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Filmakers Library, inc

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Works: 1,910 works in 4,112 publications in 2 languages and 60,133 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Interviews  Biography  History  Nonfiction television programs  Ethnographic films  Short films  Biographical 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 )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 409 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 380 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"--
Legacy project : dramatists talk about their work( Visual )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 349 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 )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 337 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 retriall. This film explores issues of racism and the loss of blue-collar jobs
Sudan : the harsher face of Islam( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 322 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 299 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 )

19 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and held by 276 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
Full of sound and fury : living with schizophrenia( Visual )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the nature and impact of schizophrenia through the examples of two adults who suffer from the disorder and the comments offered by the mother of a young schizophrenic whose torment drove him to suicide. Includes additional insights from a psychiatrist
The call of the jitterbug by Tana Ross( Visual )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 250 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
Gay youth( Visual )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 248 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 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleven women discuss their lives, including marriage, motherhood, discrimination, stereotypes, and female roles
The heart broken in half( Visual )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 244 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 244 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!
Macumba : trance and spirit healing by Madeleine Richeport-Haley( Visual )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 235 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 233 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 224 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 221 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
We are family( Visual )

7 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in English and held by 220 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
My American girls : a Dominican story by Aaron Matthews( Visual )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dominicans are New York's largest and fastest growing immigrant group, yet there are few films about the Dominican-American experience. This documentary chronicles the lives of a family from the Dominican Republic, the Ortizes
 
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