Thursday, January 29, 2015

GMO OMG (2014)

Director: Jeremy Seifert
Run Time: 85 min.
Call Number: TP248.65.F66 G6626 2014

"Seifert, who also narrates, appears on screen throughout, often with his adorable, camera-ready small sons in tow, as he travels across the U.S. and the globe questioning farmers, seed experts, activists and scientists. En route, he explores the potentially harmful effects of such genetically modified crops as corn, soybeans and canola, and the corporate manipulation of seed supplies and their use in conjunction with now omnipresent, weed-resistant (hence, crop yield-increasing) pesticides. Not surprisingly, reps from Monsanto, the big daddy of engineered seed purveyors, denied Seifert's interview requests. . . . Conclusive answers are few here, though the featured farmers make convincing, real-world cases for — and against — planting patented GMO seeds. Still, if forewarned is forearmed, Seifert's movie might one day prove quite prescient." 
—Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

Monday, December 29, 2014

Valentine Road (2012)

Director: Marta Cunningham
Run Time: 99 min.
Call Number: HV9067.H6 V35 2014

"In February of [2008], a 14-year-old, Brandon McInerney, shot a fellow student named Lawrence King in the head in the school computer lab in front of a room full of classmates. Mr. King, an eighth grader who was openly exploring his sexual identity and had shown unwanted attention toward Mr. McInerney, died two days later. . . . Mr. McInerney is now in prison, but if you’ve forgotten the details of how this matter was resolved, do yourself a favor and don’t look them up, because [Marta] Cunningham has expertly built the narrative of this seemingly open-and-shut case to its uneasy conclusion."
—Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

Monday, December 22, 2014

Young Lakota (2013)

Director: Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt
Run Time: 83 min.
Call Number: E99.O3 Y68 2013

"The Pine Ridge Reservation is no stranger to strife and heartbreak, stark realities and inspired idealism. In Young Lakota, we are brought directly into the emotional and often uncertain journey of Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena, and their politically ambitious friend Brandon Ferguson . . . . Their political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of their tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion by threatening to build a women's clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation." 
Film distributor's website

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blueberry Soup (2013)

Director: Eileen Jarrett
Run Time: 77 min.

"Blueberry Soup is an extraordinary documentary about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008. This is a not-well-known-story of grassroots constitutionalism, an inspiration to the rest of the world. The film is a deeply touching account of an eclectic group of individuals reinventing democracy through the rewriting of the nation's constitution." 
Film's website

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Out of Print (2013)

Director: Vivienne Roumani
Run Time: 55 min.
Call Number: Z1033.E43 O9 2013

"Out of Print, narrated by Meryl Streep, draws us into the topsy-turvy world of words, illuminating the turbulent and exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution. Jeff Bezos, Ray Bradbury, Scott Turow, Jeffrey Toobin, parents, students, educators, scientists – all highlight how this revolution is changing everything about the printed word – and changing us."
                                                                                        –Film website