October 22, 2013

The age of big data

"Every day we produce more data than the human race did from the dawn of civilisation until the year 2000. Twitter, search engines, scientific experiments, stock markets - these colossal databases can be mined for valuable, sometimes mind-blowing, insights using the most sophisticated algorithms ever created. This film finds out how scientists are using technology and innovation to search data. From the police department who are using an algorithm to predict where crime will strike next, to a mobile phone app that knows that you are unwell before you do, to the man whose £3 billion hedge fund uses cosmologists, code breakers and particle physicists to inform decisions, Horizon unlocks the fascinating world of big data."
U. Michigan Public Performance Rights obtained.
Originally broadcast on the BBC Two channel series, "Horizon", April 4, 2013.

Excellent source to see how analitics will be of use. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61902-D Released in 2013 50 minutes

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Memory of Forgotten War

"Explores the human costs of military conflict through personal accounts of the Korean War by four Korean-American survivors."
In English and Korean with English and Korean subtitles.
Closed-captioned in English.
With: Hee Bok Kim, Suntae Chun, Kee Park, Minyong Lee, Bruce Cumings, Ji-Yeon Yuh.

Personal interviews from those who were living close to the 38th parallel: Some were not able to return home while others left family on one side or the other.
The American Military bombed the area incessantly. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61822-D Releaed in 2013
Full version (37 min.) -- Short version (12 min.)

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Diamonds in the Rough Ugandan Hip Hop Revolution

"From the ashes of four decades of war, AIDS and corruption in Uganda, the Bataka Squad artists, Babaluku and Saba Saba, rise to forge a revolutionary path using music. They are on a mission to empower the forgotten youth of Africa from within, while spreading their message of hope around the globe. Narrated by Spearhead singer Michael Franti, follow the Bataka movement to amplify the spirit of the next generation in this musical journey. Diamonds in the Rough offers a raw glimpse of urban Africa through the eyes of four emerging hip hop artists in the Ugandan capitol of Kampala. They teach us how to struggle with a smile, how to make the best of life against insufferable odds, how to create our own opportunities and flourish through positivity, presenting a refreshing contrast to the commercialized bling bling gangster rap here in America. These artists are the voice of the new generation, the heroes of their community and a group of active, enthusiastic and energetic young people more concerned with global change then how much change they have in their pockets"
Narrated by Michael Franti.
Includes 7 music videos: Tuja babya / Krazy Native -- Vakwokuvegesa / Babaluku -- Malkia / Rah-P -- Lemelako / Abrams & Sylvester -- Wansi wagalu / Krazy Native -- Compilation / World Mash -- Compilation / Connect.
Includes a 60 min. video about the Bavubuka Foundation, a nonprofit organization that believes connecting youth with music and the arts can transform lives and unify diverse communities.
U. Michigan public performance rights obtained

Hip hop is the voice of the generation. The musical style crosses all borders. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57591-D Releasesd in 2009 53 minutes

Accompanying sound disc consists of 14 tracks.

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We are legion The Story of the Hacktivists

Goes inside the world of Anonymous, the radical 'hacktivist' collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. Anonymous utilizes computers and computer networks to promote political ends, chiefly free speech, human rights, and information ethics, under the premise that technology can produce results similar to those of conventional acts of protest, activism, and civil disobedience. This film explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and traces how they evolved and coalesced into Anonymous, the flull-blown movement with global reach and extraordinary power. Features interviews with current members, members recently returned from prison, others currently facing trial, writers, activists and major players in various "raids."
Special features: 22 minutes of additional material; official trailer.

A very good look into the history and the impact of the group called Anonymous. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61850-D Released in 2012 93 minutes

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October 17, 2013

Edgar G. Ulmer the man off-screen

Edgar G. Ulmer, the man off-screen: "A nice homage to the filmmaking genius behind The Black Cat, Detour, and The Man from Planet X. Featuring testimonials from Roger Corman, John Landis, Joe Dante, Wim Wenders, and Detour's ultimate femme fatale Ann Savage, The Man Off-Screen paints a vividly impressionistic portait of a no-budget auteur stylistically able to 'take a rat and make Thanksgiving dinner out of it.'"
Special features: Includes Edgar G. Ulmer's movie "Isle of forgotten sins"; photo gallery; Ulmer filmography.
Isle of forgotten sins: "A characteristically lurid Ulmer-helmed 1943 South Seas island adventure that pits John Carradine and Gale Sondergaard against Sidney 'Charlie Chan' Toler in a deadly hunt for deep sea gold."

Askwith Media Library 44277-D Released in 2006 77 minutes

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The Sci-fi Boys

Legendary sci-fi directors Jackson, Lucas, Spielberg, etc, started out as kids making amateur movies inspired by Famous Monsters magazine. They grew up to take Hollywood by storm, inventing the art and technology for filming anything the mind can dream.
Peter Jackson, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Forrest J. Ackerman, Roger Corman, John Landis...
Features include: additional scenes; interviews; kids' monster movies; photo and document gallery.

Askwith Media Library 48597-D Released in 2006 80 minutes

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The Gospel according to Philip K. Dick

A profile of the life of the influential science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick presented through interviews with contemporaries and excerpts from his writings. Dick's writing and ideas on reality, humanity and technology which blend West Coast utopianism, counterculture paranoia and mystical experience have been adapted into films, including Blade Runner and Total Recall. Since very little interview footage exists of Philip K. Dick, this documentary relies on audio taped interviews with Dick, allowing him to comment in his own words.
Commentary: Ray Nelson, Robert Anton Wilson, Paul Williams, D. Scott Apel, Miriam Lloyd.
Features include director interview, behind the scenes photo gallery, and the Philip K. Dicktionary.

A good look into the life of one of our best Sci-fi writers. Philip could be considered the father of modern filmic science fiction.~Mike

Askwith Media Library 31462-D Released in 2000 95 minutes

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October 14, 2013

Close examination: fakes, mistakes and discoveries

Explores how science and technology has advanced art historical knowledge at the National Gallery in London since 1934 when a Scientific Department was first established at the Gallery.

A thorough look into some of the techniques used to verify and date art. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60550-D Released in 2010

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October 02, 2013

The Chairman and the Lions

"The Maasai leader of a Tanzanian village battles many lions, both real and figurative, that threaten his community - 'bush' lawyers, land grabbers, marauding beasts of prety, migration, and lack of education. Chairman Frank Ikoyo provides a glimpse into the current world of Ilparakuo Maasai and the ever-increasing challenges they face. He advocates education as a key to village self-determination, despite the face that it can produce ' educated criminals.' The film depicts Ikoy's duties as Chairman - persuading women to send their daughters to school, interrogating spies in a lawsuit, and eliciting help from a renowned elder to train young watrriors in the art of lion hunting."
Directed by Peter Biella; produced by Fank Kaipai Ikoyoa, Juma Mriga, Kelly Askew, Howard Stein.
U. Michigan Public Performance Rights obtained

Outstanding, current and very insightful. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61900-D Released in 2013 46 minutes

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Short documentary on 11 women seeking clemency in Michigan who killed abusers in self defense. Their testimonies build a powerful and disturbing indictment of the legal, judicial and criminal justice systems.

Heartbreaking to say the least. Another very important documentary from Carol Jacobsen. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 29297-D Released in 1997 15 minutes

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High Tech Soul

From the race riots of 1967 to the underground party scene of the late 1980's, this film is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music and its relation to the cultural history of Detroit. Artists like Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Eddie Fowlkes, and a host of others explain why techno, with its abrasive tones and resonating basslines, could not have come from anywhere but Detroit. Includes in-depth interviews with the world's best exponents of techno music.
Special features: Deleted scenes, outtakes, bonus interviews.

A solid look into the early days of Techno. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61731-D Released in 2006 64 minutes

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October 01, 2013

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in the 1960s

The most detailed, informative, and enjoyable documentary on Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention yet to emerge. Features rare footage of Frank and the Mothers throughout the 1960s, archive interviews, seldom-seen live performances, and a host of other features. Track listing features: Who Are the Brain Police?, Hungry Freaks Daddy, Trouble Every Day, Brown Shoes Don't Make it, America Drinks and Goes Home, and many more.
Extras include: extended interviews
"This film is not authorised by the estate or family of Frank Zappa."

Zappa might have appreciated an unauthorized documentary about him. It's hard to say. The documentary provides information about the early years of Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Zappa's work will probably survive throughout the years as a tipping point in modern music. The DVD provides great stories from band members as well as a look at Frank's path to under/above ground notoriety. ~Mike
Extras include: extended interviews
Askwith Media Library 61657-D Released in 2009 134 minutes

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Bill Moyers Beyond Hate

Hate has many faces: racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sectarianism, domestic violence. But do we really understand its roots? Are there practical ways to cope with it? What is hate doing to us? More importantly, what does hate do for us? Bill Moyers seeks to answer these questions. His search takes him around the world where he talks to philosophers and historians, authors and activists to those whose lives have been shaped by hate and those who have dedicated their lives to going beyond it.

Broadcast in 1991 it is still a very important look into the motivational factors leading to hate. The discussion will provide insight and understanding, it is very relevant today. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61711-D released in 1991 87 minutes

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A feature documentary about the celebrity obsessed media that uncovers the real reasons behind our addiction to fame and blows the lid on the corporations and individuals who profit from it. Made completely independently over two years in secret, the film journeys through the dark underbelly of the modern media. Using a combination of never before seen footage, undercover reporting, and stunts and animation, the film reveals the toxic effect the media is having on us all.

This is an outstanding and informative film. It is a must see. The insight to modern celebrity and our complacent acceptance is disconcerting at best. This film will change your understanding of your favorite celebrities, politicians and your active participation in the glittered filled life of modern media. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61491-D Released in 2012 103 minutes

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September 20, 2013

Sound City

In 2012 Dave Grohl purchased the legendary Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios. The board, built in 1972, is considered to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, Guns and Roses, Metallica, and many other musical legends. This tells the story of real rock history, and celebrates the music, as Grohl gathers some of rock's greatest artists to collaborate on a new album using this classic console.
Featuring: Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin, Jim Keltner, Josh Homme, Frank Black, Pat Smear, Barry Manilow, Lee Ving, Krist Novoselic, Tom Petty, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lars Ulrich, Paul McCartney.
Story by Dave Grohl, edited by Paul Crowder.
English dialogue with optional subtitles in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

Outstanding and a lot of fun. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library Released in 2013 152 minutes

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September 19, 2013

A band called Death

Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A BAND CALLED DEATH chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.

A Detroit original. Guitar riffs and some drum work that certainly sound like punk. But did they do it before Iggy? ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61011-D (61556-B blu-ray) Released in 2012 96 minutes

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September 13, 2013

The house I live in

For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and damaged poor communities. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than 20 states, it captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels, the dealer to grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge. Reveals its profound human rights implications.

America needs to reevaluate. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60240-D Released in 2013 108 minutes

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September 11, 2013


Bananas!* is a courtroom drama that examines the intricacies and injustices of the global politics of food by focusing on a landmark and highly controversial legal case pitting a dozen Nicaraguan banana plantation workers against Dole Food Company over the alleged usage of a banned pesticide that causes sterilization. Central to both the film and the case is Juan "Accidentes" Dominguez, a Los Angeles-based personal injury attorney who is facing the biggest and most challenging case of his career. At stake in this case are the futures of generations of workers and their families as well as the culture of multinational business. If successful, the case could rock the economic foundations of Dole and open U.S. courts to other global victims, representing a new day in international justice.

Askwith Media Library 55159-D Released in 2009 87 minutes

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Big boys gone bananas!*

"What happens to a documentary filmmaker when he goes up against a large corporation like Dole Foods? How far will Dole go to shift the focus off of them and onto the filmmaker even after their own CEO has admitted wrong doing in a court of law? Media spin, PR scare tactics, dirty tricks, lawsuits, and corporate bullying come into play, but it is the people who ultimately prevail, thus creating a cautionary tale and a real life lesson learning experience."

The power of Dole Fruit Company has a very negative history concerning its treatment of the countries of Central and South America and its citizens. This documentary chronicles the abuse of power by Dole to silence a negative documentary about workers and pesticides. The "media" followed the Dole line and neither the Dole company nor those who reported the story ever watched the documentary. However they harassed and attacked anyone with anything to do with the making and distribution of the film. In America this was tolerated and ignored by the public. In Sweden it was not. The backlash from the Swedish Government and the people of Sweden pushed Dole to drop the lawsuit and the personal attacks. This is a very telling documentary on the status of American Multi-Nationals and the collusion of the American Government, court system and the media. The documentary exposes a full blown conspiracy to personally attack and destroy those involved in the production and distribution of the film. Even to go as far as to intimidate those who watched the film. This film is pretty much suppressed in America. Why? Thank you, Sweden you stood up for democracy while America acted against democracy. This is indeed a sad demonstration of what America has lost or perhaps never had. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61018-D Released in 2013 105 minutes

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September 06, 2013

Earth from Space

Earth From Space is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, this special takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms them into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate and surprising web of forces that sustain life on earth.

Only one thing to be said, WOW! ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60967-D (61055-B blu-ray) Released in 2013 120 minutes

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In 1994, a thirteen-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three-and-a-half years later, he is found alive and well thousands of miles away in Europe. He tells a story of kidnap and torture when he returns. While his family is excited to bring him home, all is not quite as it seems. Is the boy really who he claims to be, or is he an imposter giving the family false hope for their child's return?

Outstanding film although some strange editing. How much can a family endure? ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60701-D Released 2012 99 minutes

Askwith Media Library 60701-D Released in 2012 99 minutes

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One day on Earth

On 10-10-10, across the world, documentary filmmakers, students and other inspired citizens recorded the human experience over a 24-hour period and contributed their voices to a global day of media creation called One day on Earth. Over 3,000 hours of footage were filmed. It was the first ever simultaneous filming event occurring in every country in the world. Depicts the diversity, conflict, tragedy, and triumph that occur in one day.

