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Filmakers Library, inc

Works: 2,009 works in 4,481 publications in 4 languages and 69,213 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Interviews  History  Short films  Internet videos  Ethnographic films  Biographies  Biographical films  Documentary television programs 
Roles: prn, Distributor, fds, pre, Publisher, Producer
Classifications: HV2392.2, 305.908162
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Most widely held works about inc Filmakers Library
Most widely held works by inc Filmakers Library
Legacy project : dramatists talk about their work( Visual )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,910 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. Thomas Meehan is interviewed by Douglas Carter Beane
Legacy project : dramatists talk about their work( Visual )

17 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 722 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. Lee Adams, a Tony Award-winning lyricist, is interviewed by Brian Yorkey. Producer for the Dramatists Guild Fund is Peter Ratray
T-shirt travels : the story of secondhand clothes & Third World debt( Visual )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 479 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 travelled 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. A secondhand clothing dealer in Zambia carefully selects a bale and transports it by bus ten hours to a market. His profits support his entire extended family
The split horn : the life of a Hmong Shaman in America by Taggart Siegel( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the life and culture of the Thao family, Hmong Americans in Appleton, Wisconsin
Sound and fury by Josh Aronson( Visual )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two related families with a history of deafness go through the process of deciding whether their children should have cochlear implant surgery. The surgery would allow the children to hear, but would weaken their connection to deaf culture
Guardians of the flutes( Visual )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"High in the mountains of New Guinea live the Sambia people, a war- like tribe whose secret rituals of initiation are aimed at making their warriors courageous and bold. Only because their culture is threatened have they allowed these initiation rites to be documented on film. This is a society where the roles of men and women are sharply delineated. They live in separate spaces in their round huts. A woman must crouch if she is in the same space as her husband. Her menstrual blood is considered a pollutant, damaging to her husband's vigor. Male children live with their mothers until they are old enough to move to the boys' house. For many, the separation from their mother is very painful. When it is time for the boys to become men, they undergo a severe initiation. Each is assigned an older guardian who accompanies him during this process. They are thrashed, deprived of food and sleep and have ginger root rubbed into their wounds, which is very painful. The most secret part of the initiation are the sexual rites, which are described by several initiates."--Container
Who killed Vincent Chin? by Christine Choy( Visual )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2018 in English and held by 329 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
The call of the jitterbug by Tana Ross( Visual )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takes a look at the colorful era of jazz dancing in the 1930s and shows how the jitterbug was not only an expression of an age but was also the first art form to break the color barrier in America
Bloody island by Thomas Gibson( Visual )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 310 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
Adventures in the gender trade by Kate Bornstein( Visual )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 308 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!
The heart broken in half( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 306 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
Out in suburbia : the stories of eleven lesbians( Visual )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 306 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
Gay youth( Visual )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on adolescent homosexuality and what a difference acceptance, information and support can make to teen gays
Our god the condor by Andrew Harries( Visual )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Yawar Festival, in the southern mountains of Peru, is an annual event representing the Indians triumph over the Spaniards. In the ceremony, the mountain spirit of the Andes, the condor, is tied to the back of a bull, the symbol of Spain
Macumba : trance and spirit healing by Madeleine Richeport-Haley( Visual )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 293 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
Mechanic to millionaire : the Peter Cooper story by Janet Gardner( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This well-researched film celebrates the life and legacy of Peter Cooper, the remarkable 19th-century inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist. Cooper had a rare combination of mechanical skills and entrepreneurship. Beginning work in a glue factory, Cooper developed the household uses of gelatin (jello) and fashioned the iron I-beam from railroad rails, which enabled multi-storied building construction. In 1828 he founded the Canton Iron Works in Baltimore which made his fortune. A champion of 20th-century communication, he helped fund the first transatlantic telegraph cable and built the first American steam locomotive named "Tom Thumb."When business success brought wealth, Cooper used it to foster social justice. He founded The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1859, realizing his dream of free education for working people, regardless of ethnicity or gender. The college empowered thousands of women, a radical notion for the mid-19th century. The Great Hall in Cooper Union provided a platform for most major social movements of the 19th Century, most importantly, Abraham Lincoln's speech that won him his party's nomination for president in 1865. The early feminist leaders Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony also spoke there
A deterrent weapon : the history of the atomic bomb( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 290 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
Modus operandi : the German occupation of Belgium by Hugues Lanneau( Visual )

4 editions published in 2011 in French and English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modus operandi raises and systematically answers the question: How did just a handful of Nazis, with the help, voluntary or unwitting, of the Belgian authorities, bring about their destruction? It covers the sequence of events and different phases that led to the Final Solution
Inca music, travels and rituals( Visual )

4 editions published in 2002 in Danish and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Peruvian musicians, Ebert and Jabier, have dedicated their lives to researching the ancient musical traditions of Peru. Ebert reproduces the old instruments, using natural materials. He also collects the music for the Peruvian Institute for Culture and teaches it to children so it will survive
Electoral dysfunction( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 282 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
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