ALA VRT Notable Videos for Adults 2017 Winners

The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2017 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults.  Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video.  The list is compiled for use by librarians and the general adult populace.

The Notable Videos for Adults Committee selected 15 outstanding titles from among 67 nominees for this year’s list of Notable Videos for Adults.  The availability of closed captions (CC) and/or subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH) is preferred; inclusion and exclusion of the same is indicated below.

3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (2015) 98 minutes. HBO Documentary Films. DVD.  Ro*Co Films.  Subtitles.  Invoking the controversial “Stand Your Ground” defense, a Florida man opens fire on unarmed African-American teenagers, killing Jordan Davis. [Available for checkout from Media Services]

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2016) 120 minutes; Firelight Films. DVD. PBS.  CC & SDH.  An historical overview of the rise and fall of a radical social movement that sought to empower African Americans and change the capitalist system.

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare(2016) 114 minutes. Sternal Entertainment. DVD. Kino Lorber. Subtitles.  Desperate African and Middle Eastern refugees arrive by boat to the Italian island of Lampedusa and residents respond.

The First Monday in May (2016) 91 minutes. Relativity Media. DVD. Magnolia Home Entertainment. SDH.  A fundraiser for the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fashion wing makes multicultural connections between East and West.

Heart of a Dog (2016) 76 minutes. Abramorama. DVD. Criterion Collection. SDH.  Experimental artist Laurie Anderson projects the canine perspective in this non-linear meditation on fear, loss, and love.

How to Change the World  (2016) 110 minutes. Sky Films. DVD. Kino Lorber. CC.This history of the developmental phases of Greenpeace serves as a primer for environmental activism and political organizing for social change.

Last Day of Freedom (2016) 32 minutes. Grasshopper Film. DVD. CC.  His image altered by the animation technique of rotoscoping, the sibling of a death row inmate recounts the military service and PTSD leading up to his brother’s crime and punishment.

Long Story Short (2016) 45 minutes. Icarus Films. DVD. CC.  Based on interviews with residents of California homeless shelters, the filmmaker uses creative audio and visual techniques to distill hundreds of stories of poverty into a single message.

Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine (2015) 89 minutes. Logo Documentary Films. DVD. Available from various distributors. CC.  Friends of the Wyoming student and hate crime victim remember his life while also revealing the depth and longevity of their grief. [Available for checkout from Media Services]

OJ: Made in America (2016) 520 minutes. ESPN Films. DVD. CC.  An encyclopedic analysis of the sociological impact of the murder trial of OJ Simpson, as seen through the lens of race, celebrity, and class. [Available at IUB Law Library]

Sembene! (2016) 89 minutes. Impact Partners. DVD. Kino Lorber. CC.  Ousmane Sembène, a laborer and son of a fisherman, becomes a pioneering and controversial African filmmaker.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry  (2016) 93 minutes.  Music Box Films. DVD. Cinema Guild. SDH.  The women who raised consciousness, organized, and demonstrated for equal rights, tell the history of second wave feminism. [Available from IUPUI Library]

Under the Sun  (2016) 110 minutes. Icarus Films. DVD. Subtitles.  Officially sanctioned footage demonstrates the mesmerizing, pervasive power of rhetoric, repetition, and propaganda in North Korean life. 

Welcome to Leith  (2015) 86 minutes. First Run Features. DVD. SDH.  Residents of Leith, North Dakota, struggle with democratic principles when a white supremacist buys property and moves to their small town. [Available via online streaming]

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2016) 116 minutes. Netflix. DVD. Eagle Vision. Subtitles.  The complex and emotionally charged life of legendary musician and activist Nina Simone is chronicled. [Being cataloged, ask staff]

Be sure to check with Media Services for availability of titles.  “We Like to Watch!” (an old ALA VRT motto!)