Askwith Media Library 61081-D 105 minutes Released in 2012

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August 26, 2013

Jealous of the Birds

After WWII some 15,000 survivors of the Holocaust remained in Germany, despite the tension and paranoia of living in the society of their persecutors. Among them were my grandparents. How could they stay?

"Jealous of the Birds reminds us that the choices of the past create legacies that play out across families, nations, cultures and generations."

This film speaks not only to the Holocaust survivors and German citizens, hard to say without getting upset. Survivors are in most cases citizens of Germany and thousands returned to live in Germany for various reasons after leaving the camps. This film speaks to reconciliation, forgiveness, regret and also the opposite; no forgiveness, no reconciliation. It leads to an understanding of the point of view of the victims and that most German citizens will never overcome the shame and dishonor they participated in or are beneficiaries of. The atrocities will last generations. In most cases they will not be forgotten or forgiven.
This is very poignant while in American society the white population tries to understand and make better the lives of those enslaved and those whose land was stolen. After many generations most white Americans cannot fathom the issue of slavery and certainly cannot understand the continuing pain of the African American community. This film offers some insight to the persistence of pain. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60618-D Released in 2011 78 minutes

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August 20, 2013

Spitting Game (The College Hookup Culture)

Through interviews with students and experts, the filmmaker examines the "hook up" habits of college students in which risky sexual behavior is fueled by alcohol use.

Drugs and alcohol use are a large part of the hook up culture. The abuse of substances and the act of sex while abusing the subastances has been going on for a very long time. The behavior is, as it should be a concern for parents and some students. Watching the video will provide awareness and hopefully insight for the viewer and allow him or her to avoid these types of situations. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 59957-D Released in 2009 Total running time: 65 min. (full length); 35 min. (abridged)

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August 19, 2013

The Electric Valley

Tennessee Valley Authority -- TVA -- was a project like no other, and after more than a half-century, continues to shape life in the South. The Electric Valley is the first independent film to tell the story of TVA, a tale of one of the most interesting, controversial federal agencies ever created. In 1933 TVA was given the broadest possible mission: to tame the forces of nature, create cheap energy, and produce a lasting prosperity in the Depression-wracked Tennessee Valley, a region the size of Great Britain. For better or worse, it touched peoples' lives in innumerable ways. The film is both political parable and human drama, a narrative journey through fifty years of American history with this controversial institution as its focus. It explores both the issues and the people who give these issues power and poignancy. Indeed, The Electric Valley puts a human face on one of the most remarkable institutions of our time.

A very indepth look at the Tennessee Valley Authority's start up and operation. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 54459-D Released in 1983 90 minutes

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August 14, 2013

Alive Day Memories

A look at the physical and emotional cost of war through soldiers' memories of their "alive day," the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq. Actor James Gandolfini interviews ten soldiers about their memories, their feelings on their future, and more.

Heartbreaking and inspirational. A must see film. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60599-D Released in 2007 57 minutes

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August 12, 2013

Bush Mechaics (The Original)

Yuendumu men travel about the bush by car and rely on sheer ingenuity and resourcefulness to fix up their many mechanical problems.

Outstanding and some great ideas on ways to make your car run with very limited resources. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60237-D Released in 1998 30 minutes

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July 16, 2013

The World of Chemistry

Journey through the exciting world of chemistry with Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann as your guide. The foundations of chemical structures and their behavior are explored through computer animation, demonstrations, and on-site footage at working industrial and research labs.
disc 1. 1. World of chemistry ; 2. Color ; 3. Measurement: the foundation of chemistry ; 4. Modeling the unseen ; 5. A matter of state ; 6. The atom ; 7. The periodic table ; 8. Chemical bonds -- disc 2. 9. Molecular architecture ; 10. Signals from within ; 11. The mole ; 12. Water ; 13. The driving forces ; 14. Molecules in action -- disc 3. 15. The busy electron ; 16. The proton in chemistry ; 17. The precious envelope ; 18. The chemistry of the earth ; 19. Metals ; 20. On the surface -- disc 4. 21. Carbon ; 22. The age of polymers ; 23. Proteins: structure and function ; 24. The genetic code ; 25. Chemistry and the environment ; 26. Futures.

Askwith Media Library 60110-D 1990

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The story of math

Disc 1 - Episode 1 - The language of the universe, Episode 2 - The Genius of the East, Disc 2 - Episode 3 - The frontiers of space ; Episode 4 - To infinity and beyond ; Bonus disc - The Music of the primes.

Askwith Media Library 59954-D 2009

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Close Examination

Explores how science and technology has advanced art historical knowledge at the National Gallery in London since 1934 when a Scientific Department was first established at the Gallery.

Askwith Media Library 60550-D 2010 release

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February 11, 2013

The last days of Zeugma and Apamea

"This program captures the feverish work of the multinational rescue archaeology team that excavated low-lying areas of Zeugma and key portions of Apamea before inundation by the Birecik Dam, in Turkey".

The mosaics and architecture are amazing. The flooding of this area is truly a loss to mankind. The film asks: Since it was known for 2o years that this dam would flood the area and it would make all of the artifacts unreachable, why was such a short time allowed to investigate the site? This was a Middle Eastern society that was a central hub for trade early in our collective ancient history. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58824-D 53 minutes

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January 04, 2013

Patience (after Sebald)

Comprising elements of travelogue, history lesson, biography, critical analysis, psychological study, and fan testimonial, this documentary explores the work and influence of German writer W.G. Sebald, via a long walk through coastal East Anglia, retracing the steps he took in his most famous book, The rings Of Saturn. Includes interviews with writers, artists, and filmmakers.

This film is a nice, thoughtful, stream of conscience discussion on the life of Sebald. The discussions with the artists and about Sebalds' life are an inspiration. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58718-D 90 minutes 2012

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December 12, 2012

Touch the sound

Opens the door to a world where sight, sound, and touch magically converge to elevate our everyday sensory experiences. With Evelyn Glennie, Grammy winning percussionist who is also deaf.

Everything can be a musical, everything creates noise. We rarely appreciate the subtleties of sound, small noises, slight variations or large all-encompassing sound. This documentary invites you to be a part of the magic of sound. The music of noise. Evelyn Glennie is truly a wonder and an inspiration. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 43302-D 98 minutes 2004

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Calypso @ Dirty Jim's

Documentary on the history of calypso during the existence of Dirty Jim's Swizzle Club in Port of Spain, Trinidad, with performances and commentary by well-known calypso singers.
Bomber, Relator, Mighty Sparrow, Lord Superior, Mighty Terror, Calypso Rose, Holly Betaudier.

Wonderful and insightful: Calypso music is exceedingly danceable and always reminds me of summer. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56905-D 120 minutes 2005

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Notorious B.I.G

B.I.G. was respected and revered by his peers in the rap game. Everyone from Jay Z to Tupac became capitvated by his velvety flow and unparelleled rhyme. He left behind a legacy that reached mythic status. See raw, uncut footage of B.I.G. freestyling on the streets of New York, rare home video footage, a never-before-seen interview done with Biggie shortly before his death and undisclosed footage from the night of his murder.
Interviews with Diddy, Method Man, Easy Mo Bee, Matty C, E-40, Raekwon.

Rap and Hiphop offer many urban youths a way out of poverty. Notorious BIG was one of the few who not only pulled himself out but also bacame a legend. This is an excellent documentary on the amazing rise and tragic end of one of rap music's greatest artist. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58144-D 101 minutes 2007

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A look into the deep and harsh world of high-profile hip-hop battles and beefs, as told by the artists themselves.
Featuring: 50 Cent, DMX, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep, Common, Cypress Hill, Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Mack 10, Tupac, Jay-Z, Nas and Russell Simmons as well as Krs-One, MC Shan, Kool Moe Dee and Busy Bee.

This is also a great historical film about rap and hip hop. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 576001-D 103 minutes 2003

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December 06, 2012

Hellstrom Chronicle

A tongue-in-cheek look at the insect world, ultimately portraying the insect as an indomitable menace and potential threat to nature and the human race.

Using close ups, the cinematography in this 1971 film is wonderful. I enjoyed this film and now have a greater appreciation that we are all doomed, not by 2012 prophecies, global warming, earth killing asteroids or nuclear annihilation but insects. The insects are not only eating plants and each other they are coming for us. Beyond scaring the cr*p out of me it's a enjoyable film. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58555-D 90 minutes 1971

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December 03, 2012


"A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. In his second film, director Gary Hustwit (Helvetica) documents the creative processes of some of the world's most influential product designers, and looks at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets."

Askwith Media Library 49860-D 75 minutes 2009

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Documents the issues and strategies behind the design of cities. Hear from some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Discover the challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy that are fast becoming universal concerns. Explore a diverse range of urban design projects around the world which will frame a global discussion on the future of cities. "Creating a humane environment through design ... will be the challenge" in the twenty-first century.

Askwith Media Library 57957-D 82 minutes 2011

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The bro code

"Filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms, zeroing in on movies and music videos that glamorize womanizing, pornography that trades in the brutalization of women, comedians who make fun of sexual assault, and a groundswell of men's magazines and cable TV shows that revel in old-school myths of American manhood. Even as epidemic levels of men's violence against women persist in the real world, the message Keith uncovers in virtually every corner of our entertainment culture is clear: It's not only normal -- but cool -- for boys and men to control and humiliate women. Arguing that there's nothing normal, natural, or inevitable about this mentality, The Bro Code challenges young people, young men and women alike, to step up and fight back against the idea that being a real man means being sexist"--From publisher's website.

As viewers we are inundated with these visuals and information degrading women, and everyone else who doesn't fit the current target market. Fortunately as human beings we are able to distinguish between information pushed at us and reality. I do agree with the producer of this documentary, we all must be aware and not let the over saturation of abuse overwhelm that which we know as reality. I do believe that viewers are able to determine and understand that what is showing is a fiction. We can always employ selective viewing and boycotting. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55593-D 58 minutes 2011

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October 30, 2012

Meredith Monk

It's almost impossible to pin her down. Singer, dancer, filmmaker, composer, choreographer, Meredith Monk's talents include about as many artistic fields as you can imagine. Celebrates a multidisciplinary career that draws from a wellspring of Zen Buddhist beliefs and spans a period of 40 years. Based on a wealth of materials including personal archives, film clips of performances, and interviews with her collaborators, as well as conversations with the artist herself.
Special features include: live performance of Dolmen music; Tricycle magazine interview with Babeth M. Vanloo (PDF); filmmaker biography.

Another well done documentary, this time by the subjects neighbor and friend. The "mulit-artist" Meredith Monk seems to have been everywhere from the late 1960s to present day. Her craft is amazing, very free and liberating.
If she "represents" anything it is the grace she brings to to her craft. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58449-D 82 minutes 2010

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David Hockney (a Bigger Picture)

Filmed over three years, this documentary is an unprecedented record of a major artist at work. It captures David Hockney's return from California to paint his native Yorkshire, outside, through the seasons, and in all weathers. It tells the story of a homecoming and gives a revealing portrait of what inspires and motivates today's greatest living British-born artist.
Special features: Hockney at work on Late November tunnel; leading art figures on Bigger trees near Warter; Hockney reflects on art and life; the making of the documentary.

This is a very well done documentary. It touches on a time of life that involves change for Mr. Hockney. Mr. Hockney is an outstanding and inspirational artist. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58443-D 60 minutes 2009

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October 26, 2012


A group of residents of Meredith, NY discover the impacts that a 400-foot high windmill could bring to their community, but become divided over how they see wind power affecting the future of the community.

This documentary offers insight into the repercussions of having a wind turbine on or near your property. The machines produce a constant hum, a vibration in the ground and the strobe effect may drive you and your neighbors to a nervous breakdown. Each blade of the propeller weighs about 7,000 pounds. While trying to do their part to produce efficient, renewable energy the local populations are finding wind turbines are not necessarily a viable alternative. I can't imagine how these might affect the sea life if they are placed along the shore or out in deep water. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57792-D 83 minutes 2012

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October 24, 2012

The Art of Filmmaking

A collection of five documentaries that share directors, producers, writers, actors, and other production crews' stories of filmmaking.

Tales from the script: Screenwriters ranging from newcomers to living legends share their triumphs and hardships in this odyssey through the world of movie storytelling.

Directors: life behind the camera: 33 legendary directors reveal intimate and in-depth knowledge about the art of filmmaking and their own careers.

Light keeps me company: Documentary on Sven Nykvist, one of the foremost conematographers of all time, lovingly directed by his son.

Capturing reality: the art of documentary: An exploration of the complex creative process that goes into making documentary films. Features interviews with 38 directors and 163 clips of scenes from classic films.

Lavender limelight: Behind the scenes with America's most successful lesbian directors.

Tales from the script (disc 1 103 minutes 2009), Directors; life behind the camera (disc 2 and 3: 108 minutes 2006), Light keeps me company (disc 4 76 minutes 2000), Capturing reality: the art of documentary (disc 5 97 minutes 2008), Lavender limelight: Lesbians in film (disc 6 56 minutes).

For anyone interested in the how, what and why films get made this might be the series for you. I found it very insightful and worth the time. With something as technical and abstract as film production the more information you have is always better. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57966-D
Documentaries originally released separately.
6 videodiscs 574 minutes 2011

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October 23, 2012

Asian Corridor in Heaven (Ch'ama Kodo)

Part of the Insight Asia series, "Asian corridor in heaven" is a six-episode HD documentary series co-produced by KBS and NHK about the world's oldest trade route, the "Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road". Pre-dating the Silk Road by 200 years, the Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road crossed from the Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of Southwest China over mountainous terrain into Tibet, Nepal, and India. The Caravan Road was not only an important route for the trade of tea and horses, but also a corridor connecting Chinese and Tibetan languages, people, religion, and cultures.

