Sunday, August 14, 2016

'Teens in Between' from MHz Networks now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added a new title from a new commercial video distributor - MHz Networks. This title can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. More on this title:

  • Teens in Between - This documentary follows five recent immigrant teenagers
    through a year in their lives at Annandale High School in Northern Virginia. The filmmakers hope the program will expose the struggles that young adults from other countries face when they arrive at an American high school, and challenge American students and teachers to become more aware and sensitive to these issues that may be very much a part of their school culture.
The titles can be licensed from MHz Networks at lschwulst@mhznetworks.com

Sunday, August 7, 2016

'American Teacher' and other titles from Tugg Inc now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributor - Tugg Inc. The content includes topics such as public school system education, impact of large-scale factory farming on our planet and many more topics. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:
  • American Teacher - As the debate over the state of America's public school system rages on, one thing everyone agrees on is the need for great teachers. Yet, while research proves that teachers are the most important school-based factor in a child's future success, America's teachers are so woefully underpaid that almost two thirds must divide their time between a second job in order to make a living. Chronicling the stories of five teachers in different areas of the country, American Teacher reveals the frustrating realities of today's educators, the difficulty of attracting talented new teachers, and why so many of our best teachers feel forced to leave the profession altogether.
  • Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret - This film is a is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.
  • A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story -  This film is a documentary following the inspiring journey of 26 year old, 58 pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist. Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her "The World's Ugliest Woman." The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.
  • The Apple Pushers -  Narrated by Edward Norton, this film follows the inspiring stories of five immigrant pushcart vendors who are rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into New York City's food deserts - neighborhoods where finding a ripe, red apple is a serious challenge and where obesity rates are skyrocketing. These micro-entrepreneurs, who hail from Ecuador, Russia, Mexico, and Bangladesh, are at the heart of a unique urban strategy, the Green Cart Initiative, which seeks to increase the availability of fresh produce in under-served communities, in an effort to combat the obesity epidemic found in so many of America's cities. 
  • Bridegroom -  On May 7th, 2011, a young man named Shane Bitney Crone tragically lost the love of his life, Tom, to an accident. Because they weren't married or prepared for the unexpected, Shane lost all legal claims to Tom after he died. Tom's family banned Shane from the funeral and he was unable to say goodbye. On May 7th, 2012 Shane posted a video on YouTube, entitled "It Could Happen to You." He created it to honor his partner and show the world what can happen when two people are legally barred from having equal rights and equal protections under the law to marry. Shane's partner was named Tom Bridegroom. The video went viral, passing two million views within seven days.
  • Deepsouth - This is a documentary about the rural American South, and the people who inhabit its most quiet corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty and now soaring HIV infections, four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive.
  • Dislecksia: The Movie -  An engaging  documentary that weaves vintage classroom footage, celebrity interviews and the comedic touch of dyslexic director Harvey Hubbell V into an engrossingly entertaining film on a serious subject. In the first film to discuss dyslexia as a learning difference, not a learning disability, Hubbell rallies a team of celebrated neuroscientists, heroic educators, high profile celebrities and business leaders with dyslexia who are advocates of Harvey’s belief. The subjects of the film showcase the most up-to-date information and in doing so, a blueprint emerges on how best to manage this learning difference that up to 1.4 billion people cope with daily. 
  • Documented -  In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in person in over 20 years. 
  • Forget Us Not -  An in depth look at the persecution and subsequent death of the 5 million non- Jewish victims of the World War II Holocaust and the lives of those who survived. Through stories of survivors and historical footage, these lesser known voices are brought to life. From the Roma and Sinti people who were also targeted for complete annihilation to the thousands of Catholic Priests who were killed for speaking out, Forget Us Not strives to educate and give tribute to those who were killed for their religion, ethnicity, political views, sexual orientation and physical handicaps.
  • Lunch Hour -  Lunch Hour explores the National School Lunch Program, childhood obesity, and our addiction to unhealthy foods. It shows what schools, parents, authors, doctors, politicians, celebrities, and chefs are doing to problem solve this issue and help save the children of America. 
  • Paper Tigers -  Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families. 

