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April 2012

Hello Faculty,


As the end of the semester approaches, I want to remind you that we can place on reserve any films that your students may need to watch for their final exam or extra credit, this way they are available to everyone.


With your input we added 135 films to our collection this semester, 23 of which replaced VHS copies. I will be continuously working on replacing highly used VHS films with DVD copies, so please let me know if there is a film that you can no longer use because your classroom does not have a VCR.   



Contact Us:
   Amy Trepal
Amy Trepal
Manager - Educational Films
Room 317
Thomas Cooper Library 803-777-2858 
Featured Film:

The Atomic Cafe 


A compilation of archival film clips beginning with the first atomic bomb detonation in the New Mexico desert. The footage, much of it produced as government propaganda, follows the story of the bomb through the two atomic attacks on Japan that ended World War II to the bomb's central role in the cold war. Shown along with the famous 'duck and cover' Civil Defense films are lesser-known clips, many of which possess a bizarre black humor when seen today.

Film Suggestion?

If you know of a new film that you would like us to add to the collection please send me an e-mail  including the title, director, year, and any other information that will help in finding the film.

Educational Film Database:
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  New films acquired during March 2012.
All About My Mother

A woman must come to terms with the death of her 17-year-old son and her past when she seeks out her son's father. Spanish Language

Archer, The Complete Season One  


At ISIS, an international spy agency, global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other. 

Archer, The Complete Season Two

Sterling Archer, the world's most dangerous spy, and his snarky ISIS cohorts are back for another outrageously raunchy season of international espionage and hilarious inter-office intrigue! When he's not busy foiling eco-terrorist threats ...  

As You Like It


Presents a dramatization of William Shakespeare's play, a pastoral romance set in the Forest of Arden in medieval France.

The Atomic Cafe 


 A compilation of archival film clips beginning with the first atomic bomb detonation in the New Mexico desert. The footage, much of it produced as government propaganda, follows the story of the bomb through the two atomic attacks on Japan that ended World War II to the bomb's central role in the cold war. Shown along with the famous 'duck and cover' Civil Defense films are lesser-known clips, many of which possess a bizarre black humor when seen today.

Before Night Falls  


Victimized by a government that banned his books and jailed him for a crime he didn't commit, poet Reinaldo Arenas endured unspeakable persecution in a courageous stand against censorship and oppression. Without a country, but not without integrity, he fled to America where he continued to fight for personal expression and produced a stirring body of work.



A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

Beyond the Classroom: Jamaica 


During spring break 2009, ten University of South Carolina students stayed in a rural area of Jamaica as part of a service learning course. They spent most of their time in the rural towns of Galway and Petersfield in the Westmoreland ...  

Desk Set 


A classic Hepburn-Tracy romance, about the head of the research department at a TV network and an absent-minded computer genius.

Domestic Violence 


Statistics have shown that 80 percent of men are batterers towards the women they love. The Domestic Abuse Center in Columbia works with batterers. Find out how they receive help. Guests Include: Dwight Jackson Counselor, Domestic Abuse Center, Lloyd Thomas Fox.

The English Patient 


During World War II, a mysterious stranger is rescued from a fiery plane crash. The American allies care for him and the dangerous secrets from his past come to light.

Errol Morris' First Person 


Errol Morris brings his unrivalled talents to the small screen for a stylized series of intimate interviews with a unique and fascinating array of people.

Freedom Riders   


The story of the integrated group of college students who decided in tFreedom Ridershe spring of 1961 to ride a Greyhound bus from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans to bring attention to racial inequity in the United States. Recounts the hostile reception they received in the segregated South, the support they gradually achieved from civil rights leaders and organizations, and how their actions eventually forced the United States government to enforce the law regarding desegregation in interstate travel and public accommodations.


The Help 


In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women... 

The House of the Spirits 


Esteban works hard and eventually gets enough money to buy a hacienda and become a local patriarch. He becomes very conservative and is feared by his workers.

Jokes & Their Relation to the Unconscious 


A comic stage presentation that attempts to explain humor by discussing, demonstrating, disemboweling and dissecting theories of humor from Freud, to Henri Bergson to Milton Berle.  

