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Local Color [electronic resource]: The Making of the Sty of the Blind Pig by Phillip Hayes Dean : A St. Louis Black Repertory Theater Production

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This documentary chronicles the production of a play at the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, one of the five largest African-American theater companies in the U.S., examining the work of everyone involved, including the actors, director, lighting and set design, sound design, and producer. Each of them discusses his specific contributions to the production as well as the financial difficulties and cultural importance of a minority theater company in America today.
Online
2003
22.

American Outlaws

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At the end of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James ride home to Missouri to be on their ranch with their mother. As a railroad moves through buying up as much land as possible, burning folks out if need be, the James-Younger gang of outlaws become determined to use any means to protect their land and the land of their townsfolk and friends.
DVD
2001
Clemons (Stacks)
24.

A Death in the Family

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A Death in the Family is an anatomy of what family members experience as they gather to say goodbye to their loved one, witness his execution, then bring his body back home to bury him. During the long course of judicial appeals, the Bannister verdict had been regarded by many as a grave injustice. Jesse Jackson and Ed Asner had petitioned the Missouri governor for clemency. But Bannister s attorney felt that the Missouri attorney general was determined to "kill A.J.". On the day of the execution, a small group of anti-death-penalty protestors gathered outside the prison, while pro-death-penalty activists carried signs that read "Die. Die. Die." The family members are allowed one last visit. His mother laments : "It s not only the condemned man they re punishing. It s a whole family. [...]
Online
2000
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Raising Hell [electronic resource]: The Life of A.J. Bannister

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This is a contemporary story of crime and punishment in the Midwest. It tells the story of death-row inmate Alan (A.J.) Bannister, who killed a man in a trailer park in a struggle over a gun. The film reconstructs his troubled life from his childhood in a rural, working class community in central Illinois, where he was a good student and active in sports, to his gradual descent into a life of petty crime In his three years of researching the case, the filmmaker uncovered startling new evidence that the killing was not a contract killing, as the prosecution asserted, but second degree murder, which would not carry the death sentence. Raising Hell approaches a tense climax as A.J. s execution date is set. As the day approaches, the viewer is taken inside the death watch cell to experie [...]
Online
2000
26.

Raising Hell [electronic resource]: The Life of A.J. Bannister

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This is a contemporary story of crime and punishment in the Midwest. It tells the story of death-row inmate Alan (A.J.) Bannister, who killed a man in a trailer park in a struggle over a gun. The film reconstructs his troubled life from his childhood in a rural, working class community in central Illinois, where he was a good student and active in sports, to his gradual descent into a life of petty crime In his three years of researching the case, the filmmaker uncovered startling new evidence that the killing was not a contract killing, as the prosecution asserted, but second degree murder, which would not carry the death sentence. Raising Hell approaches a tense climax as A.J. s execution date is set. As the day approaches, the viewer is taken inside the death watch cell to experie [...]
Online
2000
27.

Oh Freedom After While

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"In January 1939, Missouri Bootheel sharecroppers--black and white--staged a dramatic roadside protest to protest unjust treatment by local plantation owners. Their demonstration spurred the U.S. government to develop new housing for displaced sharecroppers. Some demonstrators also established a remarkable farming community--and learned how to make lasting change in their lives"--Container.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
28.

Oh Freedom After While [electronic resource]

One morning in 1939 residents of southeastern Missouri awoke to a startling sight. More than 1,000 African-American sharecroppers had camped out alongside two state highways, taking a stand against the corrupt planters and marginalizing government decrees that made it impossible for them to ever escape economic disparity. Narrated by Julian Bond, this film tells the story of their labor strike, mixing commentary from former sharecroppers and scholars with striking archival footage. Despite the odds, the 1939 Sharecroppers' Strike attracted national attention and changed government policies that had previously condemned rural blacks to an endless cycle of poverty.
Online
1999
29.

