Friday, June 22, 2012

A Bucket of Blood


Source: YouTube

In 1959, with fifty-thousand dollars and a five-day shooting schedule, Roger Corman wanted to break from shooting straight horror films, and set out to create a horror film infused with black comedic elements while also satirizing the beatnik, “art house” culture. With its low production value and farcical elements, A Bucket of Blood set the tone (which Corman sharpened the following year with The Little Shop of Horrors) not only for later horror-comedies, but for the boom in exploitation and grindhouse films of the 60s and 70s as well.

From Internet Movie Database:
At the time of its original release there was a promotion in the newspaper's movie section advertisements that made the offer, “If You Bring In A Bucket Of Blood To Your Local Theater's Management (Or Ticket Booth), You Will Be Given One Free Admission.”

Resources:

In the Library:
  • Corman, Roger, and Jim Jerome. 1990. How I made a hundred movies in Hollywood and never lost a dime. New York: Random House. [Link: WorldCat]
  • Fischer, Dennis. 1991. Horror film directors, 1931-1990. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. [Link: WorldCat]
  • Dittman, Michael J. 2007. Masterpieces of Beat literature. Greenwood introduces literary masterpieces. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. [Link: NetLibrary]

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Terrorizing Dissent




Source: YouTube (pt1, pt2, pt3)

“Glass Bead Collective, Twin Cities Indymedia, and other independent media activists have released a new film, 'Terrorizing Dissent', an exposé of events at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“Featuring first-person accounts and footage from more than forty cameras on the streets, 'Terrorizing Dissent' focuses on the story of dissent suppressed. People charged with "conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism" speak out against the government's campaign to manipulate media coverage and label civil disobedience and community organizing as terrorism.”
Cut from hundreds of hours of donated footage, "Terrorizing Dissent" has been released for free on the Internet in HD, FLV and Quicktime formats, under the Creative Commons / CopyLeft license, and its producers encourage everyone to share this important film.

Resources:

In the Library:
  • Krüger, Marlis, and Frieda Silvert. 1975. Dissent denied: the technocratic response to protest. New York: Elsevier.[link: WorldCat]
  • Meyer, David S., Nancy Whittier, and Belinda Robnett. 2002. Social movements: identity, culture, and the state. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Stephens, Julie. 1998. Anti-disciplinary protest: sixties radicalism and postmodernism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Trodd, Zoe. 2006. American protest literature. The John Harvard library. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Woodcock, George. 1977. The Anarchist reader. Hassocks, Eng: Harvester Press.[link: WorldCat]
  • Young, Alfred Fabian. 1968. Dissent. Explorations in the history of American radicalism. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press. [link: WorldCat]

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Living Canvas: A Tattoo Documentary


This is a tattoo documentary on the art of tattoos, the people who have them, and their part in society as individuals like any other person.

Source: YouTube

Resources:

In the Library:
  • Rio, Dale. Tatoo. Courage Books [WorldCat]
  • Pitts-Taylor, Victoria. In The Flesh : The Cultural Politics of Body Modification. Palgrave Macmillan. [GN419.15 .P57 2003]
  • Griffin, Karol. Skin Deep : Tattoos, The Disappearing West, Very Bad Men, and My Deep Love For Them All. Harcourt [WorldCat]
  • Lloyd, J.D. Body Piercing and Tattoos. Greenhaven Press. [GT2345 .B63 2003]
  • Gay, Kathlyn. Body Marks : Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarification. Millbrook Press. [GN419.5 .G39 2002]
  • Miller, Jean-Chris. The Body Art Book : A Complete, Illustrated Guide To Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Modifications. Berkeley Books [WorldCat]
  • Camphausen, Rufus C. Return Of The Tribal : A Celebration Of Body Adornment : Piercing, Tattooing, Scarification, Body Painting. Park Street Press. [WorldCat]
  • Hewitt, Kim. Mutilating the Body : Identity In Blood and Ink. Bowling Green State University Press. [WorldCat]
  • Wojcik, Daniel. Punk and Neo-Tribal Body Art. University Press of Mississippi.
    [WorldCat]
  • Sangl, Harry. The Blue Privilege : The Last Tatooed Maori Women : Te Kuia Moko. Richards Pub. in association with W. Collins [WorldCat]

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Who Wrote the Bible?


Source Google Video

Who Wrote The Bible takes an in depth view at the origins of the sources texts of the Bible. Dr. Robert Beckford journeys to Jerusalem, Rome and the USA (with a stopover in Walthamstow) consulting scholars and historians on the way. What comes to light is a history of revisions, integration of additional ideology and censorship, driven by an emerging Church with a strong religious and political agenda

Resources:

In the Library:

  • Friedman, Richard Elliott [1989]. Who Wrote The Bible? Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall [WorldCat]
  • Kugel, James L [1997] The Bible As It Was. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. [WorldCat]
  • Greenspahn, Frederick E. [2008]. The Hebrew Bible : New Insights and Scholarship. New York: New York University Press. [NetLibrary]
  • Kaltner, John [2008]. The Uncensored Bible : The Bawdy and Naughty Bits of the Good book. San Francisco: HarperOne. [WorldCat]
  • Brueggemann, Walter. [2003] An Introduction to the Old Testament : The Canon and Christian Imagination. Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press. [WorldCat]
  • VanderKam, James C [2002]. The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls : Their Significance for Understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus, and Christianity. San Francisco, Calif. : HarperSanFrancisco. [WorldCat]
  • Smith, Mark S [2001]. The Origins of Biblical Monotheism : Israel's Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts New York : Oxford University Press [WorldCat]
On the Web:

  • Gladden, Washington [1891]. Who Wrote the Bible? Boston: Houghton Mifflin. [GoogleBooks]

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Story of Stuff


Source: Metacafe (alternate: StoryOfStuff.Com, YouTube, Google Video)
Download: Quicktime

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

Resources:

In the Library:
  • Agyeman, Julian. 2005. Sustainable communities and the challenge of environmental justice. New York: New York University Press. [link: NetLibrary]
  • Boggs, Carl. 2000. The end of politics: corporate power and the decline of the public sphere. New York: Guilford Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Conkin, Paul Keith. 2007. The state of the Earth: environmental challenges on the road to 2100. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky. [link: WorldCat]
  • Dobson, Andrew. 1995. Green political thought. London: Routledge. [link: NetLibrary]
  • Klare, Michael T. 2001. Resource wars: the new landscape of global conflict. New York: Metropolitan Books. [link: WorldCat]
  • Ridgeway, James. 2004. It's all for sale: the control of global resources. Durham: Duke University Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Shabecoff, Philip, and Alice Shabecoff. 2008. Poisoned profits: the toxic assault on our children. New York: Random House. [link: WorldCat]
  • Steingraber, Sandra. 2001. Having faith: an ecologist's journey to motherhood. Cambridge, Mass: Perseus Pub. [link: WorldCat]
  • Sustainable Consumption, Ecology and Fair Trade. 2008. Routledge. [link: NetLibrary]

On the Web: