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

Monday, June 6, 2016

'Just Eat It' and other titles from Bullfrog Films now available on NJVID

NJVID members now have access to license new titles from Bullfrog Films that were added this week. See how filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food wastage from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge in Just Eat It. Details on this and other titles provided below. All titles can now be licensed by any NJVID member for streaming access from Bullfrog Films.

  • Just Eat It - We all love food -  As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly
    50% of it in the trash. Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people are food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant's addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the "thrill of the find" has unexpected consequences. This film is available in two versions - A 50 minute classroom version as well as the 73-minute theatrical version.
  • What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy - A bracingly rigorous examination of inherited guilt and pain, this film explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials but possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers.The film was written and is hosted by eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, who became fascinated by its central figures, Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter, while researching the Nuremberg trials.
  • The Secret Life of Your Clothes - In this revealing film, charismatic paralympian Ade Adepitan tells the fascinating story of the afterlife of our clothes. He follows the trail to Ghana, the biggest importer of our castoffs where thousands of tons of our old clothes arrive every week. Ade meets the people who make a living from our old clothes, from wholesalers and markets traders to the importers raking in more than the average yearly wage in a single day!
All titles can be licensed from Bullfrog Films at elizabeth@bullfrogfilms.com