All titles can be licensed from Tugg Inc at juliew@tugginc.com

Sunday, July 31, 2016

'Acting Our Age' and other titles from Women Make Movies now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributor - Women Make Movies. The content includes topics such as aging in women, a spotlight on Oscar nominated actress Beah Richards and many more topics. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:

  • Acting Our Age: A film About Women Growing Old - An invigorating antidote for American culture's one-dimensional image of older women, this classic film offers empowering insights about women and aging for every generation. Personal portraits of six ordinary women in their 60's and 70's who share their lives. In candid interviews that tackle a range of thought-provoking topics, including self-image, sexuality, financial concerns, dying, and changing family relationships, members of the group display both a vibrant strength of spirit and inspiring zest for life. 
  • Beah: A Black Woman Speaks - This film, the directorial debut of actress LisaGay Hamilton, celebrates the life of legendary African American actress, poet and political activist Beah Richards, best known for her Oscar nominated role in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. While Richards’ struggled to overcome racial stereotypes throughout her long career onstage and onscreen in Hollywood and New York, she also had an influential role in the fight for Civil Rights, working alongside the likes of Paul Robeson, W.E.B. DuBois and Louise Patterson. 
  • Out in South Africa -  In 1994, Barbara Hammer was invited to South Africa to present a retrospective of her 77 films and videos at Out in South Africa, the first gay and lesbian film festival on the African continent. While in South Africa she taught several groups of people how to use video, and to record each other in interviews about life as a lesbian or gay man living in the townships.
  • Dream Girls -  This fascinating documentary, produced for the BBC, opens a door into the spectacular world of the Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful musical theater company in Japan. Each year, thousands of girls apply to enter the male-run Takarazuka Music School. The few who are accepted endure years of a highly disciplined and reclusive existence before they can join the Revue, choosing male or female roles. Dream Girls offers a compelling insight into gender and sexual identity and the contradictions experienced by Japanese women today.
  • Performing the Border -  A video essay set in the Mexican-U.S. border town of Ciudad Juarez, where U.S. multinational corporations assemble electronic and digital equipment just across from El Paso, Texas. This imaginative, experimental work investigates the growing feminization of the global economy and its impact on Mexican women living and working in the area. 

The titles can be licensed from Women Make Movies at aaquilino@wmm.com

Sunday, July 17, 2016

'Dirt & Deeds in Mississippi' and other titles from California Newsreel and Dance Films Association now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributors - California Newsreel and Dance Films Association. The content includes topics such as racial equality and the right to vote. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:

  • Dirt & Deeds in Mississippi (California Newsreel) - This film uncovers the largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s. They were prepared to put their land and
    their lives on the line in the fight for racial equality and the right to vote in America’s most segregated and violently racist state.In the face of escalating terror, Black landowners and independent farmers provided safe havens, collateral for jail bonds, armed protection and locations for Freedom Schools. They were often the first to attempt to register to vote and run for public office.
  • Nat Turner : A Troublesome Property (California Newsreel) - Nat Turner's slave rebellion is a watershed event in America's long and troubled history of slavery and racial conflict. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property tells the story of that violent confrontation and of the ways that story has been continuously re-told during the years since 1831. It is a film about a critical moment in American history and of the multiple ways in which that moment has since been remembered. Nat Turner was a "troublesome property" for his master and he has remained a "troublesome property" for the historians, novelists, dramatists, artists and many others who have struggled to understand him. 
  • BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez (California Newsreel) -  This film offers unprecedented access to the life, work and mesmerizing performances of renowned poet and activist Sonia Sanchez who describes herself as "a woman with razor blades between my teeth." A leading figure in the Black Arts Movement and inspiration to today's hip hop spoken word artists, Sanchez for over 60 years has helped to redefine American culture and politics as an activist in the Black, women's and peace movements.
  • Dance on Camera 2015 (Dance Films Association) - Inaugurated In 1971 And Co-Presented Annually With The Film Society Of Lincoln Center Since 1996, Dance On Camera Festival Remains The Longest-Running Dance Film Festival In The World, Providing A Platform For Choreographic Storytelling And Creative Expression, And Intimate Access To Innovative Media Artists And Their Cinematic Works. The complete titles in this series can be viewed here


The titles can be licensed from the following representatives - California Newsreel: contact@newsreel.org; Dance Films Association: galen@dancefilms.org

Sunday, July 3, 2016

'Half The Sky' and other titles from Ro*co Films and The Video Project now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributors - Ro*co Films and The Video Project. The content includes topics such as empowerment of  women and girls around the world and more. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:

  • Half The Sky (Ro*co Films) - Actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof meet individuals who are doing work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of challenge, transformation and hope.
  • The Hunting Ground (Ro*co Films) - The Hunting Ground takes audiences straight to the heart of a shocking epidemic of violence and institutional cover - ups sweeping college campuses across America. The team behind the Oscar - nominated The Invisible War presents a scorching expose of the startling prevalence of sexual assault at US institutions of higher learning.
  • Living for 32 (The Video Project) - On a snowy April day at Virginia Tech in 2007, 32 students and faculty were shot and killed by a lone gunman, 17 others were wounded, and six more were injured jumping out of windows. Through the personal story of survivor Colin Goddard, Living for 32 tells the tragic tale of one of the worst gun massacres in recent American history, along with Goddard’s inspirational journey of renewal and hope. The then-21-year-old was shot four times and told he might never walk again. He lives today with three bullets still lodged in his body and a titanium rod in his left leg.Goddard revisits his former classroom for the first time in the film, and emotionally recounts the terror of that day. After recovering from his wounds and completing physical therapy, he made it his life’s mission to help ensure that a tragedy like the Virginia Tech massacre would never happen again.
  • Schools that Change Communities (The Video Project) -  Schools that Change Communities profiles a diverse group of public schools that are successfully creating higher achieving students in a different way -- by turning the communities where they live into their classrooms.The film re-imagines what education can be, visiting K-12 public schools in five states across America that are engaging students in learning by solving real-world problems in a variety of communities, from economically and environmentally challenged rural areas to poverty-stricken urban neighborhoods.
The titles can be licensed from the following representatives - Ro*co Films: dana@rocofilms.com; The Video Project: rachel@videoproject.com

