Provided is a personal and touching journey that takes an unflinching look into the lives of Eva Markvoort and her two online friends, who are all battling cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease affecting the lungs and digestive system.
A patron recently told us how much they enjoyed the fictional British mini-series The Last Enemy. Set in a future England, the series explores themes of privacy and surveillance. This got us to thinking about documentaries that tackle some of the same issues that we have in our collection. Here’s a list:
We Live in Public - Director Ondi Timoner’s look at artist & futurist Josh Harris. The film showcases two experiments by Harris that deal with human surveillance and how people react when they are not allowed privacy.
Erasing David - British citizen David Bond tries an experiment to disappear for a month from his life in England, but he also hires two detectives to trail him. Will they catch up to him before the month is through?
Big Brother, Big Business - This is a special report produced by CNBC that explores the role of big business in collecting data, and how government can use this data. What are the benefits and risks that surveillance brings?
We recently added When Strangers Click to the DBRL collection. The film was broadcast on HBO in February and is the latest film directed by Robert Kenner, who also directed War Letters and Food, Inc. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Finding love has never been easy. But it’s also never been easier. Online dating sites thrive on the promise that dates and mates are just a click away – but are they? A documentary about the way we woo in a wired world.
Catfish (87 min.) is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue. Filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. Check out the trailer for the film below:
We are giving away a pair of free movie passes to Ragtag Cinema this month, with the winners being announced at the October 12th film. Be sure to register online for a chance to win the passes.
In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.
We’re teaming up with the One Read community reading project this month to show Talhotblond (83 min.), directed by Barbara Schroeder. This film delves into the dark consequences of sociopathic behavior and narcissism. This true story of a love triangle takes place entirely online. Lies lead to murder as a teenage vixen (screen name ‘talhotblond’) lures men into her web. Drawing from exclusive access to Internet messages, secret letters, police evidence files and prison interviews, “Talhotblond” details the horrific results of getting entangled in online lies. Please note that this film contains adult content; viewer discretion advised.
This free movie will be shown Wednesday, September 29th at 7pm in the Columbia Public Library’s Friends Room. There will be a discussion after the film. Check out the film trailer below: