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Directed by Joy Davenport

Fannie Lou Hamer was a leader in the civil rights movement, founder of the Freedom Democratic Party in Mississippi, and the organizer of Freedom Summer, a volunteer-based campaign launched in the summer of 1964 in order to register as many Black voters in Mississippi as possible.

FANNIE LOU HAMER'S AMERICA, a documentary producer by her grand-niece Monica Land, is a portrait of a civil rights activist and the injustices in America that made her work essential. Through public speeches, personal interviews, and powerful songs of the fearless Mississippi sharecropper-turned-human-rights-activist, Fannie Lou Hamer's America explores and celebrates the lesser-known life of one of the Civil Rights Movement's greatest leaders.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2022 / 60 minutes

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Director: Charles Frank

Heralded as "a celebration of life like you've never seen," Somewhere With No Bridges is a stirring, lyrical journey beneath the brusque, reticent surface of a New England fishing community.

Twenty years after a beloved local fisherman, Richie Madeiras, goes missing off the shores of Martha's Vineyard, a distant cousin locates Richie's kind, indelible spirit in the stories of family, friends, and the sweeping sea which has defined their lives.

DVD / 2022 / 58 minutes

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Director: Michael Caplan

The documentary ALGREN is a journey through the gritty world, brilliant mind, and noble heart of Nelson Algren. Exploding onto the national scene in 1950 after winning the first-ever National Book Award for The Man with the Golden Arm, Algren defined post-war American urban fiction with his gritty, brilliant depiction of working class Chicago.

Hemingway declared him second only to Faulkner; Vonnegut dubbed him a literary groundbreaker. Hollywood soon came calling, immortalizing his breakout novel with none other than Frank Sinatra in the lead role. Algren even won a notorious place in both the heart and work of France's premiere feminist, Simone de Beauvoir.

Including never-before-seen archival footage, newly uncovered audio recordings and his own rarely seen, personal photo collages, ALGREN charts the rise and fall of a man whose transgressions, compassion and thirst for justice pushed him to dedicate his life and career to giving a voice to the voiceless. Through interviews with Algren's friends, literary experts and artists - including William Friedkin, Russell Banks, Philip Kaufman, Billy Corgan and John Sayles - the film is an intimate, witty and even antagonistic portrait of a tireless champion of America's most marginalized.

DVD / 2021 / 85 minutes

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By Ryan White

J.C. Leyendecker was one of the most prominent artists of his time, but his story is largely forgotten. Forced to keep his sexuality a secret, his coded imagery spoke directly to the gay community and laid the foundation for LGBTQ+ representation in advertising today.

DVD / 2021 / 28 minutes

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Director: Herb Stratford

The rise, fall and resurrection of the father of the American Arts and Crafts movement is chronicled in the new documentary Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman.

The film offers an unprecedented look at the life and works of Gustav Stickley as told through interviews, archival materials, and a close examination of his most iconic works. It traces the development and evolution of Stickley's unique style, as well as the creation of his diverse businesses including the Craftsman Magazine, Craftsman Farms and his ground-breaking Manhattan store. It also details the eventual loss of his businesses - and, after several decades, the rebirth and recognition of the movement he inspired.

The film visits several key locations in his lifetime, including his Syracuse home, where he lived and created his first arts and crafts interior, and the pump house at Skaneateles Lake in upstate New York, which he restored as a summer family camp; as well we meet some of the talented collaborators Stickley surrounding himself with, such as Harvey Ellis, Lamont Warner and Irene Sargent.

DVD / 2021 / 68 minutes

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Director: Robert Clem

How They Got Over celebrates the spirit of gospel performers and how they helped usher in a musical revolution that changed the world forever.

Beginning in the 1920s, Black singers across the country took to the highways as the new technology of radio and records made it possible to reach a wider audience. Intense competition brought new ways to entertain, first with guitars, later with full bands, then with a performance style that would inspire Mick Jagger and a host of other rock and rollers.

Their music was infectious, wrecking many a house on the chittlin' circuit, then graduating to the Apollo and other major auditoriums across the country. The success of gospel quartets inspired record labels to form "doo-wop" groups that enticed gospel singers like Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls and Wilson Pickett to cross over to greater fame.

