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Films in the Collection
The Social life of Small Urban Spaces by
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 5842
Publication Date: 1990
A small group of observers, the "Street Life Project", sets out to study how people use the parks and plazas of the city. With the help of time-lapse filming they find that what makes a place work are the basics--a place to sit, for example, food, sun, a passing show.
Lost Book Found by
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 3029
Publication Date: 1996
The result of over five years of Super-8 and 16mm filming on New York City streets, Lost Book Found melds documentary and narrative into a complex meditation on city life. The piece revolves around a mysterious notebook filled with obsessive listings of places, objects, and incidents. These listings serve as the key to a hidden city: a city of unconsidered geographies and layered artifacts—the relics of low-level capitalism and the debris of countless forgotten narratives.
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 5896
Publication Date: 2012
Documents the issues and strategies behind the design of cities. Hear from some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Discover the challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy that are fast becoming universal concerns. Explore a diverse range of urban design projects around the world which will frame a global discussion on the future of cities. "Creating a humane environment through design ... will be the challenge" in the twenty-first century.
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 3022
Ten short films by artists from 9 different countries, all working on urban subjects. The films offer a new way of appreciating the aesthetics of our global cities as they are perceived by cutting-edge video artists and experimental filmakers.
Our City Dreams by
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 4292
Publication Date: 2009
Filmmaker Chiara Clemente shines a light on five women artists whose inspiration is fueled by living in New York City. The artists - Nancy Spero, Marina Abramovic, Kiki Smith, Ghada Amer, and Swoon - have widely varying backgrounds and artistic styles, but they all have one thing in common: they city they now call home.
Of Time and the City by
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 5812
Publication Date: 2009
Terence Davies lifts viewers up into the world of fantasy and collective emotion as he presents popular and classical music, voices, radio clips, and a powerful poignant voiceover of his birthplace Liverpool. Includes themes such as Catholicism, homosexuality, violence, death, loss, the glory of cinema, outsiderness, and childhood.
Art City: Making it in Manhattan by
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 4690
Publication Date: 2002
Moves into lofts, studios and galleries for intimate scenes of artists at work. They discuss inspiration, aesthetic issues, the meaning of success, and how they overcame hardship to pursue a lifetime in art.
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 5512
Publication Date: 2013
Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century: the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now, the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, sculpts a collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution.
Maquilapolis: City of Factories by
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 3357
Publication Date: 2006
Explores the environmental devastation and urban chaos of Tijuana's assembly factories and the female laborers who have organized themselves for social action. Maquiladora workers produce televisions, electrical cables, toys, clothes, batteries and IV tubes, they weave the very fabric of life for consumer nations. They also confront labor violations, environmental devastation and urban chaos -- life on the frontier of the global economy.
The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu by
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 4668
Illustrates the rich history and variety once contained within the lost libraries of Timbuktu and hypothesizes on the state of an Africa in which these libraries weren't driven underground by colonizing interests. Through interviews with local scholars and experts across Africa and the Western world, viewers learn of the impact these historical treasures have on the world-wide understanding of Africa, Islam, and the development of literacy outside of the Western tradition.
The Book of Kells: the Work of Angels? by
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 6410
Publication Date: 2006
In the eighth and ninth centuries, Irish artists created the Gospel of Colum Cille, an intricately decorated edition of the Bible's four Gospels, now regarded as one of the great artistic treasures of the Western world. Using high-definition video to showcase the impressive work, this compelling documentary tells the story behind the tome that many scholars call the most beautiful book in history, which now resides in Trinity College in Dublin.
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 4293
Publication Date: 2007
Independents is a documentary film by Chris Brandt that explores the creative process and the artistic spirit. It is narrated by James C. Kaufman, and features interviews with over two dozen comic book creators, including Robert Williams, Kevin Eastman, Eric Powell, and Wendy Pini.
A Thief Among the Angels Barry Moser and the Making of the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible by
Publication Date: 2000
This film tells the story of master book designer and illustrator Barry Moser and his visually stunning, intensely personal interpretation of Western Civilization's central text. It's a film about typography, illustration, paper, printing and binding, as one of the greatest living practitioner of the book arts scales his Everest.
Stone Reader by
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 3468
Publication Date: 2003
n 1972, Mark Moskowitz, then 18, read John Seelye's review of The Stones of Summer in The New York Times Book Review and immediately bought a copy. He bogged down less than a hundred pages in and gave up, finally giving the yellowed paperback another pass in 1998. On that reading, the book struck a chord, and he saw why it was so rapturously received. Looking for more, Moskowitz did a search for Mossman works produced between 1972 and 1998--and found nothing. So he set out to find Mossman, pursuing countless dead ends, talking to critics, agents, book designers, and editors, none of whom had answers.
The Anatomy of a Book / the Making of a Renaissance book
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 3713
Two classic Book Arts Press Publications remastered on one region-free DVD: The Anatomy of a Book: Part I: Format in the Hand-Press Period and The Making of a Renaissance Book.
Beyond words: the marriage of art and literature in bookmaking by
Call Number: Lower Lvl Documentary 4694
Publication Date: 1999
Through interviews with writers, artists, paper makers, printers, and curators, this film describes the history and production of contemporary fine art bookmaking, or livres d'artistes.
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