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The Creative Experience
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection | Annenberg Reserve
Call No. DVD 007 684
Based on the smash hit New York show, this is a high-energy rock musical in the tradition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is the story of Hedwig, an ambitious glam-rocker who comes to America determined to find fame, fortune, and his "other half."
Ed Wood (1994)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 010 634
A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the undisputed worst movie director of all time. Wood was the auteur behind Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9 from outer space, and it is during the making of these two no-budget flicks that Wood is profiled.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 015 541
Blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche, "New Yorker" journalist Susan Orlean, Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and his twin brother Donald. As Charlie struggles to adapt a best-selling book, he writes himself into the movie plot.
Ray (2004)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 002 889
Ray Charles went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by his mother who insisted he make his own way, he found his calling at the keyboard. 'Ray' follows as he overcomes drug addiction while becoming one of the country's most beloved performers.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 004 058
Kirby Dick's provocative film investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films. Kirby looks at some of the controversial rating decisions of the past four decades, hires a private eye to find out who these anonymous raters are and puts his own film through the rating process.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 010 708
Pekar is a frustrated file clerk working at the local V.A. Hospital. He is also a comic book fan who befriends the young illustrator Robert Crumb and is soon inspired to create comic books based on his own life. Along his bumpy journey he meets, marries and falls in love with Joyce, an admiring comic book seller.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 007 628
A teenage reporter lands an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine. Despite the objections of his mother, he hits the road with an up-and-coming band and finds much more than just the music.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 005 401
Once upon a time, Spinal Tap had a big hit song. Now, nearly two decades later, Spinal Tap still clings to some glint of their lost glory as they embark on an accident-plagued tour across America.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 002 887
Traces Johnny Cash's life from his childhood to the middle of his musical career, with special attention to his relationship with singer June Carter.
Rent (2006)
DVD
Ormandy Center
Call No. Music DVD 653
Focuses on the year in the life of a group of friends in New York's East Village. The "bohemians" live carefree lives of art, music, sex, and drugs. It is carefree until Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, and Roger, an aspiring songwriter, find out they owe a year's rent to Benny. Benny is a former friend who had promised them free rent when he married the ...
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 005 103
In this mock-documentary, three folk groups from the 60's--Mitch and Mickey, the Folksmen, and the New Main Street Singers--reunite for a memorial concert in New York City following the death of a legendary folk manager.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 015 180
Dramatic biography of John Nash, a mathematical genius, who made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his schizophrenia, and finally, ...
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 004 329
The young Jane Austen wishes to be a writer. Her mother thinks otherwise. Although she is offered many marriage proposals she accepts none until the mischevious Thomas Lefroy shows up and turns her world around. At first she finds him ignorant and self centered but as she gets to know him, they start to flirt and eventually fall in love. Thomas' relatives ...
DVD
Storage | Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD PN1995.9.C55 H66 2002
Val Waxman is a one-time cinematic genius down on his luck. Luckily, he receives a script for a period noir set against the backdrop of 1940s New York City. His ex-wife has managed to convince a high-powered studio head, to take a chance on Val's "unique vision." Just when the cameras are ready to roll, however, Val finds that unique vision in jeopardy ...
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 082
A dramatization of the life of the poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, from childhood in Cuba to his death in New York City. His writings and homosexuality got him in trouble with Castro's Cuba and he spent two years in prison before leaving for the United States.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 007 767
It's been 10 years since glam-rock superstar Brian Slade faked his own death and vanished from the spotlight. Now, it's the job of an investigative reporter to locate this living legend and uncover the truth behind his disappearance!
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 005 464
Corky St. Clair has created an ambitious musical celebrating his town's 150th anniversary, and dreams of making it big on Broadway.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 004 038
Examines the burgeoning motion picture industry in Nigeria, most of which is shot on relatively-small budgets with digital cameras. Also follows the shoot of an action-adventure movie (Check Point), whose cast and crew explain the movie-making process in Nigeria.