Infobase is pleased to announce that HBO Documentary Films® is the newest producer added to Films On Demand, Classroom Video On Demand, Access Video On Demand, and Learn360. HBO® has always been at the forefront of documentary programming, producing and developing some of the most provocative, groundbreaking, and award-winning films.
HBO Documentary Films, which focuses on contemporary issues with strong social relevance, allows viewers to explore worlds rarely seen. These films have won virtually every major programming award, including the Academy Award®, the Emmy® Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award.
Infobase is proud to carry this esteemed content and to give On Demand and Learn360 subscribers convenient, streaming access to these timely and thought-provoking titles. (Note: This material is available only in certain On Demand collections.)
New and timely titles include:
- I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That: A Film For Families About Learning Differences: This 30-minute documentary takes an enlightening look at young people with a wide spectrum of learning differences, offering a compelling portrait of the ways in which these children are able to compensate by using their strengths to overcome their challenges.
- Miss You Can Do It: This uplifting HBO Documentary Film chronicles the efforts of Abbey Curran, a former Miss Iowa USA and the first woman with a disability to compete in the Miss USA Pageant®, and eight girls with various disabilities as they participate in the Miss You Can Do It pageant.
- Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery: Situated in a quiet pocket of Arlington National Cemetery, Section 60 is a final resting place for young men and women who died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. For families and friends, it is a place to grieve, to honor, to remember—and to find comfort and community with others who have shared the same profound loss.
- The Fence: In 2006, the United States government decided to build a fence along its Mexican border. In The Fence, award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy investigates the impact of the $3 billion project, revealing how the fence’s stated goals—containing illegal immigration, cracking down on drug trafficking, and protecting America from terrorists—have given way to unforeseen, even absurd, consequences.
- A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration: This 40-minute documentary from show-biz superstar Rosie O’Donnell is a celebration of what constitutes a family, featuring original songs and thoughtful kids musing on love and family.
- Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma: A timely exploration of one of today’s most divisive and pressing issues—the threat posed by homegrown Islamic extremism and the challenges of detecting and countering it.
- Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014: This moving film shows that gun violence in America has become tragically commonplace, sparing no one in its pervasiveness.
- An Apology to Elephants: An HBO family documentary that illustrates how elephants live in the wild—from their matriarchal structure to their truly impressive memories—and examines the problems and issues that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses.
- State of Play: Broken: This film follows two men who were paralyzed playing the sports that they love.
- Six by Sondheim: Six by Sondheim is an intimate and candid look at the life and art of the legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
- Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? with Maria Shriver: This program tells the stories of five children, ages 6 through 15, who are confronted by the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on their grandparents.
- Triangle: Remembering the Fire: This documentary recounts the horror of March 25, 1911, when young garment workers perished in the worst industrial accident in New York City history (up until 9/11), triggering widespread reforms and ushering in the birth of the modern labor movement.
- A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness: Nominated for a 2016 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short, this film is a scathing examination of the contradictions between modernism and tradition within Pakistani society.
- Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words: Using excerpts from tapes of private conversations Richard Nixon secretly recorded while in the White House, original press reports, and Nixon’s reflections a decade after the tapes were exposed, Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words chronicles Nixon’s conversations about historic events, including the war in Vietnam, the Pentagon Papers leak, his Supreme Court appointments, and more.
- Citizen U.S.A.: A 50-State Road Trip: This documentary intersperses stories of newly naturalized citizens with interviews from notable first-generation Americans, including Madeleine Albright, Arianna Huffington, Henry Kissinger, and Gene Simmons.
- Habla Women: In this film, members of the Latina culture and community describe different characteristics of their personal life experiences and larger human issues.
- San Francisco 2.0: Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi returns to her hometown to document what the tech boom has in store for this historically progressive city.
- Saving My Tomorrow: In this family special produced and directed by Amy Schatz, kids from around the country share their thoughts on a range of issues that threaten our environment, from endangered animals to climate change, while exploring stories with curators from the American Museum of Natural History about the plants, animals and ecosystems being affected by the changing earth.
- The Weight of the Nation for Kids: HBO addresses the issue of childhood obesity in this three-part series. Incorporating interviews with young students as they make simple changes to their diets, school menus, or activities, the films reveal just how effective these kids are at bringing about bigger changes in their world.
About the On Demand Platform:
Infobase’s award-winning On Demand streaming video platform—which includes Films On Demand for colleges and universities, Classroom Video On Demand for high schools, and Access Video On Demand for public libraries—gives students and patrons instant access to outstanding documentaries, award-winning educational films, independent films, and helpful instructional videos from any location with Internet access, anytime they choose.
Learn360 is the premier streaming digital delivery service for the K–12 educational market, offering 24/7 access to more than 130,000 multimedia resources, including high-quality full-length videos, video clips, images, audio files, articles, activities, worksheets, and more. Recently relaunched with a brand-new platform and exciting new content and tools, Learn360 is now an even more powerful tool for flipped classrooms, blended instruction, project-based learning, and 1:1 environments.
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