ALA Video Round Table announces 2005 Notable Films for Adults

Contact: Larra Clark

ALA Media Relations


For Immediate Release

January 21, 2005

ALA Video Round Table announces 2005 Notable Films for Adults

BOSTON - The ALA Video Round Table Notable Films Committee has compiled its 2005 list of Notable Films for Adults. Selections were made during the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The annual list recognizes non-feature titles that expand viewer knowledge on new or difficult topics; contribute to the resolution of contemporary problems; expand the boundaries of visual media and artistic and technical merit. Titles are nominated by librarians nationwide, and are screened and discussed by eight committee members representing academic and public libraries. The purpose of the "Notable Films" list is to call attention to outstanding programs produced during the last two years.

The winning titles are:

  • "Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story," Dir. Bonnie Kreps, 75 min. NdiMedia
  • "Beah: A Black Woman Speaks," Dir. LisaGay Hamilton, 90 min. Women Make Movies
  • "Be Good, Smile Pretty," Dir. Tracy Droz Tragos, 56 min. Docurama
  • "Farmingville," Dir. Catherine Tambini, Carlos Sandoval, 78 min. Docurama,
  • "No Secret Anymore," Dir. Joan E. Biren, 57 min. Frameline.
  • "Point of Attack," Dir. Cathleen Foster, 46 min. Cinema Guild
  • "A Place of Our Own," Dir. Stanley Nelson, 60 min. Firelight Media Inc. Avail. June 2005
  • "Rivers And Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time," Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer, 90 min. Docurama
  • "Shelter Dogs," Dir. Cynthia Wade, 72 min. Red Hen Productions
  • "Super Size Me!" Dir. Morgan Spurlock, 100 min. Hart/Sharp Video
  • "Trembling Before G-d." Dir. Sandi Simcha Dubowski, 84 min. New Yorker.
  • "Unchained Memories," Dir. Ed Bell, Thomas Lennon, 75 min. HBO
  • "Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (2004 Campaign Edition)," Dir. Richard Ray Perez, Joan Sekler, 52 min. Shout! Factory/Sony Music Entertainment
  • "The Weather Underground," Dir. Sam Green, 90 min. Docurama,
  • "Winsor McCay," Prod. Anke Mebold, Dennis Doros, John Canemaker, 100 min. Milestone, VHS or DVD, $29.95; 800-603-1104.

An annotated list will appear in the February 15 issue of Booklist. For more information regarding nomination, selection, current and past lists, please see the VRT Web site at

2005 Notable Films for Adults selection committee members include: Chair, Lori Stevens, Utah Valley State College Library, Orem, Utah; Steve Brantley, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, Chicago; John DeSantis Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, N.H.; Fang Gu, California State University Sacramento Library, Sacramento, Calif.; Blane Halliday Collier County Public Library, Naples, Fla.; Cecilia Hurt, Flower Mound Public Library, Denton, Texas; Vicki Nesting, East Regional Library St. Charles Parish, Destrehan, La.; Marc Sober, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Md.; Monique Threatt, Indiana University at Bloomington Library, Bloomington, Ind.