I watched the first episode of this series. It promises to be an amazing look into the ancient trade route. I found it somewhat hair rising watching the horses, men and women negotiate the trail. The visual story is beautiful. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58257-D 2 discs 360 minutes 2008

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Fascinating look at debt as a mental construct and traces how it influences relationships, societies and governing structures.

This documentary/discussion offers a striking look at debts that cannot be paid with money. Interviews with prisoners, unwilling participants in blood feuds, people involved with the cleanup of the BP oil leak in the gulf and others discuss the frustration of the inability to pay back a "psychic debt". A robbery victim afraid to go home, a quick fix to clean up an oil leak leading to the destruction of the environment, a blood feud over a shooting are debts that cannot be cleared away with money they are psychic debts. These are injustices where not only the victims suffer but also the perpetrators. Reconciliation may be the only way to relieve the psyche debt but it seems that all involved will have to reach reconciliation together. This documentary is a great place to start and to learn to understand the other. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58326-D 86 minutes 2012

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October 16, 2012

Questions for Crazy Horse

A penetrating look at how the Lakota (Sioux) of South Dakota have been impacted by the life of Crazy Horse. Tribal members comment on how Crazy Horse might feel about the current issues facing the Lakota today, including the U.S. government's confiscation of the Black Hills. The film also examines the Crazy Horse Memorial, the largest rock sculpture in the world.

Watch the DVD you might be surprised. This documentary takes a look into the life of a man who truly lived in his time, who understood the world around him. This provides more insight about the historical man Crazy Horse and a view of the myth that has built up around him. Those interviewed are very respectful and honest. The American Natives must be considered and invited to participate in the future of this country. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58134-D 81 minutes 2011

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Man on a mission (Richard Garriott's road to the stars)

Firmly ensconced in the geeky pantheon of computer legends since high school, Richard Garriott can afford to pursue his dreams, even the wildly improbable ones. For instance, following in his astronaut father's footsteps. So, if NASA won't take him because of bad eyes, he will pioneer his own private space industry and buy a $30 million seat on a Russian Soyuz. Tag along with Richard on his years-long quest to be the second Garriott into space. And maybe come back.
Special features: Apogee of fear; After touchdown; Richard's 30-year space plan; Magic time; Post-game wrap-up, Ride the Boran, Conservation laws in zero G.

Outstanding! This is a wonderfully informative documentary of an independent and private journey into space. Richard did very well designing computer games and investing in space transport and development projects. This documentary demonstrates how one man led the curve to provide access to space by private citizens. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57833-D 83 minutes 2012

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Examines the abundance of trans fatty acids and partially hydrogenated oil in today's foods and the negative effects of these substances upon human health. Argues collusion between the food industry and the government in this state of affairs.

After watching this and other documentaries on the quality of our food, among other concerns, we must stop using partially hydrogenated oil. I am amazed that cancer rates have not been directly linked to partially hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. Since these products have been introduced into our diets the cancer rates in humans have sky-rocketed. Unfortunately consumers are not being informed and it takes more research than we have time for to find this information. We must (re)realize that we are indeed what we eat.~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58162-D 64 minutes 2009

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September 21, 2012


In Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede is one of the town's most beloved residents. He sings in the church choir and is always willing to lend a helping hand. He befriends an affluent widow, and she soon becomes dependent on Bernie. Later it is reported that Marjorie Nugent has been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede is charged with the murder.

Apparently based on a true story. A very surprising feature shot in a somewhat documentary style. Jack Black, in the title role, delivers a fine performance. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57958-D 99 minutes 2012

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Garbo the spy

The Allies called him Garbo. The Nazis dubbed him Alaric. Both sides in World War II were sure Juan Pujol Garcia was their man. In reality, Pujol was a double agent, and his final allegiance was to the Allies. From the comfort of Lisbon, Garbo fed false information to the Nazis and fabricated a network of phantom agents across Europe. Although he never fired a single shot, Garbo helped to save thousands of lives, most notably by misinforming the Germans about the timing and location of D-Day.
Special features: Interview with intelligence & espionage expert Nigel West; sonic deception: WWII training film; original theatrical trailer; filmmaker biography.

A person of mystery and dedicated to his craft. Garbo had access to the highest levels of the Nazi command. The documentary provides insight into some of his history but mostly his impact on the operations during World War II. The documentary uses extensive footage from films. Using clips from feature films may help provide visual support for the story but is it necessary? It is an important documentary for anyone who studies World War II. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57902-D 93 minutes 2012

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August 23, 2012

Paul Goodman changed my life

This film immerses you in a era of high intellect when New York was peaking culturally and artistically; when ideas, and the people who propounded them, seemed to punch in at a higher weight class than they do now. Using a treasure trove of archival multimedia -- director/producer Jonathan Lee and producer/editor Kimberly Reed have woven together a rich portrait of an intellectual heavyweight whose ideas are long overdue for rediscovery.

Outstanding. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57523-D 89 minutes 2011

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Why ships sink

Picking up from this winter's Costa Concordia disaster and looking both back to the Titanic disaster a century ago, and into the future of sea travel, Nova looks at questions about cruise ship safety and the science of the ships' buoyancy.

Beyond the problems with cruise ships the film does offer insight to the aftermath of the Costa Concordia sinking and the impact on the passengers and the captain.
In our current state of hyper-infortmaion we rarely receive follow up information from news items we read. This documentary touches on the Very well worth the time. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57546-D 60 minutes 2012

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July 30, 2012

What I want my words to do to you

Look into the minds and hearts of women inmates of a New York prison. Go inside a writing workshop led by Eve Ensler, where the women create works of poetry and prose which ends in the performance of their writing by critically acclaimed actors.
Special features: additional full-length performances by the featured actors; interviews with Eve Ensler and Judith Katz.

This documentary is certainly an Askwith treasure. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56690-D 80 minutes
Aired as an episode of the PBS documentary television program Point of view on December 16, 2003.

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July 23, 2012

A Sister's Call

In 1977, Call Richmond disappeared. After 20 years of exhaustive search and rumors of his death, Call's sister Rebecca found him homeless, alone and suffering from severe paranoid schizophrenia. Filmed over fourteen years, A Sister's Call follows Rebecca's heart wrenching journey to bring her brother back from the depths of his illness. Against all odds, she is fighting to reclaim his life an seek a way to heal herself from her dark past.

A small town in America, a family's secrets, fear and shame of mental illness: One of the great changes in modern society is the understanding of illness. Call was embarrassed by his schizophrenia and that fed into the paranoia of the voices he heard. He was unable to face his friends and family so he just went away. This is an unbelievable journey for a family whom once the lost brother is found the work begins. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57341-D 76 minutes 2012

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July 05, 2012


Ayurveda, the "science of life", one of the oldest holistic medical systems in the world. Originating in India more than 5000 years ago, and spreading to Tibet, China and Japan, this uncanny intersection of science, medicine and magic is only now receiving serious study in the West.

This is a very insightful documentary about a holistic medicinal practice. The quote that stays with me is "I treat people not symptoms." ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 52556-D 102 minutes 2001

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June 19, 2012


Gives the history and explores the current state of professional video gaming. Talks with some of the leading professional gamers to find our what life is like in the professional video gaming world.

For a well thought out, insightful and historical discussion on video game culture "Frag" is a great place to start. Frag goes beyond casual game players to the world of professional gamers, looking into the thrill and heartbreak of international competition. This DVD was released in 2008 and a lot can happen in four years, however Frag provides that historical bridge to today’s gamers. The special features offer extended interviews. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57140-D 2008

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June 04, 2012

The Prosecutor

"The first main prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo indicted people who were accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes as defined in international treaties. Prosecutor follows Moreno-Ocampo during his first trial against Congolese army leader Thomas Lubanga, accused of war crimes. The film retraces the history of the controversial Criminal Court and sheds light on the international criticism and problems that a prosecutor without any police power has to face."
Based in part on the book, The sun climbs slow: the International Criminal Court and the struggle for justice by Erna Paris.

This has to be one of the hardest jobs on the planet. Governments do not like the office, deception from government officials and no "arrest authority" to impose the will of the court, all make for a very tough position. The prosecutor provides a small amount of hope for those who have been abused by extreme actions of government authorities. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57008-D 2010
"This DVD includes two versions of the film: 94 minute version with chapter stops / 52 minute version with closed captions."

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May 21, 2012


"Welcome to Alang, India, the site of a gargantuan scrap yard where oceangoing ships come to die. Forty thousand Indians live and work here, dismembering and scavenging the hulks of 400 vessels every year. [This documentary] chronicles the lives of the people who work here, from the men who take apart these giant ships with their bare hands to the bosses who ignore environmental and health concerns for fear of losing the business to other developing nations. It may be the world's most dangerous job. One worker a day, on average, dies on the job, evaporated in explosions, crushed by falling steel, cut in half by cables, or broken up from falls. Of the remainder, one in four will contract cancers caused by asbestos, PCBs or other toxic substances. Vividly capturing both the haunting beauty of the ships and the deplorable conditions of the workers, SHIPBREAKERS is an international story of greed, survival, Third World labor, and environmental neglect"

It's amazing to see these huge ocean freighters being taken apart one cut at a time. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56675-D 46 minutes 2004

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May 11, 2012

A Day on the Grand Canal with the emperor of China, or, Surface is illusion but so is depth

World famous artist David Hockney invites the viewer to join him on a magical journey down a 72-foot-long legendary 17th-century Chinese scroll. Hockney traces the Emperor Kangxi's grand tour of his southern domains. As Hockney compares this oriental masterpiece to a Canaletto painting, he teaches us the differences between Western and Eastern artistic perspective.

In-depth discussion. Beautiful and outstanding work. Pre-western influence exceptional detail on this 72 foot scroll. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56696-D 48 minutes 1998

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The nature of existence

Filmmaker Roger Nygard (Trekkies) takes on The nature of existence, roaming the globe to interview spiritual leaders, scientists, and artists who have influenced, inspired, or freaked out humanity.
Bonus features: the making of "the nature of existence"; deleted scenes; Steve Fromstein comedy performance; Pandit Jasraj musical performance; audio commentary track with filmmakers and guests; two early short works by Roger Nygard: "poltercube" and "the destroyers" ; optional commentary.

Really a very nice documentary and discussion. It is an inspiration to hear the many voices. This program offers hope to everyone who takes the time to watch and listen. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56685-D 174 minutes 2010

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April 17, 2012

Holy Cow

Story of how we've changed the cow and how the cow has changed us, forever. Human history, biology, agriculture and economics have all been affected by this most influential animal. Societies which learned to domesticate the cow prospered, while those that did not were left behind.

A story of one of the greatest domesticated animals for human society. The cow is an amazing animal. It has been an integral part of human society for a very long time. After watching this documentary you will have a much more enhanced appreciation for the cow. This animal should receive much more positive consideration in western society. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56624-D 60 minutes 2004

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Into Eternity

"Into Eternity is the first feature documentary to explore the mind-boggling scientific and philosophical questions long-term nuclear waste storage poses. Structured as a message to future generations, the film focuses on the Onkalo underground waste repository now being built in Finland, one of the first nuclear waste storage facilities. Once the repository is full in about 100 years, it will be closed and sealed 'forever'."

Into Eternity is a horrible yet beautiful poetic discourse on the thoughts concerning the storage of spent nuclear materials. These materials are being buried deep into a desolate location of Finland. The location must be forgotten but always remembered, "Into Oblivion". This will be a place where no one can go for one hundred thousand years. How can you communicate this to future generations? Can we best anticipate the societal impact of such a discovery in the future? Mankind’s curiosity could certainly kill and destroy if this place is found by a unprepared future society. Can we depend on geological stability for that length of time? These questions are considered but cannot be answered. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56972-D 2010
Includes TV version (58 min.), theatrical version (78 min.) and trailer.

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April 03, 2012

Origins of human aggression (the other story)

"The Origins of Human Agression" discusses the biological environmental and psychological reasons behind human violence and provides guidelines on dealing with its prevention.
Featuring interviews with international experts from different research areas, including a Nobel prize winner, and startlingly illuminating footage of children acting out their aggressive impulses, this documentary examines the complex interactions of factors that affect the socialization of human aggressive behavior.

“Origins of Human Aggression” provides very pertinent information about the development of violence in children. Which if left unchecked could lead to violent teens and adults. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 47575-D 50 minutes 2005

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April 02, 2012

Body typed

Three short films on media and physical perfection
False images(12 min.) The guarantee(11 min.) 34 x 25 x 36 (8 min.)

Wet dreams and false images: "Exposes the art of digital photo-retouching. How do images of perfect female beauty influence men's perceptions of real women? And, how we see ourselves?"

The guarantee: "Teasing, self-perception, cultural identity, and plastic surgery. How would changing our bodies to try to fit an image alter the way we see ourselves? -- Or even who we are?"

34 x 25 x 36: "A look at mannequins, religion and perfection. Enter the inner workings of the Patina V Mannequin Factory and see what goes into making 'the ideal woman of the moment' -- in plastic."

Bonus features, The barbershop three years later, Sex lies and photoshop New York Times Op-ed piece, story leads to action workshop with filmmaker.

In the barbershop, on paper and in the factory, this documentary looks at the "idealized" human shape and the manipulation of the image through various means of retouching, plastic surgery and mannequin production. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57134-D 31 minutes 2009

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"This non-partisan film includes a look at two national policies -- agriculture and energy -- shaped by a variety of interests including industry groups, political parties, lobbyists, citizen groups, candidates, and officeholders."

If any film can be a testament to campaign finance reform it is “Priceless”. The film takes a close look into the variety of ways special interest groups invest in political decision making. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57020-D 58 minutes 2011

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Nollywood Lady

Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima of Lagos, Nigeria is an impresario of showbiz and an impassioned spokeswoman for the thriving and innovative African film industry. She is "Nollywood Lady," an ex-lawyer, producer, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of the influential African Academy of Motion Pictures. And she is reshaping the way Africans see themselves--and how the world sees Africans. Sharing her vision for transforming preconceptions about Africa and African images with filmmaker Dorothee Wenner, Anyiam-Fiberesima takes viewers on an all-access tour to film locations, markets, and sit-downs with Nollywood professionals in the vibrant production hub of Lagos.