How They Got Over features classic performance footage of the Soul Stirrers, Dixie Hummingbirds, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Blind Boys of Mississippee, Sensational Nightingales, the Davis Sisters and many more. Some of the greatest names in quartet music are interviewed in the film, giving vivid accounts of how they "got over" in their performances: shouting, bending over backwards, dancing, jumping off the stage: what came to be known as "gospel drama" - and a huge influence on future rock 'n' rollers.

DVD / 2021 / 87 minutes

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Director: Ryan Camarda

One composer, thousands of songs, millions of videos, and billions of views: Kevin MacLeod is the world's most-heard living composer…who nobody's heard of. His music reaches more people on a daily basis (measured by unique internet views) than every cable, broadcast, and network in western media combined.

Royalty Free brings to life this remarkable musician, who has released thousands of his songs "royalty free," allowing anyone to use his music for no charge, from the biggest Hollywood studios down to grandmas making cat videos. The film delves into the digital audio revolution, which allows one person with a synthesizer to become an entire orchestra. This 'democratization of music' has enabled great creativity, but at has threatened the livelihood of analog musicians, from recording artists to orchestra members and Broadway musicians.

Ultimately, the film is about the value we place on creative work in our society, and how the evolving landscape of technology influences our consumption, production, and distribution of the work itself.

DVD / 2021 / 91 minutes

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Director: Julia Newman

Albert Einstein was a world renowned celebrity, greeted like a rock star whenever he appeared in public. He was an outspoken social and political activist, an anti-war firebrand who was on the right side of controversial issues like women's rights, racism and nuclear arms control. He warned the world early on that Hitler was intent on war and the destruction of the Jewish people and was strategic and effective in helping to rescue Jews from the Nazis before World War II.

He referred to his fellow Jews as "my Jewish brethren" and wrote "The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice, and the desire for personal independence - these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my lucky stars that I belong to it."

In the 65 years since his death his fiery image has been neutered into that of a charmingly unworldly genius, preoccupied with the rarefied world of physics. Filmmaker Julia Newman, whose earlier film, "Into the Fire," explored how American women joined "the good fight" against the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War, here goes beyond the legend to tell the inspiring and true story of the 20th Century's most famous savant. Using a wealth of rarely seen archival footage, letters to and from Einstein, and new and illuminating interviews, Albert Einstein: Still a Revolutionary shows us a man who, while celebrated for revealing some of the fundamental laws governing our universe, was a true humanitarian; a man who believed in always doing the right thing.

DVD / 2020 / 80 minutes

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Directed by Abby Ginzberg

An intimate and inspiring portrait of Rep.Barbara Lee (D-CA), a champion of civil rights and the lone vote in opposition of the broad authorization of military force following the September 11th attacks.

BARBARA LEE: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER is an intimate and inspiring portrait of Representative Barbara Lee, a champion of civil rights and a steadfast voice for human rights, peace, and economic and racial justice in the U.S. Congress. In 2001, in the face of extreme backlash, she cast the lone vote in opposition to the broad authorization of military force following the September 11th attacks and issued a strident warning in the House of Representatives, "Let us now become the evil we deplore." Decades later, she continued that clarion call, demanding that Congress stand up to President Trump when he escalated tensions with numerous foreign governments while seeding division within his own country.

This feature documentary reveals the many challenges faced by Barbara Lee early in her life, including raising two sons as a single mother on food stamps and surviving domestic violence, which have provided her with the compassion, motivation, and commitment to use her position as an elected representative to improve the lives of her constituents. With unique access to a sitting member of Congress, this film not only introduces audiences to Barbara Lee, but to many others such as Senator Cory Booker, Representative John Lewis, Representation Ayanna Pressley, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, CNN commentator Van Jones, actor Danny Glover, and author Alice Walker, who all share insights about what makes Barbara Lee unique as a public servant and as a truth-telling Black woman in America. Uncompromising and conscientious to the core, Barbara Lee paves a path of integrity for future politicians.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2020 / 83 minutes

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By Vitaly Mansky

GORBACHEV. HEAVEN finds acclaimed director Vitaly Mansky (UNDER THE SUN) at home with a man who helped to shape the 20th-century: Mikhail Gorbachev.

