cook Music Library invite you to attend Orphans in Space: Forgotten Films from the Final Frontier. Join us on October 28, 5:30pm-9:00pm, Hazelbaker Lecture Hall, Room E159 in the Herman B Wells Library for an exciting evening of space exploration. What is an orphan film? An orphan film is generally a film that has been abandoned by its filmmaker, or production company. Originally born in 1999 at the University of South Carolina, the Orphan Film Symposium moved to New York University in 2006, and has since spread its global wings to include a symposium held here at Indiana University in 2013.

The Orphan Film Symposium exists to gather “scholars, archivists, media artists, curators, preservationists, librarians, collectors, distributors, documentarians, students, researchers, musicians, and others to saving, studying, and screening all manner of neglected moving image artifacts.” And just like watching an Ed Wood movie, we think you will have a blast viewing these forgotten low-budget science, and science-fiction films which include visually artistic and creative stock footage.

Houston, We Have Ignition!


5:30 – 5:40p     Meteorites (1947) Pavel Klushantsev

5:40 – 5:55p     The Big Bounce (1960) Jerry Fairbanks

5:55 – 6:03p     Chimp Recovery (1961) RCA Service Companyalien

6:03 – 6:33p    Project Apollo (1968) Ed Emshwiller

6:33 – 6:50p    Teenage Cosmonauts (1979) Igor Rodachenko

6:50 – 6:58p     Zenith Star: Experiment in Space (1987) Martin Marieta

6:58 – 7:12p     …These Blazeing Starrs! (2011) Deborah Stratman

7:12 – 7:20       Space Break

Includes Artistic Archival Footage!


7:20 – 7:37p    A Trip to the Planets (192?) Prelinger Collection, Library of Congress

7:37 – 7:48p    Beyond the Moon (1960-62) R. E. Barnes

7:48 – 7:54p    The Flatt & Scruggs Grand Ole Opry Show (1961) Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

7:54 – 7:59p    Carillon (Christmas) Parade (1968) USC Moving Image Research Collections

7:59 – 8:04p     Astrovac: Zero Gravity Personal Body Wash Unit (1970) Fairchild Republic

8:04 – 8:46p    Men in Orbit (1979) NYU Fales Library & Special Collections

Booklet available with filmmaker information, and synopsis.

Light snacks, and covered drinks permitted.

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Introduction to Anime

Japanese anime tends to have a reputation in the western world for being wildly “out there” and the only people that tend to like anime are just as wildly “out there.” But anime has a very broad selection of genres that can appeal to anyone, just as western film and TV. And honestly, you have probably already seen some anime that has gained popularity in the west (i.e. Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, Inuyasha). For those who are curious about delving deeper into the world of anime, but don’t know how or where to start, here is a list of great anime films and series (separated by genre) to get you started!



Cowboy Bebop

The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter, Spike Spiegel, and his partners. Set in the year 2071, this episodic crime noir begins on the Spaceship Bebop, where Spike’s group of bounty hunters are constantly looking for their next bounty head.

Directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, this series is well-known for it’s cool atmosphere and widely revered soundtrack.



Samurai Champloo

Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers.” The show follows the three as they journey through Edo period Japan in search for this mysterious samurai, all the while getting into trouble everywhere they go.

Another acclaimed series by director Shinichirō Watanabe, Samurai Champloo combines a historic backdrop with modern hip-hop styles and references.


Comedy/Slice of Life


Fruits Basket

After her mother’s death, Tohru Honda finds herself living with the “prince” of her high school, Yuki Sohma, after her tent is destroyed in a landslide. Yuki, along with the rest of the Sohmas have a secret though. When hugged by a member of the opposite sex, they transform into animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Shenanigans ensue and new friendships are formed in this heart-warming series directed by Akitaro Daichi.


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Clannad & Clannad: After Story

A high school student, Tomoya, who cares little about school or others meets a lonely girl, Nagisa, who had to repeat a year while all her friends finished high school. They become unlikely friends as he helps her to revive the drama club. Making friends along the way, their bond grows deeper and they decide to become a couple. The After Story takes place immediately, where the first “season” ends, following their relationship.

This series (one of my personal favorites) is as hilarious as it is heart-breaking. You learn so much about the characters and their lives. I can’t recommend this series enough. Directed by Tatsuya Ishihara.




Elfen Lied

University students Kohta and Yuka (Kohta’s cousin) save a girl around their age called when they see her washed up on a beach. They quickly realize this girl, called Lucy, isn’t human. She is a Diclonius that has a escaped from a government facility where she was being studied. Committing mass murder in her escape, the ones responsible are desperate to find her. This proves difficult when her personality is split from a head injury, causing her to shed her violent persona for a clueless girl who doesn’t know what she is. Directed by Mamoru Kanbe.



Ergo Proxy

In a post-apocalyptic future, humans live in peace with androids in a domed city called Romdeau. However, a strange series of murders has intrigued bored inspector Re-L Mayer when it appears robots that have been infected with a virus, causing self-awareness, seem to be responsible. This series, directed by Shukō Murase, has been critically praised for it’s well-paced plot and atmosphere.





Children Who Chase Lost Voices

A coming of age story involving young love. Asuna hears mysterious music coming from a crystal radio, left to her by her absent father, that leads her deep into the hidden world, Agartha.

Beautiful artwork combined with an adventurous plot, this film is a must-see for everyone. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, who has been called “the new Miyazaki.”




Garden of Words

A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. These two broken pieces come together and heal one another as they learn what it is to walk.

I cannot even begin to describe how amazing the artwork is in this film. If you won’t see it for the story, which is beautiful, then see it for the artwork. You won’t regret it. Also directed by Makoto Shinkai. Surprise, surprise.