The documentary depicts Nollywood as exciting, inventive and very local. The film industry in Nigeria is slowly getting off the ground and looking ahead to international distribution. The Askwith has quite a few Nollywood films along with African films. The films are usually very good dramatically though in some cases the production value isn't on par with main stream films. The films produced in Nigeria speak to local issues and larger global issues. If you want to see modern Africa without western interpretation Nollywood is a great place to begin. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 52509-D 52 minutes 2008

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The Last Days of the USSR

This documentary recounts the critical last two years of the USSR and sheds light on events that led to the sudden collapse of one of the most totalitarian empires of the 20th century.

This is one of those great historical events where you ask yourself, "What is happening?" and quickly ask "What just happened?" This documentary provides some insight into the fall of the Soviet Union. The documentary interviews the officials involved, while trying to document the series of events.
As a side note:
Our elected officials were just as unprepared as the rest of the world. However, it was George Bush's (41) greatest moment. George Bush was not able to use this as a political benefit for re-election. The world was sick and tired of the Cold War and its politics. The Cold War lasted almost 50 years and, considering the cost and toll of death, its end was less than fantastic. Without the east and west divisions and since their strategic relevance became meaningless many countries were left broke and ignored. Most countries struggled through the collapse; this left some countries unprotected both externally and internally leading to dictators, extremists and genocide. On a variety of levels the world is still dealing with the collapse today. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57141-D 52 minutes 2011

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Truck Farm

"Truck Farm tells the story of a quirky urban farmers. Using green roof technology and heirloom seeds, filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a vegetable garden on the only land he's got: his Granddad's old pickup. Once the mobile garden begins to sprout, viewers are trucked across New York to see the city's funkiest urban farms, and to find out if ameria's largest city can learn to feed itself."

Using the bed of a pickup is a great idea. It's also a good way to try your hand at urban farming. There are some drawbacks, weight of the dirt, plants, water and water drainage can be a problem. The questions are answered here. The demonstrations offered provide information on how to set up an urban garden not only in your truck bed but also on the roof. There is a growing community of urban farmers across the United States. Some of our urban centers are not attracting new businesses. This seems to be a wonderful option for the citizens to reclaim the space for much needed fresh foods and city governments to utilize vacant property. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57026-D 48 minutes 2011

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March 30, 2012

Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness

This documentary tells the story of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, consul to Lithuania during World War II. Sugihara defied Tokyo authorities and wrote transit visas that allowed hundreds of Jewish families to flee Europe through Russia to Japan and other countries. Includes home movies, photographs, film footage, and interviews with Holocaust survivors who owe their lives to Chiune Sugihara.

Heroes can be found in every culture, in every time and sometimes as an enemy. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 41949-D 82 minutes 2005

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Thomas Eakins: Scenes from a Modern Life

In addition to the full length documentary this DVD includes: An Annotated Soundtrack Highlights from the Exhibit Thomas Eakins: American realist, organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mini Documentaries The Unfinished Portrait ... The Centennial Exhibition of 1876 ... The Bregler Collection and Eakins Postcards" from inside cover.
Accompanying music CD titled Bodies in Motion.

I found this documentary very informative. The life, history and development of this artist were certainly an insight into mid-late 1800s America. After his father paid for a replacement for Thomas to fight in the Civil War Eakins then traveled to France to learn from the artist masters of the time. His passion for painting was realized when he visited Spain. His "realism" is outstanding, his method controversial.

Askwith Media Library 56997-D 2002

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The battle for Marjah

"On February 13, 2010, American-led coalition forces launched the biggest military operation since the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Their target was the town of Marjah, a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan ... Journalist Ben Anderson tells the story of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, and its commanding officer, Captain Ryan Sparks".
Featuring U.S. Marine Captain Ryan Sparks, commander of Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, and his unit operations in the town of Marjah; interviews with the Bravo Company troops and Afghan civilians.

Journalist/documentarian Ben Anderson is "in" with the troop and taking gun fire. Political realities are driving the U.S. troops and Taliban fighters to defend and attack. It is the civilians who will and always will pay the price. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 53616-D 84 minutes 2010

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March 29, 2012

The war you don't see

"The War You Don't See traces the history of 'embedded' and independent reporting from the carnage of World War I to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan. As weapons and propaganda are ever more sophisticated, the very nature of war has developed into an 'electronic battlefield'.
Special feature: film entitled: The goal is justice, the method is transparency : Julian Assange in conversation with John Pilger (68 min.)

Very insightful and equally distrubing. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57013-D 96 minutes 2010

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The anatomy of hate

" film which provides an emotional and intellectual insight into the common mechanisms present in all acts of violence, war, and hate -- and through this exploration leads to a most unexpected conclusion -- Hope."

Insightful and very well done. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55852-D 86 minutes 2008

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The flaw

Inspired by former U.S. Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan's acknowledgment that he'd found a flaw in his model of how the world worked, 'The flaw' attempts to explain the underlying causes of the financial crisis in more depth than any documentary to date. The film tells the story of the credit bubble that caused the financial crash, and presents an original and compelling account of the toxic combination of forces that nearly destroyed the world economy.
Welcome to Wall Street! -- Parsing the problem -- Greenspan finds the flaw -- The optimism of standard economics -- The efficient market hypothesis -- The anomaly of bubbles -- The explosion of capitalism -- The housing bubble -- The instability of asset markets -- Greenspan's self-stabilizing financial system -- The golden 50s : lowest income inequality -- 70s : income growth only at the top -- The 20s credit bubble as a precursor -- Profit from credit feeds bank bonuses -- Globalization and industrialization hit wages -- Real estate in the Hamptons -- Trickle down asset bubbles -- The dynamics of the housing bubble -- Mortgages in the 20s and the founding of the FHA -- Red-lined districts flooded with credit -- The rise of CDOs -- Liars' loans and no ratio loans -- Predatory lending and the foreclosure crisis -- The refinancing gamble -- Upwards redistribution of American income -- Consolidating debt by refinancing -- Housing bubble bursts -- Not enough time to sell -- Connection lost, people hurt -- Instability of income inequality -- Where are they now?

Out of the many videos and discussions on this topic: This DVD looks at the historical aspects and interviews those involved in all sides of the collapse. It is much more pertinent and in depth than some of the others and offers solutions for moving forward into the future. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 57022-D 82 minutes 2010

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February 01, 2012

Long shadows

This film explores the ways in which the echoes of the Civil War still resonate in American society: from politics to economics, from civil rights to foreign policy, from individual to collective memory, and from South to North to West. It explores the nature of history itself, revealing how the past is truly prologue to the present.

A part of American history that has not really been addressed. This documentary offers some insight and goes a long way to fill in the blanks. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 54457-D 90 minutes 1984

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Intellectual parity

"This program from the BBC archives examines the nature of historical, intellectual prejudice against women, and how that prejudice has diminished opportunities in education, particularly in the area of science. Scientist and host Jan Harding discusses the educational barriers that nearly thwarted her own science career, and insists that prejudice still exists in the classroom today".

Excellent, thoughful and historical. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 35616-D 48 minutes
Originally produced by the BBC in 1983. DVD release 2003

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January 20, 2012

Brilliant moon

Chronicles the life of writer, poet, and meditation master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers. Known as the teacher of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and of the Royal Family of Bhutan, his life and teachings were an inspiration to all who encountered him.

A close look and a most wonderful person: His joy and laughter demonstrate a very fundamental basic of Buddhism. Displaced, persecuted for his beliefs Master Rinpoche provided joy, insight and kindness to many people. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 54206-D 56 minutes 2010

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January 11, 2012

Writing Desire

"... a video essay on the new dream screen of the Internet and how it impacts on the global circulation of women's bodies from the Third world to the first world. Although under-age Philippine 'pen pals' and post-Soviet mail-order brides have been part of the transnational exchange of sex in the post-colonial and post-Cold War marketplace of desire before the digital age, the Internet has accelerated these transactions. Biemann provides her viewers with a thoughtful meditation on the obvious political, economic and gender inequalities of these exchanges by simulating the gaze of the Internet shopper looking for the imagined docile, traditional, pre-feminist, but Web-savvy mate. WRITING DESIRE delights in implicating the viewer in the new voyeurism and sexual consumerism of the Web. However, it never fails to challenge pat assumptions about the impossibility for resistance and the absolute victimization of women who dare to venture out of the third world and onto the Internet to look for that very obscure object of desire promised by the men of the West. This tape will promote lively discussion on Third world women, the sex industry, mail order brides, racism and feminist backlashes in the West, and on women's sexuality, desire, and new technologies."--Publisher's website.

The aesthetic feel of this documentary is that of a dream or stream of conscious. It almost provides the feeling of surfing the internet with a mixture of text, images and voice over. There are many online sites for contacting women from all around the world for marriage, sex and or companionship, most of which only takes place online. The cultural clash is not experienced through the computer only when the couple prepares to meet. The DVD was released in 2001 and due to the prevalence of the internet some of the "Third World" considerations may not apply today. Women not of the "western culture" may see using this as a way to increase their financial standing, provide a way out of poverty or were sold, as young girls often are, to a person who is more a pimp than anything else. Promising money is more of a trap than a way out of their current situation. In some of the countries where the women are from pornography is illegal and they risk imprisonment or worse. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 51337-D 2001 26 minutes

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December 14, 2011

Columbus Day Legacy

"Since 1992, the Denver Italian-American community has proudly and publicly celebrated Columbus Day with a revived parade-- long a part of the city's history -- much to the dismay of the local American Indian Movement chapter who are equally determined to vilify the man credited with 'discovering' America. The history of this annual parade is peppered with both verbal and physical violence, challenging ideas of political correctness and freedom of assembly. Both the Italian and Native Americans are strong, vibrant, tight-knit communities, a point conveyed by the film as it uncovers conflicting notions of the freedom of speech, the interpretation of history and what it means to be an American".

Pride has a way of undermining the common sense of most people. This film shows the pride that the children of Italian immigrants have for their new country. Most of us come from immigrants and we should be aware of and in some cases raise the flag to demonstrate our happiness for the opportunities that were provided as our ancestors acclimated to the new country. Many of the immigrants upon arrival to this country had to deal with intolerance, bigotry and racism. It was a long struggle to get to the point of assimilation and to enjoy the benefits offered. As children of immigrants we cannot and should not ignore the suffering and the impact of our arrival on the indigenous peoples. To truly enjoy the spirit of "America" we must understand and respect all people who now live in this country. ~Mike
"A film by Bennie Klain."
U. Michigan performance rights obtained.

Askwith Media Library 55598-D 60 minutes 1992 (2011)

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Energy and Morality

Explores the complex relationship of energy use to different value systems. Presents contrasts of social effects of high-level and low-level energy usage on human behavior and value systems. Uses narrative, animation and interviews with energy experts Amory Lovings and E.F. Schumacher to explore the relationship between the energy available to society and the values that control the behavior of society.

A well paced discussion on the philosophical and societal effect of modern uses of energy to our collective well being. How governments will respond concerning their ever increasing searching, storing and consuming of this scarce resource. This film invites the viewer to take a moment to consider the impact and the long term effect of manufactured energy consumption has on individuals, communities and human population. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 53161-D 33 minutes 1979

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December 13, 2011

Otaiya (Christmas Eve)

Japan's hidden Christians
When Christianity was outlawed in 1614 and the Portuguese Catholic missionaries were expelled, Japanese believers went underground and continued to practice their religion in secret. This film tells the story of these "Hidden Christians" through an examination of their version of the Christmas Eve ceremony. Featured are the only two remaining priests in the Goto islands. Both men are in their late nineties and have no successors. The film examines the many factors that have led to the decline of these centuries-old traditions.

Look into the history and ceremonies of the Christain movement in Japan. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 53610-D 34 minutes 1997

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December 12, 2011

The Fabric of the Cosmos

Using humor, everyday examples and computer animation for the more abstract concepts, author and physicist Brian Greene explains complex theories of the universe and the focus of his research, string theory.

Four 60 minute programs on this two disc set. It is an outstanding introduction to some very, modern theories concerning space and time. Well worth watching for those who want a little more information about the theories. Relatively easy to understand and excellent computer graphics. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56457-D 240 minutes
Recorded at Rice University on October 5, 2004. Released through PBS in 2011

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Purity Myth

"In this video adaptation of her bestselling book, pioneering feminist blogger Jessica Valenti trains her sights on "the virginity movement" -- an unholy alliance of evangelical Christians, right-wing politicians, and conservative policy intellectuals who have been exploiting irrational fears about women's sexuality to roll back women's rights".

The topic of promising your father that you will remain "pure" has an incestuous and disturbing current. A personal time in a woman's life that should be left up to her. A community or public display of a woman's "purity" has no place in society although is seems to be of great concern to the men, and unfortunately some of the women, in this video. It seems that this promise will lead to lying and deceit by both the father and daughter. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56564-D 45 minutes 2011

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December 08, 2011

The one percent

A documentary on wealth and issues of racial class in America.

I don't agree with the above description from the catalog that "racial class" should be a main point of the description. This documentary covers a wide range of social levels in America.
Released in 2007 but very pertinent today. Offering great insight to families of wealth where most of the money was inherited. However some made their money by hard work, the man who started Kinko’s is very candid and probably one of the most honest people in the film. You can't help but like him, his honesty and appreciate the work he has done. If you want to know some of what goes on at this level of American society this is a good place to start. Thank you Jamie Johnson, grandson of Johnson and Johnson’s founder, for your brevity and tenacity. There is a very interesting side contrast with Bill Gates Sr. leading the way. This documentary is really worth a look. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55738-D 80 minutes 2007

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December 05, 2011

Lethal Landscapes: Canvases of the Combat Artist

"Soldier specialists are still trained to paint, sketch and draw the intense moments of battle, as well as record the more mundane moments of day-to-day military life. At the Defense Information School (DINFOS) located at Fort Meade, Maryland, soldiers learn to apply observation and a keen eye for detail to create realistic, moving compositions that accurately reflect a soldiers life. Lethal Landscapes introduces several combat artists, including retired and active duty service members who talk about their poignant experiences in a number of conflicts, including Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. And hear firsthand from a female Marine artist, who, after graduating from DINFOS, went to Iraq to capture on canvas what our troops were experiencing there. In the course of her tour, she had to put down her sketch pad and return fire."