~ Monique Threatt

Moving Image Collections & Archives Host 20th Annual African Film Festival, September 12-15, 2016

The 20th African Film Festival Traveling Series is sponsored by IU Libraries Media Services, Black Film Center/Archive, the African Studies program, The Media School’s Cinema and Media Arts program, the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the IU Cinema. Special thanks are due to Brian Graney of the Black Film Center/Archive and Alimah Boyd of the African Film Festival, Inc.

 

Head Gone (2014, Dir. Dare Fasasi)
Monday, September 12, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | IU Cinema
Nigeria/Sweden, 111 min. In English & Pidgin with English subtitles. Introduction by Professor Akin Adesokan, Comparative Literature, and Cinema and Media Studies at the Media School.

Facebook Event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1564260263876037/

Due to a road mishap, a bus driver loses a group of psychiatric patients on the way to a federal hospital. To cover up the mistake, he and a nurse pick up unsuspecting commuters to substitute the patients and the plot thickens as the new passengers must try to prove their sanity in a psychiatric institution, while the escapees try to adjust to a new environment. This allegorical comedy of errors features some of Nigeria’s biggest names.

Red Leaves (2014, Dir. Bazi Gete)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. | IUB Library Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
Israel, 80 min. In Hebrew and Amharic with English subtitles.

Meseganio Tadela, 74, immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 28 years ago with his family. He has chosen to zealously retain his culture, talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew. After losing his wife, Meseganio sets out on a journey that leads him through his children’s homes. He comes to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing class that believes in retaining Ethiopian culture. As this harsh reality begins to hit him, he struggles to survive according to his own rules.

Afripedia: Ghana (2014, Dir. by Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. | IUB Library Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
Ghana/Kenya/Sweden, 28 min. In English.

The whispers among connoisseurs talk about Accra as the next big hotspot for African cultural production, and Afripedia: Ghana suggests they’re not wrong. Meet outspoken and androgynous music star Wiyaala, exciting trick-bikers whose BMX skills and flamboyant style have taken neighborhoods by storm. Visual artist Afrogallonism puts on extraordinary outdoor performances to highlight environmental issues.

Afripedia: Kenya (2014, Dir. by Teddy Goitom, Benjamin Taft and Senay Berhe)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 6:30 p.m. | IUB Library Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
Ghana/Kenya/Sweden, 28 min. In English.

Take an intimate look at Nairobi’s urban culture scene and its leading personalities and stars. Meet 3D-artist Andrew Kaggia, creator of a 3D-animated political short film, taking you to his futuristic vision of Nairobi and proving that disability is never inability. Afro-futuristic pop band and DIY-enthusiasts Just a Band redefine music videos, and visual artist Cyrus introduces us to his remarkable collection created solely with found materials.

The Longest Kiss /A jamais, pour toujours (2013, Dir. by Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. | IUB Library Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)

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The meeting of the Blue and White Nile in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, is referred to as ‘the longest kiss in history.’ As the Arab Spring was in full bloom, Sudan, straddling between the Middle East and Africa, was about to split in two. The film follows six young Sudanese searching for a place to call ‘home’ as their journeys take us up and down the Nile, between north and south Sudan, ahead of the south’s secession. Facing conflicting identities, youth in north Sudan grapple with a stale dictatorship while others in south Sudan hope to start over—but at what costs? For the first time a film gives a voice to Sudanese youth from different origins, Muslims and Christians. It is an intimate portrait of a complex society that bears witness to its inevitable fragmentation.

Cholo (2014, Dir. Muzna Almusafer)
Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. | IUB Library Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
Oman, 21 min. In Swahili with English subtitles.

The dark-skinned, 11-year-old Cholo meets his fair-skinned younger stepbrother Abdullah for the first time when their father Said arrives in Muscat. Although strikingly different, the boys have great chemistry. Cholo is a young boy full of imagination and a great love for nature and life. However, jealousy, competitiveness, and curiosity arise between the two, as they go through a journey of self-discovery.

Panic Button (2014, Dir. Libby Dougherty)
Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 4:30 p.m. | IUB Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
South Africa, 25 min. In English.

