Notable Videos for Adults

About the Notable Videos for Adults
Notable Videos for Adults is a list of 15 outstanding programs released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults.

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Always In Season

(2019, dir. Jacqueline Olive) 90 minutes. Multitude Films. DVD. Available from Good Docs. CC. In 2014, an African-American teenager, Lennon Lacy, was found dead, hanging from a swing set. Ruled a suicide, Lacy’s family and others seek justice, believing his death was the result of a lynching.The film explores this tragedy in the context of the legacy of lynching in America.

Crime + Punishment

2018, dir. Stephen Maing) 112 minutes. Hulu. DVD. Available from Good Docs. CC. Follows the officers of the “NYPD 12” on their mission to expose administrative corruption in the New York City Police Department and the effects of it’s illegal quota system targeting communities of color.

Dawnland: A Documentary about Cultural Survival and Stolen Children

(2018, dir. Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip) 86 minutes. Upstander Project. DVD and Blu-ray. Available from CC. Gripping testimonies from Native Americans and the first U.S. government-endorsed truth and reconciliation commission, as they seek facts and healing following decades of white assimilationist child welfare policies, tribal disintegration, and family separation within the territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy in Maine.

Hail Satan?

(2019, dir. Penny Lane) 95 minutes. Magnolia Pictures. DVD. Available from various distributors. CC. The separation of church and state is at the heart of this documentary about the subversive and often humorous activities of The Satanic Temple and its members.

It Must Schwing!

The Blue Note Story (2019, dir. Eric Friedler) 115 minutes. Studio Hamburg Enterprises. DVD and Blu-ray. Available from various distributors. CC. Through performances and interviews, learn about Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two jazz lovers who emigrated to the United States and started Blue Notes Records, promoting exceptional artists, advanced recording techniques and artistic freedom.

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

(2019, dir. Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman) 95 minutes. Greenwich Entertainment. DVD and Blu-ray. Available from various distributors. CC. Linda narrates this documentary starting with her early Stone Poney days through the 70s and 80s as a “rock queen.” Both concert clips and interviews add to show a woman challenged by Parkinsons who cares deeply about the music.


(2019, dir. Alex Holmes) 97 minutes. Sony Pictures Classics. DVD and Blu-ray. Available from various distributors. CC. Traces the inspirational story of the pioneering all-woman crew, led by 24-year-old Tracy Edwards, and their quest to compete in the 1989 Whitbread Around the World yacht race.

Personal Statement

(2018, dir. Juliane Dressner & Edwin Martinez) 87 minutes. Reify Films. DVD. Available from Good Docs and various distributors. English & Spanish with Spanish subtitles. CC. Highlights harsh realities facing low-income high school students in Brooklyn, New York, as they act as guidance counselors to their classmates and prepare themselves for application to college.

Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins

(2019, dir. Janice Engel) 93 minutes. Magnolia Pictures. DVD. Available from various distributors. CC. With high intellect and razor-sharp Texas wit, Molly Ivins, national newspaper columnist and woman before her time, boldly confronts political scandal, abuse of power, and bad government.