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Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Christmas Movies

The Holiday season is approaching fast and if you’re not already in the holiday spirit, these movies may do the trick.

Jingle all the Way

“A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.”

Filmed right here in the Twin Cities!

 

 

All is Bright

 

“While out on parole, Dennis reluctantly takes a job selling Christmas trees with his old buddy Rene in order to make enough money to buy his estranged daughter the piano she’s always wanted.”

 

 

The Nutcracker
“The story of The Nutcracker is loosely based on the story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, about a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King.”

Come into the Music and Media Collections (OSF Library 104A) to see what movies we have on our holiday display that are available for check out.

A Christmas Carol
“At first, miserable, greedy old Scrooge can’t tolerate the revelry of Christmas, much less comprehend its meaning. But visits from his former business partner’s ghost and three cautionary specters from the past, present and future force the man to soul-search.”

 

 

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

A man is saved from a suicide attempt by an angel and is then shown how important he is to the people who love him. A Christmas classic.”

 

 

 

 

By Nicole Wanttie

fun, Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Christmas Music

Tired of listening to the same Christmas songs over and over again? Want to listen to something new? Try looking for a Christmas Album on our music streaming site Naxos Music Library. Want something new but don’t have time to look through the hundreds of albums available? Here are some options for you:
Christmas Music for Strings (Christmas Without Words)

A 9 song album with songs performed by a string orchestra and some accompaniment by a violin. Some notable songs include “I’ll be home for Christmas”, “Deck the Halls” and “Sleigh Ride”

The Christmas Collection (Music Lab Collective)

A 14 song Christmas album full of piano instrumentals of your favorite holiday songs. Notable titles include “Santa Baby” , “Last Christmas”,  and “All I want for Christmas is You”.

Instrumental Ensemble Music – Flute Ensemble Triptyque

Flute Trio performs classic holiday songs as well as a few medleys that include a mashup of all your favorite tunes.  Medleys included are: “All I Want for Christmas Is You – Jingle Bell Rock – Winter Wonderland – Sutekina Horidei – I Saw Mommy … – Last Christmas – Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – and more”

Christmas and Hanukah: I’ll Be Home for the Holidays

Performed by a trio, this album has 21 songs to listen to. Notable titles include “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”, “Feliz Navidad”, and “Carol of the Bells/ We Three Kings”.

Feeling nostalgic and want to listen to a physical CD? Look no further than the Music and Media Collections in OSF 104A

Christmas echoes. Volume 1

Recorded at St. Paul Seminary and Studio M, Dale Warland conducts a choir that encapsulates the Christmas spirit. Notable songs on the album include “The first Noel”, “O Little town of Bethlehem”, and “What child is this?”

By Nicole Wanttie

 

 

Database Highlights & Trials, Media/Music Collections, Music, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Database Spotlight: Medici.TV

Get the concert hall experience from your own home with Medici.TV. This streaming service offered by the Music & Media Collections specializes in classical music performances and has everything from high quality recordings of operas, ballets, and concerts led by world-renowned conductors to master classes taught by famous musicians. Medici.TV also stays up to date on the latest performances, so there is always something new to watch.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by Christian Spuck, music by Tchaikovsky
This is just one of the Nutcracker ballet productions that Medici.TV offers, and it features a new choreography alongside the spectacular music of Tchaikovsky and the stunning costume design.

Gershwin in Rhythm
George Madaras conducts the Liège Royal Philharmonic in this concert which features pieces by George Gershwin. Among the pieces performed is “Rhapsody in Blue”—one of Gershwin’s most famous compositions.

By Jayde Hoppe

Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Database Spotlight: Digitalia

Looking to expand your film-viewing habits? If so, then check out Digitalia—one of the streaming services offered by the Music & Media Collections. This database hosts a wide variety of films and documentaries from around the world. Digitalia offers a multitude of films from South America, Europe, Africa, and North America. The database allows you to browse by country or regional collection.

Dos Fridas
This drama explores the life of Frida Kahlo’s Costa Rican nurse, Judith Ferreto, who cared for her in the last years of the artist’s life. Later, Judith is cared for by a nurse in Costa Rica, and her dreams take on a life of their own.

