Happy Earth Month! Take a tour, see WALL-E, and more

If you’ve noticed all the mulch and plants on campus today, you’re probably aware that it’s Campus Beautification Day. In coordination with Office of Sustainability’s Earth Month, members of the AU community spent the morning recycling old electronics and prettifying campus. It’s part of a month-long series of events to celebrate AU’s commitment to going … Continue reading “Happy Earth Month! Take a tour, see WALL-E, and more”

If you’ve noticed all the mulch and plants on campus today, you’re probably aware that it’s Campus Beautification Day. In coordination with Office of Sustainability’s Earth Month, members of the AU community spent the morning recycling old electronics and prettifying campus. It’s part of a month-long series of events to celebrate AU’s commitment to going green.

We’re big on sustainability at the AU Library, so we wanted to let everyone in on the events happening this month. You can find a full list at the AU Earth Month website.

Most relevantly to Media Services, the University Center will be screening the eco-conscious Pixar hit WALL-E next Tuesday, April 23rd, in MGC 200 (time TBD). This is a great, fun way to celebrate the environment through film.

Hot Docs: The Uprising of ’34

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection. The Uprising of ’34 (DVD 10617) tells the story of a massive but largely unremembered textile worker strike from 1934. It was at the time the largest labor strike in the history of the United States and lasted for nearly a month, greatly … Continue reading “Hot Docs: The Uprising of ’34”

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection.

The Uprising of ’34 (DVD 10617) tells the story of a massive but largely unremembered textile worker strike from 1934. It was at the time the largest labor strike in the history of the United States and lasted for nearly a month, greatly impacting the South’s textile industry and ending in a major, lasting defeat for the unions in the South. This documentary interviews participants in the strike and explores the strike’s lasting but forgotten effects on the current state of labor unions.

Official description from the publisher’s website:

In 1934, Southern textile workers took the lead in a nationwide strike that saw half a million walk off their jobs in the largest single-industry strike in the history of the United States. For a time, these new union members, in response to New Deal legislation, stood up for their rights and became a force to be reckoned with in the South. Then management moved in and crushed the strike. Some mill workers were murdered, thousands more were blacklisted, and many were so intimidated that “union” became a dirty word in Southern communities for decades to come.

Barely publicized, rarely acknowledged in history books, the General Textile Strike of 1934 remains a stirring yet amazingly forgotten chapter in Southern history. The Uprising of ’34, a film by famed documentarian George Stoney and independent filmmakers Judith Helfand and Susanne Rostock, examines this hidden legacy of the labor movement in the South and its impact today.

Sorry, VHS players. The Blu-rays are in!

For the longest time, Media Services has helped patrons view movies on-site with over a dozen DVD-VHS combo players. Sadly, they’re falling apart and hard to maintain, and fewer patrons are using VHSes now than even a few years ago. We’ve future-proofed ourselves by replacing the majority of our stations with new Blu-ray-DVD players. They’re … Continue reading “Sorry, VHS players. The Blu-rays are in!”

For the longest time, Media Services has helped patrons view movies on-site with over a dozen DVD-VHS combo players. Sadly, they’re falling apart and hard to maintain, and fewer patrons are using VHSes now than even a few years ago.

We’ve future-proofed ourselves by replacing the majority of our stations with new Blu-ray-DVD players. They’re smaller, faster, and have a number of built-in “smart” features (like Netflix playback) should we ever need those. Don’t worry: we’re keeping a couple VHS players around for those hard-to-find movies and special cases.

Come see them for yourself if you haven’t had to watch a movie recently. They’re pretty nice!

Finals approach, and it’s too hot out, so have a free movie!

It’s 86 degrees in Washington right now. Wasn’t it just snowing a few weeks ago? As the semester rolls to a close and summer is bounding over the horizon, you probably need an excuse to stay in and relax. You’re in luck: we’re giving away another batch of digital copies of movies! This time, you … Continue reading “Finals approach, and it’s too hot out, so have a free movie!”

It’s 86 degrees in Washington right now. Wasn’t it just snowing a few weeks ago? As the semester rolls to a close and summer is bounding over the horizon, you probably need an excuse to stay in and relax.

You’re in luck: we’re giving away another batch of digital copies of movies! This time, you could win…

To enter the giveaway, tell us your favorite summer movie in the comments. We’ll randomly select five winners next wees from our social media and in-person entries.
Good luck, and stay cool!

EDIT: The giveaway is now over.

New Acquisitions – April 2013

We’re at the end of our purchasing season, so we’re adding one more batch of new titles for the semester. We have a couple Oscar nominees (Les Misérables, Anna Karenina, Life of Pi, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), a few enlightening documentaries (including biographies of famous composers and an economist), some movies we probably … Continue reading “New Acquisitions – April 2013”

We’re at the end of our purchasing season, so we’re adding one more batch of new titles for the semester. We have a couple Oscar nominees (Les Misérables, Anna Karenina, Life of Pi, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), a few enlightening documentaries (including biographies of famous composers and an economist), some movies we probably should’ve had by now (the first Ice Age and The Ring), and a few… weird ones. Anyone up for Pocahontas II?

Point being, it was an interesting month.

