Documentary films

Tower

Feature documentaries can evoke strong feelings. Tower is a perfect example.

Urbana Elementary Schools Desegregated in 1966

This weekend the cities of Urbana and Champaign along with Parkland College and the University of Illinois celebrated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Countywide Celebration. This year, the event honored six community members for their efforts to desegregate the Urbana elementary schools in 1966. The Champaign County Historical Archives has records pertinent to these events, available for use within the Archives Reading Room.

Headline from the Urbana Courier, 27 July 1966

Chickens Star on Film

Consider the chicken as you never have before. Two excellent Urbana Free documentaries explore the impact of chickens on owners’ lives and as pets, plus highlight the wonderful world of show chickens.

New Year’s Resolution--Watch Nonfiction Films!

Nonfiction DVDsStart out 2017 by enhancing your DVD passion. If you’re a fan of our DVD collection, you’ve already browsed the feature motion pictures, TV shows, anime, and music films on the first floor. Come on up to the second floor and discover the vast array of nonfiction films available for you to check out.

November 11, 11:11 a.m.

Movie box coversToday we celebrate Veterans Day, a public holiday in which we officially honor and remember all the military veterans who have served in our Armed Forces throughout the years.

Beyond birdwatching

Are you a birdwatcher? Do you enjoy identifying those delightful feathered creatures that haunt your bird feeder? But do you know how birds communicate? Do you know that songbirds around the world are endangered? Here are two recent documentary DVDs that go beyond avian identification.

Banjo!

This week a documentary film changed my perception of the banjo forever. The film? Béla Fleck’s How to Write a Banjo Concerto. I always thought of the banjo as an odd-looking, although fun to listen to, device esteemed by country musicians.

Watch your music!

Like to listen to tunes? Enjoy delving into facts about your favorite musicians? Do exciting behind-the-scenes musical performances thrill you? Watch a music documentary! Besides music on CD, the library offers an entertaining collection of music on DVD. Some films are concert or music videos, but quite a few are documentaries—real tales of the musical world. Introduce yourself to the lives and motivations of those who’ve lived to perform. Discover firsthand how an album or tour was created.