The Soviet leader was acclaimed as the architect of Glasnost and Perestroika, policies that gave the citizens of the Soviet Union-what Ronald Reagan called "the Evil Empire"-a chance to be free. He even tore down the Berlin Wall.

But at the same time, under his rule, the Chernobyl nuclear facility exploded and its destruction was concealed. Citizens demanding independence in the Baltic states died. Soldiers wielding shovels brutally suppressed protesters in Tbilisi. Soviet tanks killed peaceful demonstrators in Baku. Under Gorbachev, the Soviet empire collapsed. He is now condemned by his own people.

This intimate portrait finds Gorbachev living alone in an empty house outside Moscow, still carrying the burdens of his past.

DVD (Russian With English Subtitles, Color) / 2020 / 100 minutes

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By John Gianvito

An experimental documentary essay on the political imagination of iconic humanitarian, author, and advocate for the blind Helen Keller. World famous by the age of 8 for having learned how to read and communicate through the finger alphabet, indelibly dramatized in William Gibson's play The Miracle Worker, Helen Keller (1880-1968) remained for the course of her 87 years the most revered blind-deaf woman on the planet.

Largely omitted or minimized within the voluminous literature her life generated however was the fact that Keller had become, by time she reached her thirties, a committed believer in the principles of Socialism. The product of years of research, Her Socialist Smile resurrects the radical Keller, serving as a rousing reminder that Keller's undaunted activism for labor rights, pacifism, and women's suffrage was philosophically inseparable from her battles for the rights of the disabled.

DVD / 2020 / 93 minutes

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By Anne Rapp

Horton Foote: The Road To Home is a documentary that chronicles the creative journey of acclaimed Texas writer Horton Foote through his own eyes and voice at the end of his life. Foote, who was born and raised in Wharton, Texas, went on to become a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, the winner of two Academy Awards for screenwriting, an Emmy Award for television writing, and was recipient of the National Medal of Arts among numerous other theatrical and literary prizes. His long and successful 70-year career of writing consisted primarily of stories set in the small town of Harrison, Texas, a fictitious version of Wharton. Horton was known for his subtle yet deeply-layered and profound storytelling -- about family, human connections, struggles, resilience and redemption.

The filmmakers followed Foote around with a camera for the last three years of his life. At the time Foote was in his early 90s but still very active and working on two different theater projects. One was a play called "Dividing the Estate" destined for Broadway, the other an epic nine-play cycle called "The Orphan's Home Cycle" based on his father's life. It was also headed for the New York stage. Anne Rapp, producer/director of the film, had been friends with Horton and the Foote family since 1981, after she worked as a script supervisor on his award-winning film Tender Merices. Joe Dishner, one of Rapp's producing partners, had known him as well since 1984 when he worked as a location manager on the film 1918, and later The Trip to Bountiful. Those relationships with Foote allowed the filmmakers to capture a much more personal and inside view of his life and work, and also capture the connection between his hometown and that successful body of work in more intimate detail.

DVD / 2020 / 75 minutes

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By John Carluccio

An intimate portrait of an outspoken showman who with humor and grace navigates the highs and lows of a seven-decade career, and a complex relationship with his superstar brother, Gregory Hines.

Maurice and friends-Chita Rivera, Mercedes Ellington and Debbie Allen-tell tales from his seven-decade career, including Broadway shows, a co-starring role in Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club and about his loving yet complex relationship with his superstar brother, the late Gregory Hines. Ever battling the challenges of being a gay, black man in show biz, Maurice shares his story with humor and grace.

DVD / 2020 / 93 minutes

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By Charlotte Mangin, Sandra Rattley

UNLADYLIKE2020 calls into question American history as we know it, reaching back to the dawn of the 20th century to recognize unsung female leaders and women of color trailblazers. The series presents rich biographies of 26 trailblazing American women that everyone should know, who broke barriers in male-dominated fields over 100 years ago, such as politics, journalism, science, business, sports, and the arts, including the first woman to found a hospital on an American Indian reservation, serve in the U.S. Congress, become a bank president, earn an international pilot's license, lead scientific expeditions in the Arctic, swim the English Channel, sing opera on the main stage at Carnegie Hall, or direct a feature-length movie.

Presenting history in a bold new way, UNLADYLIKE2020 brings these extraordinary stories of daring and persistence back to life through captivating original artwork and animation, rare archival imagery, and interviews with historians, descendants, and accomplished women of today, who reflect on the influence of these pioneers.

