2006 Selected Videos and DVDs for Young Adults

Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story. 24min. Bullfrog, VHS and DVD, $195 each. 800-543-3764.

When Dodger Stadium went up, an entire community was moved out. Race and urban development during the McCarthy era are explored in this combination of pictorial history and present-day video accounts from those who were displaced by eminent domain.

A Day So Beautiful. 15min. National Film Board of Canada, VHS and DVD, $89 each. 800-542-2164.

In a cocoon of isolation, Christopher can’t find happiness. What is keeping him from connecting with the rest of the world?.

Every Mother’s Son. 52min. New Day, VHS and DVD, High schools & public lib., $150 each; Colleges and univ., $250 each. 888-367-9154.

Three mothers whose sons were killed in instances of police brutality tell their heartbreaking stories and fight against injustice.

Invasion of the Space Lobsters. 7min. National Film Board of Canada, VHS and DVD, $89 each.

When lobsters from outer space crash a backyard barbecue on earth, everyone goes crazy trying to understand them. Wacky crustacean miscommunication ensues!

Ryan. 94min. National Film Board of Canada, DVD, $99.

Older teens will enjoy this surreal and highly artistic exploration of the human condition. The past meets future in both cutting-edge realism and retro animation from and about animator Ryan Larkin.

You Don’t Want to Live in My House. 30min. NEWIST/CESA 7, VHS and DVD, $149 each. www.storesonline.com/site/newistvideos.
When the bars slam shut, will your friends remember you? Inside the Green Bay Correctional Institution, young men are growing older as they serve varied sentences and find ways to survive the prison experience.

The Zit. 4min. Pipsqueak, $39.95. http://www.pipsqueakfilms.com/.

A fun-house look at acne and self perception. This animated short features a boy with a burning desire to look good for his school dance and the creativity and determination to make it happen.

 

Members of the 2005 include Shawn Thrasher, Monrovia, CA (chair); Jeri Triano, Pine Beach, NJ (administrative assistant); Bridgid Fennell, Glendale, CA; Erin Downey Howerton, Johnson County, KS; Jeanette Larson, Austin, TX; Catherine Lichtman, Plymouth, MI; Marc Laslow, Dover, DE; Micheline Ringrose, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada; John Sigwald, Plainview, TX and Derek Wilson, East Point, GA.