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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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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)
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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)
5.

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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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)
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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)
8.

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)
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This American Life: Season One

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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.
DVD
2008; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Apprentice: The Complete First Season

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Donald Trump, one of America's most successful businessmen, takes 16 contestants and tests their intelligence, chutzpah and street-smarts. They will be forced to think outside the box in order to outshine each other to get to the top. At the conclusion of each task, the winning team will be granted a lavish reward but the losing team must report immediately to Trump's boardroom where one of them will be fired. The big twist is that the teams are thrown out to the wolves of the New York business world with only a few days to complete incredibly difficult tasks.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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Secrets, Politics, and Torture

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The dramatic story of the fight over the CIA's controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture. Based on recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders, the film investigates what the CIA did and whether it worked.
DVD
2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History

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A moving tribute to the history of disabled veterans, An unflinching look at the reality of warfare and disability, featuring interviews with some of the country's most prominent disabled veterans.
DVD
2015
Health Sciences (Service Desk)
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The Amish

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Explores the insular religious community, whose intense faith and adherence to 400-year-old traditions have by turns captivated and baffled Americans for more than a century. The film examines the beliefs, lifestyle, and history of the Amish, as well as their complex relationship to mainstream American culture. The Amish is part history, part observational documentary that takes viewers into the world of the Amish.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

The Quake

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"A powerful report on Haiti's tragedy, with never-before-seen footage of the moments after the quake. What can be done now -- and who will do it?"-- Frontline website.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

The Suicide Tourist

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Do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable, or we are terminally ill? With unique access to Dignitas, the Swiss non-profit that has helped over one thousand people die, filmmaker John Zaritsky offers a revealing look at two couples facing the most difficult decision of their lives, and lets us see as one Chicago native makes the trip to Switzerland for what will become the last day of his life.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Fish on My Plate: A Journey With Paul Greenberg

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"'What fish should I eat that's good for me and good for the planet?' That's the question bestselling author and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg (Four Fish; American Catch) sets out to answer in The Fish On My Plate. As part of his quest to investigate the health of the ocean--and his own--Greenberg spends a year eating seafood at breakfast, lunch and dinner, eating over 700 fish meals in hopes of improving his health through a dramatic increase in his omega-3 levels. With people worldwide consuming more seafood than ever, Greenberg also explores questions of sustainability and overfishing, traveling to Norway, where modern fish farming was invented; Peru to witness the world's largest wild fishery; Alaska, where 200 million salmon can be caught each year; and Connecticut, to visit [...]
DVD
2017
Clemons (Stacks)
20.

American Comandante

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Meet William Morgan who was raised in Toledo, OH, was the larger-than-life American who rose to power in Cuba during the revolution.
DVD
2016; 2015
Clemons (Stacks)