Sunday, June 19, 2016

'The True Cost' and other titles from Bullfrog Films, Tugg Educational and Icarus Films now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributors - Bullfrog Films, Tugg Educational and Icarus Films. The content includes topics such as price of clothing price of clothing which has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs keep increasing. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The complete titles in this list are:

  • The True Cost (Bullfrog Films)- This is a story about clothing. It's about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
  • Wrenched (Bullfrog Films)- Wrenched reveals how Edward Abbey's anarchistic spirit
    and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and '80s. Through interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, the film captures the outrage of Abbey's friends who were the original eco-warriors. In defense of wilderness, these early activists pioneered "monkeywrenching" - a radical blueprint for "wrenching the system." Exemplified by EarthFirst! in the early '80s, direct action and civil disobedience grew in popularity.
  • Salam Neighbor (Tugg Educational)- Seven miles from war, 85,000 Syrians struggle to restart their lives inside Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. For the first time in history, two filmmakers fully embed themselves in the camp, providing an intimate look at the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis. 
  • Saving Mes Aynak (Icarus Films)- Saving Mes Aynak follows Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori as he races against time to save a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Afghanistan from imminent demolition. A Chinese state-owned mining company is closing in on the ancient site, eager to harvest $100 billion dollars worth of copper buried directly beneath the archaeological ruins. Only 10% of Mes Aynak has been excavated, though, and some believe future discoveries at the site have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and the history of Buddhism itself. Qadir Temori and his fellow Afghan archaeologists face what seems an impossible battle against the Chinese, the Taliban and local politics to save their cultural heritage from likely erasure.
The titles can be licensed from the following representatives - Bullfrog Films: elizabeth@bullfrogfilms.com; Tugg Educational: juliew@tugginc.com; Icarus Films: Sara@icarusfilms.com

Thursday, June 9, 2016

'Nefertiti’s Daughters' and other titles from Icarus Films now available on NJVID

This week NJVID team has digitized and added new titles from the commercial video distributor - Icarus Films. The content includes topics such as role of women and art in Egypt's political uprising, the story of Nobel prize winner - Gabriel García Márquez and more. These titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access. The titles in this list are:


  • Nefertiti’s Daughters - A story of women, art and revolution, this vibrant film documents the critical role that revolutionary street art played - and is continuing to play - in the political uprising of Egypt. Introducing a cadre of courageous and gifted female artists who are deeply involved in the struggle for social and political justice, Nefertiti’s Daughters illustrates the surprising ways that artwork, instead of being relegated to dusty museums and academia, can instead become a powerful tool in the ongoing fight for civil and human rights.
  • Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez - How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions? How did he change our perception of reality with his work? The answers lie in the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez, the 1982 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature. A law-school dropout and political journalist who grew up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, Gabriel García Márquez became the writer of globally celebrated, critically-acclaimed books including Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Known as "Gabo" to all of Latin America, Gabriel García Márquez's sensual, "magical" sensibility leds him to the forefront of the political struggles of the 1970s and 1980s - including a pivotal and previously unknown role in negotiations between Cuban leader Fidel Castro and American President Bill Clinton - and into the hearts of readers across the world.
  • Gringo Trails - Are tourists destroying the planet - or saving it? How do travelers change the remote places they visit, and how are they changed? From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, Gringo Trails traces stories over the course of thirty years to show the dramatic long-term impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment.
  • Man for a Day - Performance artist and gender activist Diane Torr has appeared on stages around the world as a drag king, performing male characters and raising issues of gender and performativity. Now she holds workshops for other women in which they develop their own male characters and live as men for a day in an attempt to better understand the dynamics of gender in contemporary society. This film brings us inside Torr's workshop in Berlin. The artist guides a group of open-minded women from diverse backgrounds - an Angolan single mother, an Israeli lesbian, a young German beauty queen, among others - through the theoretical underpinnings of her work, and helps them develop male characters of their own.
 All titles can be licensed from Icarus Films at sara@icarusfilms.com