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Downstream at the Library: 10 Great Documentary Films You Can't Stream on Netflix

Check out these films from the library for free that you can't see with your Netflix streaming account.


Amazon Says: Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary in 2008 The Garden has been hailed by critics as the most astute and powerful political film of the year. Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy more...
Amazon Says: Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary in 2008 The Garden has been hailed by critics as the most astute and powerful political film of the year. Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy's (award-winning director of OT: Our Town) brilliantly captures, in a series of explosive and wrenching turn of events, the ways greedy developers, inept politicians and self-serving community leaders can run rough shod over the lives of working class families fighting to save the 14-acre urban farm that has become the very source of survival. Equal parts The Wire & Harlan County, USA , The Garden, exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us. As the battle lines are drawn between this group of low-income families struggling to protect a 14-acre urban farm against a backdrop of grey and hardened skyscrapers, their cause became an international sensation that drew the attention of numerous notable activists and politicians, including Dennis Kucinich, Joan Baez, Danny Glover, and Willie Nelson. less...
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Amazon Says: In this hilarious, critically acclaimed arcade showdown, a humble novice goes head-to-head against the reigning Donkey Kong champ in a confrontation that rocks the gaming worl more...
Amazon Says: In this hilarious, critically acclaimed arcade showdown, a humble novice goes head-to-head against the reigning Donkey Kong champ in a confrontation that rocks the gaming world to its processors! For over 20 years, Billy Mitchell has owned the throne of the Donkey Kong world. No one could beat his top score until now. Newcomer Steve Wiebe claims to have beaten the unbeatable, but Mitchell isn't ready to renquish his crown without a fight. Go behind the barrels as the two battle it out in a vicious war to earn the title of the true King of Kong. less...
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Amazon Says: How To Draw A Bunny explores the fascinating often hilarious and always enigmatic world of artist and underground icon Ray Johnson. A "Pop Art mystery movie" the film is frame more...
Amazon Says: How To Draw A Bunny explores the fascinating often hilarious and always enigmatic world of artist and underground icon Ray Johnson. A "Pop Art mystery movie" the film is framed by Johnson's mysterious suicide on Friday January 13 1995 the puzzling circumstances of which left both his intimate admirers and the general public wondering if this was a final "performance." Little has been written about him yet the man who many have dubbed "the most famous unknown artist" was considered a genius whose career spanned nearly fifty years and whose collages have been exhibited in major museums around the world.System Requirements: Running Time 90 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. Rating: NR UPC: 660200309725 Manufacturer No: PALMDV3097 less...
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Amazon Says: In 1976, William Eggleston’s hallucinatory, Faulknerian images were featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s first one-man exhibition of color photographs. It is rare for a more...
Amazon Says: In 1976, William Eggleston’s hallucinatory, Faulknerian images were featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s first one-man exhibition of color photographs. It is rare for an artist of such stature to allow himself to be shown as unguarded as Eggleston does in Michael Almereyda’s intimate portrait. The filmmaker tracks the photographer on trips to Kentucky, LA and NY, but gives particular attention to downtime in Memphis, Eggleston’s home base. The film shows a deep connection between Eggleston’s enigmatic personality and his groundbreaking work. less...
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Amazon Says: Nominated for an Oscar®, Dancemaker is a breathtaking journey into the world of preeminent choreographer, Paul Taylor, and his extraordinary creations. From the fluid Aureol more...
Amazon Says: Nominated for an Oscar®, Dancemaker is a breathtaking journey into the world of preeminent choreographer, Paul Taylor, and his extraordinary creations. From the fluid Aureole to the primal Cloven Kingdom and graceful Esplanade, Taylor has remained at the less...
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Amazon Says: A flavorful snack of a documentary (Entertainment Weekly), I LIKE KILLING FLIES is a hearty tribute to the quick-witted, cantankerous chef whose Greenwich Village restaurant more...