5 Centimeters Per Second

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Beautiful artwork mixed with a tragic plot about the heart-break of love, this film is another masterpiece directed by Makoto Shinkai.



Wolf Children

College student Hana falls in love with another student who turns out to be a werewolf. After he dies in an accident with uncertain circumstances, Hana decides to move to the rural countryside where her husband grew up to raise her two werewolf children.

A story about family and understanding, Wolf Children will tug at your heartstrings. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda.



And, of course, anything created by Studio Ghibli is a must-see…

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**All movies mentioned above are in our collection at Media Services**

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New Titles – September 28th

Feature Films

The Bay


Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.


The Ghost Goes West


An American businessman’s family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The castle though is not the only part of the deal, with it goes the several-hundred year old ghost who haunts it.


Keys to Tulsa


Richter Boudreau, the son of local celebrity Cynthia, is not very successful and works as a film critic for a local newspaper. In a short time he loses his job and his heritage, and one of his “friends” starts to blackmail him. His only hope is that others around him are even bigger dummies.


Silver City


The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician’s campaign for governor of Colorado.




A scientist’s drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.



TV Series

Hogan’s Heroes – Season 1-6


The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders.


Homeland – Season 4


When Marine Nicolas Brody is hailed as a hero after he returns home from eight years of captivity in Iraq, intelligence officer Carrie Mathison is the only one who suspects that he may have been “turned”.



Foreign Films

Field of Life and Death

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“The scene is a remote northeastern village after the ‘Sept. 18th incident’ in 1931. Zhao San, a farmer, was going to kill the landlord. But he never thought of it again since the lord saved his life. Erliban, another farmer, tried to find a wife for his son but failed. He feared that the villagers would look down upon him, and turned to Japanese invaders. Cheng Ye, also a farmer, was devoted to calling for resistance against Japan. However, the villagers didn’t respond. They did not awaken to the crucial moment of fighting back together until the slaughter.”–Container (photo from amazon.com)


Miss Bala


After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang’s bidding.


Rise of the Legend


An orphan, whose father has been killed by dark power, attempts to bring justice back to the town. (photo from ganoolmovie.com)


The Young Master


After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace, on the condition that he must find his errant brother. Much martial arts mayhem and mistaken-identity silliness ensue.




Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind – A Life Story


Looks back at Joni Mitchell, from her own reminiscences and those of her friends and contemporaries. Includes bits of performances from all eras of her career.  (photo from amazon.com)



**All photos from IMDB unless otherwise mentioned**

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“Feast of Experimental Films #DirectedbyWomen”

women directorsMedia Services will host a buffet of experimental film shorts on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 6-10pm, in the Wells Library, Hazelbaker Lecture Hall (Room 159).  Founded by IU Cinema staffer Barbara Ann O’Leary, the Directed by Women international film movement calls film lovers everywhere to watch as many films by women directors as possible during a 15 day ‘Worldwide Film Viewing Party’ Sept. 1 to 15.


Attendees will be treated to fascinating experimental works by local and IU alumni filmmakers to include: Barbara Ann O’Leary, Jülide Etem, Laura Ivins, Marie Ullrich, and Nzingha Kendall to name a few. Other contributing filmmakers include: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Barbara Hammer, Cecilia Barriga, Julie Dash, Lauren Cook, Leslie Raymond, Maureen Blackwood, Nikki Pinney and lots more! We invite you to come share in this movement.

home away from homeThanks to Festival Committee Members: Barbara Ann O’Leary (IU), Monique Threatt (IU), Nzingha Kendall (IU), Joan Hawkins (IU), Russell Sheaffer (NYU), Jeremy Harmon (IU), Laura Ivins (IU), Noelle Griffis (NYU), and Megan R. Brown (IU) for their invaluable contributions to the project.   Light snacks permitted.

Here is a tentative schedule of events. You can view most of the titles on Vimeo. Read more about the #DirectedbyWomen movement here.

Time Title of Film Filmmaker Length
6:00-6:10 Festival Introduction Barbara Ann O’Leary 10
6:11-6:15 Attention to Detail Guides the Dreamer Barbara Ann O’Leary 3.5
6:15-6:19 Ah Augusta Dayton 3.5
6:19-6:22 Inuit High Kick Alethea Arnaquq-Baril 3
6:23-6:27 Menses Barbara Hammer 4
6:27-6:42 Trickle Down Theory of Sorrow Mary Filippo 15
6:42-6:47 Point de Gaze Jodie Mack 5
6:47-7:01 Meeting Two Queens Cecilia Barriga 14
7:01-7:11 Stretch Break 10
7:11-7:16 Blue Diary Jenni Olson 5
7:16-7:18 Subjugate Serendipity and Pride Jülide Etem 2
7:18-7:21 PXXXL Lauren Cook 3
7:21-7:28 Thru the Trees Laura Ivins 7.25
7:28 – 7:30 Autumn Song Nzingha Kendall 2
7:30-8:04 Illusions Julie Dash 34
8:04-8:14 Stretch Break 10
8:14-8:23 Rife w/ Fire Leslie Raymond 8.56
8:23-8:26 Voice Tales Nikki Pinney 2.5
8:26-8:37 Home Away from Home Maureen Blackwood 11
8:37-8:42 Sonnymoon – Wild Rumpus Lauren Santoria 4.53
8:42-8:47 Disappearing France Marie Ullrich 5
8:47-8:55 Amazonia Nandini Sikand 8
8:55-9:05 Stretch Break 10
9:05-9:24 All Water Has a Perfect Memory Natalia Almada 19
9:24-9:53 Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen 29
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