Most widely held works by Actuality Productions
Renewable energy ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 470 libraries worldwide
Explains how air, water, earth, and fire are transformed into clean, reliable sources of heat, electricity, and even automobile fuel. Looks at a solar roof implementation by FedEx at a regional sort facility in Oakland, Calif., a wind power project in central New York using fewer, larger turbines, and the widespread use of geothermal energy in Iceland. Visits Lovecraft Biofuels in Los Angeles, an auto repair shop that converts diesel car and truck engines to run on one hundred percent vegetable oil. Examines the potential use of hydropower from ocean tides, such as tidal barrages, as well as a tidal stream (or flow) power project off the shore of England that uses propeller-like turbines to capture the kinetic power of underwater currents.
The Stock exchange ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 386 libraries worldwide
Gives the history of the New York Stock Exchange.
Charles Darwin evolution's voice ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 370 libraries worldwide
Discusses the life, accomplishments, and impact of the great naturalist, Charles Darwin, from his historic voyage on the Beagle to his personal anguish over publicizing his finding.
Mahatma Gandhi pilgrim of peace ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 351 libraries worldwide
The life story of Mahatma Gandhi, who, through his campaign of non-violent resistance, helped lead India to independence from Great Britain.
More engineering disasters ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 303 libraries worldwide
Man built monuments on the earth, and then the sea and sky - but at times he has failed. The human factor is never completely eliminated, and through our mistakes, we rise to the heights of modern innovation. Examines some of the largest engineering disasters including early rocket catastrophes, the tragic flaw of the famous Liberty Ships of WWII, the Stockholm and Andrea Doria collision, the Los Angeles Aqueduct tradegy, the history of the Hartford Civic Center, and the details of the Niagara power fiasco.
The Manhattan Project ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 301 libraries worldwide
The scientists and engineers who helped build the world's first nuclear weapon reflect on their accomplishments and legacy.
Engineering disasters ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 280 libraries worldwide
A look at some of the worst tragedies in human history-- disasters that have claimed the lives of hundreds of people in one fell swoop and that might have been prevented. Covers the period from ancient times to the present day in order to tell the stories of these calamities. Includes stories from survivors of plane crashes and industrial accidents. Attempts to analyze what went wrong in events such as the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Includes computer animation to illustrate the anatomy of some of the disasters.
Modern marvels. The Great Wall of China ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 274 libraries worldwide
The true history of the engineering marvel: the Great Wall of China.
Modern marvels. FBI's crime lab ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 255 libraries worldwide
In April 2003, the new FBI Crime Lab was opened and dedicated to the memory of all crime victims. At 500,000 sq. ft. and equipped with the most modern equipment, it is considered one of the finest crime labs in the world. All the efforts are focused on using modern forensic science in order to solve crimes.
Armageddon exploring the doomsday myth ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 255 libraries worldwide
Disc 1: Doomsday 2012: the End of Days: Doomsday is foretold in the Mayan calendar, the Chinese oracle of the I Ching and an Internet-based prophetic softward program. December 21, 2012 will be the End of Days. Mayan doomsday prophecy: The Maya were legendary astronomers and timekeepers. Their calendar is more accurate than our own. They tracked stars and planets and assigned great meaning to astronomical phenomena and made the 2012 doomsday prophecy prediction.
Gandhi pilgrim of peace ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 255 libraries worldwide
Traces the long life of Gandhi from his training in Britain to his time in south Africa to the long struggle to free his homeland of India from imperialism.2.
The real national treasure an inside look at the Library of Congress ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 235 libraries worldwide
Where in Washington DC is the nation's most incredible treasure chest? It's a library unlike any other in the world, the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Modern Marvels explodes the myth that this 200 year old institution is simply "where members of Congress borrow books". Viewers are taken beyond the magnificent Jefferson Building Great Hall into the secret vaults where more than 600 miles of shelves hold 130 million items, many of them priceless treasures - from George Washington's hand-written diaries to Galileo's first images of the moon to the original camera film of the movie Frankenstein. See how a staff of 4000 catalogues protects and preserves these treasures and distributes them globally via a new World Digital Library.
Alexander Graham Bell voice of invention ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 221 libraries worldwide
An account of the life and work of Alexander Graham Bell.
The Great Wall of China ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 211 libraries worldwide
The Great Wall of China is one of the most massive building achievements in history. Winding 6,000 kilometers through undulating mountains, it is said to be visible to the naked eye from space. This documentary attempts to reveal the true history of this engineering marvel.
Chemical & biological weapons ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 202 libraries worldwide
Presents the history of chemical and biological warfare. Focuses on military uses and gives examples from history on the use of chemical and biological weapons. Also covers the recent Anthrax mailings.
Baseball parks ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 200 libraries worldwide
Here are the stories behind America's storied baseball parks: from the sandlots and wooden ballparks of the 19th century to majestic turn-of-the century steel and concrete wonders to the multipurpose stadiums of today. This documentary focuses on design and construction of baseball parks, domes, and stadiums.
Engineering disasters. New Orleans ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 196 libraries worldwide
"When Hurricane Katrina assailed the city of New Orleans in August of 2005, it precipitated one of the greatest failures of civil engineering in U.S. history. In this penetrating investigation, experts consider how engineers can keep these tragedies from happening again, and debate whether New Orleans should be rebuilt at all."--Container.
American steel built to last ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 187 libraries worldwide
Documentary explores the creation and growth of the American steel industry, including the history of the processes of creating steel. Highlights significant contributions made by Henry Bessemer, the inventor who discovered an efficient way to mass produce steel, and by Andrew Carnegie, the highly successful businessman who built America's first giant steel industry.
Forensic science the crime fighter's weapon ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 182 libraries worldwide
Historical overview of crime science and how forensic science is used in criminal investigations in preparing for court testimony.
Modern marvels ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 134 libraries worldwide
An account of the discovery in 1911, by Hiram Bingham, of the ruins of Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas in the mountains of Peru, with speculation on the purposes of the complex, the engineering techniques employed in its construction, and the reasons for its abandonment by the Incas.
Accidents Atomic bomb Biographical films Biographical television programs Biography China China--Great Wall of China Criminal investigation Dams--Design and construction Darwin, Charles,--1809-1882 Disasters Documentary films Documentary films Documentary television programs Documentary television programs Egypt Engineering Engineering design England Evolution (Biology) Films for the hearing impaired Forensic sciences Gandhi,--Mahatma,--1869-1948 Gateway Arch (Saint Louis, Mo.) Historical television programs History India Los Alamos National Laboratory Manhattan Project (U.S.) Nationalists Naturalists New York (State)--New York New York (State)--New York--Wall Street New York Stock Exchange Nonfiction television programs Nonviolence Passive resistance Pyramids Renewable energy sources Renewable energy sources--Technological innovations Science television programs Skyscrapers Statesmen Structural failures Technological innovations Technology Television programs United States United States--Hoover Dam Video recordings--for the hearing impaired