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Filmakers Library, inc

Works: 1,907 works in 4,178 publications in 2 languages and 61,076 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biographical films  History  Biography  Short films  Interviews  Nonfiction television programs  Ethnographic films  Internet videos 
Roles: prn, Distributor, fds, pre, Publisher, Producer
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Most widely held works about Filmakers Library, inc
Most widely held works by Filmakers Library, inc
T-shirt travels : the story of secondhand clothes & Third World debt by Shantha Bloemen( Visual )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens to all those old clothes brought to the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries? This comprehensive program is about Third World debt and secondhand clothes. The filmmaker traveled to Zambia and was amazed to find almost everyone wearing Calvin Klein, MTV and James Dean t-shirts! Huge bales of American secondhand clothing are sold to African importers, putting the African manufacturers out of business. Experts discuss the history of colonialism, slavery and the depletion of Africa's natural resources. They draw the connection between this shameful legacy and the current huge debt, African government debt service, and the IMF/World Bank policy known as "structural adjustment lending," wherein people's benefits are slashed drastically, resulting in terrible suffering from malnutrition, poor healthcare, inadequate schools, and a crumbling infra-structure
Sound and fury by Josh Aronson( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this follow up film, Heather Artinian and her two brothers have received cochlear implants. Her speech is now understandable. She attends a mainstream school. She can function in the hearing world. Her father, who initially opposed the implant, now says that he sees how useful implants can be for deaf children, and how glad he is that his children have them
Legacy project : dramatists talk about their work( Visual )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Legacy Project documents and preserves the creative process of America's most esteemed dramatists in a series of filmed conversations, each featuring an established stage author (or team of collaborators) and an emerging one. Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, Tony Award-winners, are interviewed by lyricist, David Zippel
Who killed Vincent Chin? by Christine Choy( Visual )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A film about the circumstances and aftermath of the baseball bat murder of 27-year-old Vincent Chin outside a Detroit bar in 1982. Outraged at the suspended sentence given to Ron Ebens and Michael Nitz, convicted in Chin's death, the Asian-American community organized an unprecedented civil rights protest to successfully bring Ebens and Nitz up for retrial. This film explores issues of racism and the loss of blue-collar jobs
Sudan : slipping back in time( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary shows how the Islamic government of Sudan is oppressing the Christian and tribal people, resulting in a civil war, starvation, torture and killings
The split horn : the life of a Hmong Shaman in America( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the life and culture of the Thao family, Hmong Americans in Appleton, Wisconsin, and a shaman's struggle to maintain his ancient traditions
Electoral dysfunction( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The film opens as Mo makes an eye-opening discovery: The U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote. Mo sets out to learn why the Founding Fathers deliberately omitted the right to vote from the Constitution--and to understand the consequences of this decision. His quest leads him to Indiana, which has some of the strictest voting laws in the country. He meets two impassioned local activists--Republican Dee Dee Benkie of Versailles and Democrat Mike Marshall of North Vernon--who take him inside their efforts to turn out every vote. Dee Dee, a member of the Republican National Committee who worked in Karl Rove's office at the White House, has met her match in Mike, a veteran political consultant and former State Representative. Things heat up when the Republicans file a lawsuit challenging thousands of Democratic absentee ballots. As he progresses on his journey, Mo explores the heated debate over Voter ID and voter fraud; searches for the Electoral College; gets to know a former felon who mistakenly believed she was disenfranchised for life; critiques ballot design with Todd Oldham; and encounters a range of activists, experts, and election administrators, along with some highly opinionated third graders, who offer commentary on how voting works--or doesn't work--in America. Woven throughout the film are sequences in which Mo meets reformers working to bring greater fairness and transparency to our election system. Among these reformers are proponents of the National Popular Vote Campaign, who have devised a plan to reform the Electoral College without a Constitutional amendment. Although this pragmatic measure--which would result in direct election of the President--has already passed in 31 state legislative chambers, it has received scant attention from the mainstream media. These stories carry the film into the future while giving viewers concrete steps they can take to help bring about change."--Provided by producer
First contact by Bob Connolly( Visual )

20 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the discovery of a flourishing native population in the interior highlands of New Guinea in 1930 in what had been thought to be an uninhabited area. Inhabitants of the region and surviving members of the Leahy brothers' gold prospecting party recount their astonishment at this unforeseen meeting. Includes still photographs taken by a member of the expedition and contemporary footage of the island's terrain
The call of the jitterbug by Tana Ross( Visual )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary on the jitterbug and lindy hop, a dance craze that swept the nation beginning in Harlem in the 1930s. Delilah Jackson, Mama Lu Parks, George Lloyd, Sugar Sullivan-Niles, Frank Manning, Sandra Gibson, and musicians Bill Dillard and Dizzy Gillespie also reminisce about dancing at the Savoy Ballroom and other popular clubs, which are seen in historical film footage. Parks and Manning are shown teaching the dance, which continues to be performed in clubs and on stage
