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May  2013

Hello Faculty,

This will be the last newsletter until August, I hope you had a good semester and were able to work some of the new films we got this year into your classes. Along with this last new list of films I wanted to let you know about two new streaming video databases we added to our collection within the last month. There are a lot of good films in both, some of which we already have in our collection and you may use, and let me know what you think.


Black Studies in Video - In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides unique access to their African American Classics collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.   


Ethnographic Video Online, Volume I - The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more.   


Have a great summer and I'll see you in August,



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

Sugar Cane Alley 


 The teenage life and adventures of young Josť, who lives in a shanty-town on Martinique in the mid-1930s, comprises the body of this film. Josť lives with his grandmother and is well aware of the French colonial presence. He gets into mischief, learns valuable lessons on living from an old former slave, drinks too much one time, and even sets fire to one of the run-down shanties. Regardless of his pranks, Josť never neglects his education. French dialogue

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:
Want to search what we already have? Visit the Educational Film Database and search our film collection in a variety of ways including title, language, or genre


  New films acquired during April 2013.

 The Adventures of Aquaman 


When fiendish foes and marine menaces threaten the peaceful undersea world of the lost city of Atlantis, Aquaman, King of the Seven Seas, dives to the rescue, aided by teen hero Aqualad and their aquatic friends Tusky, Storm, and Imp.  

Adventures of Captain Marvel 


The world's mightiest mortal battles the evil Scorpion, a hooded villain intent on obtaining six optical lenses that turn ordinary stones into gold! 

Adventures of Superman, Complete First Season adventures of superman  


It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! This is the first Superman TV series!    

After Kony 


It follows a team of actors, playwrights, and activists who use theater to help Ugandan teens share their story of resilience through a childhood filled with terror caused by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army. Many of the teens were former child soldiers or sex slaves that escaped from their Lord's Resistance Army abductors. By dramatizing their stories, the teens are able to explore their traumatic past, as well as share their voices with the community and the world.




Wesley Snipes stars as the tortured soul Blade -- half man, half immortal. Blade sharpens his lethal skills under the guidance of Whistler, his mentor, guardian, and fellow hunter of the night. When the bloodthirsty Immortals' lord, Deacon Frost declares war on the human race, Blade is humanity's last hope for survival.

Blade II  Blade II


The legendary "daywalker" Blade must join forces with a high-powered team of vampires to take on a fearsom threat more deadly than either has seen before. These unlikely allies must stop a race of super-vampires intent on destroying everyone in their path - human or vampire.

Blade Trinity  blade Trinity  


A group of vampires resurrect "Drake" the all-powerful Count Dracula. Teaming up with the Nightstalkers, a group of similar-minded hunters, Blade is ready for battle. A scientist creates a potion that can kill Drake and the entire bloodsucking race.

Captain America 


March, 1942. 90-pound weakling Steve Rogers doggedly attempts to enlist in the army, only to be repeatedly classified 4F. Rogers' determination and decency come to the attention of Dr. Abraham Erskine of the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Rogers is the first test subject for Erskine's super-soldier serum, which transforms him utterly. When the program is abruptly ended, Rogers becomes Captain America--touring America to sell war bonds.

DC Super Heroes, The Filmation Adventures  DC super heroes


Contains 18 animated shorts featuring classic DC heroes such as Superman, the Flash, the Green Lantern, and others.

The Fall of the House of Usher 


As a young aristocrat makes progress on a portrait of his wife, her life ebbs away.   French Intertitles

Game of Thrones, Season 1 

  Games of thrones

Set in a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne. This is a story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die.

Game of Thrones, Season 2 

  Game of thrones 2

Kings from across the continent of Westeros vie for the Iron Throne. As winter approaches, the cruel young Joffrey sits upon the Throne in King's Landing, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and his uncle Tyrion, who has been appointed the new Hand of the King. But the Lannister hold on power is under assault on many fronts, with two Baratheons donning crowns, and Robb Stark fighting as the King in the North.

The Great Depression 


From the events that triggered the Black Tuesday collapse of the stock market to the myriad federal programs initiated to revive the economy, the program provides an excellent overview of the Great Depression.

Gunvor Nelson: Departures 


A collection of short films by Gunvor Nelson who "is a painter, photographer and master of personal film and video. A celebrated artist in her native Sweden, she pioneered personal filmmaking in California from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Heroes, Season 1 


Niki harbors a secret dark side, cheerleader Claire heals from any injury, Japanese Dilbert Hiro can bend time and space, Senatorial candidate Nathan is able to fly, his brother Peter can copy others' powers, Matt is a cop who can read minds, and junkie artist Isaac sees the future.

Heroes, Season 2 


Hiro is in ancient China where he meets his childhood hero Takezo Kensei. Parkman finds out that his father is Molly's nightmareman. Sylar is back but powerless, but proves that he is just as dangerous even without his powers. He meets a women with a dangerous power. She's a good person but her powers kill people and only her brother's power can control her.

