Featured Library Spotlight: Musical Documentaries / Biopics

Library Featured Spotlight: Music Documentaries, Biopics and Live Performances

Music festival season is in full swing! We have missed them just as much as you have. If your favorite festival has been canceled this year or can’t go see them in person, we have found some live performances that will make you feel like you are right there!

We also have found some Biopic’s and Music Documentaries for those of you who want to know a bit more behind the scenes knowledge of your favorite musician or band. 

Monterey Pop

On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll.

Monterey featured career-making performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few of the performers in a wildly diverse lineup that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar.

With his characteristic verite style–and a camera crew that included the likes of Albert Maysles and Richard Leacock–D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend smashing his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his, Mama Cass watching Janis Joplin’s performance in awe.

A Hard Day's Night

Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen, earning them a 1965 BAFTA nomination for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles.

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, in which the bandmates play cheeky comic versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever.

Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen, Scoring of Music – Adaptation or Treatment) and a Grammy (Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media).

Woodstock: 3 Days that Changed Everything

Even now Woodstock has deep, lasting meaning. Its mix of music, culture and idealism resonates across the years. It gave youth a voice, changing the music business and social movements forever. Its legacy is strong half a century later. Get inside the story with host Mark Goodman, Ritchie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, John Sebastian, organizer Michael Lang, and Woodstock historian Wade Lawrence.

Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened

The history of the Fyre Music Festival, from its creation through its unraveling. The Fyre Festival was billed as a luxury music experience on a posh private island, but failed spectacularly in the hands of a cocky entrepreneur. 

The Doors Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1968)

Live at the Hollywood Bowl is the third official live album by the American rock band the Doors, released in May 1987 by Elektra Records. The concert was recorded on July 5, 1968, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Doors’ hometown

Summer of Soul

Over the course of six weeks during the summer of 1969, thousands of people attend the Harlem Cultural Festival to celebrate Black history, culture, music and fashion.

Featured Collections: What’s New: eVideos

Library Featured Collections: eVideos

We have a lot of new items here in the Library! Below are just a sample of the new collection – all new eVideos! Visit the Library Website and Koha [add link here] to see what else is new and available for you to enjoy! 

A Man Escaped

In a film based on the writings of French Resistance fighter and POW André Devigny, Fontaine (François Leterrier) is being held by the Nazis at Fort Montluc. When he gets word that he’s scheduled for execution, Fontaine channels his energy into hatching a plan to break out. His plan is interrupted when he is assigned a new roommate. Fontaine grudgingly brings the newcomer in on the escape effort, which involves homespun weapons and an intricate knowledge of the layout of the prison itself.

Close Up

The true story of Hossain Sabzian, a cinephile who impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film.

David Lynch: The Art Life

The life and career of iconic director David Lynch are explored in more than 20 conversations recorded with him at his home.

Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes

The documentary traces the fascinating journey of three comic creators who challenge the notion of race, appearance, and gender stereotypes through cartoons, comics and cosplay. Featuring Keith Knight, Vishavjit Singh and Eileen Alden.

Three Colors Blue

 In the devastating first film of the Three colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic death of her husband and young daughter. But Blue is more than just a blistering study of grief; it’s also a tale of liberation, as Julie attempts to free herself from the past while confronting truths about the life of her late husband, a composer. Shot in sapphire tones by Sławomir Idziak, and set to an extraordinary operatic score by Zbigniew Preisner, Blue is an overwhelming sensory experience.

The Vanishing

A young man embarks on an obsessive search for the girlfriend who mysteriously disappeared while the couple were taking a sunny vacation trip, and his three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a mild-mannered professor with a clinically diabolical mind.. An unorthodox love story and a truly unsettling thriller, Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer’s The Vanishing unfolds with meticulous intensity, leading to an unforgettable finale that has unnerved audiences around the world..

M (1931)

A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who Is the murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . . In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.

Faces Places: A Road Trip with Legendary Filmmaker Agnes Varda and Photographer J.R.

89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. FACES PLACES documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way. 

Eyes without a Face

At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance, at a horrifying price. Eyes without a face, directed by the supremely talented Georges Franju, is rare in horror cinema for its odd mixture of the ghastly and the lyrical, and it has been a major influence on the genre in the decades since its release. There are images here, of terror, of gore, of inexplicable beauty, that once seen are never forgotten.

LAFS Library Summer Break Script Fest

Lafs Library Summer Break script fest

This summer break come check out some classic and amazing scripts in our Library’s Catalog. You don’t want to miss these amazing scripts!

 
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Scripts

Kubo and the Two Strings

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

Hereditary

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Jurassic Park

A pragmatic paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park’s cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

Lovecraft County

A young African-American travels across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing father. 

500 Days of Summer

An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

Jaws

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Full List

Here is a list of our Summer Scripts in Koha.
Click the title to be taken to the script. While you are there – check out everything else we have to offer! You won’t regret it!

Celebrate Pride Month with LAFS Library

Pride Month
💙 💚 💛 🧡 ❤️ 💜

Come celebrate with us by checking out our collection of LGBT+ scripts in our Library’s Catalog. You don’t want to miss these amazing scripts!

 
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LGBTQ+ Scripts

Pose

In the New York of the late 80s and early 90s, this is a story of ball culture and the gay and trans community, the raging AIDS crisis and capitalism.

Moonlight

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

The Half of It

When smart but cash-strapped teen Ellie Chu agrees to write a love letter for a jock, she doesn’t expect to become his friend – or fall for his crush.

Love, Simon

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

The Prom

A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.

My Own Private Idaho

Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

Call me by Your Name

In 1980s Italy, romance blossoms between a seventeen-year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.

A Fantastic Woman

Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.

LGBT RESOURCE

Visit https://lalgbtcenter.org/ to find amazing resources provided by the Los Angeles LGBT Center. They provide Health Services, Social Services & Housing, Culture & Education, Leadership, and Advocacy programs!

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Library Resources for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021

Asian American / Pacific Island Heritage Month 2021

~ Resources ~

We want to take the time to celebrate and highlight the achievements from those in our community who identify as Asian American/Pacific Islander. Their contributions to the entertainment industry are far reaching and numerous, and often overlooked. Here are some recent movies and highlighted films, events, podcast and webinars that showcase and broadcast their achievements. 

Watch Films & Shows

Minari

A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

The Farewell

Billi’s family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch — the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live.

Crazy Rich Asians 

Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.

Tigertail

Written, Directed and Produced by Alan Yang, Tigertail tells the story of how years of monotonous work and a loveless marriage turns a once vibrant man into a shell of his former self.

Events and More!

Standing Against Racism in the Time of COVID: A Conversation on Activism

Thursday: May 6th 

Listen to asian Enough

By the Los Angeles Times

Sixth Year of Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series Opens with Stirring Discussion on Black and Asian Solidarity

Watch this Webinar: Filipinx Artists

What can people and organizations do to combat escalating acts of racism and xenophobia against Asian Americans? Join the Asia Society Texas Center and Asia Society Southern California to learn what immediate and long-term changes are possible.  joined by Stop AAPI Hate co-founder Dr. Russell Jeung, Georgia State Rep. Bee Nguyen, Compassion in Oakland co-founder Katrina Ramos, and CNN anchor Amara Walker.

From the Los Angeles Times, “Asian Enough” is a podcast about being Asian American — the joys, the complications and everything in between. In each episode, hosts Jen Yamato, Johana Bhuiyan, Tracy Brown and Suhauna Hussain of the Times invite special guests to share personal stories and unpack identity on their own terms. They explore the vast diaspora across cultures, backgrounds and generations, and try to expand the ways in which being Asian American is defined.

 On October 8th, 2020, three inspirational women leaders came together to explore the depth of Black and Asian American Pacific Islander experiences and how, as a community, we can overcome racial and prejudicial conflict to create a just, bright and equitable future together.

Watch this Webinar with three Filipinx artists from across the United States. New York-based artist Jeanne F. Jalandoni, Houston-based artist and community organizer Matt Manalo, and San Francisco-based artist Charlene Tan take this time to look at their practices and what has changed their perspectives during lockdown in a conversation with Bridget Bray

Resources

We have experienced an unprecedented amount of violence directed towards the AAIP Community. Below is a link to resources ranging from no profits, to legal help and community outreach for those in need.

Southern California AAIP Resources
Florida AAIP Resources
Asian and Asian American Resources

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Library Newly Added Oscar Winning & Nominated Scripts 2021

new OSCAR wInning & Nominated scripts!

 Here are some of the Oscar winner and nominee scripts that were added to the Library’s Catalog. You don’t want to miss these amazing scripts!

 
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Oscar Winners

Nomadland

After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Minari

A Korean family starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas.

Tenet

Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time

Mank

1930’s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane (1941).

Judas and the Black Messiah

Bill O’Neal infiltrates the Black Panther Party per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Party Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.

Promising Young Woman

A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

During a recording session, tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable “Mother of the Blues”.

Soul

After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife.

The Father

A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

Sound of Metal

A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

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Featured Collections: Books

Library Featured Collections: Books

Discover our amazing book collection through our Library Koha catalog, ProQuest eBook Central resource, EBSCO eBooks and O’Reilly Online Learning.  Start reading and researching the material that will expand your knowledge and subsequently your work today!

Can’t find what you are looking for? Please make a purchase suggestion! 