Gay youth( Visual )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This the first video to explore the emotional strain placed on gay youth by intesnse feelings of isolation. Adolescence is typically a time of conformity when one needs to feel secure in a peer group. But lesbian and gay young people are acutely aware of being different and often have no one to talk to about these feelings. This isolation frequently leads them to drug and alcohol abuse, violence, homelessness and even suicide. In fact, in the recently published Report on Youth Suicide, the shocking fact emerged that fully 30% of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who committed suicide, were gay or lesbian. This documentary has been designed to break the silence surrounding adolescent homosexuality. It contrasts the suicide death of 20-year old Bobby Griffith with the remarkable and courageous life of 17-year old Gina Guttierrez. Gina is not afraid to meet homophobic attitudes straight on. Gay Youth shows that information, acceptance, and support can make enormous differences in the lives of these young people
Out in suburbia : the stories of eleven lesbians( Visual )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with lesbian women about their lifestyles, their feelings for their partners, views on marriage, children and relationships with their families
The heart broken in half( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenging stereotypes, this documentary gives voice to the street youths and reveals their underground culture. Here is an intricate web of symbols and passions, territory and brotherhood, honor and, all to often, death. Images of street bravado are counterpointed with scenes inside laundromats where gang members are folding clothes and playing with babies. The violent death and funeral of a Guatemalan street youth stir up the deepest feelings and most haunting questions about both the vulnerability and the heroic ethic of gang life
Adventures in the gender trade by Kate Bornstein( Visual )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kate Bornstein, writer and performer, was born a man. This documentary presents her frank account of her personal journey from unhappy boy child into liberated transsexual lesbian. Intercut with her satiric night club act called "Hidden: A Gender," are the stories of a wide range of people who refused to have their identity defined by whether they were born male or female. We are thus presented with a spectrum of colorful gender anomalies: drag queens, transsexuals, cross dressers, gays and lesbians ... and those who refuse to be categorized. They want the right to be not "male" or "female," but whatever they choose in between. Why, they ask, must we have a bipolar gender system, when some other cultures can accommodate diversity? Academics including Dr. Walter Williams, anthropologist, and David Halperin, of M.I.T. encourage a reevaluation of traditional thinking, and a distinction between gender orientation and sexual preference. Adventures in the Gender Trade is guaranteed to provoke discussion!
Full of sound and fury : living with schizophrenia( Visual )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the nature and impact of schizophrenia through the examples of two adults who suffer from the disorder and from the comments offered by the mother of a young schizophrenic whose emotional torment drove him to suicide. Includes insights from a psychiatrist
Macumba : trance and spirit healing by Madeleine Richeport-Haley( Visual )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses spiritism, the belief that man can communicate with the supernatural world through mediums who act as intermediaries. Focuses on the voodoo cult of Brazil, macumba, and shows schizophrenics, epileptics, and drug addicts being treated with spiritist techniques
Bloody island by Thomas Gibson( Visual )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the early part of the century, thousands of African Americans migrated from the rural South in search of a better life in the northern industrial cities. This black migration was an important event in U.S. history. It fueled the factories of the North, but hurt an already weakened southern economy. In East St. Louis, Ill., trouble was brewing as black workers were being hired to replace striking white workers. It all came to a head on the night of July 1, 1917
Sholem Aleichem : laughing in the darkness( Visual )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Yiddish and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of writer Sholem Aleichem, whose stories about Tevye the milkman became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Aleichem (1859-1916) was a rebellious wordsmith who created a new genre of literature and used his remarkable humor to encapsulate the realities of the Eastern European Jewish world in the late nineteenth century. Using a rich collection of archival footage, the film recreates a time in czarist Russia when Jews were second-class citizens and frequent scapegoats in times of social and political unrest
Ladies of the lake( Visual )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the life of the Mosuo, a matriarchal community in southwest China. Here girl babies are more valued than baby boys, property is passed down from mother to daughter, women do the heavy work while the men lounge about, and a word for "father" does not exist
A deterrent weapon : the history of the atomic bomb( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring archival footage from key events in twentieth century history, this film documents the global aftermath of the two nuclear bombs exploded over Japan in 1945: American fear of communism with the explosion of the first Soviet nuclear device, the Korean War during which the US debated the use of nuclear weapons, the Cold War and the nuclear arms race. From the early ʻDuck and Coverʼ campaign screened to naïve civilians, to the concept of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) that kept the world from nuclear holocaust through the Cuba Crisis, the ʻBan the Bombʼ campaign in the UK and Star Wars of the Reagan era, the program finally brings us to the relief of perestroika, the fall of the Berlin Wall and disarmament talks. The program concludes by pointing out the current dangers of the emergence of new nuclear states, including Iran, and the opportunity for terrorist groups to acquire nuclear weapons
We are family( Visual )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the underlying objections to gay marriages is the concern about them raising children. Will the children be raised to be gay themselves? Is there a risk of sexual abuse? What about gender role models? We Are Family takes a look at what life is really like in homosexual families, with the focus on parenting and the well being of the children. In one family, two gay fathers tell of their efforts to create a secure environment for their 16-year-old foster son who was on the road to delinquency. In another household, two lesbian mothers have helped their adopted 11-year-old boy overcome the emotional trauma of disability and early neglect. In the third family, we hear how two adolescent daughters have accepted their father s homosexuality. By seeing how much these parents have to offer their children, we realize that good parenting is independent of sexual orientation
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