The UNLADYLIKE2020 collection includes short documentary films ranging in length from 9 to 12 minutes profiling 26 different women. Also available is The Changemakers, an hour-long documentary highlighting the names, stories and legacies of 5 pioneers - "first women" – who organized campaigns for social change. Their profound and extraordinary achievements in politics, civil rights and suffrage, largely taken for granted by history, or absent from standard American history texts, underscore the importance of deconstructing and revising the historical record to include the contributions of women and women of color. The inspiring battles that they waged in the name of equality continue to be fought today.

Bessie Coleman (9 minutes 3 seconds)
Grace Abbott (9 minutes 5 seconds)
Maggie Lena Walker (9 minutes 40 seconds)
Lillian Gilbreth (10 minutes 21 seconds)
Ynes Mexia (9 minutes 18 seconds)
Anna May Wong (11 minutes 26 seconds)
Meta Warrick Fuller (11 minutes 25 seconds)
Louise Arner Boyd (10 minutes 00 seconds)
Lois Weber (12 minutes 13 seconds)
Williamina Fleming (9 minutes 34 seconds)
Tye Leung Schulze (10 minutes 18 seconds)
Rose Schneiderman (11 minutes 2 seconds)
Margaret Chung (10 minutes 19 seconds)
Gladys Bentley (11 minutes 52 seconds)
Annie Smith Peck (10 minutes 41 seconds)
Susan La Flesche Picotte (11 minutes 38 seconds)
Sissieretta Jones (11 minutes 9 seconds)
Queen Lili`uokalani (12 minutes 14 seconds)
Gertrude Ederle (11 minutes 55 seconds)
Sonora Webster Carver (10 minutes 2 seconds)
Mary Church Terrell (11 minutes 54 seconds)
Martha Hughes Cannon (12 minutes 23 seconds)
Jovita Idar (11 minutes 11 seconds)
Jeannette Rankin (12 minutes 39 seconds)
Zitkala-Sa (11 minutes 39 seconds)
Charlotta Spears Bass (12 minutes 34 seconds)

DVD / 2020 / 285 minutes

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Directed by P. David Berez, David Wright

Portrait of brilliant artist Alan Magee who dares to explore the darker aspects of human nature and behavior while also celebrating the beauty he finds in the natural world.

Best known for his captivating realist paintings, artist Alan Magee also creates works that delve into the darkest aspects of human nature. His arresting images which comment on corporate greed, on cruelty and gun violence, and on civilian and military victims of war seem at odds with his serene paintings of nature and found objects, but through his distinctive visual language and interconnected themes, Magee suggests that these dual realms are inseparably interwoven.

Shot on location, from Pemaquid Point, Maine to the streets of Berlin, Alan Magee: art is not a solace explores the artist's subjects, locales, and the historical sources which have sustained his work for five decades. Through his paintings, sculpture, monotypes, music and short films, Magee invites viewers to travel with him through the veiled recesses of human experience-and back into the affirming light of day.

DVD / 2019 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 60 minutes

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Directed by Charles Wilkinson

Portrait of Haida artist, Robert Davidson, whose art and activism point the way towards a renewed connection with the natural world, perhaps saving us from ourselves.

Haida artist Robert Davidson is one of the foremost cultural icons of the age. HAIDA MODERN features candid and revealing conversations with the artist himself, along with commentary from art historians, politicians, musicians and family members detailing the importance and impact of Davidson's work. Highlighted in these conversations is the story of how Davidson carved the first totem pole raised on the island of Haida Gwaii in over 100 years - a spiritual and political act credited with sparking a reawakening of Indigenous culture in the Pacific Northwest.

In HAIDA MODERN, we see how Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens alike-inspired by Davidson's art-are coming together to forge political movements led by Indigenous activists and artists, fighting the critical environmental battles of our time. That is the great and enduring power of Robert Davidson's 14,000 year old indigenous Haida culture: the power of an art so beautiful, it must be seen over and again.

DVD / 2019 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adults) / 80 minutes

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Director: David Licata

What's it like to dedicate your life to work that won't be completed in your lifetime? Fifteen years ago, filmmaker David Licata focused on four projects and the people behind them in an effort to answer this universal question.

The subjects include Jill Tarter, Director of the SETI Institute, who has been involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence since the 1970s; David and Jared Milarch, father and son tree farmers and co-founders of the Champion Tree Project, who clone old-growth trees to combat climate change; gospel music archivist Robert Darden, who founded the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, an organization that is trying preserve at-risk recordings from the black gospel music tradition; and Paolo Soleri, controversial architect behind Arcosanti, a town designed to test his theories about housing an overpopulated planet.

We discover what inspired them to begin, what obstacles they face, what drives and sustains them, and how they measure success of an endeavor they will not live to see completed. But most of all we discover that their lives really aren't that different from everyone else's: who hasn't gazed at the stars and wondered if we are unique, nurtured a plant, sought ideal shelter, fell in love with a song and couldn't wait to share it with someone? And who among us will truly see our work finished before we leave this earthly plain?

DVD / 2019 / 90 minutes

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By Jennifer Abod

Nice Chinese Girls Don't is a portrait of Kitty Tsui -- an iconic Asian American lesbian, poet, artist, activist, writer, and bodybuilder who came of age in the early days of the Women's Liberation Movement in San Francisco.

In Nice Chinese Girls Don't, Kitty Tsui recounts her emergence as a poet, artist, activist, writer, and bodybuilder in the early days of the Women's Liberation Movement in San Francisco. She narrates her experience of arriving to the States as an immigrant from Hong Kong by way of her own original poetry and stories.

Tsui wrote the groundbreaking Words of a Woman Who Breathes Fire, the first book written by an Asian American lesbian. She is considered by many to be one of the foremothers of the API, Asian Pacific Islander, lesbian feminist movement.

In 2018, APIQWTC, Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community honored her with the Phoenix Award for lifetime achievement. In 2019, her alma mater, San Francisco State University inducted Tsui into the Alumni Hall of Fame. Her forthcoming books include Nice Chinese Girls Don't, Battle Cry: Poems of Love & Resistance, and Fire Power: Poems of Love & Resilience. Tsui currently lives in Oakland, California, and is writing a screenplay, Unmasked.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2019 / 20 minutes

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Directed by Susan Strickler

Marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, this is an intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of Hiroshima, who has devoted her life to ridding the world of nuclear weapons.

THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA is an intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow, a passionate, 85-year-old survivor of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Her moving story is told through the lens of her growing friendship with a second generation survivor, Mitchie Takeuchi.

Setsuko was miraculously pulled out of a fiery building after the bomb was dropped and unable to save her other 27 classmates who were burned to death alive. That experience shaped her life forever and she endeavored to keep a pledge she made to her friends - that no one should ever again experience the same horrible fate.

The film is a timely exploration of the global dangers of nuclear weapons and provides an insider's perspective as we see Setsuko campaign with ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons). The culmination of Setsuko's decades of activism is her acceptance speech at the 2017 Nobel Peace Awards.

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

DVD / 2019 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 82 minutes

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By Cordelia Dvorak

MARCELiNE. A WOMAN. A CENTURY is a fascinating portrait of the persevering French filmmaker, writer, and Holocaust survivor Marceline Loridan-ivens (1928-2018).

Marceline was only 15 when both she and her father, a Polish Jew from Lodz, were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. She survived but her father didn't, and Marceline had to find radical and unconventional ways to heal after the tragedies of the war. in 1961, she appeared in Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin's landmark film Chronicle of a Summer, which gave birth to the term cinema verite. Later she married the legendary Dutch documentary director Joris ivens, traveled with him to Vietnam, and co-directed films such as 17th Parallel: Vietnam in War (1968) and How Yukong Moved the Mountains (1976).

Filmed as she was nearing 90 years old and living in Paris, MARCELiNE. A WOMAN. A CENTURY spans the broad arc of her life from Holocaust survivor to political activist to combatively critical filmmaker. Looking back on the momentous events she experienced and filmed such as the Algerian and Vietnam Wars and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, MARCELiNE is a thought-provoking chronicle of a remarkable witness of the 20th century.

DVD (French, Color, Closed Captioned) / 2018 / 58 minutes

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By Joseph McGarry

A vital and visual dissertation about one of history's greatest pieces of literature that additionally ties into the history of the Holy Roman Empire and the German language.

