Documentaries worth checking out!
Spellbound (373.1 SPE) Follow (and root for) eight youngsters vying to win the National Spelling Bee.
King Corn: You Are What You Eat (633.15 KIN) Two college friends unlock hidden truths about America’s food system when they try to grow an acre of corn.
Helvetica (686.224 HEL) Yes, this IS an entire film about a font, but it’s also a fascinating look at graphic design and noticing the intersection of words and signage and space in the world around us.
Mad Hot Ballroom (793.3 MAD) This film about eleven-year-old New York City public school kids learning how to ballroom dance is both fun and inspiring.
Searching for Sugar Man (781.66) This recent winner of the Academy Award for Documentary Feature about a nearly forgotten folk singer from the 1970s grabs your attention and doesn’t let up until the heartwarming ending.
The September Issue (746.92 SEP) Sure you’ve seen The Devil Wears Prada and/or episodes of Ugly Betty, but this is the REAL behind-the-scenes look at U.S. Vogue magazine and editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
(B CARDIFF) An absorbing look at life behind the camera and the craft and ingenuity of an Oscar-winning cinematographer.