Huckleberry Finn

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An adaptation of Mark Twain's story about a young boy and a runaway slave, who survived, on wits and cunning, a journey down the Mississippi filled with perils mostly of the human and societal variety.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
30.

The Adventures of Huck Finn

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The classic story of the flight of Huck Finn and the slave Jim down the Mississippi, and their encounters with the world at large.
VHS
1993
Ivy (By Request)
31.

The Execution Protocol [electronic resource]

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Shot inside a state-of-the art maximum security prison in southeastern Missouri, the film delves into a world never before seen on film. All of Potosi Correctional Center's inmates face either death or are incarcerated for life without parole. No one leaves the prison, except in a hearse. Missouri has chosen lethal injection as the means of carrying out executions. In Potosi, executions are conducted in the prison hospital, using a lethal injection machine. The protocol is devised so that the burden of responsibility spreads across a number of individuals. The executioners speak openly about their role and the condemned men reflect on their lives. We see precisely what happens when the state takes a life. Member of a series: Eye for Justice (Series).
Online
1992
32.

The Execution Protocol

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The film includes interviews with death row prisoners, with state government and prison officials, and with all participants in capital punishment, including lawyers, police officers and manufacturers of lethal substances to show the legal context and logistics involved in carrying out executions. It was filmed at the Potosi Correctional Centre, Mineral Point, Missouri, and it includes a discussion of the execution of Tiny Mercer in 1989.
VHS
1992
Ivy (By Request)
33.

The Execution Protocol [electronic resource]

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Shot inside a state-of-the art maximum security prison in southeastern Missouri, the film delves into a world never before seen on film. All of Potosi Correctional Center's inmates face either death or are incarcerated for life without parole. No one leaves the prison, except in a hearse. Missouri has chosen lethal injection as the means of carrying out executions. In Potosi, executions are conducted in the prison hospital, using a lethal injection machine. The protocol is devised so that the burden of responsibility spreads across a number of individuals. The executioners speak openly about their role and the condemned men reflect on their lives. We see precisely what happens when the state takes a life. Member of a series: Eye for Justice (Series).
Online
1992
34.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The 1960 version of Mark Twain's novel, concerning a boy and a runaway slave rafting down the Mississippi River.
VHS
1991; 1960
Ivy (By Request)
35.

Mark Twain's the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Adapted for the screen, this is Mark Twain's classic adventure of a small boy on the Mississippi River in pre-Civil War America.
VHS
1989; 1939
Ivy (By Request)
36.

Law and Order

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Documents the routine activities of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, while surveying the wide range of work the police are asked to perform: enforcing the law, maintaining order, and providing general social services. The incidents shown illustrate how training, community expectations, socio-economic status of the subject, the threat of violence, and discretion affect police behavior.
DVD
1969
Clemons (Stacks)
37.

16 in Webster Groves

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Explores the attitudes toward self, parents, school, marriage, and society of sixteen-year-olds living in an affluent suburb of St. Louis. Considers tensions imposed by adult standards. Discusses the degree of conformity to parental values and preoccupation with status to the exclusion of a spirit of adventure or rebellion.
VHS
1966
Ivy (By Request)
38.

Webster Groves Revisited

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An experimental documentary which shows the effect of the telecast of the film 16 in Webster Groves in Feb. 1966 upon the Missouri community of Webster Groves, an affluent suburb of St. Louis. Includes interviews with citizens of Webster Groves who express their views about the telecast which discussed the 16-year-old youth of the community.
VHS
1966
Ivy (By Request)
39.

Sen. Fred A. Seaton (R-NE)

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Online
1952
40.

Kansas City Confidential

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With three thugs as accomplices, disgruntled ex-cop Tim Foster, masterminds a foolproof million dollar bank robbery. But he's also hatched a scheme to double-cross his accomplices and frame an innocent man for the crime. Hapless truck driver, Joe Rolfe, becomes caught in Foster's corrupt plan. In order to set things right, Rolfe tries to clear his own name and seek vengeance on the bad guys, all while falling in love with Foster's daughter.
Online
1952