From the moment that Tshepo, a security guard, breaks through Jenny’s multi-locked door to save her, she feels as if she’s been swept off her feet. But as Jenny imagines herself falling in love with him, an unhealthy, delusional obsession begins to take shape.

The Prophecy (2015, Dir. by Marcia Juzga)
Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 5:00 p.m. | IUB Moving Image Collections & Archives, BFC/A’s Phyllis Klotman Room (Wells 044B)
Senegal, 20 min. In French & Wolof with English subtitles.

Concerned about the environmental issues that Senegal is facing, photographer Fabrice Monteiro, in collaboration with the designer “Jah Gal,” created The Prophecy. The objective of this photographic project is to raise global awareness of the environment by combining art, culture, fashion, and tradition. The essence of each site photographed is characterized by a Jinn — supernatural genies omnipresent in African cultures — merging with its environment. Marcia Juzga’s film is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Monteiro’s project.

The African Film Festival National Traveling Series has been organized by the African Film Festival, Inc. This series has been made possible by the generous support of The Bradley Foundation, Domenico Paulon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, contact Monique Threatt at (812)855-1650.

ALA VRT Notable Videos for Adults 2016 Winners

The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2016 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults.  Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video.  The list is compiled for use by librarians and the general adult populace.

The Notable Videos for Adults Committee selected 15 outstanding titles from among 48 nominees for this year’s list of Notable Videos for Adults.  The availability of closed captions (CC) and/or subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH) is preferred; inclusion and exclusion of same is indicated below. (repost)

Alive Inside  (2014) 78 minutes. City Drive Films. DVD. Available from various distributors. Does not include captioning.  Social worker Dan Cohen starts a campaign to provide nursing home patients access to music that reawakens their joy in life. [Owned by IUB Library — DVD.]

Call Me Lucky  (2015) 105 minutes. MPI. DVD. Available from various distributors. English subtitles, does not include captioning.  Stand-up comedian Barry Crimmins advocates for victims of internet child pornography.

E-Team  (2014)  89 minutes. Ro*Co Films. DVD. Available from http://www.rocofilms.com. Does not include captioning.  Human Rights Watch emergency team members travel to international hot zones to investigate abuses firsthand. [Owned by IUB Library – DVD.]

Freedom Summer  (2014) 120 minutes. PBS. DVD. Available from various distributors. Includes SDH. Organizers and student civil rights workers register voters in 1964 Mississippi and confront racism and resistance.  [Owned by IUB Library — DVD and online streaming.]

God Loves Uganda  (2013) 83 minutes. First Run Features. DVD. Available from various distributors. Includes SDH. The punitive homophobic government policies of Uganda are linked to the anti-gay theology of United States evangelist missionaries. [Owned by IUB Library — DVD and online streaming.]

Great Invisible  (2014) 92 minutes. Ro*Co Films. DVD. Available from http://www.rocofilms.com. English subtitles, does not include captioning. The high price of our dependence upon fossil fuel is made visible in this examination of the BP Deepwater oil spill. [Owned by IUB Library – DVD.]

India’s Daughter  (2015) 62 minutes. Women Make Movies. DVD. Available fromhttp://www.wmm.com. English subtitles, does not include captioning. India questions its traditional gender roles following the brutal rape of a young medical student. [Owned by IUB Library — DVD.]

Kill Team  (2015) 79 minutes. Bullfrog Films. DVD. Available fromhttp://www.bullfrogfilms.com/ and various distributors. Includes SDH. A whistleblower reports on war crimes committed by members of his platoon in Afghanistan. [Owned by IUB Library – online streaming.]

Missing Picture  (2013) 96 minutes. Strand Releasing. DVD. Available from various distributors. Includes SDH. Atrocities of Cambodian labor camps under the Khmer Rouge are reimagined with archival footage and clay figurines. [Owned by IUB Library – DVD.]

Punk Singer  (2013) 82 minutes. MPI. DVD. Available from various distributors. Includes SDH.  Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of Bikini Kill and LeTigre, co-creates the riot grrrl movement and influences a third wave of feminism.

