Grand Jury Prize winners

Prepare for Wednesday's program on the Sundance Film Festival by watching the following Grand Jury Prize winners since 2000:

2000: Girlfight and You Can Count on Me
2001: The Believer
2002: Personal Velocity
2003: American Splendor
2004: Primer
2005: Forty Shades of Blue (on order)

New Books to Film

A Pirate's Life For Me

If a sequel to the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl isn't enough (Pirates 2 opens next Friday), then avast ye, maties!: Pirates 3, currently filming, will include a cameo by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards as Johnny Depp's father. Depp has acknowledged he based his Oscar-nominated and sequel-spinning role as pirate Captain Jack Sparrow on the legendary rhythm guitarist. And as if to prove his worthiness of the homage, Richards recently fell out of a palm tree and underwent skull surgery. Word is he's doing fine and apparently looking forward to filming in September--just in time for Talk Like a Pirate Day!.

Lena Horne

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Lena Horne, great lady of song, was born 89 years ago on June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. Horne broke the color barrier in film by being the first African American woman to sign a long-term contract with MGM. In 1943, she became famous for her song, Stormy Weather, which she sang in the movie of the same name. Because of discrimination, Horne was never given a major role in any of her films except Cabin in the Sky.

Horne also

New and Notable Hindi Language Films

Below are a few award winning and recently purchased Hindi language DVDs in the Library's collection. Check out this catalog listing of our Hindi language titles or try a keyword search for "Hindi language" and choose "DVDs" from the Material Type box.

In Sholay, India's best-known "curry" western, two adventurous crooks are hired by an ex-cop to hunt down the dreaded dacoit who massacred his family.Dil Chahta Hai tells the story of three college friends who were inseparable despite their different conceptions of love. In Maya, a young woman's simple life in rural India is shattered when she becomes the victim of an ancient and brutal ritual. Parineeta tells the tale of two childhood neighbors whose path to matrimony is strewn with the usual round of family and business obstacles. "A treat for the eyes...high-end Bollywood near its best." (Variety)

Worldly Bits - Romani People

A History Of The Romani People is a NEW book on how Romani people live in Europe. You learn about these interesting people through photos, maps, and clear description. Wouldn't you wish to live in one of the painted wagon houses? Add music to the experience with the compact disc Latcho Drom. The documentary VHS Latcho Drom: Safe Journey is a memorable music and dance journey that follows Romani people from their origins in Rajasthan, as they blend cultures through Europe and North Africa.

And the Award for Most Annoying Film Character Ever Goes to...

...Jar Jar Binks, according to a poll of 5,000 movie fans on the UK movie rental site LoveFilm.com. Mr. Binks beat out many other contenders, including Andie MacDowell's Carrie from Four Weddings And A Funeral. Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean took third place, Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective came in fourth, and Ben Stiller's White Goodman in Dodgeball came in fifth.

Just in time for summer

It was 31 years ago on June 20, 1975, that the movie Jaws was released. With its tagline, "Don't go into the water," Steven Spielberg's thrilling and terrifying movie put fear into the hearts of swimmers for years to come. The movie, based on the book by Peter Benchley, used great special effects to show attacks by a great white shark on beach goers in New England. It won three Oscars and was a huge success at the box office.

To allay (or increase) your fears about these beasts, learn more about sharks in the recently published Sharks of the World by Leonard Compagno, which one reviewer on Amazon excitedly describes as "...the DEFINITIVE and COMPLETELY...EXHAUSTIVE shark guide."

Lost in the Woods

In this critically acclaimed film version of Carl Sams and Jean Stoick’s bestselling children’s book, a lost raccoon, Fernando Hernandafandavez--voiced by AADL staff member, Diego Ascani!--is confused by the signs of spring until he finally gets a little help from a wise old box turtle named Shirley. Using live action nature footage and photographic stills, filmmakers Laura and Robert Sams carefully match up the characters' dialogue and movements on screen for a fun and clever way to teach young viewers about animal behavior and their environment.

A great weekend watch!

Boondock Saints is a great movie for anyone who enjoyed Pulp Fiction, or my personal favorite, Reservoir Dogs. This strangely religious tale is about two brothers who kill two mofia "bad guys" in self defense, and are seen as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start killing off mofia members one after another. Willem Dafoe play the detective trying to catch these killers, however the closer he gets to catching them, the more he starts to believe they may be doing the right thing. If you are looking for a thrilli

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