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Filmakers Library, inc

Works: 1,985 works in 4,355 publications in 3 languages and 62,624 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Interviews  Filmed interviews  Biographical films  History  Short films  Ethnographic films  Internet videos  Documentary television programs 
Roles: prn, Distributor, fds, pre, Publisher, Producer
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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 )

27 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,905 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
T-shirt travels : the story of secondhand clothes & Third World debt by Shantha Bloemen( Visual )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens to all those old clothes you bring 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
Sound and fury by Josh Aronson( Visual )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 373 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
Who killed Vincent Chin? by Christine Choy( Visual )

10 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 324 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 split horn : the life of a Hmong Shaman in America( Visual )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 323 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 )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 291 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
The call of the jitterbug by Tana Ross( Visual )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 272 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
The heart broken in half( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 261 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
Gay youth( Visual )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 261 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 261 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
Adventures in the gender trade by Kate Bornstein( Visual )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 261 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!
First contact by Bob Connolly( Visual )

19 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and held by 259 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
Macumba : trance and spirit healing by Madeleine Richeport-Haley( Visual )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 257 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 252 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
Our god the condor( Visual )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 250 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
Mechanic to millionaire : the Peter Cooper story( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 243 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
Is it really me?( Visual )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary about ten young women who are polishing their dancing and singing skills at the Broadway Theatre Project. The focus of the film is the way the dancers feel about their own bodies. The director of the project, Ann Reinking, and guest teacher Gwen Verdon strive to have the women focus on "what's inside" and to develop a healthy acceptance of their bodies
A deterrent weapon : the history of the atomic bomb( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 240 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 )

5 editions published in 2011 in French and English and held by 235 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
Full of sound and fury : living with schizophrenia( Visual )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 233 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
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