Documentary films

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. Read more about Watch your music!

Slices of Life: Feature Documentaries

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word "documentary" as “factual, realistic, based on real events or circumstances.” The Library has a singular collection of feature documentary films that are informative, humorous, and fascinating.

Among the library’s latest additions are two films that provide a unique international point-of-view.

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Border Collies and Sheepherding

If you’re looking for a fun free family activity this weekend within a couple hours drive of CU, discover sheepherding. It's a great spectator sport! The Land of Lincoln Border Collie Association is holding a Sheep Dog Trial at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois.  (In the spirit of full disclosure, my husband and I are members of this club, as we own border collies that compete in this sport.) Read more about Border Collies and Sheepherding

Ebertfest at Your Library--Documentary Style

Enjoy highlights from Ebertfest in the comfort of your home. While we can’t provide the ambience of the fine Virginia Theater, The Urbana Free Library has most of the festival films for you to check out.

Here’s a selection of some of the marvelous and varied documentary films featured at past Ebertfests. Double-click on the thumbnails for a larger snippet.

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Trek On!

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

If these words resonate with you, you’re not alone. The Star Trek movies and TV series are immensely popular, here in Urbana and all over the world. Read more about Trek On!