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Center for Independent Documentary

Works: 46 works in 87 publications in 3 languages and 5,250 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Personal narratives  Case studies  Biographical films  Drama 
Classifications: ML410.G978, 782.4216213092
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Woody Guthrie ain't got no home ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Written by Woody Guthrie in 1940, "This land is your land" is one of the United States' most famous songs. Its Oklahoma-born author, Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie, was a complex, multi-talented man whose songs would come to exemplify that strain of American music. Yet his life was a tangle of unresolved contradictions: an indifferent guitar player yet an accomplished musician; three times married, but a perennially unfaithful husband; distant or doting father; acquainted with many yet well-known to few; a rambler who longed for home; the writer of as many as 1,400 songs, which he set to borrowed melodies. He recorded over 400 songs and enjoyed a great deal of success, but only became widely popular during the folk revival of the 1950s. This film chronicles the life and times of Woody Guthrie--populist poet, balladeer, rabble-rouser, and prototypical ramblin' man
Señorita extraviada ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This film "unfolds like the unsolved mystery that it examines -- the kidnapping, rape and murder of over 350 young women in Juárez, Mexico ... [T]he film unravels the layers of complicity that have allowed these brutal murders to continue. Relying on what filmmaker Lourdes Portillo comes to see as the most reliable of sources -- the testimonies of the families of the victims -- this film documents a two-year search for the truth in the underbelly of the new global economy"--Container
Ingredients ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline, and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy. Explore a thriving local food movement as our world becomes a more flavorless, disconnected, and dangerous place to eat
Brother outsider the life of Bayard Rustin ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"[Bayard Rustin] was one of the first 'freedom riders, ' an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King and A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Intelligent, gregarious and charismatic, Rustin was denied his place in the limelight for one reason-- he was gay. His homosexuality forced him to play a background role in landmark events in the Black struggle ... [deals] with the interplay of personal and political in the life of a complex, multi-talented essential figure in the history of American radicalism"--Container
Dangerous living coming out in the developing world ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"[This film] is the first documentary to deeply explore the lives of gay and lesbian people in non-western cultures. Traveling to five different continents, we hear the heartbreaking and triumphant stories of gays and lesbians from Egypt, Honduras, Kenya, Thailand and elsewhere, where most occurrences of oppression receive no media coverage at all." -- Container
Electoral dysfunction ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 253 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 person plural ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams led Borshay Liem to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, filmmaker Borshay Liem's heartfelt journey makes FIRST PERSON PLURAL a poignant essay on family, loss, and the reconciling of two identities"--Container
Renewal ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the vitality and diversity of today's religious-environmental activists. From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth. Their stories examine combating global warming and the devastation of mountaintop removal, promoting food security, environmental justice, recycling, land preservation, and teaching love and respect for life on Earth
Downside up ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This film is about America's largest museum of contemporary art, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), which opened in 1999 in an enormous abandoned factory in the film maker's hometown, North Adams, Massachusetts. This first person documentary captures the struggle of the people of North Adams in their redefinition of their community and puzzling with their role in an alien form of expression: contemporary art. Told primarily through the eyes of the filmmaker and her family, most of whom worked in the factory before it closed, the film charts the subtle changes in the spirit of a region from the intimate view of the kitchen table. It is about hope--the tentative, dangerous notion of hope in a town that was widely viewed as hopeless
The powder & the glory ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tells the story of two of the first highly successful women entrepreneurs in America, Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. One hundred years ago these women immigrated to the United States and, starting with next to nothing, created what is today the $150 billion global health and beauty industry
After Stonewall from the Riots to the millennium ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This sequel to Before Stonewall chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century. It captures the hard work, struggles, tragic defeat and exciting victories experienced since then
Loaded gun life, and death, and Dickinson ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A filmmaker who is stumped but captivated by Emily Dickinson's poetry searches for 'flashes of insight' into the elusive poet beyond those offered by his lively but traditional interviews with experts such as actress Julie Harris and U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. So he turns to shrinks, a sensitive, a stand-up comic, a rock band, even a fan with an Emily tattoo across his back. Still unsatisfied, he holds auditions in which dozens of actresses recite poems and improvise Dickinsonian answers to questions about God, and Death, and Love. Rising above all the speculation and spectacle are varied readings of over 50 Dickinson poems."--Container
Patagonia se levanta ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Deep in the heart of Chile's Patagonia region flow two of the world's purest rivers, the Baker and Pascua. Fed by vast glacial systems, these untouched rivers drive biodiversity in rainforests, estuaries and marine ecosystems. They are also the life source for Patagonia's most tenacious residents: the Gauchos, the iconic South American cowboys. Now, five huge hydroelectric dams are planned for the two rivers. Over the past century more than 45,000 large dams have altered the health of the planet's rivers with disastrous impacts that continue to unfold. [The film captures] the heated battle between those who wish to exploit the rivers and those who wish to preserve them." -- Container
My father, the genius by Lucia Small ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"When estranged father, dreamer, and visionary architect Glen Howard Small bequeaths his daughter the task of writing his biography, she answers instead with a provocative film about his precarious career and thorny private life. At 31, Glen Small, founder and faculty member of the internationally acclaimed Southern California Institute of Architecture, was a rising star. At 61, he can barely pay his bills. In "My Father, The Genius," filmmaker Lucia Small digs deep to explore the delicate tension between her father's obligations to family and his life-long passion to 'save the world through architecture.'"--Container
Rain in a dry land ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and Bantu and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents the story of two Somali Bantu families, refugees from the 1991 civil war in Somalia, who find new homes in urban America. The film begins as the families prepare to leave the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and follows them for the first two years of their new life in the United States
Stonewall the making of a gay and lesbian community ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Before Stonewall chronicles through interviews and historical footage the social, political and cultural history of homosexuality in America from the 1920s through 1969. Covers many of the milestones in the fight for gay acceptance and equal rights, culminating in the 1969 riots following the police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. After Stonewall traces the gay liberation movement in America from the 1969 Stonewall riots through the 1990s capturing the hard work, tragic defeats and exciting victories experienced. Also explores how AIDS changed the direction of the movement
Prison town USA by Po Kutchins ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"What happens when a struggling rural community tries to revive its economy by inviting prisons in? The story of four families living in a modern-day prison town, as told in "Prison Town, USA," is a riveting look at one of the most striking phenomena of our times: a prison-building and incarceration boom unprecedented in American history ... The Susanville area is home to three prison complexes housing a total of more than 11,000 inmates. The inmate population is more than one-and-a-half times the number of local residents."--P. O.V website
What makes me white? ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Interviews and narratives concerning the meaning of race in everyday life
Iditarod--a far distant place ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Follows three of the non-front running mushers: Mike Williams, Lynda Plettner, and Mike Nosko as they compete in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Each talks about how they are all competing in the race but also have their own challenges, errors and disappointments along the way, as well as some moments of success
Trust second acts in young lives ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Follows participants in Chicago's Albany Park Theater Project as they first hear the story of an 18-year-old teenager from Honduras whose past involved rape and incest and then transform her story into a daring original play that brings the group together and teaches them to trust in one another
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