Friday, July 18, 2014

Images of Indians

This program examines how stereotypes and Hollywood's depiction of Native North Americans perpetuate prejudice.
The image of the North American Indian as portrayed and popularized by Hollywood.
Great movie massacre -- How Hollywood wins the West -- Warpaint & wigs -- Heathen Injuns & the Hollywood gospel -- Movie reel Indians.
A co-production of KCTS-9 Seattle and United Indians of All Tribes Foundation; written, produced & directed by Phil Lucas & Robert Hagopian.
Lethbridge, AB, Canada: Four Worlds International Institute for Human and Community Development 
Host and narrator: Will Sampson.

Mirlyn Catalog 60027-D 2006 2 discs 86 minutes and 58 minutes

Fracknation: A Journalist's Search for the Fracking Truth

Journalist Phelim McAleer faces gun threats, mailcious 911 calls and bogus lawsuits when questinging green extremists for the truth about hydraulic fracturing. Made in response to the anti-fracking film Gasland.
Directed by Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer, Magdalena Segieda; produced by Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer; Ann & Phelim Media.
Director of photography, Ben Huddleston; editor, Jeff Hawkins; music, Boris Zelkin and Deeji Mincey.
Narrator, Phelim McAleer.

Mirlyn Catalog 60020-D 2013 77 minutes

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Foreign Correspondent The Whole Enchilada

The U.S. has undergone arguably the most dramatic demographic and cultural shifts in its history and Latinos are expected to emerge as a potential American majority by 2050. The whole enchilada details how this growth has resulted in acute growing pains ... The film also shows the increasing Latino vibrancy and optimism especially in Los Angeles where there is a new sense of empowerment.
Episode of the program Foreign correspondent originally broadcast in 2010 by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Producer, Vivien Altman. Camera, Peter Rothwell; editor, Simon Brynjolffssen; research, Janet Silver.
Reporter, Michael Brissenden; interviewees: Tony Cardenas, Lupe Ontiveros, Josefina López, Geraldo Rivera, and others.

Mirlyn Catalog 54388-D 2010 29 minutes

JFK: A President Betrayed

Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, the film uncovers new evidence on how John F. Kennedy reversed years of U.S. policy by leading back-channel peace efforts with Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev, and other U.S. enemies. This riveting documentary highlights how President Kennedy was subverted by top U.S. officials and resented by military advisers, all the while considering how the world may be different had he lived.
Special features: "Making of the movie" with the filmmakers
Directed by Cory Taylor
Narrator, Morgan Freeman.

Mirlyn Catalog 63660-D 2014 90 minutes


A recent Sundance world premiere, Bhutto tells the epic story of one of the most fascinating characters of our time--Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. A favored daughter of the family often called the "Kennedys of Pakistan," Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and executed by his own military. Her two terms in power saw extreme acts of courage and controversy as she tried to clean up Pakistan's corrupt political culture while quelling the fires of radical Islam that threaten to engulf the region. A fascinating array of archival footage and interviews with family members and leading experts brings life to this tale of Shakespearean dimension in the country the Economist calls the World's most dangerous place.
Special features: bonus interviews; biographies; original theatrical trailer.
"The first cut of the film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, listed Johnny O'Hara and Jessica Hernández as directors. Subsequent versions list the directors as Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara."--IMDb, Mar. 7, 2011.
Yellow Pad Productions presents; in association with Icon TMI; a Duane Baughman film; produced by Mark Siegel; produced by Duane Baughman, Arleen Sorkin; written by Johnny O'Hara; directed by Duane Baughman & Johnny O'Hara; producer, Amy Berg.

Mirlyn Catalog 55897-D 2011 111 minutes

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

TWA Flight 800

An unprecedented team of six former members of the original official investigation into the most controversial crash in aviation history reveal how their work was undermined by agents from the CIA and FBI as well as National Transportation Agency leaders. Working with physicist Tom Stalcup, these extraordinary whistleblowers meet with dozens of eyewitnesses and present hard forensic evidence showing that the Paris-bound jetliner was most likely brought down by one or more missiles.
Lionsgate and Epix present; produced, written & directed by Kristina Borjesson.
Director of photography, Kevin Cloutier; editor, David Jakubovic.

Mirlyn Catalog 63674-D 2013 91 minutes

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

V for Vendetta

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, the story of a young working-class woman. Evey, who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as 'V.' Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, 'V' ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about 'V's' mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself. She became his ally in his plan to bring freedom and justice to a cruel and corrupt society.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Virtual Studios, a Silver Pictures production in association with Anarchos Productions Inc.; produced by Grant Hill, Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski; screenplay by the Wachowski Brothers; directed by James McTeigue.
Director of photography, Adrian Biddle; editor, Martin Walsh; music by, Dario Marianelli; costume designer, Sammy Sheldon, production designer, Owen Paterson. 
Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt.
Special features: Freedom! Forever!: making 'V for Vendetta.'

Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore; illustrated by David Lloyd

English, French (Parisian or dubbed in Quebec), Spanish, German, Italian, or Japanese with optional English, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, or Swedish subtitles; closed-captioned.

English or dubbed French dialogue, English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Askwith Media Library Blu-ray 55291-B 2006, DVD 42972-D 
133 minutes 

Office Space

In this screwball comedy, a cubicle slave tires of mind-numbing corporate life and actively tries to get fired. Instead, his "straight-shooting" attitude gets him promoted, were he can play out his grand embezzling scheme. 
Twentieth Century Fox presents a Mike Judge film; produced by Michael Rotenberg, Daniel Rappaport; written for the screen and directed by Mike Judge.
Music, John Frizell; editor, David Rennie; director of photography, Tim Suhrstedt.
Ron Livingston, Stephen Root, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Diedrich Bader, Michael McShane, Richard Riehle, Alexandra Wentworth.

In English with optional English and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned in English.
Based upon the 'Milton' animated shorts by Mike Judge.

Askwith Media Library 38816-D 1999 90 minutes

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Second Civil War

In this comedy, the governor of Idaho decides to close his state borders rather than allow a planeload of immigrant orphans to make it their home, and it may well be the start of the second civil war. A nation watches on TV while the President turns to his advisers. As the crisis escalates, it all depends on the Governor of Idaho. Winner of a prime time Emmy.
HBO Pictures presents; a Baltimore Pictures production; producer Guy Riedel; written by Martyn Burke; directed by Joe Dante.
Beau Bridges, Joanna Cassidy, James Coburn.

English or Spanish dialogue; Spanish, English or French subtitles.

Askwith Media Library 61602-D 1997 96 minutes

The Vitaphone Comedy Collection

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle made his triumphant return to comedy in the six sparkling Vitaphone shorts he headlines in this collection. Witness Shemp's career path from bit player to chief second banana in the span of two short years. The 19 shorts found in this 2-Disc collection were all shot in Depression Era Brooklyn by the Vitaphone team, providing a magical (and hilarious!) look at a lost time and place.
Turner Entertainment; Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle, Shemp Howard.

19 short subjects

Askwith Media Library 62304-D  Disc 1. 1932-1933 - Disc 2. 1933-1934. 352 minutes