#5604 Misc Arts - The Science of Entertainment (Run time 23 min.) DVD $89.95
Science constitutes a major factor in the performing arts, and the artist who understands the scientific component of his or her art-the physics, chemistry, or physiology-is able to give fuller range to the artistic component of the performance. This program shows how heavily the art of singing relies on the control of complex mechanisms, from vocal cords to internal body resonance. The same physical laws that govern the movement of planets also apply to the ballet. Pyrotechnicians, whose fireworks transform the sky into a dazzlingly colorful palette, use an ancient medium but with modern technology and scientific understanding. (23 minutes)
#37604 Misc Arts - Art Brut: Outsider Art, Outsider Artists (Run time 37 min.) DVD $89.95
In its strictest sense, the term art brut refers to art created outside the boundaries of official culture and often focuses on the work of people who live in mental institutions. This program focuses on the art of Josef "Pepi" Hofer and several other artists with mental retardation and similar disabilities as it captures them in workshops and at a showing and award ceremony at The House of Art, Munich. Although not designated as art therapy, the effects of creating art are visibly therapeutic as these individuals explore issues of sexuality and other areas of human experience and imagination through depictions both complex and deceptively simple. (37 minutes)
#39257 Misc Arts - Communications and the Arts (Run time min.) DVD $89.95
In today's world, "communications" and "the arts" mean more than just the things you'd find on a newsstand or in a museum. This program introduces viewers to three Digital Age communications professionals-a video editor, a desktop publisher, and an audio technician-and a trio of somewhat unconventional artists: an animator, a photographer, and a fashion designer. Correlates to all applicable National and State Educational Standards including the NCLB Act. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online. A Cambridge Educational Production. (25 minutes) Available beginning February 2009.
#39156 Misc Arts - Quema Judas: A Mexican Folk Tradition-in Spanish with English Subtitles (Run time 47 min.) DVD $129.95
Once a common sight at Easter in Mexico, displays of los judas-or large devil figures made of paper-have, like so many other folk customs across Latin America, become increasingly rare. In an attempt to save the ritual from extinction, the city of San Luis Potosi sponsors a yearly competition prompting the creation of a small army of the paper grotesques. This program follows three folk artists as they guide their judas from birth to a fate ordained by centuries of tradition-a cathartic inferno symbolizing the destruction of evil. As with much folk art, the artists come from diverse walks of life and their interpretations of los judas take on many forms, ranging from the simple to the fantastic. (Spanish with English subtitles, 46 minutes)
#37045 Misc Arts - The Alice Project: Creative Arts Therapy in Action (Run time 47 min.) DVD $149.95
At Concordia University's Centre for the Arts in Human Development, developmentally disabled participants work together to create great theater. This film documents the creation of the Centre's most ambitious production to date: a musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, complete with choreography and elaborate props and costumes, mounted on a fully operational proscenium stage. As the performers face the challenges of emoting, physical expression, line memorization, and confronting Carroll's themes of exclusion and alienation, their sense of accomplishment and the extraordinary benefits of the Centre's drama therapy program become clear. (46 minutes)
#35854 Misc Arts - The Arts Collection (Run time min.) DVD $1139.4
With 12 programs representing the visual arts, theater, and music, this collection will inform-and inspire!-students of the arts. Programs include: ? Great Museums-for Art (The Metropolitan Museum of Art; George Eastman House; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; National Museum of Women in the Arts) ? Stagecraft (Onstage; Backstage) ? Stages of Theatre: From the Greeks to Shakespeare (Ancient Theatres of Greece and Rome; The Renaissance Theatre) ? Martino Tirimo: Piano Master Class (Schubert; Brahms; Debussy; Liszt) 12-part series.