He wrote over the course of a lifetime and re-crafted a 200 year old play along the way.

The greatest German writer and a true genius, J.W. Goethe, wrote a play in verse form over the course of his entire adult life. Goethe's Faust is an extraordinary documentary that attempts to produce an abridged, but comprehensive English prose rendition of Goethe's astonishing work and also examines this content in order to answer the simple question:

Can a 200 year old play be relevant to today?

Additionally, since the film is I essence a love story, Goethe's most significant female relationships are discussed in a section referencing "The Many Loves of J,W. Goethe."

The Faust tragedy/drama, often called Das Drama der Deutschen (the drama of the Germans), written in two parts published decades apart, would stand as his most characteristic and famous artistic creation. Followers of the twentieth century esotericist Rudolf Steiner built a theatre named the Goetheanum after him - where festival performances of Faust are still performed.

Goethe was a cultural force, who argued that the organic nature of the land molded the people and their customs - an argument that has recurred ever since. He argued that laws could not be created by pure rationalism, since geography and history shaped habits and patterns. This stood in sharp contrast to the prevailing Enlightenment view that reason was sufficient to create well-ordered societies and good laws.

Joseph McGarry's GOETHE'S FAUST is a detailed dissertation on the life and work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe with a focus on his historically acclaimed re-penning of his rendering of Faust, a tragedy in two parts.

As writer, director, host and narrator, McGarry has created an extensive study that will serve as a literary and philosophical reference for students of literature forever more. More importantly, the film series brings the historical writings into a contemporary framework.

Filmed entirely on location in Colorado, McGarry's audio/video narrative study draws comparisons to nature and many of the other themes contained within Goethe's writings.

DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2017 / 148 minutes

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The United States was founded on the ideals of religious liberty and individualism, concepts that to many seemed diametrically opposed to Roman Catholicism. But one man sought to show that Catholicism and Americanism are not incompatible.

Using popular communication methods of his day, Isaac Hecker became a courageous voice for Catholicism in nineteenth-century America. Given the hostility between the Old World and the New, Hecker's ministry earned the derision of both his fellow Americans as well as many in the Catholic hierarchy in Rome.

"Isaac Hecker and the Journey of Catholic America" features the voices of Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Matt McCoy (The Hand that Rocks the Cradle), Bob Gunton (The Shawshank Redemption), Jay O. Sanders (JFK, The Day After Tomorrow), and David Ushery (WNBC, News 4 New York) as well as interviews from some of the leading historians and clergy in North America.

DVD / 2017 / 52 minutes

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Directed by Kathleen Dowdey

The first major documentary biography of civil rights hero, congressional leader and champion for human rights, whose unwavering fight for justice spanned over fifty years.

Follow the courageous journey of John Lewis, a civil rights hero, congressional leader, and human rights champion whose unwavering fight for justice spanned the past 57 years. The son of sharecroppers, Lewis grew up in the segregated South and rose from Alabama's Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill. His humble origins have forever linked him to those whose voices often go unheard.

Through never-before-seen interviews shot over 20 years, Lewis tells the gripping tale of his role in the vanguard of the Civil Rights Movement. He was the youngest speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington and he led the Bloody Sunday march in Selma in 1965 where Alabama state troopers attacked peaceful protesters with billy clubs, bullwhips, and tear gas. This march led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act into law, which prohibited racial discrimination at the polls.

Originally an activist pushing from the outside, Lewis became the conscience of congress who made noise on the inside pressing for justice, equality, and human rights. Despite setbacks-and there were many-John Lewis' eyes remained steadfastly on the prize.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2017 / (Grades 7-12, Colleges, Adults) / 54 minutes

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By Grace Winter & Luc Plantier

The man squats by the fire, holding an object slightly larger than his palm. He feels it carefully, pressing and shaping it, then turns it upside down and fills it with hot sand. The man is a member of the Shuar people, and he is practicing the art of tzantza, or head-shrinking-a ritual designed to ensnare the soul of a defeated enemy.

