WorldCat Identities

Butler, Rick

Works: 24 works in 72 publications in 1 language and 5,115 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Drama  Educational films  Political films  Internet videos  Historical films  Television program clips  Interviews 
Roles: Cinematographer , Director, Photographer, Author
Classifications: E184.A1, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Rick Butler
Pieces of April( Visual )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family outcast April lives in a beat-up apartment in New York's Lower East Side with her boyfriend, Bobby. In order to spend some time with her dying mother, April invites her conservative suburban family to her place for a Thanksgiving feast. While she frantically tries to complete the meal, the family drives in from Pennsylvania sharing less-than-pleasant opinions about April's lifestyle. Her dad tries to think positively, while sister Beth flaunts her good-girl status and brother Timmy captures it all on film
The Black Panthers : vanguard of the revolution by Stanley Nelson( Visual )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Elaine Brown, Emory Douglas, Jamal Joseph, and many others, it's an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America."--Container
Mirrors of privilege : making whiteness visible( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film advances the argument that with transformative learning, a dialogue for learning, changing, healing, and undoing race-based oppression can begin. It features the experiences and stories of White women and men who are social justice advocates. They have worked to gain insight into what it means, as White people, to challenge notions of race, racism, culture, and White identity development in the United States. Their shared reflections speak to the denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear, and shame often related to these issues and show how these responses can be replaced with solid commitments towards racial justice. The film uses art, theatre, movement, photographs, and music to amplify stories that share richly varied experiences and life processes informed by deep reflection and social justice action. The individuals' interviews are also enhanced by historical sources, spoken word, photographs, and video archives which serve to address systemic racist oppression
Straightlaced : How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up( Visual )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Meet 50 incredibly diverse students who take us on a powerful, intimate journey to see how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are shaping the lives of today's American teens ... Demonstrates how gender-based expectations are deeply intertwined with homophobia, and also are impacted by race, ethnicity and class. From girls confronting popular messages about culture and body image, to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren't gay, STRAIGHTLACED reveals the toll that deeply-held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all of our lives, and offers both teens and adults a way out of anxiety, fear, and violence"--Container
Imaginary heroes by Jeff Daniels( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il diciassettenne Tim è il figlio minore della famiglia Travis. Ha un forte legame con la madre Sandy mentre Ben, il padre, sembra totalmente assorbito dalla carriera sportiva folgorante del fratello maggiore Matt, mentre la sorella Penny frequenta il college fuori città. Quando Matt si toglie la vita, incapace di sopportare il peso delle aspettative paterne e i continui allenamenti in vasca, le dinamiche famigliari vengono messe a dura prova: Sandy si rifugia nello stordimento provocato dalle droghe leggere, Ben si chiude e diventa totalmente assente mentre Tim, che presenta su tutto il corpo evidenti segni di maltrattamento, continua la sua vita fatta di scuola, feste, alcol e stupefacenti con l'amico Kyle Anche i rapporti tra Sandy e Marge, la vicina e madre di Kyle, si inaspriscono maggiormente anche se Tim ignora le origini del litigio. Quando la situazione sta per precipitare definitivamente, una grave malattia di Sandy ricompatta la famiglia e richiama ognuno a fare la sua parte Ben cerca di recuperare il rapporto con la moglie e con Tim, che scopre di essere stato concepito nella relazione extraconiugale tra Sandy e il padre di Kyle. Dopo un iniziale rifiuto della situazione, Tim affronta la realtà, capendo finalmente il motivo per cui Matt lo picchiava senza pietà e il padre lo trascurava. Il giorno del suo diploma Tim, maturato e consapevole, è pronto per aprirsi agli altri ed eseguire alcune sue composizioni per pianoforte
Cracking the codes : the system of racial inequity by Shakti Butler( Visual )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the U.S., race --more than any other demographic factor-- determines levels of individual educational achievement, health and life expectancy, possibility of incarceration, and wealth. This film reveals a self-perpetuating system of inequity in which internal factors play out in external structures: institutions, policy and law. Designed for dialogue and learning, Cracking the codes : the system of racial inequity works to disentangle internal beliefs within, as it builds skills to recognize and address the external drivers of inequity"--From the container
Color adjustment by Marlon T Riggs( Visual )

