Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Bronze Screen: 100 years of the Latino image in Hollywood

The Bronze screen honors the past, illuminates the present, and opens a window to the future of Latinos in motion pictures. From silent movies to urban gang films, stereotypes of the Greaser, the Lazy Mexican, the Latin lover and the Dark lady are examined. Rare and extensive footage traces the progression of this distorted screen image to the increased prominence of today's Latino actors, writers and directors.
Special features: Film trailers as tributes to three of the most influential and legendary Latino forces in Hollywood history: Anthony Quinn, Rita Hayworth, Rita Moreno.
Bronze Screen Productions in association with the Latino Entertainment Media Institute; producer/director, Susan Racho, Nancy de Los Santos; writer, Nancy de Los Santos, Susan Racho.
Editor, Joan Zapata, Daniel Martinez, Cesar Martinez; director of photography, Tom Evans.

Askwith Media Library 39078-D 2002 120 minutes

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Slanted Screen: Asian men in film & Television

"From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle, The slanted screen explores the portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limiting roles. The film presents a critical examination of Hollywood's image-making machine, through a fascinating parade of 50 film clips spanning a century."--Producer.
Special features: a tribute to Mako (8 min.); "Influencing the image makers": Oct. 5, 2006 panel discussion at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (45 min.); DVD-ROM access to website.
Asian American Media Mafia Productions presents; written, directed and produced by Jeff Adachi; co-produced by Alex Yeung.
Editor, Alex Yeung; principal photography, Ann Kaneko; score, Michael Becker; narrator, Rowena Cape.
Interviewees: Mako, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, James Shigeta, Dustin Nguyen, Phillip Rhee, Will Yun Lee, Tzi Ma, Jason Scott Lee, Bobby Lee, Terence Chang, Heidi Levitt, Frank Chin, Gene Cajayon, Eric Byler.
Panelists: Chemin Barnard, George Sunga, Henry Chan, Weiko Lin, Perry Shen, Gary Zuckerbrod, Angel Rivera, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa; moderator, Teddy Zee.

Askwith Media Library 43472-D 2006 61 minutes 

Reel Injun

Hollywood has an impressive track record, one that spans more than 4,000 films, of blatantly misrepresenting Native people and their cultures. Featuring interviews with filmmakers and activists such as Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch and Russell Means, Reel Injun delves into the fascinating history of the Hollywood Indian with razor-sharp insight and humor, tracing its checkered cinematic evolution from the silent film era to today.
Hollywood et les Indiens Rezolution Pictures International Inc. in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, in association with CBC Newsworld, Telefilm Canada, and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program present; produced in association with Telepool & Bayerischer Rundfunk-Arté / Germany, AVRO Television / Netherlands; director, Neil Diamond; co-directors, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes; producers, Christina Fon, Catherine Bainbridge, Linda Ludwick; producer for CBC Newsworld, Catherine Olsen; producer for the NFB, Adam Symansky; writers, Catherine Bainbridge, Neil Diamond, Jeremiah Hayes.
Director of photography, Edith Labbé; editor, Jeremiah Hayes; original soundtrack, Claude Castonguay, Mona Laviolette.
Featuring Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Russell Means, Graham Greene, Adam Beach, John Trudell.

English audio; optional version of feature with French menu, titles, credits, and subtitles; English closed-captions.

Askwith Media Library 54222-D 2009 88 minutes

Melvin Ban Peebles' Classified X

Examines the treatment of black characters throughout the history of American cinema, using examples from classic films beginning with footage by Thomas Edison in 1903 to the present, tracing how Hollywood has aided and abetted the public perception of the African-American. From its earliest days, Hollywood reflected society's fear of blacks and countered with wish-fulfilling images of African-Americans as servile, ignorant, superstitious, or untrustworthy.
La Sept ARTE, Les Films d'Ici, Ecoutez Voir, Yeah Inc. in association with Channel Four ; a film by Melvin Van Peebles.
Director/photography, Mark Daniels; writer, Melvin Van Peebles; producers, Yves Jeanneau, Christine Le Goff; editors, Catherine Mabilat, Janice Jones.
Narrator: Melvin Van Peebles.

Askwith Media Library 32020-D 1998 50 minutes

Slaying the Dragon and Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded


Slaying the Dragon Youtube
Slaying the Dragon Reloaded Youtube

Describes racial and gender stereotyping of Asian women in U.S. motion pictures as well as other filmic media, with "Reloaded" updating the original documentary by noting the effects of globalization and a changing population within the past 25 years. Includes interviews with actresses and other Asian American women who describe their experiences of such stereotyping.
KQED, San Francisco, in 1987; Slaying the dragon: reloaded originally produced as a documentary film in 2011.
Producer, director. Deborah Gee; KQED project director, Pamela Porter; camera, Emiko Omori, David Werk; editor, Blair Gershkow; music, Mark Ream.
Reloaded: Producer, director, writer, Elaine H. Kim; editor, Chelsea Walton; music, Hiro Matsuo; camera, Casey Peck, Herman Lew, Irum Shiekh, Marissa Aroy.
Special features: Disc 1: trailer; Disc 2: Director's footnote (Elaine H. Kim, ca. 12 min.), trailer.
Narrator, Herb Wong.

Disc 1. Slaying the dragon (1987, 58 min.) -- Disc 2. Slaying the dragon: reloaded (2011, 30 min.)

Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Askwith Media Library 55646-D 1987 & 20011

Valentino's Ghost: Images of Arabs/Muslims in the American mainstream media

Valentino's Ghost takes viewers on a chronological journey through more than a century of images of Muslims, Arabs and Islam in the U.S. media, from the early 20th-century fantasies of romantic sheiks to today's damaging stereotypes as evil fanatics. Through interviews with Robert Fisk, Niall Ferguson, and John Mearsheimer amongst others, the film shows the way in which the changing image of Arabs and Muslims has mirrored America's political agenda in the Middle East. Valentino's Ghost aims to sharpen viewers' media literacy and increase their skills in questioning media representations, especially those of minority groups and people with whom our government is in conflict. The film ends with a report of a few Hollywood films that have provided complex images and avoided ethnic stereotyping.
Extras include 22 minutes of extended interviews with Robert Fisk, Niall Ferguson, John Mearsheimer, Melani McAlister, Alan Sharp plus 5 clips [2:32] from comics Aron Kader and Maz Jobrani.
Written and directed by Michael Singh; produced by Michael Singh, Catherine Jordan.
Narrator, Michael Singh

SDH captioned (Closed captioned)

Askwith Media Library 57030-D 2011 93 minutes

The Detroit Documentaries & Stranded at the Corner (Gary Glaser)

Borderline: The Story of 8 Mile Road

The Hudson's building: an Urban Garlic production; directed by Gary Glaser; written and produced by Gary Glaser, Dave Toorongian. Documentary (ca. 45 min.) about the history of the Hudson's Department Store in downtown Detroit, and the debate over possible demolition of the structure after its abandonment by The Hudson's in 1983. Includes historic photos, home movies, Hudson's employee and customer interviews as well as city planners, developers, and city council.

Borderline: the story of 8 Mile Road an Urban Garlic production; directed by Gary Glaser; written and produced by Gary Glaser, Dave Toorongian. Documentary (ca. 30 min.) about 8 Mile Road. From topless dancers and the neighborhood groups that battle them, to storefront preachers and the homeless people they minister, 8 mile remains Detroit's most notorious boundary. Part history, part pop culture, this film is about a ride down 8 Mile, the borderline between Detroit City and Metro Detroit suburbs.

Train Station produced by David Isern and Gary Glaser; [directed by Gary Glaser]. Documentary (28 min.) about the historic Michigan Central Train Depot, built in 1913 by Warren and Wetmore, the same architectural firm that built Grand Central Station in New York. The last train left the station on January 6, 1988, and the station has sat vacant since then. This documentary was shot in 1988 when the building was still accessible and weaves personal memories with stunning visuals of the train station.

Askwith Media Library 43678-D 2006 103 minutes

Stranded at the corner: the battle to save historic Tiger Stadium

Michigan & Trumbull, LLC presents a Gary Glaser production; directed by Gary Glaser; producers Gary Glaser, Richard Bak; executive producer Peter Comstock Riley.

Askwith Media Library 43485-D 2006 90 minutes