To aid in the selection of video's for your class and research needs, we've created a large number of filmographies on many subject areas. If you'd like to suggest a new filmography or ask that an existing one be updated, please contact Chris Lewis. (x3257)
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Film Studies, Film Genres and National Cinema
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Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of June 2014.
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This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. All DVDs listed below are located in Media Services on the Lower Level of Bender Library. To search the library’s complete videos holdings on environmental topics (including VHS tapes) search the library catalog at: http://www.american.edu/library/mediaservices/index.cfm.
Monumental David Brower's fight for wild America. 2004, 1 videodisc (74 min.). Tells the story of conservationist David Brower, first executive director of the Sierra Club and founder of Friends of the Earth and the Earth Island Institute, who worked to save the natural environment and to protect and establish some of America's national parks. Includes 16-mm archival footage (much shot by Brower himself), photographic images from well-known artists, and interviews with leading conservationists, photographers, historians, curators, and politicians, as well as Brower's family, friends, and colleagues. DVD 980
Mr CO2. 2010, 1 streaming video file (52 min.). Summary: "This documentary may use whimsical animation to personify carbon dioxide emissions, but its message is dead-serious: if we fail to cut the rate of CO2 spewing into the atmosphere, we face a bleak future. MR. CO2 opens in Copenhagen, where the world's political leaders gather in December 2009 to try and hammer out a new carbon treaty to replace the Kyoto Accord. Joining them are activists and climate scientists, on-hand to press for action. They include Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the International Panel on Climate Change, and Bill McKibben, founder of a movement aimed at lowering atmospheric carbon, who says at the conference, 'we are past the red line, the real debate is between human beings on the one hand, and physics and chemistry on the other.'" --Icarus website, viewed 28th October, 2011. DVD 9204 and Streaming video
Natural connections. 2000, 1 streaming media file (46 min.). Uses interviews with scientists, photography, graphics, and original music to introduce the basic concepts of biodiversity, underline the importance of maintaining biodiversity, explore how nature and human nature are intertwined and how everyday decisions affect biodiversity. Takes a close-up look at salmon, rainforests, and marine ecosystems as examples. Streaming video
The Next industrial revolution William McDonough, Michael Braungart & the birth of the sustainable economy. 2001, 1 streaming media file (55 min.). Explores how businesses are transforming themselves to work with nature and profitability. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 2835 Streaming video
No impact man. 2010, 1 videodisc (93 min.). Colin Beavan is a New York City writer and self-proclaimed liberal. He has big plans for his new book. He decides on a grand experiment: to live one year with as little impact on the environment as possible. The problem is, the project requires his wife Michelle, an espresso-guzzling, Prada-worshipping business writer, and their young daughter to be fully on board. The family embarks on a year of no electricity, television, cars, toilet paper, elevators, or newspapers. DVD 6799
Peacock's war. 89, 1 streaming video file (60 min.). Douglas Peacock advocates for the survival of the grizzly bear and for the open spaces which allow them to live in the wilderness. Streaming video
Planeat. 2011, 1 streaming video file (72 min.). "Where have we gone wrong? Why has the death rate from heart disease and cancer exploded in recent times? Why are the ice caps melting, the oceans dying and the forests being cut down as we produce the food necessary to support our burgeoning populations? Against a backdrop of colorful and delicious food grown by organic farmers and prepared in the kitchens of world-famous chefs, this video for the first time brings together the ground-breaking studies of three prominent scientists who have made it their life's work to answer these questions. Dr. T. Colin Campbell in China by exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's use of nutrition to treat chronically ill heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel's investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, wasteful land use and lifeless oceans."--Distributor's abstract. Streaming video
Post-carbon futures. 2010, 1 streaming video file (53 min.). "'Post-carbon futures' makes the case that we need a completely different approach to economic growth and prosperity and that geo-engineering and building huge projects simply in order to maintain a consumer society makes no sense. British environmentalist Tim Jackson, from the University of Surrey, and French writer Paul Ariès both argue that our current economic system has trapped us into needing to constantly increase our emissions. Ariès, a leading advocate of the 'de-growth' movement passionately argues for a re-imagining of our economic system and not just cutting back on emissions but redefining prosperity itself. The film travels to the UK, where we visit the British 'transition town' of Totnes, which is converting itself into an environmentally sustainable community, and meet permaculture activists in San Francisco who dream of turning the city's 1,800 acres of lawns into sources of food, fuel and fibre. Maybe our best hope for bold changes lies right in our backyards."--Icarus website, viewed 17th Nov, 2011. Streaming video
Promised land. 1 videodisc (107 min.). Corporate salesman Steve Butler has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner to offer much-needed relief to the economically hard-hit residents in exchange for drilling rights to their properties. As they grapple with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors, the outsiders soon discover the strength of an American small town at a crossroads.
HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 6374
Queen of the sun what are the bees telling us? 2011, 1 streaming video file (82 min.). A documentary on colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon involving the mass disappearance of honeybees from their hives. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 11175 and Streaming video
Rachel Carson's Silent spring. 2007, 1 videodisc (56 min.). Witness the life of passionate biologist and environmentalist, Rachel Carson, and how she exposed the effects of the unregulated use of pesticides and herbicides by the federal government, and sparked a revolution in environmental policy. DVD 5877
The real dirt on farmer John. 2008, 1 videodisc (82 min.). The award-winning true story of third-generation American farmer John Peterson's hero's journey of success, tribulation, failure and rebirth. He's not only a farmer, he's an artist too. DVD 3619
Revenge of the electric car. 2011, 1 streaming video file (90 min.). By 2006, as many as 5,000 electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. Today, the electric car is back with a vengeance. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America's future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever. It's not just the next generation of green cars that's on the line, it's the future of the automobile itself.
Streaming video and HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 9712
A sea change. 2009, 1 streaming video file (83 min.). "Documents how the pH balance has changed dramatically since the beginning of the industrial revolution: a 30% increase in acidification ... Experts predict that over the next century, steady increases in carbon dioxide emissions and the continued rise in the acidity of the oceans will cause most of the world's fisheries to experience a total bottom-up collapse -- a state that could last for millions of years ..."--Container. Streaming video
Seeds of hunger. 2008, 1 streaming video file (53 min.). "With the world of agriculture confronting the impact of such factors as global warming, population urbanization trends, changes in eating habits, and increased use of grain for biofuels, [this film] outlines the shape of an impending global food crisis. Filmed in Africa, China, Latin America, and the U.S., [the film] examines issues involved in creating such a crisis, including the politics of food security and scarcity, declining food production, and the need for increased production to meet population growth, the impact of genetically modified foods, water shortages, famine, food aid programs, the loss of crop land, and national food production, distribution and export policies."--Distrbutor's abstract. Streaming video and DVD 10047
Shattered sky the battle for energy, economy, and enviornment. 2012, 1 streaming video file (60 min.). Eerily reminiscent of today's energy and climate crisis, 'Shattered Sky' recounts the dramatic story of how America led the world to solve the biggest environmental crisis ever seen. Thirty years ago, scientists reported a hole in the ozone layer 'the size of North America.' The culprit was CFCs, prevalent in billions of dollars worth of refrigeration, air conditioning and other products that had revolutionized the American way of life. Doctors forecast skyrocketing rates of cancer. The stakes were 'life as we know it.' But business remained bitterly opposed and politicians were initially slow to act. For the first time in film, 'Shattered Sky' goes inside the ozone crisis to explore how America led the world to a solution. It insprires viewrs toward the same can-do spirit on climate change today.
SOLA. 2010, 1 videodisc (62 min.). Investigates how the exploitation of Southern Louisiana's abundant natural resources compromised the resiliency of its ecology and culture, multiplying the devastating impact of the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina. DVD 8124 Streaming video
Split estate. 2009, 1 streaming video file (76 min.). Imagine discovering that you don't own the mineral rights under your land, and that an energy company plans to drill for natural gas two hundred feet from your front door. Imagine finding that you have little or no recourse to protect your home or land from such development. [The film] maps a tragedy in the making, as citizens in the path of a new drilling boom in the Rocky Mountain West struggle against the erosion of their civil liberties, their communities and their health. Streaming video DVD 10444
The story of stuff with Annie Leonard. 2007, 1 videodisc (20 min.). The goal in producing the film is to raise awareness about the often hidden impacts of production and consumption, to highlight the connections between a wide range of issues, and to spark discussion about both the systemic nature of the problem and effective strategies to address them. DVD 3871
Tapped. 2010, 1 streaming video file (75 min.). "Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? ... [T]his timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the production of plastic, to the ocean in which so many bottles end up, this ... documentary follows the bottled water trail through the communities which are the unwitting chips on the corporate table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this ... film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water."--Container. Streaming video
Trashed. 2006, 1 videodisc (77 min.). "Analyzes the causes and effects of the seemingly innocuous act of 'taking out the garbage', while showcasing the individuals, activists, corporate and advocacy groups working to effect change and reform the current model" -- Container. DVD 4475
Trashed. 2013, 1 videodisc (97 min.). Looks at the risks to the food chain and environment through pollution of our air, land, and sea by waste. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 8154
Vegucated. 2010, 1 videodisc (NTSC, 77 min.). "Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. But can their conviction carry them when times get tough? Part science class, and part adventure story, this entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time. HOME USE COLLECTION 10521
Waste land. 2011, 1 videodisc (99 min.). Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes viewers on an emotional journey to the world's largest landfill of the day, Jardim Gramacho. Here the catadores, who number in the thousands, work under the hot sun collecting recyclable materials such as bottles, plastic, and metal to be sold to wholesalers. Muniz invites the catadores to add refuse to his art, photographing the work from overhead. The finished artwork will then be on display in museums and auctions around the world. DVD 8166
Water on the table. 2010, 1 streaming video file (79 min.). Water on the Table features Maude Barlow, who is considered 'an international water warrior' for her crusade to have water declared a human right...More than a portrait of an activist, [the film] presents several dramatic opposing arguments. Barlow's critics are policy and economic experts who argue that water is no different than any other resource, and that the best way to protect freshwater is to privatize it. Streaming video
Weather the storm. 2008, 1 streaming video file (37 min.). Filmed in ports from western Canada to France, from Scotland to Senegal. It introduces viewers to the logic underlying both industrial and artisanal fishing economies. Enormous industrial "floating factories" follow the fish wherever they are abundant. The fishing communities of the Bigouden, on France's rugged western coast, are determined to fight back. These small town fishermen have launched a sophisticated and multi-faceted strategy to stay small and successful in the face of global competition. Streaming video
Who killed the electric car? 2006, 1 videodisc (93 min.). Investigates the development and demise of the fuel-efficient, environment-friendly electric car. Examines the Bush administration's role in the car's being peremptory pulled from production, the influence of the automobile industry and oil interests, and implications for the future of sustainable energy in the United States. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 9711
The world according to Monsanto. 2008, 1 videodisc (109 min.). Monsanto Company is the world's leader in agricultural chemicals, seed and genetically modified crops, as well as being one of the most controversial companies in industrial history. This film uses hitherto unpublished documents and testimonies of victims, scientists and politicians to expose Monsanto's lack of care in protecting the environment and the health of those exposed to their products. Shows how the company promoted such products as Roundup (glyphosate), bovine growth hormone, and genetically modified plants. HOME USE COLLECTION 5587
YERT your environmental road trip. 2012, 1 videodisc (113 min.). 50 States. One year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road, traveling with hop, humor, and all of their garbage, to find out what Americans can do to save the planet. From outrageous green personalities like Missouri's Eco-Elvis and Florida's Earth Man, to a cave community in the mountains of Idaho, to incredible new ventures that transform garbage into almost anything. HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 10863