Interviews and discussions of this little known part of the armed forces. ~Mike

Askwith Media Libray 53626-D 30 minutes 2007

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Cameraman The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

A star-studded documentary about one of the greatest Oscar-winning cinematographers, who captured the beauty of such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Sophia Loren in such memorable classics as The African Queen; The Red Shoes; Barefoot Contessa; and Black Narcissus. With a career spanning more than 80 years, the passionate documentary reveals the craft of one of cinema's most indelible image-makers, Jack Cardiff. Includes bonus features.

In his long career Jack Cardiff was an exceptional innovator camera operator, and eventually a director. His work with Technicolor and his willingness to experiment has provided the engine for the growth and experimentation with film and how a scene is composed for the lens. This is a very insightful documentary for those who want to know a camera operator's work experience and for those who want to hear a little movie gossip. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 53638-D 90 minutes 2011

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November 29, 2011

We Still Live Here (Âs nutayuneân)

The Wampanoag are celebrated at Thanksgiving as the Indians who saved the Pilgrims from starvation, but their linguistic heritage remained largely forgotten until Jessie Little Doe Baird discovered hundreds of documents written in their ancient language. Her efforts, which led to the reclamation of the Wampanoag language and culture, are explored in this documentary film.

This is wonderful. To see the revival and reuse of an almost lost language. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55625-D 56 minutes 2010

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November 28, 2011

Returning Fire

Interventions in Video Game Culture
Video games like Modern Warfare, America's Army, Medal of Honor, and Battlefield are part of an exploding market of war games whose revenues now far outpace even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. The sophistication of these games is undeniable, offering users a stunningly realistic experience of ground combat and a glimpse into the increasingly virtual world of long-distance, push-button warfare. Far less clear, though, is what these games are doing to users, our political culture, and our capacity to empathize with people directly affected by the actual trauma of war. For the culture-jamming activists featured in this film, these uncertainties were a call to action. In three separate vignettes, we see how Anne-Marie Schleiner, Wafaa Bilal, and Joseph Delappe moved dissent from the streets to our screens, infiltrating war games in an attempt to break the hypnotic spell of "militainment." Their work forces all of us -- gamers and non-gamers alike -- to think critically about what it means when the clinical tools of real-world killing become forms of consumer play.

Exposing the war culture video gaming; There is hope, groups and individuals are becoming more engaged in the software aspect and the online presence; taking control, offering options or "tagging" with graffiti the virtual environments. Through these games a generation of children, are militarized and ready for war. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56363-D 44 minutes 2011

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The Billionaires' Tea Party

From the tea parties to healthcare and climate change, America's conservative citizens revolted against President Obama's reform agenda. But just how real were the roots of this supposedly grassroots uprising? Was it, in fact, an example of 'astroturfing', which is the practice of manufacturing citizens groups for the purpose of delivering corporate messages? Curious to find out, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham went undercover to investigate. What he found was astroturfing on a scale greater than he could have imagined. This film offers a look at how corporate elites are exploiting the anxieties of ordinary Americans.

A lot of good people are exploited by those who have the purchasing power. This documentary brings to light the abuse to the American democratic system for extreme ideologies by those who practice economic terrorism. It is very unfortunate that people who need help fall victim to this type of radicalization which ultimately undermines their situation. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56362-D 56 minutes 2011

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The Shock Doctrine

Disaster Capitalism in Action
Using 'shock therapy' as a metaphor, the film investigates Naomi Klein's central idea of 'disaster capitalism.' When countries are jolted by catastrophic events such as war or natural disasters, they are often subjected to totally unregulated 'free market' remedies that benefit corporations at public expense.

Excellent. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56343-D 78 minutes 2009

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November 11, 2011

Page One: Inside the New York Times

This documentary chronicles the transformation of The New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk, as the Internet redefines the media industry by surpassing print as the main source of news. At the heart of the film is the burning question on the minds of everyone who cares about a rigorous American press, Times lover or not: what will happen if the fast-moving future of media leaves behind the fact-based, original reporting that helps to define our society? This up-close look at factors and actors that produce the "daily miracle" of a great news organization is a nuanced portrait of journalists continuing to produce extraordinary work under increasingly difficult circumstances.
Special features: Featurettes: Carl Bernstein on the real threat to newspapers (3 min.); Emily Bell on keeping journalism relevant (2 min.); Sarah Ellison on the mind of Murdoch (4 min.); Additional scenes (22 min.); Journalists react to "Page One" (3 min.); Q&A highlights with the cast and filmmakers (17 min.); Tim Arango with João Silva in Iraq (5 min.); Also from Magnolia Home Entertainment (10 min.).

Excellent. Insight for everyone trying to look into and understand the effects of web based advertising on the newspaper industry. The New York Times holds its ground and makes the hard choices to change and reinvent itself. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56240-D 92 minutes 92 minutes

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November 08, 2011

Blacking up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

"Hip-Hop was created by urban youth of color more than 30 years ago amid racial oppression and economic marginalization. It has moved beyond that specific community and been embraced by young people worldwide, elevating it to a global youth culture. The ambitious and hard-hitting documentary Blacking Up: hip-hop's remix of race and identity looks at the popularity of hip-hop among America's white youth. It asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation? Does it reflect a new face of racial understanding in white America or does it reinforce an ugly history? Against the unique backdrop of american popular music, Blacking up explores racial identity in U.S. society. The film artfully draws parallels between the white hip-hop fan and previous incarnations of white appropriation from blackface performer Al Jolson to mainstream artists like Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and Eminem. It interweaves portraits of white hip-hop artists and fans with insightful commentary by African American cultural critics such as Amiri Baraka, Nelson George, Greg Tate, comedian Paul Mooney and hip-hop figures Chuck D., Russell Simmons, M1 of Dead Prez, and DJ Kool Herc".

Hip hop has become the music of the youth of the world. The Askwith has films and documentaries from all over the world where hip hop music is used in one form or another. Hip hop can be both international and local at the same time. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 53341-D 56 minutes 2009

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October 24, 2011

Captured on film: The True Story of Marion Davies

Blonde, beautiful and talented, Marion Davies was the first and funniest of the screwball comediennes. She combined zany slapstick with exuberant mimicry. This combines archival film clips with interviews and rare home movies to explore her life and work.
Special features: Quality Street / director, Sidney Franklin ; from a story by James M. Banrie ; piano score, Philip Carli. Starring Marion Davies, Conrad Nagel, Helen Jerome Eddy, Flora Finch, Margaret Seddon, Marcelle Corday, Kate Price (1927, b&w, 110 min.); Marion Davies stills gallery.

Finally a true account of Marion Davies she is one of the first women to put herself out there as a comedian. Her comedic style and timing is without rival. Marion Davies was a very chartable person helping those she worked with and donating money and time to the needs of children. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 35023-D 60 minutes Released in 2001

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Teachings of the Tree People

Indian (America)
The Work of Bruce Miller
National Heritage Fellow Gerald Bruce (Sùbiyay) Miller, Skokomish Tribal Twana Indian leader, gathers and weaves a cedar bark mat and shares his life story and the teachings of the Tree People. A passionate student of the traditional culture, Bruce became the bearer of the language, oral history, art and spirituality of the tuwaduq (Twana) and Southern Coast Salish peoples. This film documents his race against time and ailing health to pass the knowledge of his ancestors on to those who would listen. The film chronicles Bruce's youth among his tribal elders; his young adulthood in school (Berkeley), war (Viet Nam) and on the stage (New York City); and his decision to return home and lead a cultural renaissance in the Pacific Northwest. It documents traditional practices of gathering and preparing cedar bark for weaving, uses of medicinal plants, and the presentation of wild foods for the fall Ceremony of First Foods. Completed just before his death in 2005.
Born April 23, 1944 in Skokomish, 15th child of Fred & Georgia Miller. Tribal & spiritual leader, storyteller, caretaker of tribal traditions, weaver, carver, teacher; lived near Hood Canal; wrote "The Changer," winner U.S. Bicentennial Playwrights Award; recipient Wash. St. Governor's Heritage Award, 1992; cofounded NW Native American Basketweavers Association, 1994; designated Wash. St. "Living Treasure," 1999; awarded National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, June 2004. Died Feb. 5, 2005 from a heart attack.

One amazing person among many: A life lived and the realization of the love of his people and the land. Food for your soul and enrichment for your life. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 54659-D 57 minutes 2006
Includes The 20 min. educational version of Teachings of the Tree People was made in 2004.

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October 19, 2011

Unlikely Treasures

This documentary features people who are compulsive hoarders.

Not hoarders but collectors of things left behind or forgotten. Baking cake tins, tools, buttons, ceramic ET dolls and trinkets are some of the many collectables in our lives. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55597-D 52 minutes 2010 (Montreal)

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October 18, 2011

Miss Representation

Explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America and challenges the media's portrayals of women.
Featured in the film: Caroline Heldman, Condoleezza Rice, Dianne Feinstein, Dolores Huerta, Geena Davis, Gloria Steinem, Jackson Katz, Jane Fonda, Jean Kilbourne, Jennifer Pozner, Katie Couric, Lisa Ling, M. Gigi Durham, Margaret Cho, Martha Lauzen, Nancy Pelosi, Pat Mitchell, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson.
Includes customized footage and curricula for the following ages groups: university, high school, middle school, 4-5th grade, K-3rd grade; educator's viewing guide.

Absolutely a "must see" for everyone. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55514-D 90 minutes 2011

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Racism: A History

The Colour of Money: Colonialism and the Slave Trade
Reaching back across the centuries, this program sheds light on historical attitudes toward human differences. It assesses the significance of biblical narratives, including the "curse of Ham", in the evolution of European concepts of race, and goes on to examine the basis of institutionalized racism - entwined with fervent capitalism - on which the transatlantic slave trade operated. The destruction of America's indigenous civilizations and the dehumanization and exploitation of Africans are studied alongside the writings of Enlightenment philosophers and historians. Includes commentary by Dr. Orlando Patterson, Dr. Barnor Hesse, and Professor James Walvin.

For a modern society living under the shadow of colonialism, racism and slavery: The history cannot be changed but can the knowledge of it help society to overcome this horrible past? ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 50563-D 53 minutes 2007

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60 Minutes Hardtimes Generation

Scott Pelley talks with homeless children and their parents who live now live in budget motels.

Children born into or thrown into despair. America's new "untouchable" caste. Starvation knows no politics. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 54859-D 14 minutes Airdate: 3/6/11

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Weather Report

"A journey to the front-lines of our climate changing world - in the Canadian Arctic, Montana, Northern Kenya, China and India - visiting communities and ordinary people whose lives and livelihoods are being impacted in the most dramatic ways".
Special features (31 min.): extended interviews with Bruce Sterling (5 min.), James Howard Kunstler (7 min.), Sunita Narain (7 min.), Sheila Watt-Cloutier (6 min.) & Wangari Maathai (6 min.).

Let the arguments continue on either side of the issue. This documentary is a wittness to the effects of climate change. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 53050-D 52 minutes 2007

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Soy Andina

Documentary about two New York-based dancers who return to Peru to reconnect with their roots and dance.

Although somewhat lacking, a much more in-depth discussion of tradition and the personal experience of going to Peru would have pulled the viewer in, we get a very nice view of the culture and dance of Peru. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55576-D 70 minutes 2007

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September 08, 2011


"A recent Sundance world premiere, Bhutto tells the epic story of one of the most fascinating characters of our time--Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. A favored daughter of the family often called the "Kennedys of Pakistan," Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and executed by his own military. Her two terms in power saw extreme acts of courage and controversy as she tried to clean up Pakistan's corrupt political culture while quelling the fires of radical Islam that threaten to engulf the region. A fascinating array of archival footage and interviews with family members and leading experts brings life to this tale of Shakespearean dimension in the country the Economist calls the World's most dangerous place."

Bhutto is an amazing documentary which not only provides insight to one of Pakistan's main political families but also to the struggles consuming Pakistan today. Bhutto’s attempts to build up the citizens and bring democracy are continuously attacked by the military and Islamic fundamentalists. This is also a cautionary tale, when you use extremist as her father's political opponents did, you can hardly depend on a beneficial outcome. Bhutto knew that she had to go back to Pakistan and she knew she would not return. The Military, military police and Islamic extremists have taken over Pakistan and the repercussions are felt to this day. ~Mike

Released in 2011

Askwith Media Library 55897-D 111 minutes

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September 02, 2011

Forks Over Knives

This videodisc examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called 'diseases of affluence' that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods and adopting a whole foods plant-based diet. This film tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.

Probably the most important documentary in years. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55829-D 96 minutes

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August 30, 2011

O.com (CyberSex Addiction)

This startling documentary reveals how the Internet contributes to alienation, especially in the area of human sexuality. In North America alone, more than 8 million people pursue sex online at least 11 hours a week. The Internet has actually removed touch and human contact from sex.

This is an outstanding, must see documentary. Not only does in study the addiction to online pornography and chat rooms it touches on the virtual lives we lead on the web. The people interviewed provide honesty and insightful commentary to the lives they have experienced on the internet. ~Mike

Released in 2005 57 minutes

Askwith Media Library 54393-D

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August 29, 2011

Intangible asset no. 82

"This film tells the story of a respected jazz drummer and his search for an elusive South Korean shaman and grandmaster musician. The journey becomes a rite of passage as he meets engaging and exotic characters, and overcomes cultural obstacles and the march of time to eventually meet the master only days before his death."

