Now Showing @ ALA Film Program

The "Now Showing @ ALA Film Program" offers a variety of films and documentaries throughout the conference from Saturday through Monday.

With a range of screening times, stop by between meetings or for an educational break.

 

Time: Saturday, June 24   Sunday, June 25   Monday, June 26
8:00am-10:00am

Upstairs Inferno

8:00am-9:00am I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan

8:00am - 9:30am
 

In the Steps of Trisha Brown

10:30am-12:00pm

Tested

9:00am-11:00 am

All Governments Lie

9:30am-11:00am

Scary Stories

1:00pm-2:15pm

Agents of Change

11:30am-1:00pm

Here Come the VideoFreex

11:00am-12:30pm

Germans and Jews

2:30pm-4:00pm

The Revival: Women and the Word

1:30pm-2:30pm

GET IN THE WAY

1:30pm-2:30pm

Long Story Short

4:00pm-5:30pm

Mission to Lars

3:00pm-4:00pm

70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green

3:00pm-4:30pm

Resilience

    4:00pm-5:30pm

Ever the Land

   

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Saturday, June 24

8:00am-10:00am

Upstairs Inferno

On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a New Orleans bar. The result was the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history. Despite the staggering historical significance, few people know about the tragedy. Thirty-two people were killed and some bodies were never identified. One-third of the New Orleans Metropolitan Community Church were killed in the blaze. No one was ever charged with the crime. The tragedy did not stop at the loss of lives. There were also the delayed injuries: lost jobs, fear, public ridicule and severed families. The devastation was compounded by the homophobic reactions and lack of concern by the general public, government and religious leaders. The fire permanently altered lives and was the root of many lifelong struggles.

Run Time: 96 min.

Preview: https://vimeo.com/94900386

Sponsors: ACRL (PPIRS/ANSS) and GLBTRT

 

10:30am-12:00pm

Tested

The film looks at the hot-button issue of education, diversity, and public schools. This past year, the film has screened with over 100 universities, non-profits and educational groups in 8 countries including the White House, Lincoln Center, SXSWedu and the American Educational Research Association.

Run Time: 72 min.

Preview: www.testedfilm.com

Sponsors: Kanopy

 

1:00pm-2:15am

Agents of Change

Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses across the country that led to college protests during the 1960s. Reveals how unprepared these institutions were when confronted by demands for black studies programs, safer housing, fairer judicial proceedings, and changes to democratize the institutions. The film's characters were at the crossroads of change and controversy at a pivotal time in America's history.

Run Time: 66 min.

Preview: http://www.agentsofchangefilm.com/trailer/

Sponsors: California Newsreel; Video Round Table (VRT)

 

2:30pm-4:00pm

The Revival: Women and the Word

Important film highlighting LGBT female artists of color.

Run Time: 82 min.

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6bxC3FI1N0

Sponsors: Women Make Movies

 

 

4:00pm-5:30pm

Mission to Lars

This films sheds light on how autism affects people in real word situations. Most people don't understand how the autistic mind works and why certain responses and outcomes come from a given situation.

Run Time: 78 min.

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHWVROyNTC0

Sponsors: First Pond

 

 

Sunday, June 25

8:00am-9:00am

I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan

The film features 93 years-old beloved African American artist Ashley Bryan, award-winning poet/illustrator of 50+ published children's books, maker of magical puppets and sea glass windows inspired by his African heritage. The film highlights some of his award wining books including a reading of "Beautiful Blackbird" and a scene with Mr. Bryan telling children an alternative ending to his popular book "Cant Scare Me". Ashley is the recipient of three Coretta Scott King Awards, a NY Public Libraries Literary Lions Award and a prestigious 2017 Newbery Award for his latest book: "Freedom Over Me". Librarians could use the film as a tool to engage and encourage children and youth to read Ashley Bryans books and to learn more about what has inspired Ashley throughout his life. The film is also a wonderful tool to learn about diversity, cultural competency, inclusion and social justice.

Run Time: 56 min.

Preview: https://vimeo.com/156470217

Sponsors: Kane-Lewis Productions

 

9:00am-11:00am

All Governments Lie

It is an expose on how the media and politicians how come under the influence of corporate powers that results in the manipulation of the public. It delves into the historical writings of I.F. Stone and his legacy of sorting the truth out of government reports, and how the media has prioritized profits over truth. The film also explores what news outlets such as Democracy Now and The Young Turks are doing to promote truth in media.

Run Time: 133 min.