Salt of the Earth  (2015) 110 minutes. Sony. DVD. Available from various distributors. Includes SDH.  Photographer Sebastian Salgado travels the globe documenting humanity, inhumanity, and nature.

The Square  (2013) 109 minutes. City Drive Films. DVD. Available from various distributors. English subtitles, does not include captioning. Activists in Cairo Egypt’s Tahrir Square experience victories and defeats as they advocate for democracy and freedom over the course of two years. [Owned by the IUB Library – DVD.]

Watchers of the Sky  (2014) 121 minutes. Music Box Pictures. DVD. Available from various distributors. Includes SDH.  United Nations workers continue the life mission of Raphael Lemkin, a pioneer in the field of human rights and international law. [Owned by IUB Library —  online streaming.]

Web: Connecting Is Just the Beginning  (2013) 84 minutes. Sundial Pictures. DVD. Available from http://sundial-pictures.com. English subtitles, does not include captioning. After receiving laptops, villagers in rural Peru and a filmmaker teach each other about interconnectivity. [Owned by IUB Library — online streaming.]

Whole Gritty City  (2014) 89 minutes. Band Room Productions. DVD. Available fromhttp://alexanderstreet.com/. Does not include captioning.  New Orleans marching bands give student musicians purpose as they face challenges of adolescence. [Owned by IUB Library —  online streaming.]

Be sure to check back with Media Services for availability of titles.  “We Like to Watch!” (an old ALA VRT motto!)

~ Monique Threatt

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!

ROCKET SCIENCE

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!

IMAGINED GALAXIES

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.

“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.

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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

Teaching with Online Streaming Films

Perfect for filmmtp assignments, streaming allows faculty and instructors to regain class time for in-depth discussions, as well as allows students to prepare in advance for class lectures, and review content for course exams.  Students can skip the inconvenience of checked out films, late returns, and limited copies on the shelf. Users can access and watch films whenever they like, wherever they are, and whatever device they prefer.


The IUB LibIADrary provides access to over 35 multi-disciplinary online streaming databases with nearly 155,000 film titles.  These films are selected to meet the diverse needs of its teaching, research, and learning community. Students can watch copyright compliant full-length feature, documentary, and archival footage films anytime at home or on campus. You can create clips, playlists, embed tools, and more.


Our Guide to Onliexperine Streaming Videos provides a comprehensive list of online streaming film resources, and related research documents. In addition to numerous area studies databases, faculty, students, and researchers can access NBC Television’s Meet the Press, The Criterion Film Collection, Education in Video, Media and Communications Studies, and Psychology Experiments Online.  Our friendly staff are available to help you search for, and implement titles in Canvas.

Kanopyfellini provides access to over 26,000 award-winning documentaries, feature, and training films on every topic imaginable including Media Studies, Foreign Language, LBGTQ, Psychology, Politics, the Environment, and more. Includes films from the Criterion CollectionPBS, Media Education Foundation, First Run Features, New Day Films, California Newsreel and many independent filmmakers. Some popular titles include The Times of Harvey Milk, A Hard Day’s Night, Kiss Me, Hawking, Hoop Dreams, Miss Representation, Eraserhead, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and For the Bible Tells Me So.

The Filmsbeat on Demand’s Master Academic Collection provides access to over 17,000 titles in various disciplines to include Anthropology, Communications, Criminal Justice & Law, English, History,  Music and Dance, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and more. Features include transcripts, playlist creation, watch lists, and more. Online streaming is an ideal place to engage with faculty, students, and filmmakers to discuss films!


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SWANK Digital  is a small but growing collection of commercial and popular films (sans Disney) required for class use.  The collection consists of @ 100 titles to include: Brokeback Mountain, Chi-Raq, and Mar Adento./The Sea Inside.  Faculty may request up to three films per academic year  in support of teaching, learning, and research.

For more information contact: Media Services, Wells Library, Ground Floor near the Book[Market] Eatery. (812) 855-1650, libmedia@indiana.edu.