3 editions published between 1991 and 2019 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study of prejudice and perception traces over forty years of race relations in America through the lens of prime time TV entertainment. Black actors Esther Rolle, Diahann Carroll, Denise Nicholas, and Tim Reid and Hollywood producers Norman Lear, Steve Bochco and David Wolper reveal the behind-the-scenes story of how prime time was "integrated." Revisiting such popular hits as Amos and Andy, Beulah, The Nat King Cole Show, Julia, I Spy, Good Times and Roots, viewers see how bitter racial conflict was absorbed into the non-controversial formats of the prime time series
The way home by Shakti Butler( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the course of eight months, sixty-four women, representing a cross-section of cultures in America, came together to share their experiences of oppression through the lens of race. Separated into eight ethnic councils, (Indigenous, African-American, Arab, Asian, European-American, Jewish, Latina and multi-racial) the women explore their stories of identity, oppression, and resistance. It is the intention of World Trust to use this video as a catalyst for powerful learning, healing and transformation"--Container
Arc of justice : the rise, fall and rebirth of a beloved community( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. and the struggle for racial justice and economic empowerment among African Americans in southwest Georgia. NCI was created in 1969 in Albany, Georgia by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including Congressman John Lewis, and Charles and Shirley Sherrod, to help secure economic independence for African American families. For 15 years, NCI cooperatively farmed nearly 6,000 acres, the largest tract of land in the United States owned by African Americans at the time, but racist opposition prevented them from implementing plans to build 500 affordable homes as part of their community land trust. Unable to secure government loans to cope with the impact of successive years of drought, NCI lost the land to foreclosure in 1985. But 25 years later it was given new life as a result of a successful and little-known class action lawsuit brought by hundreds of African American farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for loan discrimination. With the settlement, the original founders purchased a 1,600-acre plantation once owned by the largest slave owner and richest man in Georgia. NCI is now growing pecans and using the antebellum mansion on the property as a retreat and training center, still committed to its original mission of promoting racial justice and economic development
Sighted eyes, feeling heart( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. An overnight sensation, the play transformed the American theater and has long been considered a classic, yet the remarkable story of the playwright faded from view. With this documentary, filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten--a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th-century America. The film reveals Hansberry's prescient works tackling race, human rights, women's equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon"--
Healing justice( Visual )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designed for dialogue, the film examines the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and highlights the importance of implementing restorative healing practices
The color of fear : a film by Mun Wah Lee( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a weekend seminar of men of different ethnic origins discussing how racism has effected their lives and the ways that they can change to help alleviate racism in their daily encounters of people of color. Both parts of the video were filmed the same weekend although Part 1 is copyrighted 1994 and Part 2 is copyrighted 1997
The Fillmore( Visual )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though it has been home to Japanese and Jewish residents, this KQED study of a San Francisco neighborhood highlights the Fillmore district as a center for black music and society. The impact of urban renewal in the Western Addition is also observed
Goin' to Chicago( Visual )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[The film] chronicles the great migration of African Americans from the rural South to the cities in the North and West during and after World War II ... [and] recounts the development of segregated urban northern neighborhoods through the personal stories of Chicagoans born in the Mississippi Delta. They share their bitter recollections of sharecropping, and their adventure north on Highway 61 to Chicago in search of well-paying factory jobs. On Chicago's South Side they built a thriving city-within-a-city. But just as the American Dream was coming into reach, the steel mills and stockyards closed, leaving the new migrants in public housing projects and inner-city despair."--Container
Just another story( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An urban hip-hop musical that's a slice of life about a group of New York City youths set during one weekend in the city. The story spans the single weekend of Stix, an aspiring rapper. It shows the relationship he has with his parents, who happen to be hiding a secret from their son and his ten year old brother. Stix is trying to decide whether or not to perform at a gay bar for a $2,500 payoff
Lorraine Hansberry : sighted eyes, feeling heart( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary sheds valuable light on all aspects of Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun, including the daunting challenge of securing investment and a venue for this production about a working class Black family, the casting process, artistic debates and finally its public reception. The film features interviews with the play's original cast members, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Glynn Turman, director Lloyd Richards, producer Phil Rose, supporter Harry Belafonte as well as writer Amiri Baraka along with excerpts from the 1961 Hollywood movie. Additionally the film reveals how central feminism was to her ideas and boldly acknowledges (using her diary entries) her same gender relationships and private lesbian identity before the appearance of the gay rights movement
Saved! ; Pieces of April ; Kiss the bride( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A head strong young woman (Katie Holmes), who has alienated her parents is forced to confront their troubled relationship when she learns that her mother, (Patricia Clarkson), is dying of cancer
The color of fear 3( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A film about the struggle of the gay, lesbian and transgender community to be seen and understood in a predominately heterosexist society ... [T]he original cast ... discusses what it is like to grapple with their fears and stereotypes of gays in [the United States]. A ten-year retrospective has been added from Roberto Alamanzan and David Lee. They describe the complexities of being male, the fears that men have of each other, and their thoughts on same-sex marriage"--Container
Through the door of no return( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Following her father's footsteps, the film maker journeys to the Elmina Castle, that foreboding structure on the west coast of Ghana where millions of her ancestors were warehoused before being sent out through that last exit into the middle passage of slavery. Called by the voices of her father and other ancestors, the film maker returns to the continent the way her ancestors left, at night, by the water, back through the door of no return"--Container
The color of fear 1 by Mun Wah Lee( Visual )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a weekend seminar of men of different ethnic origins discussing how racism has effected their lives and the ways that they can change to help alleviate racism in their daily encounters of people of color. Both parts of the video were filmed the same weekend although Part 1 is copyrighted 1994 and Part 2 is copyrighted 1997
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The Fillmore
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