2006 YALSA Selected Videos & DVDs for Young Adults

Contact: Nichole Gilbert



For Immediate Release

January 31, 2006

2006 YALSA Selected Videos & DVDs for Young Adults

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced its 2006 annual selected list of best DVDs and videos for young adults. The list was released during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio on January 24, 2005. The committee solicited video submissions from film producers and distributors from around the country.

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


Copper Heart Entertainment Inc; National Film Board of Canada. $99.00.

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.

The Zit

Pipsqueak Films . $39.95

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.

You Don't Want to Live in My House

NEWIST/CESA 7, VHS and DVD, $149 each. 800-633-7445.

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.

Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story

Bullfrog Films. $195.00.

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

National Film Board of Canada. $129.00. www.nfb.ca

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

Invasion of the Space Lobsters

National Film Board of Canada. $99.00. www.nfb.ca

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

Every Mother's Son

New Day Films/Anderson Gold Films. $150.00. www.andersongoldfilms.com

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

Members of the 2005 committee include Shawn Thrasher, Monrovia, Calif. (chair); Jeri Triano, Pine Beach, N.J. (administrative assistant); Bridgid Fennell, Glendale, Calif.; Erin Downey Howerton, Johnson County, Ky.; Jeanette Larson, Austin, Texas; Catherine Lichtman, Plymouth, Mich.; Marc Laslow, Dover, Del.; Micheline Ringrose, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada; John Sigwald, Plainview, Texas, and Derek Wilson, East Point, Ga.

For more information, please visit the YALSA web site at
www.ala.org/yalsa or e-mail