Read on for a full list…

Home Use Collection:

The Dreamlife of Angels – HU DVD 205
More Than a Month – HU DVD 245
Les Misérables – HU DVD 254
Les Misérables – HU BLU 254
It All Starts Today – HU DVD 492
Born into Brothels – HU DVD 1518
Girl Model – HU DVD 1787
The Bay – HU DVD 2799
The Point – HU DVD 3294
Ice Age – HU DVD 3295
Prince Among Slaves – HU DVD 4049
Prizzi’s Honor – HU DVD 4222
NOVA: Mind of a Serial Killer – HU DVD 4223
Inventing Our Life – HU DVD 4224
Escape Fire – HU DVD 4312
Letters from Iran – HU DVD 4313
The Ring – HU DVD 4314
Veep, Season 1 – HU DVD 5977
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World – HU DVD 11013
Koran by Heart – HU DVD 11014
Snow White and the Huntsman – HU DVD 11015
Snow White and the Huntsman – HU BLU 11015
Rambo: First Blood – HU DVD 11018
The Abolitionists – HU DVD 11020
Brave – HU DVD 11021
Anna Karenina – HU DVD 11022
The Education of Michelle Rhee – HU DVD 11023
The Pirates! Band of Misfits – HU DVD 11024
Predators in Paradise – HU DVD 11025
ParaNorman – HU DVD 11030
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World – HU DVD 11032
Mulan II – HU DVD 11034
Chicken with Plums – HU DVD 11035
Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film – HU DVD 11036
Oslo, August 31st – HU DVD 11037
To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America – HU DVD 11038
Secret Beyond the Door – HU DVD 11039
The Intouchables – HU DVD 11040
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – HU DVD 11041
Silicon Valley: Where the Future Was Born – HU DVD 11042
Beverly Hills Cop – HU DVD 11043
Beverly Hills Cop II – HU DVD 11044
Beverly Hills Cop III – HU DVD 11045
Life of Pi – HU DVD 11046
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – HU DVD 11048
The Sessions – HU DVD 11049
This is Not a Film – HU DVD 11050
Somewhere Between – HU DVD 11051
9 1/2 Weeks – HU DVD 11052

In-Library Titles:

Why Men Pay for It – DVD 11012
Catching Up – DVD 11028
Me, Myself, Not I – DVD 11029

Music Library:

Johannes Brahms: Keeper of the Classical Flame – MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 351
Gustav Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius – MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 352

Media Services joins the library on a Muslim Journey

As part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, American University is participating in Muslim Journeys, part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program. In addition to a number of new book acquisitions and a series of discussions from AU professors and scholars, Media Services has acquired three … Continue reading “Media Services joins the library on a Muslim Journey”

As part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, American University is participating in Muslim Journeys, part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program. In addition to a number of new book acquisitions and a series of discussions from AU professors and scholars, Media Services has acquired three new titles in conjunction with the program.

We encourage you to check out these new films that present, in the words of the Bridging Cultures program, “new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.”

Prince Among Slaves – HU DVD 4049
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World – HU DVD 11013
Koran by Heart – HU DVD 11014

The Invisible War screening on campus tonight at 8pm

The Invisible War, the 2012 documentary about sexual assault in the US military, has made significant waves in the military community since its release; then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta used the film as a starting point for broader program to address sexual assault in the military. It’s a powerful documentary. It may be emotionally difficult … Continue reading “The Invisible War screening on campus tonight at 8pm”

The Invisible War, the 2012 documentary about sexual assault in the US military, has made significant waves in the military community since its release; then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta used the film as a starting point for broader program to address sexual assault in the military. It’s a powerful documentary. It may be emotionally difficult to watch (trigger warning), but there’s a reason it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary this year.

Tonight, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Wellness Center (in sponsorship with many on-campus groups) will screen The Invisible War in the Ward Circle Building, Room 1 at 8pm. The film will be preceded by a panel discussion about institutional responses to sexual assault at 7pm.

This is an important if difficult film that deserves to be watched. Use this opportunity on campus if you’re able.

After a busy semester, what’s new from Media Services?

We’ve hit the end of the fiscal year, so we’ve temporarily stopped ordering new films. We’ve gotten many, many other interesting titles in the past month, so you can expect another New Acquisitions post shortly. In the meantime, we wanted to alert you to some of the big new titles trickling into our collections. Patrons … Continue reading “After a busy semester, what’s new from Media Services?”

We’ve hit the end of the fiscal year, so we’ve temporarily stopped ordering new films. We’ve gotten many, many other interesting titles in the past month, so you can expect another New Acquisitions post shortly.

In the meantime, we wanted to alert you to some of the big new titles trickling into our collections. Patrons frequently ask us what recent movies we’ve purchased, and although we try to post our newest titles once a month, the last month or two have been particularly busy for big new movies.

Here’s a rundown of the big movies we’ve purchased since the start of the semester. If you’re looking for something new and exciting in our collection, it’s probably one of these:

Les Misérables – HU DVD 254 (is it available?)
Les Misérables – HU BLU 254 (is it available?)
Skyfall – HU DVD 5001 (is it available?)
Argo – HU DVD 5555 (is it available?)
Argo – HU BLU 5555 (is it available?)
The Dark Knight Rises – HU DVD 10792 (is it available?)
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – HU DVD 10873 (is it available?)
Killer Joe – HU DVD 10876 (is it available?)
Looper – HU DVD 10899 (is it available?)
Flight – HU DVD 10946 (is it available?)
Flight – HU BLU 10946 (is it available?)
Holy Motors – HU DVD 11008 (is it available?)
The Master – HU DVD 11009 (is it available?)
Snow White and the Huntsman – HU DVD 11015 (is it available?)
Snow White and the Huntsman – HU BLU 11015 (is it available?)
Brave – HU DVD 11021 (is it available?)
Anna Karenina – HU DVD 11022 (is it available?)
The Pirates! Band of Misfits – HU DVD 11024 (is it available?)
ParaNorman – HU DVD 11030 (is it available?)
The Intouchables – HU DVD 11040 (is it available?)
Life of Pi – HU DVD 11046 (is it available?)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – HU DVD 11048 (is it available?)