Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation (2015)

Director: Jane Manning 
Run time: 55 min.

"In this ground-breaking expose, industry insiders go on the record to explain how carefully Pokies are programmed for addiction. They’re joined by world-leading neuroscientists, taking you into the lab to reveal how these machines work on the deepest levels of our brains, leading some researchers to call them 'electronic morphine.' And, we reveal how successive Australian governments have become the biggest addicts of all." 
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (2014)

Director: Jeremiah Zagar
Run Time:  98 min.
Call Number:  HV6515 .C75

"When the curtain rose on the murder trial of Pamela Smart murder case 23 years ago, the stage was set for the birth of reality TV. Accused of plotting the 1990 murder of her husband Gregory, the 22-year-old Smart was subsequently convicted in the first fully televised, gavel-to-gavel court case, which has inspired TV shows, books, plays and feature films.

An official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart explores how the media coverage of the case may have influenced the trial and sentencing. Featuring an exclusive new interview with Smart herself, as well as interviews with prosecuting and defending attorneys, journalists who covered the case, childhood friends, former inmates who served time with her, and, in the first interview since his release, one of the boys convicted with her." 

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Limited Partnership (2014)

Director: Thomas G. Miller
Run Time: 74 min.
Call Number: KF539 .L56 2014

"Limited Partnership chronicles the 40-year love story between Filipino American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. In 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, Colorado, Richard and Tony were one of the first same sex couples to be legally married in the world. Richard immediately filed for a green card for Tony based on their marriage....The film follows Richard and Tony’s personal trajectory, which parallels the history of the LGBT marriage and immigration equality movements, from their 1971 meeting at an L.A. gay bar called 'The Closet;' to the 1975 signing of their marriage license in Colorado; through the era of AIDS; and all the way up to the historic U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage in June 2013 and again in 2015." 
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Friday, April 8, 2016

The Waiting Room (2012)

Director: Peter Nicks
Run Time: 81 min.

"If I could choose one film to play in the White House screening room this year, it would be 'The Waiting Room,' Peter Nicks’s magnificent documentary portrait of a hospital emergency room that eloquently portrays the faults and limitations of the American health care system, even as it punctures some of the most toxic stereotypes surrounding it. . . . With grace, discretion and supreme tact, Nicks sweeps viewers to a climactic montage that wordlessly honors the best ways we care for one another. 'The Waiting Room' bears poetic witness to an overlooked fact: America’s health care system may be broken, but its people are anything but."

—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post (full review here)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Cartel Land (2016)

Director: Matthew Heineman
Run Time: 80 min.
Call Number: HV5840.M4 C37 2016

"In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as 'El Doctor,' leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley – Tim 'Nailer' Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border. Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. The film is a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil." 

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