Kill Bill Kill Bill Vol. 2 


The Bride continues on her deadly pursuit of her former partners in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, who, in a furious assault, attempted to murder her and her unborn child on her wedding day. As the Bride faces off against allies-turned-nemeses Budd and Elle, she flashes back to the day of her deadly wedding. We learn how she was recruited and trained and about her relationship with Squad leader Bill.



Small-town detective John Klute comes to New York to investigate the disappearance of a friend. The trail leads to Bree Daniels, a call girl, with whom Klute falls in love. She is being stalked by a psychotic murderer.

The Lottery 


In the United States, 58 percent of African-American fourth graders are functionally illiterate. When the failures of the traditional public school system are uncovered, it is revealed that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to ... 

The Merry Wives of Windsor  

Sir John Falstaff, knowing that Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page control the money in their respective households, decides to seduce them, but they learn of his scheme and resolve to make a fool of him. A comic series of disguises ...

Midnight in Paris 


A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

Much Ado About Nothing 


Claudio and Hero are engaged, but the jealous Don John tries to thwart the wedding by denouncing Hero as unchaste. Meanwhile, Beatrice and Benedick, who scorn each other, become betrothed as a result of the schemes of their friends.

Norma Rae 


Norma Rae, the Southern millworker who revolutionizes a small town and discovers a power in herself she never knew she had. Under the guidance of a New York ...  

Northwest Passage 


An American historical drama about a group of settlers known as Rogers' Rangers--led by Major Rogers --and the hardships of survival and battles with hostile Indians, they encounter in trying to settle the upper New York state area for their families in the late 1750s and early 1760s.

Out of Sight   


A career bank robber busts out of jail with the help of his buddy and kidnaps a U.S. Marshal in the process. When the two cons head for Detroit to pull off their final big heist, the Marshal is put on their case but she finds she is attracted to one of them and has second thoughts about bringing them in.

Paris is Burning 


The "unblinking behind-the-scenes story of the fashion-obsessed New Yorkers who created 'voguing' and drag balls, and turned these raucous celebrations into a powerful expression of fierce personal pride."



Rango is a lizard who imagines himself an actor who literally breaks the fourth wall of his terrarium when the hatchback car in which he is riding swerves and sends him careening. Abandoned in the desert amid the shards of his ...

Red Road 


Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a...

El Sistema 


Venezuela has a unique system of music education, taking children from violent slums of Caracas and turns some of them into world-class musicians. Shows how Venezuelan visionary Jose Antonio Abreu has changed the lives of ...  

Step Up 


Tyler is a rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore¹s tracks. The only thing that stands between him and an unfulfilled life are his dreams of one day making it out of there. Nora is a privileged ballet dancer attending an elite school of dance in Baltimore. The only thing standing in the way of her brilliant future is finding a great dance partner for her senior ... 


Strawberry & Chocolate 


A college student on his own for the first time learns about the passion of love and life from two new friends. Spanish Language

The Taming of the Shrew 


The marriage of two strong-minded people provides the spark for a comic confrontation between the sexes: The "shrew," Katharina, is so ill-tempered she seems unlikely to find a husband. Her father refuses to let her younger sister ...  

Top Hat Top Hat 


Rogers and Astaire are caught up in a mistaken identity plot, in which Rogers assumes that Astaire is already married, and is alternatively charmed and repelled by his advances.


This Black Soil 


Chronicles the successful struggle of Bayview, Virginia, a small and severely impoverished rural African-American community to overcome the state of Virginia's plans for building a prison in their backyard, and under the leadership of visionary women, building a new community from the grounds up.

The Transformation 


Follows Ricardo, a homeless, HIV-positive transvestite prostitute as he rejects his street life to join a group of Born Again Christians from Dallas, Texas in an effort to transform his life from that of a homosexual to a heterosexual. He ends up marrying a woman and returns to the New York streets to proselytize among his former associates.

US Navy Carriers 


This DVD traces the rise of the biggest warships in the world as the United States air power went from early biplanes landing on converted battleships to the huge modern supercarriers of today.

Viva Zapata! 


Emiliano Zapata, an ally of Pancho Villa, leads the Mexican peasants in a bloody revolt against an oppressive government and overthrows President Díaz.