View the instructions below on how to access and search for Proquest eBook Central, Koha Books & eBooks, EBSCO eBook. These resources are available to all active Students, Alumni, and Staff! Please remember to login with your lafilm.edu email to be able to access.

Library Resources for Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021

~ Things To Do for Earth Day, April 22, 2021 ~

Students can learn about the environment & conservation and celebrate Earth Week 2021 with these resources and educational opportunities. The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Restore our Earth,” and it’s all about reducing our environmental footprint and fixing the damage we’ve already done.

Watch Films & Shows

Inside the garbage of the world

This informative, hard-hitting film reveals the truth about plastic pollution and how it is harming the oceans and threatening human safety. We are on the edge of a tremendous disaster – can humankind act before it is too late?

WALL-E

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Determining Decade Summit

A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of “Regenerative Agriculture” that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.

To get a free link, visit: https://kissthegroundmovie.com/ 

The Biggest Little Farm

Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.

Attend a Virtual Event

We Shall Breathe Event

Tuesday April 20

Determining Decade Summit

Wednesday April 21

Teach for the Planet Summit

Wednesday April 21

Earth Day Live event

Thursday April 22

LAFS Theatre Rewind: The Biggest Little Farm Panel
Thursday April 23

The global youth climate summit will be followed by “We Shall Breathe,” a virtual event in the evening that will examine climate and environmental justice, connecting the climate crisis, pollution, poverty, police brutality, and the pandemic, within a racial justice framework.

More info here: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/ 

The Nature Conservancy will host a virtual Summit with conservation leaders, scientists, policymakers, and advocates to help show the way forward.

Join to learn about Jane Goodall, Alexandra Cousteau, & Dolores Huerta’s work in the fight against climate change, and what you can do to make a difference in the “Determining Decade.”

More info here: https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/california/stories-in-california/virtual-summit-2021/

Education International presents “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit,” a multilingual virtual summit focused on the role educators play in combating climate change and the need for transformative climate education.

More info here: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/ 

On Earth Day, EarthDay.org will produce the second Earth Day Live Digital Event, a multi-hour, multi-channel livestream with workshops, panel discussions, and special performances. EarthDay.org has also partnered with Global Environment Media, a TV and educational platform, to carry Earth Day Live on their cable, satellite, and IPTV platforms. 

More info here: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/ 

Relive our “Biggest Little Farm” Panel, where we discuss the film in great detail with a host of professional filmmakers.

More Info here: https://www.lafilm.edu/event/lafs-theatre-rewind-the-biggest-little-farm-panel/

Find & Register an Event here: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/#map

Ways to Celebrate at Home

      1. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
      2. Unplug rechargeable devices such as cell phone chargers, digital cameras, etc., even though these devices are in standby mode.
      3. Plug TVs, DVD players, electronics, and computer equipment into power strips and turn off at night or when you leave to avoid the phantom/vampire power that is constantly lost. Also, screen savers fo NOT reduce energy use by monitors – switching to sleep mode or manually turning off monitors is always the better energy-saving strategy.
      4. Switch out incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent (CFLs) which us 75% less energy or light emitting diodes (LEDs) which use 90% less energy.
      5. Open the windows for some fresh air when the weather is pleasant instead of running the mechanical heating or cooling system – better for your health too.
      6. Turn off the energy-hogging heated dry cycle on your dishwasher.
      7. Walk or bike to where you need to go. Or just to enjoy the outdoors. Pick up trash while you are at it.
      8. Do you really need to print that document? If so use back side of scratch paper or double side you printing.
      9. Bring that reusable coffee mug and water bottle instead of throwing away one each time.
      10. Celebrate green reads via a display of books or online web site of resources and sustainable information.

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Spring Break 2021 LAFS Library Electronic Scripts

Spring break!!

Here are some electronic scripts that will surely make this spring break memorable!! Browse through our selection of popular scripts below from our Library’s Catalog, you don’t want to miss them!

 
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Highlighted Scripts

Moonlight

A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Rise of the Guardians

When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

Avengers Endgame

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos’ actions and restore balance to the universe.

Kubo and the Two Strings

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

Pans Labyrinth

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

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Library Newly Added Scripts Golden Globes 2021

new Golden Globe scripts!

We have been busy over here at the Library! We have been working to get the scripts from the golden globes! Here are some of the winners and nominee scripts that were added to the Library’s Catalog. You don’t want to miss them!

 
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Highlighted Scripts

Nomadland

After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Minari

A Korean family starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas.

Queen's Gambit

Orphaned at the tender age of nine, prodigious introvert Beth Harmon discovers and masters the game of chess in 1960s USA. But child stardom comes at a price.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

During a recording session, tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable “Mother of the Blues”.

Lovecraft County

A young African-American travels across the U.S. in the 1950s in search of his missing father.

We do not own the movie trailers or movie posters posted here.