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New Releases – November 2014

Valley of the Heroes DVD coverValley of the Heroes
by Khashem Gyal, 54 min, 2013

In many Tibetan communities, the loss of Tibetan language has reached a crisis level. An elder generation is passing away, leaving behind fewer young Tibetans can understand their own native language. A rare glimpse at a pivotal moment of cultural and linguistic transition among Tibetans and Muslims in Hualong County, a remote community in Amdo, Tibet, part of what is now eastern Qinghai Province, China. Read more Read More

Posted on November 20th, 2014

New Releases – October 2014

Power to the Pedals DVD coverPower to the Pedals
by Bob Nesson, 32 min, 2014

Power to the Pedals portrays the transformative vision and extraordinary efforts of Wenzday Jane, a young woman whose mechanical skills and innovative actions are reshaping her community. Shot in an intimate, lyrical style, the film follows Wenzday as she builds an organization of riders and cargo bicycles that work in agriculture and food delivery, composting, recycling and waste-hauling — and community building. Read more Read More

Posted on October 31st, 2014

New Releases – September 2014

HollowThe Sound of Old Rooms
by Sandeep Ray, 72 min, 2011

Shot over the course of 20 years, this film traces the life of Sarthak, an Indian man who juggles his desire to be a poet with the practicalities of raising a family. Still residing in his childhood home with his mother, wife, and young son, he sleeps surrounded by books. As Sarthak leads us through the cultural consciousness of Kolkata, his experiences raise questions about the choices we make and how art and life inform one another. Read more Read More

Posted on September 19th, 2014

New Releases – August 2014 – Turning Tide: The Robbie Leppzer Collection

Robbie LeppzerRobbie Leppzer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose works capture the experiences of ordinary people grappling with critical issues of our time, such as war and peace, environmental protection, human rights, and cross-cultural understanding. His film, video, and public radio works remain a valuable historical record of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and encapsulate the experience of grassroots activism from a cross-section of races, religions, and ages. Read more Read More.


Feature Length Films

An Act of ConscienceAn Act of Conscience
90 min, 1997

Filmed in a cinema-verité style over a five-year period, An Act of Conscience is a feature-length documentary chronicles the story of a family in western Massachusetts whose home was seized by federal marshals and IRS agents after they publicly refused to pay federal taxes as a protest against war and military spending. Read more Read More

The Peace PatriotsThe Peace Patriots
78 min, 2005

A chronicle of the early protests against the U.S. invasion and military occupation of Iraq as seen through a diverse group of individuals, ranging in age from 14 to 75, including teenagers, college students, war veterans, teachers, clergy, and community activists, as they take part in vigils, marches, theater performances, and civil disobedience sit-ins. Read more Read More

Seabrook 1977Seabrook 1977
80 min, 1978

Seabrook 1977 is a chronicle of a seminal event of 1970sʼ environmental activism when 1,414 people were arrested in a mass civil disobedience protest at a nuclear power plant under construction in Seabrook, New Hampshire and jailed en masse in National Guard armories for two weeks. Read more Read More

Collected Short Films

Voices for PeaceVoices for Peace: Four Films on Grassroots Activism
92 min, 1984/1989/1990/2001

Four films on grassroots activists from a cross-section of races, religions, and ages as they work together to stop war. Read more Read More

Across the AmericasAcross the Americas: Indigenous Perspectives
45 min, 1992/1993

Indigenous people from North, South, and Central America speak out about their common legacies of survival and contemporary struggles over land, human rights, and the environment. Read more Read More

Building BridgesBuilding Bridges: Cross Cultural Journeys
66 min, 1985/1994/2007

In Central America, young athletes and harvest volunteers from the U.S. engage in citizen diplomacy, while in Senegal, an African-American storyteller rediscovers her African roots. Read more Read More

Posted on July 23rd, 2014

New Releases – July 2014

HollowHollow: An Interactive Documentary
by Elaine McMillion Sheldon, 104 min, 2013, Educational DVD Edition

Hollow is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of those living in McDowell County, West Virginia. DER’s Educational DVD Edition allows guided access to 35 stories from the project, which combines video portraits, data visualizations, photography, community-generated content and grassroots mapping to bring the stories to life. Read more Read More

Root Hog or DieRoot Hog or Die
by Rawn Fulton, 56 min, 1978, Digitally Remastered 2014

Since early Colonial times, the rural hilltowns of New England have been home to generations of farmers. This film follows the cycle of the farming year, visiting with elders who reflect on farming’s deep natural patterns, and share their family histories and personal memories, while pondering the inevitable forces of technological and social change. The film portrays a living remnant of a once pervasive but rapidly vanishing way of life. Read more Read More

Posted on July 7th, 2014

New Releases – June 2014

Talking StoneTalking Stone: Rock Art of the Cosos
by Paul Goldsmith, ASC, 53 min, 2014

Hidden away in the canyons of a top-secret military base on the edge of the Mojave Desert is the largest concentration of rock art in North America. Created over thousands of years by a now vanished culture, it represents the oldest art in California. Talking Stone explores the remote canyons and the mysteries surrounding these amazing images. Read more Read More

Posted on June 25th, 2014

New Releases – May 2014

Screening Room Series

Screening Room was a 1970s Boston television series that for almost ten years offered independent filmmakers a chance to show and discuss their work on a commercial (ABC-TV) affiliate station. The series was developed and hosted by filmmaker Robert Gardner (Dead Birds, Forest of Bliss).

This unique program dealt even-handedly with animation, documentary, and experimental film. Many of the filmmakers presented on the show, such as Jean Rouch, Ricky Leacock, Jonas Mekas, Bruce Baillie, John and Faith Hubley, Yvonne Rainer, Hollis Frampton, Michael Snow, and others are now considered the most influential contributors to their respective fields of modern cinema.

Twenty seven episodes have been edited for release as DVDs and are now available for purchase individually, in a set by category of animation, documentary, and experimental film, or as part of the complete series. Read more

Posted on May 8th, 2014

New Releases – February 2014

A Weave of Time color, 60 minutes
In 1938, noted anthropologist John Adair met and filmed the Burnside family, creating a visual record of Navajo life in the 1930s. This rare, previously unseen material is woven together with footage of the Burnside family 50 years later, powerfully documenting four generations of change in one Navajo family. Read more

Posted on March 5th, 2014

New Releases – January 2014

The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific color, 59 minutes
Over 1,000 years ago, the islands of Polynesia were explored and settled by navigators who used only the waves, the stars, and the flights of birds for guidance. In hand-built, double-hulled canoes sixty feet long, the ancestors of today’s Polynesians sailed across a vast ocean area, larger than Europe and North America combined. Newly remastered, The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific reveals the ancient navigational heritage of those original settlers. Read more

Posted on January 7th, 2014

New Releases – December 2013

Neighbors: Conservation in a Changing Community color, 28 minutes
Neighbors examines the challenges and opportunities of neighborhood revitalization through the stories of 12 South End residents. The older, working class population is juxtaposed with the more affluent newcomers who are attracted by the prime location and historic architecture as well as the ethnic mix of the neighborhood. While documenting the differences among these residents, the film also reveals their common goals — to make their neighborhood a better place to live. Read more

Posted on December 2nd, 2013

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