Now Showing @ ALA

Now Showing @ ALA Film Program

"Now Showing @ ALA Film Program" offers a variety of films and documentaries throughout the day from Saturday through Monday. Many offer a chance to meet the film's writer, director, or subjects. This year is sure to please with shows and documentaries of all genres.

Saturday, June 27
Sunday, June 28
Monday, June 29
8:00-10:00am Wadjda 8:00am 3D Printing in the Classroom 9:00-10:00am  Speaking in Tongues
10:30-12:00pm 50 Children 8:15am Project -based Learning: STEM to STEAM with Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy 10:30am-12:00pm Tested
1:30-3:30pm Regarding Susan Sontag 8:30am Visual Thinking Strategies 1:30-3:30pm CitizenFour
4:00-5:30pm The Great Book Robbery 8:45am Got Book? Auntie Helen's Gift of Books  
  9:00am Dalip Singh Saund: His Life, His Legacy  
  9:45am Picking Tribes  
  10:30-12:00pm The Homestretch  
  1:30-3:00pm Killswitch  
  3:00pm Memory of Forgotten War  

Wadjda 

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An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest

Runtime: 98 minutes

Preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3koigluYOHO

Sponsored by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

 

50 Children

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In the spring of 1939, Gilbert and Eleanor embarked on a risky and unlikely mission. Traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, they rescued 50 Jewish children from Vienna and brought them to the United States.

Steven Pressman, the director, producer and writer of the Emmy-nominated 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus, will introduce the film and participate in a brief post-screening Q&A. Steve is also the author of "50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany"(HarperCollins, hardcover and paperback).

Runtime: 62 minutes

Preview: http://www.50childrenfilm.com/The_Film.html

Distributed by 7th Art Releasing  http://www.7thart.com/films/50-Children

Sponsored by 7th Art Releasing and HarperCollins Publishers

Regarding Susan Sontag

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Regarding Susan Sontag is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, Regarding Susan Sontag is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. More than any other thinker of her day, Sontag was watched, viewed, photographed and stared at. She was gazed at, and she looked back, very carefully, particularly at language and metaphor and at photography and what she called “the ecology of images.”Regarding Susan Sontag gives viewers the chance to watch Sontag while she examines the world.

Runtime: 100 minutes

Preview: http://sontagfilm.org/trailer

Sponsored by Question Why Films and GLBTRT

The Great Book Robbery

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This documentary about the systematic "collection" of 70,000 Palestinian books by Israeli forces (including librarians) before, during, and after the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. The film tells the story of the books and what has become of them -- many are now labeled "Abandoned Property" at Israel's National Library -- and explores issues of library ethics and cultural heritage.

Runtime: 57 minutes

Preview: https://vimeo.com/6303260

Sponsored by SRRT/HHPTF

Start Your Day With SHORTS

3D Printing in the Classroom

How do you turn young tech consumers into tech creators? At Hartford High School, Mike Hathorn puts students in charge of their own learning, giving them the topics and equipment, but also the freedom, to explore their own ideas. But room 212 is no ordinary classroom. Hathorn's students create detailed digital models with professional 3D software like SketchUp, and print their designs on the school's own 3D printers. Watch this short film to learn how the Hartford high schoolers are digitizing and "printing" their town's history, and encouraging other students to explore technology at maker showcases like TechJam.

Runtime: 11 minutes

Preview: https://vimeo.com/119583269

Sponsored by lynda.com

Project-based Learning: STEM to STEAM with Does Pueblos Engineering Academy

In 2002, a school district in Goleta, California, attempted an experiment. They introduced DPEA, the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, a program designed to teach twenty-first-century skills via project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They discovered that when they added "art" to the program (STEAM) that they attracted 50% more girls, and got better adoption from parents, mentors, the outside community, and students. DPEA allows students to explore one project a year, rotating through each aspect of the STEAM program. The Academy has been running for over ten years and is recognized as a pioneer in education reform, prizing independent thought and modern skills over standardized testing and book-based lectures. Here the students, teachers, and administrators tell us why it works. Learn about their cutting-edge robotics program, multidisciplinary approach, and the unique collaborations that happen between students, teachers, and parents.

Runtime: 9 minutes

Preview: https://vimeo.com/101665737

Sponsored by lynda.com

Visual Thinking Strategies

What if teachers taught with questions rather than lectures? What if students were asked to reflect instead of regurgitate? Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) challenges the standard model of teaching by encouraging a reflection-and-response style of learning. Designed by art educator Philip Yenawine and developmental psychologist Abigail Housen, VTS relies on children's natural ability to observe, using imagery as the starting point for learning. The teacher asks open-ended questions; students reflect and respond. The process has been proven to strengthen critical thinking skills, language development, confidence, and collaboration. Watch VTS at work in three Louisiana schools and find out what alternative teaching methods like these might have in store for America's classrooms.