Heroes, Season 3 


Nathan creates a secret government program to hunt and capture people with superhuman abilities that gets out of his control, while those with abilities fight or flee. Peter struggles with his limited powers, and Hiro struggles with his lack of powers. Sylar searches for his father and has a run in with the government program, but makes a different decision than any of the other superpowered people.

Heroes, Season 4 


As the Heroes mourn fallen friends and face dangerous new foes, prepare for a wild ride filled with shocking twists and turns, through an ominous funhouse that culminates in a brave new world.

Jordan Belson: 5 Essential Films 


Experiemental mood or meditation shorts, these films comprise abstract light patterns and music without plot, characters, or dialogue of any kind.

Len Lye 


Experimental films of Len Lye (1901-1980), who pioneered "direct film," film made without a camera, by painting and scratching images directly onto celluloid, by reworking found footage, by casting shadows of objects onto unexposed film, and by experimenting with a number of early color techniques.

Les Miserables 


In early 19th century France the paroled prisoner Jean Valjean seeks redemption, regains his social standing, and rises to the rank of mayor. He encounters a beautiful but desperately ill woman named Fantine and cares ...

Life of Pi 


A young Pi Patel, overcoming a cataclysmic shipwreck, finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the last survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.



A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, ...

Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman, Season 1  


Notable highlights include an episode in which a program to build aLois & Clarkn international space station is threatened by sabotage. Another where Superman encounters Kryptonite for the first time. Then there is the episode where Superman is suspected of causing a heatwave and jailed for using his powers. Lois and Clark share a hotel suite whilst investigating high level political corruption. Superman intercepts an asteroid and suffers memory loss. And the Daily Planet is shut down and Lex proposes to Lois, threatening to split Lois and Clark up forever.

Los Pioneros 


Bolivian soap opera.  

Spanish dialogue 

The New Adventures of Superman  New adventures of superman


Superman defeats out-of-this-world dangers like Mermen living beneath the Earth's core, energy-controlling aliens and time-traveling magicians. Favorite villains the Toyman, Brainiac and archnemesis Lex Luthor also challenge the Man of Steel, but he doles out justice with a simple mantra. These adventures were the first time that Superman (and his alter ego Clark Kent), Lois Lane, and Perry White had been seen in animated form.

Notes on Marie Menken 


Profiles avant-garde filmmaker Marie Menken, who pioneered non-narrative film methods. In 1937 she married poet Willard Maas and in 1943 was the camera person on his film The geography of the body. After that she began to make her own short films.

The Phantom of the Operator 


Using found footage, this documentary reveals a little known chapter in industrial history: the story of female telephone operators' central place in the development of global communications. The film assembles together hundreds of North American industrial films produced by Bell Labs.

Second Skin 


Second Skin examines online computer games as well as the personal lives of various dedicated gamers. Through interviews and direct involvement, the documentary provides details on how "MMORPG's" ...

Smallville, The Complete Second Season  Smallville


Includes all 23 episodes of season two in this spectacular series that provides a fascinating spin on Superman lore. Also includes deleted scenes and audio commentaries.

Static Shock, The New Kid  Statis Chock


Virgil Hawkins is a mild-mannered teen who happens to get himself into the wrong place at the time when a chemical explosion rocks the streets of Dakota City. Now Virgil's got a super hero gig as Static, a superhuman with electromagnetic superpowers. Virgil gains his powers and discovers the city has other metahumans - and not all of them are good guys.

The Story of Film 


The story of film: an odyssey, written and directed by award-winning film-maker Mark Cousins, is the story of international cinema told through the history of cinematic innovation.

Superman  Superman


A child from a dying planet is sent to Earth, where he is brought up by human parents and poses as a newspaper reporter, becoming Superman when necessary to use his special powers to save others.

Superman II 


Unwittingly released from Phantom Zone imprisonment, three super-powered Planet Krypton criminals plan to enslave Earth. At the same time, Superman decides to show a more romantic side of himself to Lois Lane.

Sugar Cane Alley  


The teenage life and adventures of young Josť, who lives in a shanSugar Cane Alleyty-town on Martinique in the mid-1930s, comprises the body of this film. Josť lives with his grandmother and is well aware of the French colonial presence. He gets into mischief, learns valuable lessons on living from an old former slave, drinks too much one time, and even sets fire to one of the run-down shanties. Regardless of his pranks, Josť never neglects his education. French dialogue

Vicious Circle 


R.J. is an artist and skater with a heart of gold. After he moves to New York City to pursue his dream of creating comic books, he meets Angel, a rebellious singer in a local teenage punk band. Their unexpected story of true love causes ...



In the United States, costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society. But, when one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up, but no less determined, masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover the plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes.



An assassination attempt is made on the life of the president by a teleporting mutant. This act upsets the entire world and entices the president to begin the mutant-human war as predicted by Charles Xavier earlier. In an effort ...