VRT Announces Outstanding Notable Videos for Adults

The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2015 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding films released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video. The list is compiled for use by librarians and the general adult populace.

The Notable Videos for Adults committee selected 15 outstanding titles from among 64 nominees for this year’s list of Notable Videos for Adults.

•   The Act of Killing (2013) 122 minutes.  Drafthouse Films.  Available from http://drafthousefilms.com and various distributors.Death squad leaders of the 1965 Indonesian massacres reflect on their crimes and reenact them in the style of Hollywood movies. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   After Tiller (2013) 88 minutes.  Oscilloscope Laboratories.  Available from http://www.oscilloscope.net/films/ and various distributors. The few remaining doctors performing late term abortions in the United States discuss their chosen profession and look ahead to an uncertain future for reproductive rights. ~ Media Browsing collection

•   Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (2013) 77 minutes.  First Run Features.  Available from https://firstrunfeatures.com and various distributors.  Anita Hill finds her voice as an advocate for women’s rights and gender issues after her testimony at the 1991 confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. ~ Media T&R collection, IUPUI

•   Dirty Wars (2013) 86 minutes.  IFC Films.  Available from various distributors. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, a U.S. covert fighting force, which conducts civilian torture and killings across the globe. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Five Broken Cameras (2011) 90 minutes.  Kino Lorber.  Available from http://www.kinolorber.com and various distributors. Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat documents the damage done to each of his five video cameras during nonviolent protests against Israeli settlements. ~ Media Browsing collection

•   Gideon’s Army (2013) 95 minutes.  Third World Newsreel.  Available from http://twn.org  Three dedicated Southern public defenders with staggering caseloads represent indigent clients within a problematic legal system. ~ Media T&R collection

 •   Harvest of Empire (2012) 90 minutes.  Third World Newsreel.  Available from http://twn.org A comprehensive geopolitical picture of the economic and historical realities that have guided waves of Latin American migration to the U.S. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Inequality for All (2013) 90 minutes.  Anchor Bay Entertainment.  Available from various distributors. Former U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Robert Reich explains the growing chasm between rich and poor and its consequences for American society. ~ Media T&R collection

 •   Internet’s Own Boy (2014) 105 minutes.  Ro*co Films Educational.  Available from http://www.rocoeducational.com and various distributors. This portrait of Aaron Schwartz, programmer and Internet activist, highlights the many contributions and ideas he left behind after his suicide in 2013. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Let the Fire Burn (2013) 95 minutes.  Zeitgeist Films.  Available from https://zeitgeistfilms.com and various distributors. An account of the events leading up to the explosive confrontation which decimated the Philadelphia MOVE community, told exclusively through archival news footage. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Los Angeles Plays Itself (2014) 169 minutes.  Cinema Guild.  Available from http://cinemaguild.com and various distributors. Los Angeles’ imprint upon the American imagination is examined in this video essay of the city as character and subject in motion pictures.  ~ on order

 •   Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012) 107 minutes.  Docurama.  Available from various distributors. The serial sexual abuse of hundreds of deaf students by a Milwaukee priest exposes patterns of secrecy and denial within the Catholic church hierarchy. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Particle Fever (2012) 99 minutes.  Ro*co Films Educational.  Available from http://www.rocoeducational.com An international team of physicists work to complete the Large Hadron Collider to prove the existence of the Higgs boson particle. ~ Media Browsing collection

 •   Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2013) 92 minutes.  First Run Features.  Available from https://firstrunfeatures.com and various distributors. Expands the history of photographic arts by exploring African American personal identity and representation through family portraits and albums. ~ Media Browsing collection, IUSB

 •   Who is Dayani Cristal? (2013) 85 minutes.  Kino Lorber.  Available from http://www.kinolorber.com and various distributors. Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal traces the tragic journey of an illegal immigrant from his Central American village to the Arizona desert. ~ Media Browsing collection

 Be sure to check with the Wells Library Media & Reserve Services for availability of titles.

 

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Market I Go!