Runtime: 11 minutes

Preview: https://vimeo.com/105894448

Sponsored by lynda.com

Got Book? Auntie Helen's Gift of Books

Movie PreviewGot Book? profiles Helen Agcaoili Summers Brown, founder of the Filipino American Library. Auntie Helen, as she is widely known in the Los Angeles Filipino Community is interviewed by one of her sons, George Brown, tracing her upbringing in the Philippines as a mestiza (half Filipino and half Caucasian American). Reputedly the first Filipina to attend UCLA, Helen married her UCLA sweetheart, Bill Brown, became a teacher and raised a family. Her collection of Philippine books from her father became the basis of her dream, the Filipino American Library, a community based non-profit in the Los Angeles Historic Filipinotown district.

Runtime: 7 minutes

Dalip Singh Saund: His Life, His Legacy

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This documentary film explores the extraordinary life of Dr. Dalip Singh Saund (1899-1973) while  
providing historical context of legal and social discrimination against Asians. Through the telling of the personal story of Dalip Singh Saund librarians  will learn of about the early U.S. immigration laws aimed at preventing  people from Asia and the Pacific Islands from coming to America and naturalizing as citizens. He came to the U.S. in 1920 as a student and attended UC Berkeley. He graduated in 1924 with a Masters and a PhD in Mathematics. Because Dalip Singh Saund was ineligible for citizenship, he was unable to find a job in his field. When he was able to naturalize as a citizen, Saund became the first Asian, the first Indian and the first Sikh elected to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Runtime: 36 minutes

Preview:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2Ut5hz0MVnENGQ4TUdyMkZmMX /view?usp=sharing

Sponsored by Heritage Series, LLC, and APALA

Picking Tribes

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A girl growing up in the 1940's makes humorous and heartfelt attempts to be "more than ordinary" as she struggles to find an identity between her Black American and Native American heritages. Semi-animated with vintage photographs and featuring original water color and animation cell art by Carlos Spivey. Boradcast on PBS.

Runtime: 7 minutes

Preview:  http://www.asharpshow.com/pages/picking_tribes.html

Sponsored by A Sharp Show

The Homestretch

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The Homestretch is a powerful documentary that follows three homeless teens in Chicago as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers - surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.

Runtime: 90 minutes

Preview: https://vimeo.com/77430311

Sponsored by Spargel Productions, Kartemquin Films, OD, and OLOS

Killstwitch

killswitchKillswitch is about the battle for control over the Internet. Lawrence Lessig, Tim Wu and Peter Ludlow frame the story of two young activists, Aaron Swartz & Edward Snowden, who symbolize the disruptive and dynamic nature of the Internet. Their lives parallel one another as they free information to millions on the Internet, putting them directly in the cross-hairs of the most powerful interests in the world. Will this be a cautionary tale of what happens when you dare to take on elite power structures? Or will it be the spark that ignites a revolution that will redefine democracy in the digital age?

Runtime: 72 minutes

Preview: https://vimeo.com/104911615

Sponsored by Akorn Entertainment Cinecity Pictures and ALA Subcommittee on Telecommunications

Tested

Hopes for a better life are pinned on the SHSAT scores of the dozen kids we follow as they prep for, take, and get test results. But is it fair to have a single test decide who gets to go to the best ("specialized") public schools and should these schools' ethnic makeup should better reflect NYC's population? This film follows a diverse group of kids as they start the school year, prepare for the test, take the test and ultimately get their results back.

Runtime: 77 minutes

Preview: http://www.testedfilm.com/watch/

Memory of Forgotten War

Movie PreviewMemory of Forgotten War conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-53) by four Korean-American survivors. Their stories take audiences through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival and separation from family members across the DMZ. Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss. These stories belie the notion that war ends when the guns are silenced and foreshadow the future of countless others displaced by ongoing military conflict today.

Runtime: 30 minutes

Preview: http://www.mufilms.org/films/memory-of-forgotten-war/#.VT-JYCFVhBc

Sponsored by OD, OLOS and APALA

Speaking in Tongues

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Speaking in Tongues follows four diverse students on their path to bilingualism. An African-American boy from public housing learns to read, write, and speak Mandarin. A Mexican-American boy, whose parents are not literate in any language, develops academic Spanish while mastering English. A Chinese-American girl regains a language lost to her parents through assimilation. A Caucasian teen’s Mandarin skills ease cross-cultural exchange. Their stories reveal the promise of a multilingual America as each student develops both bicultural and bilingual fluency. 

Runtime: 56 minutes

Preview: https://vimeo.com/6073529

Sponsored by Patchwork Films

CitizenFour

Citizen FourCitizenFour is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). Poitras had already been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her, using the name “CitizenFour,” in January 2013.  He reached out to her because he knew she had long been a target of government surveillance, stopped at airports numerous times, and had refused to be intimidated. When Snowden revealed he was a high-level analyst driven to expose the massive surveillance of Americans by the NSA, Poitras persuaded him to let her film.

Runtime: 114 minutes

Preview: https://citizenfourfilm.com/trailer

Sponsored by SRRT