Thursday, December 2, 2010

Documentary Films at Voorheesville Public Library

The High School had an assignment to watch a documentary. Here is our response:
The Adirondacks (2008)
American Blackout (2006)
Examines the contemporary tactics used to control our democratic process and silence political dissent.
Anvil (2009) (***I've seen this one and it's really good)
Musical journey of Canadian band, Anvil, from 1980s to present
Babies (2010) (Fantastic!!!)
Follows 4 babies from around the globe
Bowling for Columbine (2003)
Gun control – Michael Moore
Broadway, the Golden Age: By the Legends Who Were There (2004)
History of NY Broadway Theatre
Capitalism (2009)
Michael Moore investigates capitalistic greed.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
Justice, family and truth about a “typical” Long Island family
The Cartoonist (2009)
Jeff Smith and Bone
Children Underground (2002)
Documents a year in lives of 5 Romanian homeless children
Control Room (2004)
Iraq War
The Corporation (2005)
Michael Moore’s take on global conglomerates
The Cove (2009)
Follows animal rights activist Richard O’Barry
Crude (2009)
Legal drama set against environmentalism.
Deadline (2004)
Death penalty and clemency in Illinois
Death by Design (2005)
Microbiology – invisible world of cells
The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)
Darfur through an American witness
Emmanuel’s Gift (2006)
A deformed young man brings political and social change to Ghana.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2006) Corporate greed
Every Little Step (2009)
Auditions for revival of “A Chorus Line”
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Michael Moore’s take on 9/11
The Farm (1998)
Louisiana State Penitentiary
The Fog of War (2003)
Robert McNamara and Vietnam War
Food, Inc. (2009)
What we eat and how it’s produced
The Forgetting (2004)
Alzheimer’s disease with David Hyde Pierce
Genghis Blues (2000) (***another personal favorite)
Russian Folk Music
Girlhood (2004)
Two coming-of-age stories of 2 girls from Baltimore’s juvenile justice system
Gonzo (2008)
Hunter S. Thompson
Harvard beats Yale 29-29 (2009)
Legendary football game
Henson’s Place (20100
Creative genius of Jim Henson and his muppets
Herb and Dorothy (2009) (***don't miss this one--it's great!)
Contemporary art collectors
Heroes of Iwo Jima (2001)
Battle of Iwo Jima and Marines who raised US flag
The Hunting of the President (2004)
Effort to discredit Bill Clinton
Imaginary Witness (2009)
American film and television industry’s response to WWII
In the Shadow of the Moon (2008)
NASA astronauts that walked on the moon
Into Great Silence (2007)
Monastery in the French Alps
It Might Get Loud (2008)
3 generations of electric guitar players
Jesus Camp (2006)
Born-again Christian children are recruited for political future
Lost Boys of Sudan (2004)
Sudanese orphans coping in USA
Lost in La Mancha (2001) (***another personal favorite)
Tracks the making of director terry Gilliams’ mission to film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) (this one was lots of fun)
Ballroom dancing for public school kids
Man on Wire (2008)
Philippe Petit; World Trade Center; tight-rope walker
March of the Penguins (2005)
Meerkat Manor (2008)
Mondovino (2004)
Globalization of the world’s wine regions.
More Than a Game (2010)
5 future NBA stars rewrite Ohio basketball history
A Mother’s Courage (2010)
Mur (The Wall) (2005)
The wall of separation between Israel and Palestinian territory
Murder on a Sunday Morning (2003)
15-year-old black male arrested for murder
Murderball (2005)
Quadriplegic rugby players
Muse of Fire (2007)
Operation homecoming; writing the wartime experience
My Architect (2004)
Louis Kahn and his families
Nanking (2007)
Japanese invasion of Nanking, china in early days of WWII
Of Time and City (2008)
Poignant memoir of Liverpool, England
One Bright Shining Moment (2004)
Summer of George McGovern-1972
Pandas in the Wild (2009)
The Rape of Europa (2007)
Saving the art masterpieces of Europe during WWII
Religulous (2009)
Questions about God and religion
Resolved (2009)
A quest to win the National Tournament of Champions
Return with Honor (2001)
Vietnam POWs
Rhino Rescue (2009)
Rivers and Tides (2004)
Artist who works from nature
Ryan (2005)
Hand-animated; explores life of Canadian animator Ryan Larkin
The September Issue (2010)
Vogue magazine
Shanghai Ghetto (2005)
Thousands of Jews escape Nazis to china during WWII
Shakespeare Behind Bars (2006)
Convicted felons put on “The Tempest”
Shut Up and Sing (2006)
Dixie Chicks’ anti-Bush comment and following consequences questions our right to freedom of speech. Sicko (2007)
Michael Moore’s take on US healthcare system
Sir! No Sir! (2006)
Rebellion of soldiers during Vietnam War
The Sixties (2005)
Spellbound (2002)
1999 National Spelling Bee
Step into Liquid (2003)
Stevie (2002)
Follows a troubled young man from rural southern Illinois
This Film is Not Rated (2006)
Secretive MPAA ratings
This is It! (2010)
Michael Jackson
This So-called Disaster (2004)
Sam Shepard play creates tensions between actors.
To Be and To Have (2004)
Devoted teacher
The US vs. John Lennon (2007)
Political activism of John Lennon
Valentino (2009)
World of fashion
The War Tapes (2007)
Iraq; National Guard
The Way We Get By (2009)
3 WWII vets greet and send off troops to Iraq
What I Want My Words to Do to You (2004)
Women inmates of a NY prison
When the Levees Broke (2006)
Hurricane Katrina
Who Killed the Electric Car (2006)
Renewable energy
Why we Fight? (2006)
Political divide in US regarding war/Iraq
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005)
Winged Migration (2003) (surprisingly enough this was quite interesting--not boring at all!)
Wordplay (2006)
Will Shortz and crossword puzzles
Young @ Heart (2008) (another one not to miss--it's great!)
Young at Heart chorus of Northampton, MA.; average age is 81.

This list does not include PBS series.

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