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New Documentary Films Spring/Summer 2014

New documentaries at the Highland Park Library


New Documentary Films Spring/Summer 2014

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A portrait of iconic actor Harry Dean Stanton. The film explores the actor's life through some film clips from his 250 movies, his renditions of American folk songs, and other intimate moments. 77 min. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

Is college worth the cost? Groundbreaking filmmaker Andrew Rossi asks the critical question about the value of higher education, revealing how colleges have come to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. 90 min. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

Profiles Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. Through their stories, PBS chronicles the history they helped to shape, from the Square Deal to the New Deal, San Juan Hill to the Western Front, to the founding of the United Nations. 14 Hours. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

This film blows the lid off everything that was known about food and exercise, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public. 99 min. ccsp.ent.sirsi.ne...

Explores filmmaker Rithy Panh's personal quest to re-imagine his childhood memories. From the time when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia between 1975 and 1979, the only recorded artifacts that remain are propaganda footage. Panh uses beautifully detailed sculpted clay figurines and elaborate dioramas to recreate the missing images from his memory. 96 min. highlandpark.bibl...

Industry explores the business of the handmade, taking us to workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies. 60 min. highlandpark.bibl...

On March 13, 2013, the world was introduced to Pope Francis. He was the first Pope from the Americas, the first Jesuit, and the first to take the name Francis. Within days, he had captured the hearts of the world through his gestures of humility and care for the common man. Yet he remained largely unknown. 51 min. highlandpark.bibl...

Muslim belief and tradition specifies that there should be no depictions of God or the Prophet Muhammad. In religious contexts, this constraint on what artists can depict extends to human figures and other living creatures as well. These prohibitions have inspired a rich visual culture. 60 min. highlandpark.bibl...

Join beloved chef and author Lidia Bastianich on a deeply personal culinary journey in celebration of life's milestones, sharing in the wonderful diversity of American culture and food. 60 min. highlandpark.bibl...

One of the 20th century's greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. 84 min. highlandpark.bibl...

Season 3 includes more interactive experiments that test how easily the brain can be fooled, uncovering the surprising nature of how we process information, feel emotions, and perceive the world around us. 220 min. highlandpark.bibl...

A biography of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life. He made enormous contributions to the American landscape, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted's efforts to preserve nature created an 'environmental ethic' decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics. 60 min. highlandpark.bibl...

The story of three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are: renowned Chicago restaurant, Alinea; Breitbach's Country Dining, a 150-year-old restaurant in Iowa; and La Cocina de Gabby, a fledgling Mexican restaurant in Tucson. 93 min. highlandpark.bibl...

This films explores the escalating conflict between mountain bikers hungry to ride and the federal land managers charged with protecting the public lands. It will take you behind both sides of this confrontation, riding with the freeriders and chasing them down with the rangers, in an exploration of issues increasingly important to all Americans. 63 min. highlandpark.bibl...

In this sensational tale of one of the greatest storytellers in history, George Plimpton's astounding journalism career is captured in heartwarming footage and intimate personal interviews. 86 min. highlandpark.bibl...

The secret Nazi death camp at Sobibor was created solely for the mass extermination of Jews. But on October 14, 1943, in the biggest and most successful prison revolt of the Second World War, the inmates fought back. This is the story of their great escape. 60 min. highlandpark.bibl...

14 year old Laura Dekker sets out, camera in hand, on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. 82 min. highlandpark.bibl...

When a four-month old Palestinian boy needs a bone marrow transplant to live, a procedure that can only be performed in an Israeli hospital, his mother finds herself caught between the desire to protect her son and harsh criticism from her community. 90 min. highlandpark.bibl...

Composer, conductor, genius, and mensch: Marvin Hamlisch earned four Grammys, four Emmys, three Oscars, three Golden Globes, a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize before his untimely death. Interviews with a cavalcade of Marvin's colleagues, schoolmates, and renowned collaborators help to tell a deeply personal, candid, insider study of one of the great artists of our time. 84 min. highlandpark.bibl...

Jeffrey Jones entrance into the comic book art world in the early 1970s paved the way for many of today's most popular comic book artists to branch out into the more commercially visible world of art galleries and fine art collectors. Follow the stories behind his success through interviews with his family and peers. 82 min. highlandpark.bibl...

Jens Jensen rose up from street-sweeper to the Dean of American Landscape Architecture. He battled endemic civic corruption to design Chicago's great parks as idealized prairie landscapes; saved the Indiana Dunes from becoming a giant steel mill; and designed over 600 landscapes for clients like Henry Ford. 54 min. highlandpark.bibl...

Former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld discusses his career in Washington, D.C., from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003. 103 Min. highlandpark.bibl...

Documentary on famed prima ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq, the muse of both George Balanchine (who married her), and Jerome Robbins who created his famous choregraphic work, Afternoon of a Faun, for her. 91 min. highlandpark.bibl...

BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders examines how three extraordinary thinkers, Keynes, Hayek and Marx, helped shape the 20th century and continue to exert a huge influence on the world today. In this time of economic crisis, economists and their ideas have never mattered so much and Flanders explores whether their theories were right. 149 min. highlandpark.bibl...