Preview: https://vimeo.com/178666188

Sponsors: First Run Features

 

11:30am-1:00pm

Here Come the VideoFreex

The documentary gives a a first-hand account of a little know group of innovators, the Videofreex, a group of passionate young men and women in the 1960s who changed the nature of journalism through the power of portable video, forging a legacy that has evolved to become today's all-access media environment.

Run Time: 78 min.

Preview: https://videofreexfilm.com/

Sponsors: Cinema Guild; Video Round Table (VRT)

 

1:30pm-2:30pm

GET IN THE WAY

The topic of Civil Rights has become a very prominent political topic as of late, and GET IN THE WAY is a great biography about civil rights leader John Lewis, who was a student activist in the vanguard of the civil rights movement, and the youngest speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington. In March 1965, he led the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama, where state troopers attacked peaceful protesters with billy clubs, bullwhips and tear gas. It's a superb film to show for African American History programming, as well as US History programming.

Run Time: 60 min.

Preview: http://edu.tugg.com/products/get-in-the-way

Sponsors: Tugg EDU

 

3:00pm-4:00pm

70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green

This film is an incredible resource spanning a multitude of disciplines, including: urban studies, history, sociology, anthropology, black studies, planning, and architecture. It is a historical reference, having been filmed over 20 years and containing archival footage of a community that no longer exists.

Run Time: 55 min.

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpH9Cy6pNVw

Sponsors: Ronit Films, Inc.

 

4:00pm-5:30pm

Ever the Land

The film tells a unique story that caters to many different audiences. It deals with indigenous cultures protecting their land (ala the Dakota Access Pipeline) the unique architecture that went into the building they constructed and a history and culture that many Americans are unaware of.

Run Time: 90 min.

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxP0VPJOkGo

Sponsors: First Pond

 

Monday, June 26

8:00am-9:30am

In the Steps of Trisha Brown

This film not only shows the choreography being taught, but also shares the history of Brown's work, illustrating the way that earlier projects such as Man Walking Down the Side of a Building (1970), Leaning Piece (1970), Roof Piece (1971) and Walking on the Wall (1971) were precursors to Glacial Decoy. This film can be a valuable resource for those interested in dance and art history.

Run Time: 79 min.

Preview: https://vimeo.com/202443723

Sponsors: Icarus Films

 

9:30am-11:00am

Scary Stories

This full-length documentary delves deep into the challenging of children's books in America by looking at one of the most challenged children's books of the last 30 years, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It includes a number of ALA representatives and librarians who have confronted the thorny issue of book challenges. It discusses the last 30 years of book censorship as well as explores the differences in views in regards to censorship and age appropriateness. And it includes a unique meeting between a book challenger and the son of author Alvin Schwartz.

Run Time: 90 min.

Preview: http://www.scarystoriesdoc.com/trailer

Sponsors: ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

 

11:00am-12:30pm

Germans and Jews

A thought provoking study of the dynamics in the relationship between Germans and Jews since the Holocaust, focusing on the generations that only know of the events through parents, grandparents and historical studies.

Run Time: 76 min.

Preview: http://firstrunfeatures.com/germansandjews.html

Sponsors: First Run Features

 

1:30pm-2:30pm

Long Story Short

Reminds all of us that living in poverty is a real issue for thousands of Americans. Over 100 people at homeless shelters, food banks, adult literacy programs, and job training centers in Los Angeles and the Bay Area in Northern California discuss their experiences of poverty: why they are poor, how it feels, and what they think should be done about American poverty and homelessness today. Numerous interviews are stitched together to form a polyphonic account of American poverty told from the inside. MacArthur Grantee Natalie Bookchin, an artist whose work has been shown at the Pompidou Centre, the Whitney Museum and the Tate, uses the film to amplify the voices of the displaced and dispossessed. LONG STORY SHORT is included on the ALA VRT 2017 Notable Videos for Adults list.

Run Time: 45 min.

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Q0Km8zog8

Sponsors: Icarus Films; Video Round Table (VRT)

 

3:00pm-4:30pm

Resilience

RESILIENCE is designed to make this science digestible and relevant to everyone, and to showcase some of the brave and creative individuals who are putting that science into action. There is a growing group of pediatricians, educators and communities who are proving that cycles of disease and adversity can be broken. RESILIENCE chronicles the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat Toxic Stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations.

Run Time: 60 min.

Preview: https://vimeo.com/137282528

Sponsors: Tugg EDU