Now Showing @ALA Film Program

The "Now Showing @ ALA Film Program" offers a variety of films and documentaries throughout the conference from Saturday through Monday. With a range of screening times, stop by between meetings or for an educational break.


Time Slot Screening Time Saturday, June 25 Screening Time Sunday, June 26 Screening Time Monday, June 27

2hr. 5min.

Last Cab to Darwin 1hr. 27min. In Football We Trust 1hr. 3min. Sensitive - The Untold Story
10:30am-11:00am 30min. Breaking the Mold: The Kee Malesky Story 56min. Chinese Couplets 25min. A Place in the Middle
11:00am-12:00pm 59min. To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine        
1:30pm-3:30pm 1hr. 17min. Kumu Hina: The True Meaning of Aloha 1hr. 38min. 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets 1hr. 45min. Call Me Lucky
4:00pm-5:30pm 55min. Florence: Days of Destruction 1hr. 35min. Fear of 13    

Last Cab to Darwin

What began as a personal human story deepened into a far reaching clarion call of disclosure and action for all.  Barry, alongside Dr. Maya Angelou, was presented the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award by Howard Zinn.

Sponsored by: First Run Features


Breaking the Mold: The Kee Malesky Story

A funny, fast-paced "librarian as hero" tale, inspired by NPR's longtime research librarian Kee Malesky and narrated by NPR's Scott Simon. The short comedy quickly gained a cult following when it came out 15 years ago. Judd Apatow said of the film, "It made me laugh. It made me cry." And NPR's Susan Stamberg called it "a colorful delight."

Sponsored by: Maryland Public Television and Seftel Productions


To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine

Ian Ruskin, world renowned actor and playwright, has produced a film on the life of Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense, that will be aired on public TV this Presidential election year. Thomas Paine wrote about ideas that were so controversial he was often imprisoned and fined, and almost executed. His works were banned in Europe and anyone who distributed, read or discussed his books faced prosecution.Some were arrested for simply displaying a portrait of Thomas Paine. In the late 1700’s, he fled to the United States where he continued to write about slavery, religion, and independence from British government.

Sponsored by: World Union of Deists


Kumu Hina: The True Meaning of Aloha

Kumu Hina is a powerful feature documentary about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the Westernized society of modern day Hawaiʻi. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident māhū, or transgender woman, and an honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.  Kumu Hina portrays a world where instead of transgender people being marginalized because of who they are, they are actually visible, included and honored.

Sponsored by: Video Round Table and Qwaves Documentary Films


Florence: Days of Destruction

2016 is the 50th anniversary of the Florence Flood, an event that affected many cultural heritage institutions in the flooded area but also had a much wider impact on disaster preparedness and recovery in cultural heritage institutions. This film was instrumental in making the world aware of the horrendous damage in Florence, and raised significant funds for recovery and restoration of damaged items.

Sponsored by: ALCTS-PARS and RAI


In Football We Trust

This Sundance-premiered documentary is about the pressures student athletes face, such as overcoming peer, family, and cultural pressures, gang violence and poverty, and offers a window into the Pacific Islander culture. Whether you're looking for a film to supplement your collection, putting on a cultural event for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, or implementing diversity training, "In Football We Trust" is an educational tool that also entertains. It will help bring greater understanding about the Pacific Islander culture to student athletes, staff, and communities.

Sponsored by: IFWT Productions, LLC


Chinese Couplets

"Chinese Couplets" reveals the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Acts on one family, over two centuries in three countries, on four generations of women.  Told from the filmmaker’s point-of-view, the documentary explores the universal themes of inter-generational strife between immigrants and their American born children, the often painful price paid by immigrants who abandoned their personal identity and their homes, and the burden of silence passed on to their offspring.  Through one family’s “micro” history, "Chinese Couplets" reveals the complex and contradictory nature of our nation.

Sponsored by: APALA and Lowedown Productions


3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets

In 2012, 17 year old Jordan Davis was murdered by 45 year old Michael Dunn in a Jacksonville Florida gas station over an argument about “loud music”.  As conversations about Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Freddy Gray, and other victims of senseless violence play out on the national stage, this film dives deep into the aftermath of Jordan Davis’ murder.  The seamlessly constructed, riveting documentary film explores the danger and subjectivity of Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense laws by weaving Dunn's trial with a chorus of citizen and pundit opinions, and with Jordan Davis' parents' wrenching experiences in and out of the courtroom.  

Sponsored by: Video Round Table and RO*Co Films Educational


Fear of 13

This is the gripping story of Nick Yarris, who spent 20 years on Death Row before asking that all impending appeals be waived and he be scheduled for execution......a brilliantly told story, including many stories those who enjoyed "Shawshank Redemption" can and will relate to.  What happens after he makes this request is often unbelievable.....a must see.

Sponsored by: First Run Features


Sensitive - The Untold Story

The first of the series and is based on the findings of bestselling author/psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron. In 1991 Dr. Aron made a breakthrough discovery: an innate temperament trait of high sensitivity. Since then, her international bestseller "The Highly Sensitive Person" has been translated into 18 languages and her research is published in top-tier peer reviewed journals such as The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Brain and Behavior, as well as replicated and extended by other scientists, who are interviewed in the film. There are now fMRI and genetic studies that confirm the trait.  Dr. Aron found that not only 1 in 5 people are highly sensitive, but the trait occurs in the same percentage in over 100 other species. Sensitive-The Untold Story features 7-time Grammy winner singer-songwriter-activist Alanis Morissette.

Sponsored by: The GlobalTouch Group, Inc.


A Place in the Middle

A Place in the Middle is the true story of a young girl in Hawaii who dreams of leading the boys-only hula group at her school, and a teacher who empowers her through traditional culture. This kid-friendly educational film is a great way to get students thinking and talking about the values of diversity and inclusion, the power of knowing your heritage, and how to prevent bullying by creating a school climate of aloha—from their own point of view!  The film and accompanying Classroom Discussion guide are available for free from

Sponsored by: Video Round Table and Qwaves


Call Me Lucky

Call Me Lucky is the inspiring, triumphant and wickedly funny portrait of one of comedy’s most enigmatic and important figures: Barry Crimmins.  Call Me Lucky bravely tells Crimmins’ incredible story of transformation from a rage-fueled funnyman into an acclaimed proponent of justice who personified the healing power of comedy. Call Me Lucky is included on the 2016 ALA VRT Notable Videos for Adults list.

Sponsored by: Video Round Table and MPI Media Group