Monday, October 30, 2006

Online event of the day: Vampire Blog-a-Thon

The blood begins to fly at 1:00pm today. Discussions of all things Desmodontinae (vampire bat) on film. AU literature professor Jeffrey Middents contributes a piece on Spanish-language Dracula.

For more information see-
the Vampire Blog-a-Thon link
Jeffrey Middents' "Drácula sounds much better with an accent" link

Media Services own vampire collection-
Bram Stoker's Dracula [1992] (DVD 2048)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer [TV series] (DVD 797 - 802)
Cronos [1992] (DVD 856)
Dracula [1931] (VHS 5739)
Dracula [1931], Dracula's Daughter [1936], Son of Dracula [1943], House of Dracula [1945] (DVD 862)
Dracula: pages from a virgin's diary [2002] (DVD 901)
Genuine : the tale of a vampire included with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari [1920] (DVD 496)
Interview With the Vampire [1994] (DVD 1366)
Irma Vep [1996] (DVD 12)
Near Dark [1987] (DVD 483)
Nosferatu [1922] (DVD 393, HOME USE COLLECTION VHS 4025)
Nosferatu the vampire [1972] (VHS 5248)
Le Vampire in Avant garde: experimental cinema of the 1920s and ’30s [1939] (DVD 1339)
Les Vampires [1915-1916] (DVD 414, HOME USE COLLECTION VHS 5431)
Vampire princess Miyu. Vol. 2 [1988] (VHS 5007)
Vampyr [1932] (VHS 3802)

Thursday, October 19, 2006

New library addition: Our Brand is Crisis

For many years American political strategists have consulted on the campaigns of presidential hopefuls in other countries, discreetly molding the opnions of the voting puplic, spreading US-style politicking around the world.

This riveting documentary follows James Carville and a team of consultants as they help Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada become president of Bolivia. The same high-tech marketing strategies and images used to promote McDonald's prove just as effective in altering the political future of another country.

DVD 2193

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Cool classic short now online: Sour Death Balls

Academy award winning documentary director Jessica Yu first made a splash with this elegantly simple 1992 film of an array of people suffering through an intensely sour candy experience. Picture an Andy Warhol screen test series that's suitable for kids.


Notable new addition to AU Faculty: Filmmaker Louis Massiah

Massiah has joined the faculty of the School of Communication. Much of Massiah's work covers subjects related to social activism. He produced and wrote Power!: 1967-1968 (VHS 7409) and A Nation of Law?: 1968-1971 (VHS 7412), both part of the Eyes on the Prize II series, which is soon to be released on DVD. Another of his films in the Media Services collection is W.E.B. Du Bois, a biography in four voices (VHS 6900).

Friday, October 06, 2006

Online video discovery: AIR: America's Investigative Reports

I've been captivated by the above-mentioned series on PBS in case you hadn't yet discovered it. What I like about it is the focus is on the craft of journalism using ground-breaking current stories, such as the system-wide mismanagement of FEMA, as the context. It's largely about following leads, digging up sources, and the collaboration between journalists and editors in turning facts into stories with national impact.

It airs Friday nights at 10pm on most PBS affiliates but the episodes that have aired to date (four at this writing) can also be viewed in their entirety online on the Channel Thirteen website.