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Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America's First Blockbuster

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"In 1915, African American newspaper editor and civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith's notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster The Birth of a Nation, which unleashed a fight still raging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Birth of a Movement features commentary from Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and DJ Spooky (who created a new score and remix of the Griffith film), and numerous clips from the technically groundbreaking but racially astounding epic"--Case.
DVD
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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Planet Earth II

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This 2016 follow-up to the 2006 documentary mini-series "Planet Earth" examines the natural features and wildlife found in various parts of the world, each of the six episodes corresponding to a different category of natural or man-made terrain (e.g., island, mountain, jungle, urban area, etc.).
DVD
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Hudson River School: Artistic Pioneers

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In the vicinity of New York's Hudson River Valley, the Adirondack Mountains, Catskill Mountains, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, a group of American painters led by British born artist Thomas Cole forged an artistic vision of the American wilderness. This was the first American school of landscape painting.
DVD
2016; 2014
Clemons (Stacks)
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Lance Loud!: A Death in an American Family

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Presents a documentary follow-up on the life and death of Lance Loud, the eldest son in the 1970s television documentary An American family and the first openly gay person on television.
DVD
2004; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)
5.

Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief

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"... [A] look inside the controversial religion from Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney. The film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, exploring the psychological impact of blind faith, how the church attracts new followers and keeps hold of its A-list celebrity devotees."--Container.
DVD
2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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Art of the Western World

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Historian Michael Wood leads a nine-part tour through 2,500 years of Western painting, sculpture, and architecture, filmed at over 150 locations in eight countries and featuring commentary by historians and scholars.
DVD
2011; 1989
Clemons (Stacks)
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Soul of a People: Writing America's Story

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This documentary recounts the role of the Federal Writers Project as the largest cultural experiment in the nation's history. Program focuses on the role played by writers who recorded local and oral histories all over the nation, many finding national acclaim as a result.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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The National Parks: America's Best Idea

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Traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and what Burns believes is the most stunning cinematography in Florentine Films' history, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Baseball: Tenth Inning

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The game of baseball continues to reflect the complicated country that created it. Players and owners wage a battle over money and power; Cal Ripken becomes the game's new Iron Man; sluggers Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds do things that have never been done before; the Yankees build a dynasty, while their arch rivals, the Red Sox, stage the greatest comeback in history. In September of 2001, baseball offers the hope that things will one day return to normal.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

This American Life: Season 2

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Join host Ira Glass and his company, as they bring a different theme to life each week, in the format of the popular Chicago radio show by the same name. In Escape, teenage boys in Philadelphia impress girls using a mode of transportation obsolete in their neighborhood since the 19th century, and a young man's fight for independence from his mother is complicated by some very specialized circumstances. In Two wars, we learn about two foreigners in the U.S.: one is an Iraqi refugee, traveling the U.S. to let Americans ask him anything they want, and an immigrant from Bulgaria, who realizes that an ongoing argument with his American wife about lawn maintenance has to do with the life he left behind the Iron Curtain twenty years before. Going down in history tells the stories of people [...]
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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College, Inc

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A closer look at for-profit colleges and universities and how the way they use money affects the education they provide.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama

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Features one of the most important events in history, and includes the pre-inaugural events from the morning of January 20, 2009, the Oath of Office and Inaugural Speeches in their entirety, benediction from Dr. Joseph Lowery, recitation by Elizabeth Alexander, and much more.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Faces of America

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Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. turns again to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 11 renowned celebrities including Meryl Streep and Queen Noor. Looking to the wider immigrant experience, Professor Gates follows the threads of his guests' lives back to their origins. Along the way, the many stories he uncovers illuminate the American experience.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Human Spark

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Alan Alda takes a look at how humans first appeared on Earth millions of years ago, and how our species not only survived, but thrived, through some unimaginable conditions. Alda visits with dozens of scientists on three continents, and participates directly in many experiments - including the detailed examination of his own brain.
DVD
2010; 2009
Clemons (Stacks)
15.

Beethoven

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Explores the life and music of Beethoven, to many, the most admired composer in the history of Western classical music. Examines his views on life, politics, and the French Revolution, and how his struggle to resist being defeated by his deafness has a parallel in his music.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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American Masters: Sketches of Frank Gehry

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Thanks to computer technology, Frank Gehry's minimal, erratically penned, squiggly sketches are translated by a team of model makers, software wizards, and engineers into plans that evolve into grand monuments. This exploration of Gehry's basic philosophy, early influences, and somewhat mysterious process, provide a fresh perspective into how architecture, and this architect, works.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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China: A Century of Revolution

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A powerful look at China's most tumultuous century. Features unprecedented access to archival footage, photographs, historic records, and actual Chinese citizens who lived through the century.
DVD
2007; 1989
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Planet Earth: The Complete Series

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A stunning 11-part series that captures rare action, impossible locations, and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest, and most elusive creatures.
DVDBlu-Ray
2007
Clemons (Stacks)
19.

Mozart

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Unravels two hundred years of fiction and myth that surround the life of Mozart. Includes extracts from Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Cosi fan tutte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Piano concerto in E Flat.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
20.

Addiction: A 14-Part Series

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Strives to break through the myths and explain what addiction really is, what causes it, and how to get the best available treatments.
BookDVD
2007