Law in Film Collection: New Additions

It is the time of the year to remind you all about our recent additions to our Law in Film Collection. Anyone with library borrowing privileges may check DVDs from our collection out for up to five days at no charge. Our collection is located on the main level of the library. The following are some of our more recent titles we acquired in the categories of documentaries, docudramas, fiction, legal dramas, and instructional/educational.

Documentaries and Docudramas

  • 9500 Liberty (I.D. Alliance presents a Chris Rigopulos production, a film by Annabel Park & Eric Byler; produced by Alex Rigopulos … [et al.]; written and directed by Annabel Park & Eric Byler) [JV7111.P75 A15 2011 DVD] – “Documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented–and the surprising grassroots position that led to its repeal. Racial tension and threats of violence erupt when Prince William County, Virginia adopts a law requiring the police to question people who appear to be undocumented immigrants. Despite fears of reprisal, a group of citizens launches a ‘virtual resistance’ using social media, setting up a final showdown with the law’s advocates.”
  • Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms (a film by Kristin Canty) [HD1476.A3 F36 2011 DVD] – “Documented is the story of family farms who were providing healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop by agents of misguided government bureaucracies.”
  • Chasing Madoff (Cohen Media Group presents; a Jeff Prosserman production; produced, written and directed by Jeff Prosserman) [HV6692.M33 C495 2012 DVD] – “Presents an account of how Harry Markopolos and his team of investigators uncovered Bernard Madoff’s investment fraud empire.”
  • No Way Out But One (a Garland Waller production ; produced and directed by Garland Waller, Barry Nolan ; written by Barry Nolan, Garland Waller) [HV6603.C65 N62 2012 DVD] – “Tells the story of Holly Collins, the first American to be granted asylum by the Dutch government as a result of domestic violence. When a family court judge gives custody of Holly’s children to the man who had been abusing them, Holly believes she has only one option–to kidnap her children and go on the run. Through the story of Holly Collins, a larger and more shocking national scandal is revealed. In American family courts, all too often, abusers get custody of their children.”
  • The Island President (After Image Public Media presents; an Actual Films production in association with Ford Foundation and Impact Partners; directed by Jon Shenk; produced by Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen) [QC981.8.G56 I85 2012 DVD] – “Jon Shenk’s The Island President tells the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced–the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly.”
  • Young Mr. Lincoln (20th Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox presents Darryl F. Zanuck’s production of; a Cosmopolitan production; directed by John Ford; original screen play by Lamar Trotti) [PN1997.2 .Y68 2006 DVD] – “In this unforgettable portrait of the early life of the Great Emancipator, young Mr. Lincoln, after teaching himself law, has barely started practicing when an Independence Day celebration ends with a stabbing.”

Fiction and Legal Dramas

  • Intruder in the Dust (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; a Clarence Brown Production; screen play by Ben Maddow; produced and directed by Clarence Brown0 [PN1997.2 .I587 2011 DVD]- “In a small Mississippi town, only a young boy and an old woman stand between an innocent black man and a lynch mob.”
  • Fresh (a Ripple Effect production; produced and directed by Ana Sofia Joanes) [S494.5.S86 F74 2009 DVD] – “Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.”
  • The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet That Never Sleeps (Rooftop Films + Edgeworx Studios present a Wicked Delicate production; a film by Ian Cheney; written, produced + directed by Ian Cheney) [QB51.3.L53 C58 2011 DVD] – “After moving to New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question, “Do we need the stars?” Blending a humorous tone with cutting-edge science and poetic footage of the night sky, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights–including increased breast cancer rates, disrupted ecosystems, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. … [This film] is the definitive story of earth’s disappearing night sky.”
  • Presumed Guilty (Abogados con Cámara presentan; un pelicula de Roberto Hernández y Layda Negrete; en coproducción de Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Conaculta; Fondo para la Producción Cinematográfica de Calidad; dirigida por Roberto Hernandez y Geoffrey Smith) [KGF5404 .P73 2009 DVD] – “In December 2005 Toño Zuniga was picked up off the street in Mexico City, Mexico, and sentenced to 20 years for a murder he knew nothing about. A friend of Toño’s contacted two young lawyers, Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete, who gained prominence in Mexico when they helped bring about the release of another innocent man from prison. Looking into Toño’s case, Roberto and Layda managed to get a retrial–on camera–and enlisted the help of filmmaker Geoffrey Smith to chronicle the saga. Shot over three years with unprecedented access to the Mexican courts and prisons, this dramatic story is a searing indictment of a justice system that presumes guilt.”
  • Forks Over Knives (Monica Beach Media presents; written and directed by Lee Fulkerson; executive producer, Brian Wendel; producer, John Corry; a Monica Beach Media production) [RA645.N87 F67 2011 DVD] – “This film examines the claim that most if not all degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. It traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Although they didn’t know each other, their individual research led to startlingly similar conclusions: degenerative diseases could usually be prevented–and in many cases reversed–by adopting a whole food, plant-based diet.”

Law Reserve Collection

  • Know Your Rights (American Bar Association) [KF4842 .K66 2012 DVD] – “Presents overview of the American legal system’s immigration removal process to help people who have received a notice to appear (NTA) or who are detained currently understand their rights and what to expect during the process.”
  • The Naked Option: A Last Resort (writer, producer, director, Candace Schermerhorn) [HD9577.N52 N35 2010 DVD] – “Provides an intimate, candid, visual observation of the realities of daily life in these oil-soaked communities. Intercut with dramatic verité and archival footage; interviews with Nigerian activists, historians, and women’s leaders; facts and figures to support material; unique, and artful recreation drawings depicting the historic Women’s War of 1929 enhanced with After Effects, these elements combine to tell dramatic stories. Graphics and animation transport us into the Niger Delta, and powerful, affecting still images and news headlines with graphic applications combine to bring the stories to life.”
  • Dinner at Sharswood’s Cafe (Stephen Gillers) [KF306 .G543 2007 DVD] – “A production of New York University School of Law. Legal Ethics.”
  • Amanda Kumar’s Case (Stephen Gillers) [KF277.L4 G54 2008 DVD] – “A dramatic presentation of several issues in legal ethics that emerge when a mother attributes her daughter’s illness to a prescription drug. Issues include conflict of interest and dating a lawyer working for an opposing firm. Legal Ethics.”
  • Adventures: Further Adventures in Legal Ethics [KF306 .G54 1998 DVD] – “Accompanied by Teacher’s Guide for Dramatic Vignettes from “Adventures in Legal Ethics” and “Further Adventures in Legal Ethics, Stephen Gillers.”


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