YALSA announces winners of best videos and DVDs for young adults

Contact: Nichole Gilbert


For Immediate Release
February 1, 2005

YALSA announces winners of best videos

and DVDs for young adults

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2005 annual selected list of best videos and DVDs for young adults.
The list was released during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston on January 18, 2005.
The 13-member committee solicited video submissions from film producers and distributors around the country.
Committee members and teen groups viewed the entries that were received and nominated 24 titles (of varying lengths).

The annual DVD/Video list recognizes productions for technical merit, content, and interest-level to young adults ages 12-18.
Selections are chosen for the list using a roundtable discussion followed by a simple majority vote.
After a weekend of friendly yet passionate debate, the list was narrowed to six titles that the committee considered notable.

The list includes the following titles:

Girl Wrestler

58 minutes, Women Make Movies.
$89 plus s/h (price for public libraries, K-12 schools, and community organizations)


In My Own Skin: the complexity of living as an Arab American

Arab Film Distribution.
$95 ($45 to public libraries and other non-profits)


Let's Get Real.

35 minutes, The Respect for All Project/Women's Educational Media.
$249 ($99 for public libraries, K-12 schools, and community groups).



26 minutes.
The Video Project.


Wet Dreams & False Images

11 minutes, New Day Films.
$149 ($99 for public libraries, K-12 schools, and community groups)


What's Going On (10-part series)

28 minutes each, Zenger Media. $285 (set); $29.95 individual titles


A program at the 2005 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago will showcase both these selected titles and feature a presentation on uses for these titles in public libraries, schools and other agencies that work with teens.

Members of the 2005 committee that participated in the selection process were:
Chair, Shauna Yusko, Redmond, Wash.; Ashley Flaherty, Columbus, Ohio; Jeanette Larson, Austin, Texas; Marc Laslow, Dover, Del.; Cathy Lichtman, Plymouth, Mich.; Cathy Lu, Los Angeles; Micheline Ringrose, North Bay, Ontario; John Sigwald, Plainview, Texas; Shawn Thrasher, Pasadena, Calif.; Jeri Triano, Pine Beach, N.J.; Amnah Darwish, San Diego; Consultant, Sue Ellen Beauregard, Chicago.