Tragic news today. Oscar winning Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul died yesterday at the age of 36. The cause of death was suicide. Bendjelloul won Best Documentary for his film, Searching for Sugar Man in 2013. From Sony Pictures,
Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.
Bendjelloul’s film won in a year packed with outstanding films including How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War, 5 Broken Cameras and The Gatekeepers.
Check out the award-winning Searching for Sugar Man in our catalog.
Find library resources on suicide.
A quick scan of the library’s Express Non-fiction DVDs – our new documentaries reveals the following diverse subjects,
History (Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl)
Food/Drink (Crafting a Nation)
Politics/Human Rights (Pussy Riot)
Judicial System (West of Memphis)
Science (Last Days of Man)
Climate Change (Chasing Ice)
Cities (London: The Modern Babylon)
Civil Rights (Bridegroom)
Click on any title above in print to be taken to each film in our catalog.
Stop by today and see what’s on the shelf in our Express (New Release) section.
In case you thought the Oscars left a little to be desired – in other words, where were all the other amazing films that have been released in the past year – we thought it would be a good idea to list nominees for The Film Independent Spirit Awards and Boston’s Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film. If you’re hungry for something a little less slick and a little more gritty, check out some of the nominees from these two independent film awards organizations,
The Act of Killing
All is Lost
As I Lay Dying
Blue is the Warmest Color
Kill Your Darlings
Much Ado About Nothing
Short Term 12
The Spectacular Now
Stories We Tell
The Way Way Back
The Oscars winners were announced last night and we’ve got the films either already on the shelf or on order:
12 Years a Slave (on order – releases March 4, 2014)
Dallas Buyers Club (on order – releases March 4, 2014)
Frozen (on order – releases March 18, 2014)
The Great Gatsby
20 Feet from Stardom
And yes, we’ve also got American Hustle coming on March 18, 2014.
We’ve got three of the five nominated Oscar documentaries on DVD. And a fourth is on order (waiting for The Square to be released). Check out one of these outstanding films today. Click on the title to see the film listed in our catalog or click on “read more” to find out more about the film. Watch which film wins this Sunday, March 2nd during the live telecast of the 86th annual Academy Awards.
The Act of Killing (on order) – read more
Cutie and the Boxer – read more
Dirty Wars – read more
The Square (not yet released) – read more
20 Feet from Stardom – read more
If you’ve been keeping up with the human rights news from Russia, you’ve probably already heard of the band, Pussy Riot. Two of the young women from the band were arrested and imprisoned for 21 months. After their release in late 2013, they spent time in the States touring prisons and meeting with human rights activists. This past weekend the women were detained again by Russian police.
We’ve got the new DVD, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer for you to check out as well as the new book, Words Will Break Cement : the Passion of Pussy Riot written by Masha Gessen.
Follow news on the band through U.K. newspaper The Guardian.
Read the band’s bio on Wikipedia.
See both the DVD and new book in our catalog.
Did the Grammys make you hungry to watch more music performance? Browse our DVD collection on the first floor for musical concerts and documentaries on great songwriters, performers and entertainers throughout history including Mozart, Gilbert & Sullivan, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, and The Dixie Chicks.
Find the music section under Dewey Decimal System number 780.
Getting ready for the Winter Olympics or just love being outdoors this time of year playing sports? No matter what, the library has you covered. Browse our collection of sports videos in the DVD section under Dewey Decimal System number 796. Find videos on ice skating, snowboarding, back country skiing, winter camping and any other sport you can imagine. Don’t see something you think we should have? Make a suggestion at the Information Desk on the first floor. We’re your library.
Overlooked by the Academy for a Best Documentary Feature nomination, Blackfish is a must-see for animal lovers and people against cruelty of any kind. Blackfish follows the plight and abuse of killer whales at institutions like Sea World in Orlando, FL. You’ll never look at a zoo or aquarium in the same way after viewing this essential documentary.
Find Blackfish in our catalog.
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon produced The Central Park Five, a PBS documentary which chronicles the five African-American men wrongly accused of raping a white woman in Central Park during the summer of 1989. There’s nothing sensational about this documentary. Just a quiet truth about race relations in our country. Timely especially given the Zimmerman trial last year.