Fantastic journey of discovery and inspiration. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 54761-D 90 minutes

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Transcendent Man

Transcendent Man explores the theories of inventor, futurist, and best selling author Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near), who predicts that in the not-so-distant future, the science fiction behind The Terminator; Blade Runner; Total Recall; The Matrix; and I Robot will become science fact. The film follows Kurzweil as he journeys the world sharing his mind-bending vision of a future in which we merge with our computers.

This guy is amazing. He has used his ability to help millions and has a positive outlook for the future. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55253-D 84 minutes

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The Grand Army of Starvation 1877

"A nationwide rebellion brought the United States to a standstill in the summer of 1877. Eighty thousand railroad workers walked out, joined by hundreds of thousands of Americans outraged by the excesses of the railroad companies and the misery of a four-year economic depression. Police, state militia, and federal troops clashed with strikers and sympathizers, leaving over one hundred dead and thousands injured. The Great Uprising inaugurated a new era of conflict over the meaning of America in the industrial age."
Originally released in 1987 as part seven of the documentary series Who Built America?

You need to watch this. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 52587-D 30 minutes

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August 22, 2011

A Private Universe and Minds of Our Own

Based on two programs: A private universe, originally issued in 1989, and Minds of our own, originally issued in 1997.
"How can students graduate from prestigious schools like Harvard or MIT and not even know some of the most basic ideas in science taught in grade school? These award-winning programs investigate the answers to this perplexing question, and help reveal why science taught in schools can so oftern end up unlearned."

These two programs are outstanding. They provide an indepth look into how we learn and alternatives to teaching to help the students learn and retain. I haven't seen anything better. ~Mike

Total time of both programs 140 minutes

Askwith Media Library 43195-D

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This bloody, blundering business, or the price of empire

Traces the history of American intervention in the Philippines following the Spanish-American War until 1946, concentrating on the Insurrection of 1898-1901 and the period immediately following. Reveals the nature of American attitudes toward Third World peoples and cultures and offers insights into the parallels of that period with contemporary American foreign policy.

The production quality is not excellent, the transfer to video has not been kind, the historical impact is very important. Every American should watch this video. The similarities of then to now will only leave you scratching your head. This is a documentary of early American Imperialism exposing the foundation of America's last one hundred years. ~Mike

a 2010 Videodisc release of a 1975 motion picture. 30 minutes

Askwith Media Library 51746-D

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Studes Terkel

Listening To America
"This documentary takes a fond and illuminating look back at one of America's most influential authors and media personalities."

This documentary is a fine introduction into one of the greatest American personalities. Studs Terkel did not shy away from controversy. "Studs" was responsible for providing a forum for those who were not heard, for those who lived and worked day in and day out, for those who lived the hopes and dreams of the average Americans. Throughout his career in television and as a writer Studs Terkel brought home the reality of American life. His books, TV and radio programs were ground breaking. ~Mike

Released in 2010 41 minutes

Askwith Media Library 54715-D

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Book Wars

Jason Rosette, a fellow street bookseller, documents what life is like for street booksellers in New York City. This is the gritty world of New York City street booksellers exposed in a story that chronicles their lives and loves and their unique perspectives on life. Bookwars explores the other side of the book tables on the streets of the Village, on the Lower East Side, along 6th Avenue, and elsewhere in New York City.

An interesting documentary on the independent, sidewalk book sellers on the streets of New York City and the impact of the "quality of life" law that pretty much closed most of them. ~Mike

Released in 2000 79 minutes

Askwith Media Library 54718-D

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August 04, 2011

Not just a game

We've been told again and again that sports and politics don't mix. In this documentary, Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation magazine, takes viewers on a tour of the good, the bad, and the ugly of American sports culture -- showing how sports have helped both to stabilize and to disrupt the political status quo throughout history. Explores how American sports, at their worst, have reinforced repressive political ideas and institutions by glamorizing things like militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, as well as looking at a history of rebel athletes who dared to fight for social justice beyond the field of play.

Dazzling and disturbing insight to the world of professional sports. ~Mike

Released in 2010 62 minutes

Askwith Media Library 54159-D

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Ahead of time

Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24. She emerged as the eyes and conscience of the world. With her love of adventure, fearlessness and powerful intellect, Ruth defied tradition in an extraordinary career that has spanned more than seven decades. The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, Ruth also traveled to Alaska as a member of the Roosevelt administration in 1942, escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946 and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. Her relationships with world leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman, and David Ben Gurion gave her unique access and insight into the modern history of the Jewish people. Ruth is an inspiration not only for her ground-breaking career, but for her vitality and humor at 98 years old. The film includes never-seen-before archival footage.

An amazing life. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 54911-D

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May 10, 2011

The Last Outpost: Afghanistan

Tells the story of the U.S. effort to build up the Afghan Army, the only real exit strategy. Shot from the ground and on the frontlines, the film chronicles the war through the portrait of two Afghans and an American soldier in an embedded team of 130 Afghans. The two cinematographers-directors, Tim Grucza and Yuri Maldavski, spent one month and a half with the soldiers in a tiny outpost, by the Pakistan border, looking into Waziristan. Ultimately, the film is a look at the absurdity of the war and the impossibility of the fight. It will also explore the psychology, motivation and identity of two people fighting a common enemy but radically opposed in their cultures and ways of life.

Wow. ~Mike

Released in 2010

Askwith Media Library 54278-D

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April 19, 2011

Cool It

From the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist comes this practical guide to solving our environmental problems and cooling the 'green' hysteria that's gripping the planet. Based on the controversial book by political scientist Bjorn Lomborg.

One of the biggest issues we face is our fear. Even though we live in the best of times we are told to fear many, many things in modern society. There are benefits to fear: you can win elections, push your agenda, instill hate and so much more. I am a believer in moderation. I believe that humans can solve most issues before them with calm, considerate thinking. When we are told to think that the problems facing us are too big or complex and cannot be handled by us we turn to anger or apathy. There are no problems too big or complex that cannot be understood and acted upon by humanity.
This documentary offers basic insight to problem solving and the little things we can do to make life better for those around us.
Whenever speech is stifled or shouted down, you must ask yourself why.

Released in 2011

Askwith Media Library 54289-D

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Inside story

Program discusses where information technology meets everyday life, offering six self-contained stories within three specific themes: Chapter 1) Power and Privacy, includes "Privacy Threat" and "Power to the People," which looks at Data Mining, SPAM, Cookies, and Identity Theft; Chapter 2) Control and Security, includes "Security Gets Smarter" and "Copyright," which looks at code-makers, code-breakers or 'hackers,' Linux (open access code) and Watermarking; Chapter 3) Trust and Accuracy, includes "In Search of Truth" and "Accuracy Counts, " which looks at Freedom of Information and Safety-Critical software. The program concludes with a comprehensive six-point guide to ethical decision-making.

Chip Taylor Communications always offers quick insightful documentaries. This 30 minute DVD provides valuable information concerning the social and ethical issues we all face on the internet. ~Mike

Released in 2003

Askwith Media Library 53552-D

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April 18, 2011

A Community Concern

"All over the country, public schools are suffering from overcrowding, poor facilities, and unsafe conditions for the students. Combating these problems and working to strengthen our country's public schools are community organizers, parents, and the students themselves. Made with the participation of three highly respected organizations, Oakland Community Organization (OCO), Northwest Bronx Coalition of Community and Clergy (NWBCCC), and The Boston Parent Organizing Network (BPON), this character-based documentary focuses on the powerful changes made when communities across the country come together to improve the future of today's youth."

Excellent and inspirational. ~Mike

Released in 2009

Askwith Media Library 54282-D

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Portrait of an Onnagata

In the tradition of Kabuki, the portrayal of female characters has become a tradition of its own. This program looks a the history of Kabuki and looks particularly at the dynastic development of the onnagata, the female impersonator, and the intricate techniques and details by which a thoroughly masculine male transforms himself into a man's dream of the womanly woman: more feminine and more perfect than any real woman.

A side note in this story: The Samurai had a pretty high status in the culture however when there were no wars the Samurai were broke. The Samurai would go into debt to the merchants to pay for sexual favors from the kabuki actors. ~Mike

Released in 1990

Askwith Media Library 54470-D

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Your Money, Your Life

An engaging, high-impact program addresses a crucial need for honest, open financial advice in a pivotal stage of life. Through the compelling real-life stories of young people dealing with various financial and lifestyle scenarios, the program raises fiscal consciousness and knowledge on everything from banking and credit to investments, budgeting, insurance and self-employment. It features personal financial advice from respected national financial advisors.

Some very good ideas on how to keep your credit purchases in line and how to deal with credit debt. ~Mike

Released in 2009

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April 12, 2011

Plastic Planet

It is the Age of Plastic. It's cheap, practical, and everywhere. But is it dangerous? Viewers are taken on a journey around the globe, from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the Alps to reveal the far-flung reaches of the plastic problem. Interviews with experts in biology, pharmacology, and genetics shed light on the perils of plastic to the environment and expose the truth of how plastic affects the body, and the health of future generations.

We are living in an age of risk. Our effect on this planet will be felt for generations even if we change immediately there is still a long way to go to heal the planet. We know this and it's a fact of life. But who doesn't use plastic? Who doesn't love it in one form or another? We use plastic for almost everything. I have benefited from the various designs and labor saving devices made with plastic. The concern in the documentary and our concern need to be the impact on the growth and health of our children and the offspring of wildlife. While gathered and thought of as food, fish and birds suffer when the mother feeds its’ babies plastic. Plastic also gets into the blood of humans and is passed through mother's milk to babies. Definitely something we all need to be concerned about. There has to be more options on how we deal with plastic waste and our usage of it. This documentary goes a long way to clarify some of the issues. ~Mike

Released in 2011

Askwith Media Library 54510-D 99 minutes

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April 11, 2011

The Corporation

Documentary examines the nature, evolution, impact and possible futures of the modern business corporation. Based on the book, "The corporation: the pathological pursuit of profit and power" by Joel Bakan ; produced by Big Picture Media Corporation in association with TV ONTARIO ...

The most poignant point is that corporations are required by law to make a profit over every other consideration. It probably would not hurt to change that law, just a little. ~Mike

Released in 2004

Askwith Media Library 39075-D 145 minutes

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Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Take a captivating and compelling road trip though the creative spirit of the American South, a world of churches, prisons, coal mines and mountains. A collage of stories and testimonies while a strange Southern Jesus looms in the background.

This documentary is as wonderful as it is scary. The journey takes us into some of the most interesting "states of mind" of the local population: Either Jesus or Hell, Good or evil, Heaven or nothingness not too many choices in between. "A lot of partying and a lot of praying." The original thoughts and the music are stunning. ~Mike

Relaesed in 2003

Askwith Media Library 44044-D 83 minutes

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April 08, 2011

Kilowatt Ours -A Plan to Re-Energize America

"Follow filmmaker Jeff Barrie as he searches America's cities, towns and countryside for solutions to the great energy problems of our day. Along the way you'll meet power companies, schools, businesses and everyday Americans finding ways to meet our energy needs using conservation and green power...Best of all, Kilowatt Ours will teach you how to dramatically reduce your own energy bill and improve the environment at the same time!"

The first half deals with the health and environmental problems we are facing by using too much coal and nuclear energy. The second half of the film offers very real solutions for reducing our consumption of energy on a personal level. The documentary also discusses how communities and companies can reduce their consumption.
I am very motivated by the excellent ideas and some very easy ways to immediately reduce our energy consumption. The options offered not only save energy, but also a lot of money for the consumer.~Mike

Released in 2008

Askwith Media Library 52606-D 52 minutes

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April 06, 2011

Surrounded by Waves

As wireless technology keeps expanding the debate surrounding the health impacts of electromagnetic waves keeps growing. Filmed in France, Israel, Sweden, and the United States, the new documentary SURROUNDED BY WAVES uses an elegant blend of interviews, archives, experiments and 3D animation to investigate what is known, and unknown, about the potential risks.
Historical background -- What are electromagnetic waves? -- Electro hyper sensitivity -- Harmfulness & public awareness -- How do cells react? -- The semi-permeable membrane -- relay antennas.

Very concise and informative. As more tests are completed and more information becomes available, I hope this type of documentary with multiple view points continue to bring us the information we need concerning this topic. ~Mike

Released in 2009

Askwith Media Library 54447-D 52 minutes

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Ansel Adams

A portrait of noted American photgrapher Ansel Adams, which captures the spirit and artistry of the man as it focuses on his role as teacher, conservationist, and artist.

Told mostly by Ansel Adams. He allows us insight into his world of photographic technique, teaching, friends and family. ~Mike

Released in 1977. Released on DVD in 2003

Askwith Media Library 54254-D 60 minutes

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April 05, 2011

Improper Conduct (Mauvaise Conduite): Castro's Cuba

Tells the story of 28 Cuban exiles from all walks of life, all victims of their homeland's oppression. Provides a history of Cuba under Fidel Castro's leadership, focusing on the regime's suppression of dissidents and free speech. In addition to speaking with the exiles, the program visits Little Havana in Miami. Although only events up to the mid-1980s are covered, these powerful stories provide a rare personal glimpse into life in Castro's Cuba and the effects of Castro's policies on the Cuban people.

The video was produced a few years before the fall of the Soviet Union. The insight provided here is a snap shot of the lives of those who realized the Castro Revolution was nothing more than a Soviet style occupation by a puppet regime.
From today's perspective: reality overshadows the myth. The myth builders, whoever they may be, are trying to raise Castro to the mythic level of Che Guevara (a tyrant in his own right). Castro at present is the elder statesmen of Cuba. However he will long be remembered as the tyrannical oppressor whose main goal, as it turns out, was to be a thorn in the side of the USA at the expense of the citizens of Cuba. Communist propaganda was used as a baton to beat the citizens down and to inspire hate. This propaganda of oppression is now a successful tool for 21st century politics. ~Mike

Released in 1983

Askwith Media Library 54480-D 112 minutes

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April 04, 2011

Food Design

This film takes a look at the secret chambers of a major manufacturer of food, where designers and scientists are defining your favorite mouthful of tomorrow. It shows how form, color, smell, consistency, the sounds made during eating, manufacturing technique, history and stories are all aspects of food and eating that both influence food design, and are created by it.

