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May/June 2017

The Blue Ridge Parkway : a Long & Winding Road (2010) / Bruce Bowers; Daniel Hayes; Bowers Media Group, Inc.

A historical documentary about the Blue Ridge Parkway. Takes a look at the diverse people along the corridor and addresses how the scenic road affected their cultures and lives. Raises questions about the Parkway's past and its future.

F217.B6 B6 2010 ; Blount County campus library

I Am Not Your Negro (2017) / James Baldwin, screenwriter ; Raoul Peck, film director, film producer, compiler, editor ; Samuel L. Jackson, narrator ; Magnolia Home Entertainment.

This documentary follows the lives and successive assassinations of three of the author's friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., delving into the legacy of these iconic figures and narrating historic events using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. This film is a journey into Black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present. Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

E185.61 .I366 2017 ; Hardin Valley campus library


Soundbreaking : stories from the cutting edge of recorded music (2016) / George Martin, presenter.; Joshua Bennett, producer ; Jeff Dupre, producer, director ; Maro Chermayeff, producer, director ; Julia Marchesi, producer ; Sam Pollard, producer ; Dermot Mulroney, narrator ; Show of Force, production company ; Athena, publisher.

Music has been a constant in human history, an intermingling of voice and instrument that for all its local variation and increasing sophistication nevertheless endured in more or less the same form for centuries. Then came recording--and music was forever transformed. Soundbreaking, an eight-part event television series, traces this ongoing sonic revolution, and explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives. Soundbreakingilluminates how the music we listen to becomes a fundamental part of who we are.

ML3790 .S68 2016 ; Hardin Valley campus library

Don't Blink -- Robert Frank (2017) / Laura Israel, film director, producer ; Melinda Shopsin, producer ; Robert Frank, commentator, on-screen participant ; Assemblage Films, production company ; Grasshopper Film (Firm).

Robert Frank, now 91 years old, is among the most influential artists of the last half-century. His seminal volume, The Americans, published in 1958, records the Swiss-born photographer's candid reactions to peculiarly American versions of poverty and racism. Today it is a classic work that helped define the off-the-cuff, idiosyncratic elegance that are hallmarks of Frank's artistry.

TR140.F677 D663 2017 ; Hardin Valley campus library



Dirty Dancing (1987) / produced by Linda Gottlieb ; directed by Emile Ardolino ; written by Eleanor Bergstein

In 1963, Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she's disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort's dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby's father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she's determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.

​PN1995.9.M86 D57 1997 ; Strawberry Plains campus library

Macbeth / by William Shakespeare ; starring Sean Connery and Zoe Caldwell ; produced and directed by Paul Almond ; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The Scottish lord Macbeth (Sean Connery), chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. He commits regicide to become king and then furthers his moral descent with a reign of murderous terror to stay in power, eventually plunging the country into civil war. In the end, he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life before losing his life itself.

PR2823.A23 C667 1961 ; Strawberry Plains campus library


Victor Victoria / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents ; screenplay by Blake Edwards ; produced by Blake Edwards and Tony Adams ; directed by Blake Edwards

Victoria Grant (Julie Andrews), a down-and-out British soprano, struggles to find work in the nightclubs of 1930s Paris. While trying to scam a free meal, Grant meets cabaret performer Toddy (Robert Preston), who comes up with an idea that will change everything. Acting as her manager, Toddy bills Grant as a male female impersonator. When the nightclubs eat it up, the duo makes it big -- even a Chicago mobster (James Garner) is enamored with Grant. But keeping the truth a secret is no easy task.

PN1997 .V53 2012 ; Hardin Valley campus library

The Birdcage / United Artists Pictures presents ; a Mike Nichols film ; screenplay by Elaine May ; produced and directed by Mike Nichols

In this remake of the classic French farce "La Cage aux Folles," engaged couple Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) and Barbara Keeley (Calista Flockhart) shakily introduce their future in-laws. Val's father, Armand (Robin Williams), a gay Miami drag club owner, pretends to be straight and attempts to hide his relationship with Albert (Nathan Lane), his life partner and the club's flamboyant star attraction, so as to please Barbara's father, controversial Republican Sen. Kevin Keeley (Gene Hackman).

PN1997 .B5457 2013 ; Strawberry Plains campus library



Lion / The Weinstein Company presents ; in association with Screen Australia ; a See-Saw Films production ; produced by Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Angie Fielder ; screenplay by Luke Davies ; directed by Garth Davis.

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

PN 1995.2 .B55 L566 2017 ; Hardin Valley campus library

Hidden Figures / Fox 2000 Pictures presents ; directed by Theodore Melfi ; screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi ; produced by Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, Theodore Melfi ; a Chernin Entertainment/Levantine Films production.

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), and Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

PN1995.9.B55 H53 2017 ; Hardin Valley and Magnolia Avenue campus libraries


If I Stay / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema present a Di Novi Pictures production ; screenplay by Shauna Cross ; produced by Alison Greenspan ; directed by R.J. Cutler.

Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley), a rock singer/guitarist. However, a car wreck changes everything in an instant, and now Mia's life hangs in the balance. Suspended between life and death, Mia faces a choice that will decide her future.

PN1997.2 .I3 2014 ; DVD and Blu-Ray available in Hardin Valley campus library

La La Land / Summit Entertainment presents, in association with Black Label Media, in association with TIK Films (Hong Kong) Limited, an Impostor Pictures/Gilbert Films production ; a Marc Platt production ; written and directed by Damien Chazelle ; produced by Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Gary Gilbert, Marc Platt.

Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

PN1997.2 .L3 2017 ; Strawberry Plains campus library



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2017) / directed by David Yates ; written by J.K. Rowling ; produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram ; a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation ;  a Heyday Films production ; a David Yates film.

The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

PN1997.2 .F36 2017 ; Strawberry Plains campus library

Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2016) / a Lucasfilm Ltd. production ; a Bad Robot production ; produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk ; written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt ; directed by J.J. Abrams

Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn (John Boyega) crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights. 

PN1995.9.S26 S736 2016 ; Division Street and Magnolia Avenue campus libraries


Rogue One: a Star Wars story / directed by Gareth Edwards ; screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy ; story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta ; produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel ; a Lucasfilm Ltd. production ; a Gareth Edwards film.

Former scientist Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelson) lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn (Felicity Jones). His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen becomes the Empire's lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station's plans for the Rebel Alliance.

PN1997.2 .R65 2017 ; Hardin Valley campus library

Samā wōzu (Japanese) = Summer Wars (English) / executive producer, Seiji Okuda ; producers, Nozumu Takahashi, Takuya Ito, Takashi Watanabe, Yuichiro Saito ; original story, Mamoru Hosoda ; Kadokawa Shoten Publishing ; screenplay, Satoko Okudera ; director, Mamoru Hosoda.

Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He's good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has--until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiancé at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI intent on using the virtual word of OZ to destroy the real world, literarily. As Armageddon looms on the horizon, Kenji and his new family set aside their differences and band together to save the worlds they inhabit in this near-perfect blend of social satire and science fiction. 

PN1997.2 .S86 2013 ; DVD and Blu-Ray available in Hardin Valley campus library

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) / Disney presents a Studio Ghibli film ; Tokuma Shoten, Yamato Transport and Nippon Television Network present a Studio Ghibli production, a Hayao Miyazaki film ; original story by Eiko Kadono ; screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki ; produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

In this anime feature, 13-year-old Kiki (Kirsten Dunst) moves to a seaside town with her talking cat, Jiji (Phil Hartman), to spend a year alone, in accordance with her village's tradition for witches in training. After learning to control her broomstick, Kiki sets up a flying courier service and soon becomes a fixture in the community. But when the insecure young witch begins questioning herself and loses her magic abilities, she must overcome her self-doubt to get her powers back.

PN1997 .K555 2010 ; Strawberry Plains campus library




Up / Walt Disney Pictures presents ; a Pixar Animation Studios film ; directed by Pete Docter ; co-directed by Bob Peterson ; produced by Jonas Rivera ; story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy ; screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter

Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner), a 78-year-old balloon salesman, is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. But curmudgeonly Carl's worst nightmare comes true when he discovers a little boy named Russell is a stowaway aboard the balloon-powered house.

PN1997.2 .U6 2009 ; Hardin Valley campus library

Monsters, Inc. (2001) / Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film ; directed by Pete Docter ; co-directed by Lee Unkrich, David Silverman ; produced by Darla K. Anderson ; screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson

Monsters Incorporated is the largest scare factory in the monster world, and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) is one of its top scarers. Sullivan is a huge, intimidating monster with blue fur, large purple spots and horns. His scare assistant, best friend and roommate is Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), a green, opinionated, feisty little one-eyed monster. Visiting from the human world is Boo (Mary Gibbs), a tiny girl who goes where no human has ever gone before.

PN1997.5 .M665 2013 ; Hardin valley campus library


Belle et la bête (2014) / Richard Grandpierre and Jérôme Seydoux present ; A France/Germany co-production, Eskwad, Pathé, TF1 Films Production, Studio Babelsberg, 120 Films; A film by Christophe Gans; Screenplay and dialogues, Sandra Vo-Anh, Christophe Gans; Produced by Richard Grandpierre.

A struggling merchant stumbles upon the magical domain of the fearsome Beast (Vincent Cassel), who sentences him to death for stealing a rose. The merchant's youngest daughter Belle (Léa Seydoux) bravely sacrifices herself and takes her father's place. Once at the Beast's castle, it is not death that awaits Belle, but a strange and fantastical life unlike anything she has ever experienced, and the discovery that her mysterious host is living under a terrible enchantment. 

PN1997.2 .B43 2017 ; Hardin Valley campus library

Chronicles of Narnia. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader / Fox 2000 Pictures and Walden Media present ; directed by Michael Apted ; screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and Michael Petroni ; produced by Mark Johnson, Andrew Adamson, Philip Steuer.

Visiting their annoying cousin, Eustace, Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund Pevensie (Skandar Keynes) come across a painting of a majestic ship called the Dawn Treader. Suddenly, the painting comes to life and draws the youths into Narnia, where they meet their old friend, King Caspian (Ben Barnes). Caspian is on a quest to find the seven lost Lords of Telmar, whose swords will save Narnia from an evil green mist that enslaves men's minds and bodies.

PN1995.9.F36 C47 2014 ; Strawberry Plains campus library



Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) / produced by Kevin Feige ; written by James Gunn, Nicole Perlman ; directed by James Gunn

Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper, voice), treelike-humanoid Groot (Vin Diesel, voice), enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and vengeance-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when he discovers the orb's true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.

PN1997.2 .G83 2014 ; Strawberry Plains campus library

Passengers (2016) / Columbia Pictures presents ; in association with LStar Capital ; in association with Village Roadshow Pictures ; in association with Wanda Pictures ; an Original Film production ; a Company Films production ; a Start Motion Pictures production ; produced by Stephen Hamel, Michael Maher ; produced by Neal H. Moritz, Ori Marmur ; written by Jon Spaihts ; directed by Morten Tyldum

On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5,000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.

PN1997.2 .P377 2017 ; Division Street and Magnolia Avenue campus libraries