Since its debut last October, the HBO series Insecure has been a hit. Following the dating adventures, work fiascos, and overall personal struggles (and successes!) of LA-native Issa Dee, played by co-creater of the show Issa Rae, it is hilarious and dynamic, with a talented cast and a seamless music selection to support its complex plotline. However, what makes the show so hard-hitting is how authentic it is in its depiction and support of black American culture and black womanhood, in particular. Continue reading “Insecure: A Cultural Milestone”
Cinephiles in IU Cinema’s community on the lookout for intriguing film viewing opportunities have a treasure trove of online streaming resources available for free through IU Media Services at Indiana University Libraries…
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.
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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)
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.
As of last semester, Spring 16’, the Media Center has started collecting games for the more recent consoles. While we intend to bolster our current collection, you can find out about the ones we currently have below. This is spoiler free info session.
Our first game for the PS4 is Until Dawn. It’s a decision based horror game that follows the idea of the butterfly effect. If you didn’t know, the butterfly effect is the idea that the tiniest decision has a large effect on possible outcomes in the future. Until Dawn captures this beautifully as you play through the game with complete power over every action the characters take and witness the consequences first-hand. The object of the game is help the characters survive until dawn. You will help seven teenagers get through a night atop a snowy mountain where they are most certainly not alone. Build or break friendships and relationships with the decisions you make all the while knowing that these relationships can be the difference between each character making it to the end or dying along the way. Until Dawn has a high replay value and is definitely recommended for those who enjoy horror and decision making.
We acquired two award winning open world games that are sure to give you plenty of hours of gameplay.
Fallout 4 honestly needs no introductions, but for those who may be new to the franchise, this game takes place in a world a bit different from the other Fallout installments. The world is at war again and the use of nuclear arms has only escalated the world to the point of eminent nuclear Armageddon. Your avatar has been selected to enter one of the many Vaults, underground bomb shelters that were created just for this predicament. After the bombs go off you emerge and are confronted with a battered land. Joining factions, visiting cities and surviving within this new land are just a few of the things your avatar has to worry about in this gorgeous sandbox. If you like first/third person shooters, open world
games, and decision making then this is definitely the game for you as it wraps it all up in a neat bow.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is another open world game for Xbox One. You play as a woman named Laura Croft who is on an exhibition to find ancient artifacts when her ship wrecks. Separated from the crew, Laura has to survive in a wilderness where she quickly realizes that she isn’t alone. Create a character that fits your play style. Whether you use stealth with a bow or want to go in guns blazing, getting to the end of story will be quite the thrill. Unlike most games where most of the action intensive moments are in the cut scenes, Tomb Raider puts you in the thick of these moments and forces you to get her out them or earn a gruesome end. This cinematic finesse Tomb Raider earned an M rating for that reason. If you enjoy stealth, open world, and hunting, this game is definitely for you.
While the 3DS isn’t as new as the other consoles, we have acquired our first game for it only just recently.
If you enjoy turn based strategy than the Fire Emblem franchise has you pegged. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright is the most recent installment the series. Your prince or princess strives to prevent all-out war between the kingdoms of Nohr and Hoshido. This installments has three possible outcomes that branch off at the point where you are forced to pick a side. In the Birthright edition, you fight for Hoshido. Along the way, your avatar and their army’s characters can develop relationships with one another that strengthen bonds in battles and even produce children! The choices are yours! Enjoy gaining skills and creating powerful children who will also fight alongside you in your quest.
We look forward to letting you know what games we’ll get ahold of next! Till then, in case you were wondering what consoles we have games for…
Playstation 1, 2, 3 & 4 PSP
Xbox 1, 360 & One
Gamecube, Wii, 3DS & Wii U
Gensis & PC (prior to Steam)
Till next time, TL
Break out the cream and crimson gear and show some pride for your school! For the first ever IU Day, there will be a 24-hr live broadcast of all IU events, so you can celebrate wherever you are! Share your support and IU spirit on social media and add your name to the IU Day map. Spread the word!
IU Day events will be held on the Bloomington and Indy campus, so be sure to take part in the scavenger hunt going on from 11am-3pm on both campuses! Clues for the IUB hunt can be found here. IUPUI clues can be found here. You can download the clues from either link or pick them up on campus at any of the IU Day stations! You definitely don’t want to miss this! There are prizes at stake here! You could win anything from t-shirts and sunglasses to the grand prize: a 2016-17 IU parking pass! (Where was this scavenger hunt when I lived on campus?)
Come by the WIUX Station House on the IUB campus and grab all the free CDs you want! They are giving them out from 1-5pm, so be sure to stop by and share your finds on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #IUday. Don’t forget to tag WIUX in your post!
On campus isn’t the only place you can celebrate in Bloomington. From 5:30-7:30pm, you can stop by and try some beer samples or just come for some IU swag.
Show and share your IU spirit! Take part in the events on campus and share your Indiana University experiences with your family and friends on social media. Let’s make the first annual IU Day one to remember!
**For more info, visit https://iuday.iu.edu/**
Every month at media services, we put up a display of media items that represent the given month. While there are many things happening in April, we decided to highlight some of the biggest and important ones. Listed below are five categories with sample DVDs linked alongside.
Held online on April 12th this event is a worldwide celebration of Indiana University. It will include binge-watching, social media engagement, IU gear and gift-giving extravaganza.
Autism/Parkinson’s Awareness Month
April is also Autism and Parkinson’s Awareness month. Events and ceremonies will be held to shine light and to promote awareness, acceptance and draw attention to the tens of thousands facing a diagnosis each year.
A Very Super Spring!
As most of you probably already know, Batman Vs. Superman has been released into theaters. The synopsis is basically the two heroes having an action packed, cinematic clash about how the city should be protected. Both Batman and Superman are respective super heroes in their areas. Both Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent know that there lies a greater evil that is bigger than them, which is Lex Luthor. Definitely a movie worth scoping out with some buddies!
Another ‘super spring’ title coming out this May is Captain America: Civil War.
With a similar plot, we have Captain America and his compatriots in an all out ‘war’ against Iron Man & Co. The basis behind the civil war is Bucky, a friend of Captain America, who has become a national danger. The government feels that super heroes should be monitored and contained while others believe in free will. Till then, we shall see who wins.
For all of you fans of the DC and Marvel Universe fans, this will be a spectacular spring.
Make sure to check out our media library titles from the Marvel and DC Universes!
The X-Men Trilogy
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Captain America Iron Man Trilogy
Spider-Man Original and Reboot
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
Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
“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)
After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang’s bidding.
An orphan, whose father has been killed by dark power, attempts to bring justice back to the town. (photo from ganoolmovie.com)
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.
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**
Media 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.
Thanks 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.
|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|
|6:19-6:22||Inuit High Kick||Alethea Arnaquq-Baril||3|
|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|
|7:11-7:16||Blue Diary||Jenni Olson||5|
|7:16-7:18||Subjugate Serendipity and Pride||Jülide Etem||2|
|7:21-7:28||Thru the Trees||Laura Ivins||7.25|
|7:28 – 7:30||Autumn Song||Nzingha Kendall||2|
|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|
|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|