Our desire for food, beyond sustaining life, is a very complex process involving all of our senses. We depend heavily on each sense to inform us about the food and also to entice us for more.
The quality of the documentary is outstanding. Shot in high definition but avialable here on DVD, some of the images just make you hungry for more. ~Mike

Released in 2008

Askwith Media Library 54446-D 52 minutes

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March 28, 2011

Between Beckett and Brecht

Samuel Beckett explored the inner worlds of memory and existence, while Bertolt Brecht's energies were directed outward, toward politics and institutions. In this program, renowned theater director Sir Richard Eyre examines the work of those two dramatists and the impact they had both on playwrights and on the theater itself, beginning with the 1960s. Film clips and interviews with Harold Pinter, Peter Brook, David Hare, Edward Bond, Billie Whitelaw, Caryl Churchill, and Alan Bennett reveal an exuberant period in theater history that has seen form unconditionally surrender to dramatic expression.

Both artists respond to the complexities of human endeavor. This is an understated documentary, it touches on the impact Beckett and Brecht had on the history of theatre with their response to pre war modern society, the total war brought on by World War II and the post war devastation society had to understand and rebuild. ~Mike

Originally produced in 2000 as an episode of the BBC television program, Changing stages.

Askwith Media Library 37453-D 51 minutes

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Japan, The Emperor and The Army

Based on rare archives and previously unreleased interviews, this documentary traces the secret history of post-war Japan. It reveals the contradictions of a people still confronted with memories of the war and militarism, and the threats to the values of peace which are at the heart of its modern identity.

Communication between Emperor Hirohito and General MacArthur probably saved Japan from experiencing a complete rebellion and national instability. MacArthur had set the stage for competent regime change. Unfortunately this lesson has been lost to America. ~Mike

Released in 2009

Askwith Media Library 54426-D 90 minutes

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The Koran -The Origins of the Book

"This enlightening documentary explores the origins of the Koran, which according to Muslim tradition, has remained static and unchanged since its revelation to the prophet Mohammed between 610 and 632 CE in Mecca and Medina. However, recent discoveries of Koranic manuscripts analyzed by scientists, dating from around 680--the oldest in the world--indicate that the Koran my have a more complicated history. During the first century of Islam, different concurrent versions of the holy book of Islam are believed to have existed and a number of different readings are possible due to the rudimentary nature of the writing in its early stages."

An insightful, historical perspective of the Koran. The historians, scientists and Muslim scolars demonstrate very deliberated care and consideration while on the path of discovery of the historic Koran. ~Mike

Released in 2010

Askwith Media Library 54451-D 52 minutes

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Storms over China

In the village of Longbaoshan, northwest of Beijing, the inhabitants are trying to prevent their village from being engulfed by dust caused by ferocious sandstorms. This ecological disaster has shocked the villagers whose crops have failed for five years. Many have abandoned their farms, moving to neighboring villages or cities after selling their livestock. The meteorologist, Hao Yan, points out that the sand moves from northwest China in increasingly thick clouds at a rate of 90,000 tons per year. Some storms are so powerful that they carry over to Korea, Japan and even California. As described by a scientist at the International Institute of Geo-information in the Netherlands, an increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere leads to the rise in temperature on the planet. This warming, combined with Chinese agricultural practices, few rainstorms, and violent winds have produced the increasingly intense sandstorms which lead to desertification. China emits a huge amount of greenhouse gases, second only to the U.S. The Chinese government is well aware of the situation which the country's unbridled industrialization has produced. They announced an enormous reforestation plan, called the Great Green Wall of China to prevent desertification. Over eight million dollars will be invested over the next few years, leading up
to the Olympics.

The amount of sand is overwhelming. Villages are being buried under tons of sand. The winds constantly push the sand from Siberia to China, Korea, Japan and eventually the Western United States. One solution being tried is planting trees. They plant "sand cypress" trees to hold the top soil. This has worked in areas but can it hold back the tide? I have to wonder if this is what has happened on Mars.

Released in 2005

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March 25, 2011


"Tagged introduces us to the raging debate over the ubiquitous Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip, touted as a tool with invaluable medical applications by its supporters and denounced as the death knell for civil liberties by privacy advocates. This playfully smart short doc lets the audience decide: Is it "hip to be chipped," as a proposed marketing slogan claimed, or could RFID implants accelerate a slide down the slippery slope from surveillance society to totalitarian nightmare?"- National Film Board Website

It's a very tiny chip, the same size used for pets and medical patients. Though the manufacturer does not intend this to be used as a "Hip to be Chipped" devise. A couple of young men have implanted themselves with the chip, to demonstrate and also conveniently to open doors. Possibly just one of many tools used for future surveillance. ~Mike

Released in 2009

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March 23, 2011

Never Enough

[This film] probes our relationship with the material world through three Americans' relationships with their "stuff." Michele Gitlin has 700 sweaters. In touch with the pain as well as the pleasure of over-collecting, she calls Ron Alford, the "Disaster Master," for help. Ron, a de-cluttering expert who coined the term "disposophobia" and believes that 'clutter begins in the head, and ends up on the floor,' determines that Michele is indeed a hoarder. We follow Ron as he visits a retired marine (who owns 7,800 Beanie Baby dolls), and a Home Shopping Network addict whose purchases have made his apartment unlivable. [This film] is a meditation on material culture, consumerism, mental illness and the social fabric of our lives.

For many reasons we acquire way too much stuff. This documentary delves into our hidden needs for stuff and also shows us the dependency we attach to our stuff. ~Mike

Released in 2010

Askwith Media Library 54107-D 36 minutes

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Asking For It

"Ethics and erotics of sexual consent"
A lecture by Dr. Harry Brod discusses the (often unclear) line between sexual consent and sexual coercion.

An insightful lecture based heavily on personal ethical actions. Never assume consent always require explicit verbal consent. ~Mike

Released in 2010

Askwith Media Library 54157-D 38 minutes

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March 22, 2011

Generation M

"Despite the achievements of the women's movement over the past four decades, misogyny remains a persistent force in American culture. In this important new documentary, Thomas Keith, Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Long Beach, looks specifically at misogyny and sexism in mainstream American media, exploring how negative definitions of femininity and hateful attitudes toward women get constructed and perpetuated at the very heart of our popular culture. The film tracks the destructive dynamics of misogyny across a broad and disturbing range of media phenomena: including the hyper-sexualization of commercial products aimed at girls, the explosion of violence in video games aimed at boys, the near-hysterical sexist rants of hip-hop artists and talk radio shock jocks, and the harsh, patronizing caricatures of femininity and feminism that reverberate throughout the mainstream of American popular culture. Along the way, Generation M forces us to confront the dangerous real-life consequences of misogyny in all of its forms--making a compelling case that when we devalue more than half the population based on gender, we harm boys and men as well as women and girls."

Released in 2008

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The Brandon Teena Story

Documentary film about Brandon Teena, who arrived in rural Falls City, Nebraska, in 1993 where he finds some new friends. Three weeks later he is brutally raped and beaten by friends who discover that he is actually a woman. A week later the same two men murder Teena along with two other people. This is a tale of Brandon's coming of age struggle with identity and how his gender ambiguity induced feelings of betrayal, confusion and hostility among residents of a town in America's heartland.

Released in 1999

Also a motion picture (Boys Don't Cry 29898-D) staring Hilary Swank also released in 1999 ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 30653-D 88 minutes

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Caught in the Crossfire: Arab-Americans in Wartime

... when two planes hijacked by Islamic extremists destroyed the World Trade Center, the lives of this immigrant group changed within hours. Now, Arab-Americans are caught in the crossfire of President Bush's War on Terrorism, and are finding out how cold the welcome can be when you belong to the wrong immigrant group at the wrong time.

Released in 2002

Askwith Media Library 49060-D 54 minutes

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Border war

The human and drug trafficking across the border between the United States and Mexico has been called the illegal immigration invasion. The lives of five individuals affected by the rise in illegal immigration are documented.

Released in 2006

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Behind the labels

Lured by false promises and driven by desperation, thousands of Chinese and Filipina women pay high fees to work in garment factories on the pacific island of Saipan, the only U.S. territory exempt from labor and immigration laws. The clothing they sew, bearing the "Made in the USA" label, is shipped duty and quota-free to the U.S for sale by The GAP, J. Crew, Polo and other retailers. Powerful hidden camera footage, along with the garment workers' personal stories, offers a rare glimpse into indentured labor and the workings of the global sweatshop where 14 hour shifts, payless paydays, and lock-downs are routine.

Released in 2010

Askwith Media Library 53870-D 46 minutes

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Deep down

Neighbors and friends living in a small eastern Kentucky community find themselves on opposite sides of a debate over the activities of a coal mining company conducting mountaintop removal mining in their backyards.

Released 2010

Askwith Media Library 54106-D 57 minutes

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Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? ... [T]his timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the production of plastic, to the ocean in which so many bottles end up, this...documentary follows the bottled water trail through the communities which are the unwitting chips on the corporate table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this...film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water."

Released in 2009

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Edge of dreaming

"Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie built a career on making science documentaries, reflecting her staunchly rational mind. Then one evening she had a haunting dream of her horse dying, waking to discover that her beloved horse had passed away that same night. Shaken, she tried to pass it off as mere coincidence. But then she had another disturbing slumber, a nightmare where her deceased ex-husband predicts that she will die at age 48. After a foreboding doctor's visit, and with her 49th birthday mere months away, she starts to wonder about the explanatory power of dreams and their impact on her own mortality. In Edge of Dreaming, Amy looks for answers everywhere, from leading biologists Weissmann of and neuroscientists to the more spiritual solutions of a shaman. With the love and support of her family, Amy chronicles her quest to untangle the knots in her unconscious and the meaning of her destabilizing dreams"--www.kino.com.

Operations were scheduled however once she visited a "shaman" and discussed the dream and received some input she no longer needed surgery. ~Mike

Released in 2010

Askwith Media Library 53907-D 72 minutes

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The love of money

In September 2008, capitalism looked like it was on the brink of collapse. This is the story of how the crash was caused, what happened, and how generations to come will be affected by its legacy. Part one examines when the collapse of Lehman Brothers plunged the world into financial crisis. The program includes never-before-seen footage shot inside Lehman's in the weeks leading up to the demise of the bank. Part two examines the boom years before the global financial crash of 2008. Testimony comes from many of the key decision-makers over the last two decades. Part three tells the story of how politicians throughout the world reacted, and asks what has been learned from the entire calamity... and could it happen again?

This is the most concise description of the lead up and failure of the world economic system.

Released in 2009

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Three separate discs at 52 minutes each

Part 1. The |t bank that bust the world directed byGuy Smith --Part 2. The age of risk directed by Tim Robinson -- Part 3 Back from the brink directed by Paul Mitchell.

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Rip off

Examines how the banking industry harvests billions of dollars from consumers in the form of overdraft and other fees. Ralph Nader discusses the predatory lending practices of the major national banks and how individuals can fight against the unfair fees. Also interviews Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney who wrote and sponsored the Overdraft Protection Fair Practices Act, Gail Hillebrand of the Consumers Union, a loan shark whose rates are better than the banks' fees, and various consumer advocates. Also examines the larger issue of corporate dominance of our culture by speaking with author and filmmaker Joel Bakan ("The Corporation").

This is a very insightful documentary. It defines the problem and offers solutions.

Released in 2009

Askwith Media Library 54387-D 50 minutes

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March 21, 2011

Countdown to Zero

Tracing the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. The film makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever as over 40 nations have the technical capacity to construct nuclear weapons.

We should be very concerned. ~Mike

Released 2010

Askwith Media Library 53357-D 89 minutes

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Tillman Story

Pat Tillman chose to walk away from a multimillion-dollar football contract and join the military for no other reason than he felt it was the right thing to do. Documented are the facts surrounding the way the military manipulated his tragic death in the line of duty into a propaganda tool, which is totally unfathomable.

Both the government and media were looking for the "ideal American" hero. Pat Tillman's image and career were used in a media blitz to drum up support for the war in Afghanistan. The deceit unraveled before the eyes of the world.
The film touches on the not mentioned use of sports as war metaphor.

Released 2011

Askwith Media Library 54094-D 95 minutes

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Heart Broken in Half

An in-depth look at the street gangs of the Albany Park neighborhood in Chicago and the socio-economic conditions that give rise to them. Includes comments by neighborhood residents, interviews with several young gang members, scenes from the funeral and burial of a gang member who was killed in the street, and an extensive analysis of the intricate network of symbols, logos and icons (expressed in graffiti) that serve the gangs as a complex visual code for displaying identity and challenging rivals.

Released in 1990

Askwith Media Library 53465-D 58 minutes

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Ancestors in the Americas

Asian American history series
Pt. 1. Coolies, sailors, settlers : [voyage to the New World] -- pt. 2. Chinese in the frontier West : an American story / a co-presentation of National Asian American Telecommunications Association, Independent Television Service.

Part 1 tells the story of how Asians--Filipino, Chinese, Asian Indian--first arrived in the Americas. Film crosses centuries and oceans from the 16th century Manila-Acapulco trade, to the Opium War, to the 19th century plantation coolie labor in South America and the Caribbean. Part 2 relates the history of Chinese immigrants in California.

A much needed view of the early Chinese immigration and/or forced work immigration to America.

1996-1998 television series.

