The Library has recently subscribed to the Alexander Street Press Ethnographic Video Online database (EVO). EVO provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior ? more than 750 hours and 1,000 films at completion. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more. This first release includes 404 videos totaling roughly 270 hours. Access to the database is limited to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.
Corporations/Big Business in the Movies
The Literature Online database (ProQuest/Chadwyk-Healey) has recently added the following two media collections. Good stuff! Try them out (available to UCB users only)
The history of the movies is filled with frequently anxious images of women "overstepping boundaries"--whether these boundaries be social, economic, sexual, or framed by gender. These cinematic female transgressions have popped up internationally in nearly every film genre, from comedy, to melodrama, to horror films. It's fascinating to chart the changes (or non-changes) in these images over the history of the movies--from Virgina Corbin baring her knees in 1928, to Sharon Stone baring considerably more in 1992; from Betty Davis and Joan Crawford bitchery to Uma Thurman's samouri sword-wielding "Bride" in Kill Bill; from film noir femmes fatales to the dyke hoods of the Wachowski brothers' Bound.
For a sampling of films featuring vamps, tramps, hookers, femmes fatales and kick-ass Gurrrls
Among the many strengths of the UC Berkeley Media Center's collections is the Center's holding on topics related to the environment and environmental activism. This collection includes a large number of videos from distributors such as Bullfrog Films that specialize in independently produced documentaries related to environmental issues. Some of the more interesting and thought-provoking new acquisitions in this area include: