Times are hard, and travel funding is hard to come by. This year, instead of making our usual trek to the National Media Market (held again in Lexington, KY) (http://www.nmm.net/), we attended virtually. One of our favorite distributors sent us a large care package of new titles to preview back in Berkeley. In other cases we had to make due with online trailers and/or web catalog descriptions. As usual, this year's NMM offerings included dozens of provocative, moving, and insightful documentaries. The titles below are just a sampling of those titles acquired for the MRC collection.
A Film by Rüdiger Sünner
A history of the esoteric ideas and myths that served as a breeding ground for Nazi ideology and inspired Adolf Hilter.
The Nine Lives of Norodom Sihanouk
A Film by Gilles Cayatte
The life story of Norodom Sihanouk, by turns Cambodia's King, Prime Minister, Prince, Head of State for Life, Exile, and Prisoner.
A Film by Phie Ambo
As increasingly life-like robots move from science labs and factories into our homes, how will human beings interact with these machines?
Malls R Us A Film by Helene Klodawsky From impressive
architectural projects to economic, environmental and social concerns,
everything about shopping malls, and more.
In Search of Memory: The Neuroscientist Eric Kandel A Film by Petra Seeger.
The life and work of one of the most important neuroscientists of the 20th century, Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel.
Dir. Carole Poliquin
Explores the links between the hundreds of toxic pollutants in our environment and increasing health problems.
A Film by Eugenio Polgovsky
An immersion in the daily life of children in Mexico who, with their families, survive only by their unrelenting labor.
Dir. Koji Masutani
A filmic examination of "virtual history." What would Kennedy have done in Vietnam if he had lived and been re-elected in 1964?
Milking the Rhino
Dir. David E. Simpson
The promise of community-based conservation in Africa.
The Moroccan Labyrinth
- The little-known history of Spain's bloody colonial ambitions in
North Africa, and how they became a prelude to the Spanish Civil War.
- For millenia erotic art has been created, often by some of the
world's best-known artists. But it is rarely on public display.
The Media Resources Center is proud to announce the unveiling of two
significant new online audio collections:
Michel Foucault Collection
The most comprehensive collection to date of online audio recordings of
lectures and courses by the renowned French philosopher and historian,
Michel Foucault. The English language collection features two lecture
series delivered at UC Berkeley in the 1980?s on Truth and Subjectivity
and Parrhesia. The French language collection offers five complete
semester length courses, covering such quintessentially Foucauldian
concepts as Parrhesia, governmentality, neoliberalism, security,
biopolitics, and sovereignty. The collection includes recordings spanning
two decades of thought and instruction, including Foucault?s final 1984
course at the Collège de France.
All recordings can be accessed from the Michel Foucault Audio Archive,
This collection was generously donated to the Media Resources Center by
Paul Rabinow, Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology and digitized and
edited by Gisèle Binder, Operations Supervisor, Media Resources Center.
UCB/Pacifica Radio Archives LGBT History Collection
In continuing partnership with the Pacifica Radio Archives
(http://www.pacificaradioarchives.org/), the Media Resources Center has
digitized over 20 hours of programming related to LGBT history and culture
that originally aired on Pacifica radio from 1958 to 1998. The digitized
materials have been incorporated into a new MRC web site devoted to the
The work of identifying, preserving, and digitizing materials in the
Pacifica Archives was largely accomplished by Joe Gallucci, an intern in
the NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program. Over a ten week
period, Joe worked with staff in both the Parcifica Archives and MRC to
develop and implement this project.
MRC never sleeps (well, OK, we don't generally work on nites and weekends...and there is that nasty business of UC furloughs to consider). Over the course of the summer, we were busy trying to cope with the library's new catalog (aka OskiCat), developing new digital projects (stay tuned!), and cranking out new MRC web resources. Check out a few of the latter below:
And just for the hell of it:
In the the 1920s the movies were still relatively young, and an evolving modernist aesthetic embraced all things new, sleek, fast, and urban. Not surprisingly, a common focus of the cinematic avant-garde during this era was on the power, and excitement of cities. In both Europe and the US, a small genre of films that became know as "city symphonies" attempted to capture the spirit, uniqueness, and poetry of a city by assembling images of everyday life in that city. These early films and their offsprings often utilized what film historian Bill Nichols has termed the "poetic mode" of documentary film production--an attempt to move away from the "objective" reality of a given situation or people in order to grasp at an inner "truth" that can only be conveyed by poetical manipulations of mood, tone, time, and space.
The Media Center collection includes the most significant examples of both 20s city symphonies, and latter-day examples of the mode. Check out our holdings at:
Secrecy. An examination of secrecy in the United States government, exploring the tensions between freedom of information and national security.... between our safety as a nation, and our ability to function as a democracy. DVD X801
Crazy cinématographe [videorecording] : europäisches Jahrmarktkino 1896-1916 Features 50 short films with piano scores from early fairground and traveling cinemas which contributed to the rapid establishment of the cinematograph as a popular medium. "European Cinema of Attractions, 1896-1916" shows, in a varied sequence, rarities from the treasures of European film archives ranging from Danish anarchisit slapstick to Scottish X-ray films and a Belgium film showing a hunt. "Local films from the Greater Region, 1902-1914" presents a forgotten genre which was, in its day, was a real crowd puller ... traveling cinema. DVD X767
Doris Chase collected works. Volume 1. Painter and teacher, sculptor of monumental kinetic forms, Doris Chase is best known as a pioneer in the field of dance for the camera. Beginning in the 1970s, she produced more than fifty videos now regarded as key works in the history of video art. This collection features her most important works. In Full circle: the work of Doris Chase she explains her work in various media from painting on flat surfaces through sculpture in wood, plexiglass, plastic, and metal, to film and videotape. The seven remaining films showcase Chase's film production work in dance. Full circle : the work of Doris Chase / producer, Elizabeth Wood (ca 10 min.) -- Tall arches / choreographer, Mary Staton ; music, Vito Ricci ; dancers, Cynthia Robertson, Mary Staton, Melissa Teske ; produced by Doris Chase (ca. 7 min.) -- Rocking orange / choreographer, Mary Staton ; music, George Kleinsinger ; dancers, Cynthia Robertson, Mary Staton, Melissa Teske ; produced by Doris Chase (3 min. 30 sec.) -- Moon gates / choreographer, Mary Staton ; music, George Kleinsinger ; dancers, Cynthia Robertson, Mary Staton, Melissa Teske ; produced by Doris Chase (5 min.) -- Doris Chase dance series (ca. 8 min.); Improvisation (4 min. 23 sec.) / dancer, Kei Takei -- Doris Chase dance series / dancer, Gus Solomons, Jr. ; music, George Kleinsinger (ca. 8 min.) -- Doris Chase dance series in Brooklyn / dancer, Cynthia Anderson ; music, Laurie Spiegel (ca. 13 min.) DVD X812
Mickey Mouse club presents Annette. 1957-58 season Chosen by Walt Disney himself as an original cast member, Annette soon
became the most popular Mousketeer. Showcased here is her entire series
from "Walt Disney Presents: Annette" about a young country girl who
moves to the suburbs to live with her well-to-do aunt and uncle and
learns to adapt amongst her peers, without changing who she is. DVD X868
Who Killed Walter Benjamin (Quién mató a Walter Benjamin--) Revisits Portbou, Spain and the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Walter Benjamin in 1940, one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers. As an emigrant German-Jew, a radical writer and a fierce critic of Nazism, he would have been well-known to the Gestapo and it is a well documented fact that the Spanish border police were cooperating with the Germans. When he fled from Germany was Benjamin aware that Portbou was a pro-Franco town virtually occupied by the Nazis? DVD X755
Le cinéma de mai 68 : une histoire. Volume 1. Features sixteen short documentary films about the student and workers' movements in France which culminated in protests and riots in May 1968.
Disc 1. Le premier mai à Saint-Nazaire / un film de Marcel Trillat et Hubert Knapp (20 min., 1967). -- Berlin 68-Rudi Dutschke / un film de l'ARC, sous la direction de Michel Andrieu et Jacques Kébadian (41 min., 1968). -- La glu / un film de Edouard Hayem (19 min., 1968). -- Cléon / Alain Laguarda (27 min., 1968). -- Nantes Sud Aviation / un film de l'ARC ; Pierre-William Glenn et Michel Andrieu (30 min., 1968) -- Disc 2. Ce n'est qu'un début / un film de l'ARC ; réalisé par Michel Andrieu (10 min., 1968). -- Le joli mois de mai / un film de l'ARC (33 min., 1968). -- CA13, Comité d'action du treizième / un film de l'ARC (40 min., 1968). -- Mikono / un film de l'ARC ; réalisé par Jean-Michel Humeau (11 min, 1968). -- Le Droit à la parole / un film de l'ARC ; sous la direction de Michel Andrieu et Jacques Kébadian (52 min., 1968). -- Avec les cheminots du dépôt SNCF de Paris Sud-Ouest / un film de Fernand Moskowicz (10 min., 1968/2008) -- Disc 3. Oser lutter, oser vaincre / Groupe ligne rouge (Jean-Pierre Thorn, 88 min., 1968). -- Citroën-Nanterre / un film de Guy Devart et Edouard Hayem (63 min., 1968). -- La Reprise du travail aux usines Wonder / Pierre Bonneau et Jacques Willemont (9 min., 1968) -- Disc 4. Écoute Joseph nous sommes tous solidaires / un film de Jean Lefaux (56 min., 1968). -- Les Deux marseillaises / un film de André S. Labarthe et Jean-Louis Comolli (120 min., 1968). -- L'atelier de recherche cinématographie en mai 68 / par Sébastien Layerle (article published in "Le cinéma militant reprend le travail" CinémAction no 110, 2004) DVD X752
Slow food revolution This film visits Italy, Mexico, and Australia to record the growing international eco-gastronomic movement known as "slow food movement". In opposition to the "fast food" world, the goal of the movement is to encourage people to slow down and enjoy food, protect traditional culture and the environment, encourage regional food production, and food education. DVD X92