Now Showing @ ALA

Now Showing @ ALA Film Program - N242

Time Saturday Sunday Monday
       
8:00-10:00am Mr. Conservative The Whole Gritty City The Speaker
10:30-12:00pm Dear Mr. Watterson The Speaker Man on Wire
12:00-1:00pm      
1:30-3:30pm Defiant Requiem Far Out Isn't Far Enough  
4:00-5:30pm Lost Rivers Out of Step  

Mr. ConservativeMr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater

Saturday, June 28

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Producer, narrator and granddaughter CC Goldwater takes viewers on a cinematic journey into the life of Barry Goldwater in her first film, Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater. The film reveals Goldwater as a man either glorified or vilified by the American public. It traces the roots of Goldwater’s conservative philosophy, conveys how he united the conservative movement to lead the Republican Party into a new generation of politics and demonstrates how his consistently Libertarian mindset led him to diverge from the Conservative party orthodoxy in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Runtime: 90 Minutes

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRq-gelZFgg

Dear Mr. WattersonDear Mr. Watterson

Satruday, June 28

10:30 am - 12 noon

Documentary film about the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes Production Company. Calvin & Hobbes is one of the greatest comic strips of all time.  Besides it being amazingly funny, thought-provoking, and extremely well-drawn, it has been the entrée into reading for countless young students who otherwise lacked interest.

Librarians and teachers across the country can attest to the popularity of the Calvin & Hobbes book collections, despite the comic strip ending syndication nearly 2 decades ago.  Dear Mr. Watterson is an exploration into just why the strip has had such a lasting impact.

Run Tim: 89 Minutes

Link to trailer: https://vimeo.com/76721308

 

Defiant RequiemDefiant Requiem

Saturday, June 28

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Defiant Requiem tells the little-known story of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, the inmates of Terezin fought back...with art and music. Through hunger, disease and slave labor, the Jewish inmates of Terezin hold onto their humanity by staging plays, composing opera and using paper and ink to record the horrors around them.
This creative rebellion reaches its peak when Schächter teaches a choir of 150 inmates one of the world's most difficult and powerful choral works, Verdi's Requiem, re-imagined as a condemnation of the Nazis. The choir would ultimately confront the Nazis face to face... and sing to them what they dare not say.

For over ten years, conductor Murry Sidlin has dreamed of bringing the Requiem back to Terezin. Now, through soaring concert footage, powerful survivor recollections, cinematic dramatizations and evocative animation, Defiant Requiem brings the incredible story of this artistic uprising to life.

Runtime: 86 minutes

http://defiantrequiemfilm.com/trailer.php

Lost RiversLost Rivers

Saturday, June 28

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nearly every major city was built near the convergence of many rivers. As cities grew with the Industrial Revolution, these rivers became conduits for disease and pollution. The 19th-century solution was to bury them underground and merge them with the sewer systems. These rivers still run through today's metropolises, but they do so out of sight.

Lost Rivers examines hidden waterways in cities around the world and introduces us to people dedicated to exploring and exposing them. In Montreal, urban explorer Danielle Plamondon and photographer Andrew Emond follow the stony underground tunnels that contain the Rivière Saint-Pierre. In Bresica, Italy, a group of urban explorers conduct popular, officially-sanctioned tours through the city's network of medieval rivers.

Runtime: 72 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EcWv9iB5LM0

The Whole Gritty CityThe Whole Gritty City

Sunday, June 29

8:00 am – 10:00 am

The Whole Gritty City is a 90-minute documentary that plunges viewers into the world of three New Orleans school marching bands. The film follows kids growing up in America's most musical city, and one of its most dangerous, as their band directors get them ready to perform in the Mardi Gras parades, and teach them to succeed and to survive. Navigating the urban minefield through moments of setback, loss, discovery, and triumph, these children and their adult leaders reveal the power and resilience of a culture.

This New Orleans marching band story is at the same time a unique portrayal of an American inner city. It highlights men with an open-eyed, deep commitment to the community they've grown up in and the children in their charge. Viewers who know first-hand the African American urban experience will find a celebration of the strength and insight of these men, and the potential and resilience of their students. Others will find a moving, empathetic portrayal of an unfamiliar world, and come to feel a stake in the struggles and triumphs of these children and their mentors.

In February 2014 the film aired nationally on CBS on "48 Hours Presents: THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY",
a 2-hour special hosted by jazz great Wynton Marsalis.

Runtime: 89 minutes

http://thewholegrittycity.com/

The SpeakerThe Speaker

Sunday, June 29

10:30 am – 12 noon

In 1977, the American Library Association faced a major controversy
over a film produced by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee.  The film, The Speaker, became the focal point of that year's Annual Conference in Detroit. 

Passions rode high as questions over intellectual freedom,censorship, racism, inclusion, and process were debated in membership meetings, on the Council floor, and in the corridors of the conference center.

At this year's conference, the Intellectual Freedom Committee is
partnering with LHRT, the Black Caucus of the ALA, and the Association
of American Publishers to revisit the controversy and ask what we can
learn as our association and profession continue into the 21st century.

Screening this film and allowing for discussion afterward - in
conjunction with Monday afternoon's program - will provide a great
opportunity to make sure the conversations are as fruitful as possible.

Runtime: 42 minutes

Far Out Isnt Far EnoughFar Out isn’t Far Enough

Sunday, June 29

1:30 pm – 3:00 am

One man's wild, lifelong adventure of testing society's boundaries through his subversive art, Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story combines traditional documentary storytelling with original animation culled from seven decades worth of art from the renegade children's book author and illustrator.
Using a palette of 20th-century events to paint an artist's epic yet controversial life story, the film offers a retrospective of Ungerer's life and art, and ponders the complexities and contradictions of a man who, armed with an acerbic wit, an accusing finger and a razor sharp pencil, gave visual representation to the revolutionary voices during one of the most tantalizing and dramatic periods in American history.

Runtime: 98 minutes

http://firstrunfeatures.com/faroutisntfarenough.html

 

 

Out of StepThe Pleasure of Being Out of Step

Sunday, June 29

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and who also led the rise of 'alternative' journalism in America.  This unique documentary wraps the themes of liberty, identity and free expression around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act.

At the core of the film are three extraordinary, intimate conversations with Hentoff.  Commentary and perspective are offered through additional interviews with such luminaries as Amiri Baraka, Stanley Crouch, Floyd Abrams, Aryeh Neier and Dan Morgenstern. Interwoven through it all is the sublime music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Bob Dylan, along with never-before-seen photographs and archival footage of these artists and other cultural figures at the height of their powers.

Runtime: 86 minutes

http://firstrunfeatures.com/pleasuresofbeingoutofstep/

The SpeakerThe Speaker

Monday, June 30

8:00 am – 10:00 am

In 1977, the American Library Association faced a major controversy over a film produced by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee.  The film, The Speaker, became the focal point of that year's Annual Conference in Detroit. 

Passions rode high as questions over intellectual freedom, censorship, racism, inclusion, and process were debated in membership meetings, on the Council floor, and in the corridors of the conference center.

At this year's conference, the Intellectual Freedom Committee is partnering with LHRT, the Black Caucus of the ALA, and the Association of American Publishers to revisit the controversy and ask what we can learn as our association and profession continues into the 21st century.

Screening this film and allowing for discussion afterward - in conjunction with Monday afternoon's program - will provide a great opportunity to make sure the conversations are as fruitful as possible.

Runtime: 42 minutes

Man on WireMan on Wire

Monday, June 30

10:30 am – 12 noon

On August 7th, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center’s twin towers. After dancing for nearly an hour on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail before he was finally released. This extraordinary documentary incorporates Petit’s personal footage to show how he overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges to achieve the artistic crime of the century.

Petit is appearing as an Auditorium Speaker on United for Libraries President Rod Wagner’s program, Monday, June 30, 8:30 am – 9:30 am.

Runtime: 94 minutes

http://www.manonwire.com/