Amazon Says: A flavorful snack of a documentary (Entertainment Weekly), I LIKE KILLING FLIES is a hearty tribute to the quick-witted, cantankerous chef whose Greenwich Village restaurant, Shopsin s, has become a New York legend. With more than 900 items on its menu, all made from scratch in a tiny kitchen humming with improvised Rube Goldberg-like contraptions, Shopsin s has long been a quirky gem of New York food culture. But the fame belongs to the chef of Kenny Shopsin himself--a raffish cook enforcing his own rules, presiding over patrons, and famously claiming that customers have to first prove that they re OK to feed. Now, after occupying the same city corner for over three decades, the eatery loses its lease--and Kenny, his wife, and their children must find a new place to set up shop. Directed by Matt Mahurin, this bitingly funny comedy follows a prickly, profanity-prone man seeking to preserve his dream; it dishes up bites of wisdom along the way, ultimately serving both a hilarious trip and a charming slice of New York history. less...
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Amazon Says: An American Film Festival Winner, this performance documentary DVD, Alberta Hunter: My Castle's Rockin', explores the life, times, and music of a Blues and Jazz pioneer more...
Amazon Says: An American Film Festival Winner, this performance documentary DVD, Alberta Hunter: My Castle's Rockin', explores the life, times, and music of a Blues and Jazz pioneer, singer Alberta Hunter. Complete with a full-length concert live from the Cookery in Greenwich Village, as well as rare vintage footage and interviews, this DVD captures the spirit of the 'Jazz Age,' while simultaneously showcasing Alberta Hunter's timeless vocals and music. Narrated by renowned pianist Billy Taylor, and with appearances Jazz Impresario Barney Joesphson and Record Producers such as Chris Albertson and John Hammond, this DVD features the music of her friends Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, King Oliver, Paul Robeson and Fats Waller, among others.After achieving success for over 40 years with starring roles on Broadway, international tours, and more than a dozen hits, including Downhearted Blues, which became Bessie Smith's biggest hit in 1923, Alberta left show business at age 62 to become a nurse. Twenty years later, she was forced to retire. Still full of energy, and known for her independent spirit and often naughty lyrics, she returned to singing with a critically acclaimed comeback, making her more popular then in her heyday.For this important film, Alberta opened her personal archives to Producer / Director Stuart Goldman, sharing materials never seen before in public and giving her last filmed interview prior to her death at age 89. Featuring her own provocative and witty performances, this DVD is a wonderful and fitting tribute, preserving the iconic legacy of an American original, Alberta Hunter.Selections include: 1. My Castle's Rockin' 2. Two-Fisted Double-Jointed Rough and Ready Man 3. Darktown Strutters Ball 4. Downhearted Blues 5. I've Got a Mind to Ramble 6. Black Shadows 7. I'm Havin' a Good Time 8. Handy Man 9. You're Welcome to Come Home 10. The Love I Have For YouDVD BONUS FEATURES: Alberta Hunter Biography Four Bonus Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Stereo Audio Digitally Mastered Audio & Video Instant Access to Songs less...
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Amazon Says: The stranger-than-fiction true story of the father of electronic music is captivatingly told in this highly acclaimed and endlessly surprising documentary (Leonard Maltin) t more...
Amazon Says: The stranger-than-fiction true story of the father of electronic music is captivatingly told in this highly acclaimed and endlessly surprising documentary (Leonard Maltin) that garnered the prestigious Filmmakers Trophy at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. Set against the backdrop of the instrument's ethereal sound, Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey is nothing short of sensational! In the 1920s and 30s, Russian émigré Leonard Thereminthe inventor of the world's first electronic musical instrumenthad it all. His self-named theremins were in high demand from filmmakers and musicians around the globe; he was married to a beautiful American dancer; he lived among New York's socialelite. And then, in 1938, he mysteriously vanished, not to be seen again for over 50 years! less...
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Amazon Says: I Want My MTV. Think Small. Just Do It. Got Milk? Where do these phrases come from? ART & COPY introduces the cultural visionaries who revolutionized advertising during the in more...
Amazon Says: I Want My MTV. Think Small. Just Do It. Got Milk? Where do these phrases come from? ART & COPY introduces the cultural visionaries who revolutionized advertising during the industry s golden age in the 1960s by creating slogans to live by and ads we all remember. You may have never heard of them, but pop pioneers Lee Clow, Hal Riney, George Lois, Mary Wells, Jeff Goodby, Rich Silverstein, Phyllis K. Robinson, Dan Wieden, and David Kennedy have changed the way we eat, work, shop, and communicate often in ways we don t even realize. From the introduction of the Volkswagen to America to the triumph of Apple Computers, ART & COPY explores the most successful and influential advertising campaigns of the 20th century, and the creative minds that launched them. less...
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