Askwith Media Library 53982-D 124 minutes

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Power and Control Domestic Violence In America

A dramatic and timely exploration of domestic abuse, which examines the persistence of violence against women in the US, through the story of Kim, a mother of three in Duluth, MN. Duluth was the birthplace of a revolution in the way society approaches battering, and the film tells the story of the leaders from Duluth who remain on the front lines today. The film also looks at the debate launched by researchers and academics who have challenged the Duluth approach. Recommended for courses in sociology, social work, women's studies, political science, law enforcement and laws.

A very insigtful look at domestic violence. Porvides some information and options.
Askwith Media Library 54313-D 64 minutes

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August 23, 2010


Taqwacore chronicles the nascent Muslim punk rock movement in America. It was inspired by the work of Michael Knight, a convert to Islam who wrote the novel The Taqwacores (a term combining the Muslim concept of God consciousness with hardcore punk). The film follows Knight and a variety of young Muslim musicians on tour through the U.S. before bringing their music to Lahore, breaking taboos along the way-- from staging a lesbian thrash act at an Islamic convention to stomping on the American flag, or as Knight explains, giving the finger to both sides. Taqwacore charts their attempts to navigate the gap between their cultures and their countries, their religion and their individuality.

These kids are brave. ~Mike

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August 20, 2010

Mr. Conservative

Producer, narrator, and granddaughter CC Goldwater, takes viewers on a cinematic journey into the life of Barry Goldwater in her first film revealing a man either glorified or vilified by the American public.
Release date: Jul. 31, 2007

Askwith Media Library 45708-D

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The Zephyr was powered by a revolutionary compact diesel engine, covering 1,015 miles in 13 hours. By the 1940s, fleets of streamliners crisscrossed the US, but within two decades, their era was over, routes discontinued, and the cars sold.
Originally broadcast on PBS television in 2001 as a segment of: American Experience.

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The blood of Yingzhou District

Documentary on the AIDS epidemic in rural China focusing on one year in the life of a young boy with AIDS whose parents have died of the disease. Looks at how people living with the disease are ostracized. Shows how economic realities force many of the population into selling their blood to make ends meet, a practice that can expose them to unsafe medical practices that can expose them to the virus.

Director of photography, Qu Jiang Tao ; editors, Ruby Yang, Ma Man Chung ; original music, Brian Keane.
Produced in 2006

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August 18, 2010

Nat Turner

Evaluates the authenticity of the earliest source, "The Confessions of Nat Turner", assembled by a white Virginia lawyer from jailhouse interviews. It then follows the controvery over the Nat Turner story played out through history. Alvin Poussaint and Ossie Davis recall how Nat Turner became a hero in the Black community. Religious scholar Vincent Harding and legal scholar Martha Minow reflect on America's attitudes toward terrorism. One of the most bitter race battles of the 1960s is reexamined, when William Styron published his novel, The Confessions of Nat Turner.

A fantastic documentary about the early 19th century slaves in the United States and one man's revolt. Hero or villian it is up to you to decide. ~Mike

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July 14, 2010

Saudi Solutions

Profiles several professional Saudi women in order to understand what it means to be a modern woman in a fundamentalist Islamic society.

Insightful ~Mike

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Air Guitar Nation

A battle of naked ambition played out on the national and, ultimately, world stage, Chronicle the birth of the US Air Guitar Championships as legions of aspiring rock stars live out their dreams on a quest to become the world champion.

You have to see it to believe it. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 45879-D

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June 22, 2010


"Can be used by clergy, environmental activists, congregations, civic organizations, religious institutions, government agencies, scholars, theologians, and anyone concerned about environmental sustainability ... [to] engage people of faith in organized and individual environmental action, foster interfaith dialogue about environmental stewardship, [and] break down barriers between secular environmentalists and people of faith"
Additional material (ca. 110 min.) includes eight individual stories of community groups, and a photographic essay, all enhanced with material that does not appear in full-length documentary: A crime against creation -- Going green -- Food for faith -- Ancient roots -- Compassion in action -- Eco-justice -- Sacred celebration -- Interfaith power and light -- Nature meditations.

A variety of people coming together to work beyond their differences and find solutions, even though made in 2007 it seems improbable that diverse groups can reach common ground in 2010. ~Mike

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Kabul transit

"In the broken cityscape of Kabul, Afghanistan, amid the dust and rubble of war, Westerners and Afghans adjust to the uncertain possibilities of peace. [The film] shuttles through the broken streets of the city, moving between public space and private, listening in on conversations, posing questions, probing the darker alleys mainstream media avoids ... Rejecting the usual device of narration and portraiture, the film asks the viewer to experience Kabul as a newly arrived visitor would"
Originally produced as a documentary film in 2006

A hidden gem in the Askwith. The film visually speakes for itself.~Mike
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May 24, 2010

Liquid Assets

The story of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater. These systems provide a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth. Largely out of sight and out of mind, these aging systems have not been maintained, and some estimates suggest this is the single largest public works endeavor in our nation's history. Locations featured in the documentary include Atlanta, Boston, Herminie (Pennsylvania), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.

Looks into the historical planning, building and use of water distribution to support the development of cities and rural areas. Discusses the infrastructure and future of that infrastructure. As important as distribution, the removal of waste water is given great consideration in this documentary. ~Mike

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Gimme Green

"A social history of one of our most recognizable national symbols - the residential lawn. Humorous, but thought-provoking, Gimme Green considers the impact of this uniquely American obsession on the environment, our health, and our way of life. Employing an engaging blend of gravity and levity, this documentary follows a lawn of the month contest in a small suburb and a city code enforcement officer as he writes citations for unkempt lawns. It examines the inner-workings of a desert sod farm as well as an artificial turf factory. It questions how lawn pesticides are applied and what their affects may be on our health."

Offers some alternatives to America's green front lawn. ~Mike

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May 19, 2010

Mechanical love

Tells the personal stories of people who in different ways enjoy a close relationship with a robot. Explaining the differences between a "humanoid" (a robot in the shape of a human being), an "android" (a robot that looks and moves like a human) and a "geminoid" (a copy of an actual human being), the film takes us from the high temple of robot technology, Tokyo, Japan, to Braunschweig in Germany, to Italy and back to Copenhagen in Denmark. This world tour highlights the human need for love and our craving to be loved by others, while examining the cultural differences in how we accept emotional robots in the East and the West.

One type of robot in this story is a baby seal. The seal is used to comfort elders in retirement homes. These homes can be lonely places and the elders who have the baby seal robots enjoy companionship and caring. "Roboticist" Hiroshi Ishiguro builds a creepy replica of himself and an even creepier one of his daughter. Both look very human and from a distance I don't think you can tell the difference. With Hiroshi and others like him it won't be long until some type of human/animal robot is as prevalent as the ipod in our daily lives. ~Mike

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"'Auschwitz: inside the Nazi state' is the result of three years of research, drawing on the close involvement of world experts, recently discovered documents and nearly 100 interviews with camp survivors and perpetrators, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time. Their stories are brought to life through the innovative use of archive footage, dramatic recreations of key ... moments, and their ... testimony"

This documentary explores one of the most horrendous aspects of human nature. Human Beings have the ability to murder without compassion, remorse or guilt. An example of devastating horror of hate, intolerance and greed lessons we have yet to learn. Linda Ellerbee takes us from the planning, building, use, political betrayal through to the liberation of the prisoners. ~Mike

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April 07, 2010

Our India story

Captured in faith, family and fortune, Michigan's Indian American population is explored in colorful detail throughout Our India story. The film features interviews with prominent Indian Americans and follows their footsteps through challenges and boom times and celebrates their assimilation into the world of medicine, business and religion. Some segments were filmed during a visit to India to rejoice in the essential Indian zest for life.

Insightful documentary concerning the Indian population of Detroit and the metro areas. ~Mike

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Disgraced Monuments

Discusses the destruction of monuments in Russia during the 20th century as each new regime takes control. Only recently have efforts been made to preserve these monuments as part of the Russian heritage. Features rare archival footage and interviews with sculptors, art historians and critics, gallery and museum directors.

Makes one consider opening a large plot of land for discarded monuments from all countries.~Mike

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March 31, 2010

Taken for a ride

Film follows the trail of the demise of public transportation and the rise of the automobile in the United States.

Details the automobile industry's purchase of streetcar systems throughout the country in order to install bus systems. Touches on the industry's active control of the National Highway Systems.~Mike

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This program examines the political and cultural impact of the Latin American telenovela--broadcast six days a week to more than 120 countries. Interviews with sociologists, media moguls and others examine its influence on Latin American power politics, along with generous clips from the programs "By These Streets," which closely parallels Venezuelan news events and the popular Brazilian romantic melodrama "Body and Soul."

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March 25, 2010

Persepolis recreated

Visual recreation of the ancient city of Persepolis, as it was 2500 years ago.

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The people's republic of capitalism

On the eve of the Beijing Olympics, Ted Koppel takes an in-depth look at the economic ties that bind the U.S. to China.

v. 1. pt. 1. Joined at the hip ; pt. 2. MAO-ism to ME-ism -- v. 2. pt. 3. The fast lane ; pt. 4. It's the economy, stupid.

Two discs as separate check out.

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The Universe

Employs cutting-edge computer-generated imagery to bring distant planets and faraway stars up close, allowing viewers to gaze at black holes and comets and to witness the births and deaths of galaxies and solar systems.

Three seasons available
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Paddle to the sea

A young Native American boy carves a small wooden man into a canoe. Follows the adventures of the tiny craft as it forges its own path from Lake Superior through the Great Lakes and down to the Atlantic Ocean. A thrilling journey across the waves and rapids of North America.

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The Rise and fall of the Great Lakes

Surveys the geological and ecological history of the Great Lakes, accompanied by narration in ballad form. Follows a lone canoeist on a tour of the Great Lakes as he suffers through all the cataclysmic changes of lake history.

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March 24, 2010

Century of the self

Four programs describing the psycho/social issues affecting 20th century consumerism against the backdrop of the development of Freudian psychology.

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Part 1. The Happiness machines. Explores the emotional connection to consumerism and the psychological motivation of desires over needs through the historical context of the early 20th century; the use of propaganda and the promotion of Freudian ideologies. The work of Edward L. Bernays, public relations specialist and nephew of Freud, is discussed -- Part 2. The Engineering of consent. Post-WWII growth of psychoanalysis in America. Comments on the work of Ernest Dichter -- Part 3.There is a policeman inside all our heads, he must be destroyed. 1960's questioning of Freudian principles, liberation of feelings vs. suppressing primitive animal instincts -- Part 4. Eight people sipping wine in Kettering : "Satisfaction of individual feelings and desire is our highest priority." How politicians in Britain and America create, control and respond to this idea.

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March 23, 2010

Copyright infringement advisory illegal art

State of the union: Bryan Boyce combines unauthorized CNN footage of George W. Bush with clips from The Teletubbies ; Puppy love: This improvisational short, starring a bull terrier named Punchie, was created in the offices of the Modern Humorist ; Gimme the mermaid: Disney animator Tim Maloney created this new short for Negativland using his employer's equipment after hours ; Natural thing: video collage from Paul Harvey Oswald, a collective based in Rockford, Illinois ; Black thunder: parodies of political advertising are composed of found footage ; Buy me: For this surreal meditation on consumer culture, D. Jean Hester recorded images from fast-food and automotive commercials ; Barbie's audition: Gibbons' darkly comic take on the Hollywood casting couch was rejected by Sundance lawyers ; Superstar: The Karen Carpenter story: portrays the life of Karen Carpenter and her battle with anorexia with Barbie dolls as the principal actors.

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Artwork in the age of its mechanical reproducibility (Keith Sanborn) -- State of the union (Brian Boyce, 2001) -- Puppy love (Michael Colton, 2002) -- Giant steps (Michal Levy, 2001) -- Gimme the mermaid (Tim Maloney with Negativland, 2002) -- Natural thing (Paul Harvey Oswald, 2000) -- Black thunder (Brian Spinks, Bill Wasik and Eugene Mirman, 2001) -- GI joe PSAs (Eric Fensler) -- Buy me (D. Jean Hester, 2002) -- Untitled (Eileen Maxson, 2002) -- Barbie's audition (Joe Gibbons, 1995) -- Superstar: The Karen Carpenter story (Todd Haynes, 1987)

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March 17, 2010

Pray the devil back to hell

Documentary about a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a bloody civil war, violent warlords and a corrupt Charles Taylor regime. Includes interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia together to recount the experiences and memories of the women who were instrumental in bringing lasting peace to their country.

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Tells the story of the seventh century prophet who changed world history in 23 years, and continues to shape the lives of more than 1.2 billion people. Three years in the making, the film takes viewers not only to ancient Middle Eastern sites where Muhammed's story unfolds, but into the homes, mosques and workplaces of some of America's estimated seven million Muslims to discover the many ways in which they follow Muhammad's example.

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Lake invaders

This documentary tells the history of exotic species invasions in Lake Huron and describes other invaders looming on the horizon. Biologists from around the Great Lakes describe the invaders, the damage they have caused, and efforts to manage Lake Huron's ecosystem and multi-million dollar fisheries. The film crew also followed DNR biologists out on the lake for their annual survey of fish populations. The result is a mix of good news and bad news, but the main concern is preventing another wave of invasions through Great Lakes shipping channels. Cf. lakeinvaders.com/Lake_Invaders.html

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Lioness makes public, for the first time, the hidden history of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Told through intimate accounts and interviews with military commanders, the film follows five lioness women who served together for a year in Iraq. Together the women's narratives form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view.

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June 18, 2009

Bad Voodoo's War

With camcorders supplied by the PBS series "Frontline." Bad Voodoo is the name of a National Guard Company on tour in Iraq. Up lifting and heart wrenching experiences are captured through the lens.

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Released 2008 USA

Written, produced and directed by Deborah Scranton

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April 20, 2009


"Trudell" offers amazing insight to the plight of the American Indian. This is a documentary of John Trudell, his family, friends and the American Indian Movement. Heartbreaking and inspiring.

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Released 2005 USA
Directed by Heather Rae
Writen by Russell Friedenberg

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