NMM_LogoOnlyTo the 36th Annual National Media Market that is! Yes, collection managers and cinephiles, it’s that time again to head to Charleston, South Carolina, November 8 -12, to preview hundreds of educational & documentary films from over 40 distributors, attend daily professional development sessions, and to be awestruck during Market Mania.

“The National Media Market (NMM) was established to provide an opportunity for producers and distributors of educational media to show their new releases in the most convenient, cost-effective way to a large number of buyers in one location. Conventional trade shows and exhibits did not provide the personal interactions and focus desired to accomplish this goal.”

Unlike some conferences which can leave you feeling like a fish out of water, the NMM brings together like-minded individuals who share your same interests. No more having to traipse across large campuses, or visit numerous hotels.  The NMM provides an intimate and personable environment ripe for saying hello to old friends, meeting new colleagues, and developing one-on-one professional relationships between buyer and vendor.  Vendors are extremely friendly, helpful, and reputable.  Vendors will work within your budget to provide access to the latest quality independent, and studio-produced  films, and filmmakers.

There are so few opportunities for public and academic media librarians to meet-and-greet, and to discuss media-related hot topics.  However, you can count on the NMM to provide a unique environment in which all topics are media-centric to include the latest technological advances applicable to media librarianship. As a person who has attended the NMM for the past 14 years, I highly recommend that you consider attending the NMM next week. See you there.

Why Gaming is Important in Academia: A Conversation with Professor Shabnam Kavousian, Ph.D., Lecturer and Mathematics Education Liaison, Department of Mathematics, Indiana University Bloomington

group gamingI recently sat down with Professor Kavousian to discuss the importance of gaming in academia.  Game Days were originally organized by CITL (Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning). However, for the past year Professor Kavousian has organized and hosted them in the Department of Mathematics. This event has a committed participation from faculty, and lecturers across disciplines from the IUB campus. Professor Kavousian states, “At an early age, I’ve always loved playing games as well as the study of mathematics. Instinctively, I knew there was a strong connection between games, gaming, game theory, and the field of math.” Throughout her education, she recognized the similarities and dynamics of strategically solving board games, and how she could teach students to apply similar strategies to mathematical equations. She said, “People think I’m weird when I play board games by myself, but it helps with analytical thinking and logic.”  Like David Letterman, I couldn’t resist spoofing his “Top 10” list.  Therefore, I present to you, “Professor Kavousian’s Top 10 Reasons Why Gaming is Important in Academia.”

1. Gaming allows faculty and instructors to sit and discuss pedagogical tools that are relevant and can be applied to diverse fields of study.

2. Games (board, cards, digital, and virtual worlds) help to solve real-life economic, social, and cultural situations.

3. Gaming creates more interesting ways to engage students in projects which incorporate mathematical logic and theory.

4. Gaming allows participants to introduce new and old games, thus revitalizing new ideas and perceptions with different exploratory outcomes.

5. Gaming can create a tight-knit community of faculty and instructors from across the IU campus. The participants have been from a variety of disciplines such as Mathematics, Media and Communication, Philosophy, Music, Apparel Design, and Informatics.

6. If used in classroom correctly, Gaming has a great potential to create a deep interest for learning and motivating students.

7. Generally, students find it hard to follow the rules of mathematics, but find it much easier to follow very complicated rules of the games.

8. Planning and hosting a Game Day brings together like-minded colleagues with similar interests.

9. Gaming creates a social and informal environment/space.

10. Where else can you find highly educated people who can play board games in the middle of the day?

Professor Kavousian hopes to develop a course that teaches teachers how to effectively incorporate games and gaming into the math curriculum. Finally, I asked Professor Kavousian, how can libraries support the growing field of games and gaming particularly on the IUB campus?  She responded that sometimes it’s hard to find theoretical games to use in class. Librarians can help locate those hard-to-find games, and grow its collection. I informed Professor Kavousian that the Wells Library host its annual Game Night prior to the start of the fall semester.  She was delighted to hear this, and is optimistic that the library will find a way to host more game nights throughout the year.

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