Behind the camera, filming the scene, is Robert de Wavrin, a Belgian marquis who spent decades traveling among indigenous people in South America. From Paraguay, to Venezuela, Ecuador, and Brazil, Wavrin visited areas few, if any, Europeans had ever seen, earning the trust of local indigenous groups, making friends, and filming customs, rituals, and everyday life. The four films he produced (along with shorter works) shaped the nascent art of visual anthropology and are marked by Wavrin's insistence on seeing indigenous people as fellow human beings-not others, savages, inferior beings, or exotics trotted out for our entertainment.

Wavrin didn't set out to become an explorer and ethnographer. At first, he was just fleeing the country to avoid a prison term for shooting two boys stealing hazelnuts from trees on his estate (they survived). In 1913, he boarded a ship headed to South America. It was a fateful decision. Over the next 25 years, Wavrin would return to the continent repeatedly, driven by a thirst to learn about its native people and to record them with his film camera.

While THE MARQUIS OF WAVRIN: FROM THE MANOR TO THE JUNGLE tells the story of the Marquis' life and journeys, it is also a story about the detective work that goes into finding and restoring old photos and footage. Co-director Grace Winter is a researcher at the Royal Film Archive of Belgium, which houses all de Wavrin's footage-including material shot for a now-lost film. Winter painstakingly matches descriptions of the film with the Marquis' rushes, reconstructing sequences from the film for a contemporary audience. She also finds rare scenes cut from de Wavrin's final film by censors who found them too shocking.

De Wavrin was not a man completely freed from the strictures of his time. It's hard not to cringe when he says some native people see him as a god, for instance. But, unlike others making films in remote regions of South America, de Wavrin was not motivated by profit or trying to make propaganda. His genuine interest in those he films comes through in sequence after sequence: girls smiling for the camera and showing off their jewelry; children playing with small bows and arrows; people cooking, preparing coca leaves-and yes, shrinking heads.

And while posters publicizing his films do trade in the racist tropes of the day, his work itself is remarkable. THE MARQUIS OF WAVRIN: FROM THE MANOR TO THE JUNGLE is a multi-faceted film: a mystery involving lost film footage, a fascinating biography, and a collection of privileged images of the daily lives of indigenous people in remote areas rarely visited by outsiders.

DVD (French, With English Subtitles, Color, Black and White) / 2017 / 85 minutes

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By Vincent Coen & Guillaume Vandenberghe

When the Arab Spring turns into the Islamist Autumn, Zineb decides to leave Morocco. Unable to find work and fearing for her safety, she moves to Paris. There she finds a new professional family at Charlie Hebdo. For the first time in her career, she can work in uncensored freedom amongst kindred souls. But then, on the 7th of January 2015, her newfound happiness is shot down. As by wonder she was not present when the terrorists came and killed her friends and colleagues. From that day on she becomes the most protected woman in France, under constant police protection.

Shocked at first, she quickly decides to make a stand against terrorism, and becomes a public figure speaking out against radical Islam. But then she gets pregnant and her outlook on the future changes drastically. How to build a life under these conditions? What will the life of her baby girl look like surrounded by bodyguards?

NOTHING IS FORGIVEN follows Zineb before, during and after the attacks on the famous satirical magazine. An intimate portrait of someone who had to pay greatly for fighting for her beliefs. Her opponents haven't forgiven her.

DVD (English, French, Color, With English Subtitles) / 2017 / 61 minutes

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Has the world missed one of the greatest artists of all time?

From Victorian England comes the untold story of Lilian Trotter and her opportunity of a lifetime, her chance to become a legend and her decision that changed everything. Could you give up your dream to instead follow your calling?

Many Beautiful Things tells the story of Lilias Trotter, a 19th century British painter who sacrificed artistic fame in order to serve God as a missionary in Algeria. Trotter's extraordinary gift was noticed by famous art critic, John Ruskin who believed Trotter could become one of England's greatest artists. But to Ruskin's consternation, Trotter's unfailing love for the needy and those without Christ led her to focus on ministry and in time Trotter could not escape God's undeniable calling to serve on the mission field.

This remarkable story challenges Christians to ask themselves key questions such as, "What is God asking me to do with the gifts I have?" and "What would I be willing to sacrifice in order to be faithful to Christ?"

Trotter's profound spiritual insights were featured in the book, A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliot.

Featuring the voices of Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones).

DVD (With English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese Subtitles) / 2016 / 70 minutes

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