Un Mundo Secreto
In Mexico City, eighteen-year-old Maria sets out on the road to spiritual self-discovery. As she road-trips through the deserts of Sinaloa and reaches the La Paz coast, she embraces the natural world and it embraces her back.

By Jayde Hoppe

fun, Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

“Thankful Tree” Display from Music & Media Collections

Happy Thanksgiving Week Tommies!

Before we leave for break, The Music & Media Collections invites you to partake in our “Thankful Tree” Display.

Simply stop on by and write what you are thankful for on a leaf or acorn cut out and staff will add it to our display. This is a great way to remind yourself and others that there are many things to be thankful for this busy holiday season.

Also, the Music & Media Collections will be playing fall movies outside of the collections on Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd. Stop on by and see what we have available to watch on our streaming databases or come in to see what fall movies we have available for check out.

Our hours for Thanksgiving Break are: 

Wednesday – 7:30-6:00
Thursday – Closed
Friday – Closed
We resume normal hours on Saturday 12:00-4:00.

Have a good break!

 

by Nicole Wanttie

Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Political Science

Database Spotlight: Docuseek2


This month the Music & Media Collections is spotlighting Docuseek2. This online streaming service is available to all UST students and staff with the use of their log-in information.

Docuseek2 hosts documentaries on a wide variety of topics from renowned distributors like Bullfrog Films and Icarus Films. Many of these documentaries have made their way around the film festival circuit and can be useful to provoke classroom discussion.

On the website, you can browse by new releases or by subjects like addiction, indigenous studies, and the environment. While most of the films are from the United States and Canada, the breadth of topics covered by the database makes it an invaluable resource and many of the films deal heavily with contemporary social issues in our region.

AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock
Filmed during the 2016-2017 protests at Standing Rock, this documentary is a collaboration between three indigenous filmmakers that covers the beginning of protests at Standing Rock to the current status of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Women in Blue
This documentary, filmed from 2017 to 2020, follows Minneapolis police chief Janeé Harteau and other women within the police department. As Harteau works to reform the department from the inside, the documentary focuses on her efforts to promote more women within the force as they are statistically less likely to use force than their male counterparts.

 

By Jayde Hoppe

 

Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Native American Heritage Month!

November is Native American Heritage Month! Celebrate by watching these documentaries to learn more about the history of Native Americans and current problems they face in America today.

American Indian Homelands powerfully highlights efforts to redress more than a century’s worth of legal and political moves undermining Indian land ownership and sovereignty, going back to the 1887 General Allotment Act; the national fight to recover lost lands is being led by the Twin Cities-based Indian Tenure Land Foundation.

Kind Hearted Woman follows Robin Charboneau, a magnetic 31-year-old Oglala Sioux woman living on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota. In sharing her story, this documentary will portray the realities of what it means to be a contemporary Native American woman living in two worlds. This two part documentary follows Robin for three years as she struggles to raise her two children, further her education, and heal herself from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child.

Kind Hearted Woman (Part 2)

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives. Renewed attention to this missing chapter in the history of American music led to the publishing of Brian Wright-McLeod’s The Encyclopedia of Native Music, an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and eventually this documentary.

We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes (E77 .W47 2009 DVD) tells the story of when Europeans encountered the Native people when coming to North America. Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture using all avenues available, including military, legal, and political action, diplomacy, and supplication of the spiritual realm. From the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. Spanning almost four hundred years, these documentaries tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, presenting Native history as an integral part of the American story.

Find these documentaries and more including DVDs available for check out at the Music & Media Collections in room 104A at the OSF Library.

 

By Nicole Wanttie

Database Highlights & Trials, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Streaming Films from Swank

Among the many notable media streaming platforms offered by the Music and Media Collections, Swank is one that stands out from the rest. The streaming platform Swank offers a diverse collection of films to watch all online. With the pandemic still prevalent, many people prefer to stay at home opposed to running the risk of contracting the virus by being in public spaces. Swank provides easy online access to films so those who would prefer to stay home safe away from the virus can still enjoy quality films through the Music and Media Collection’s online streaming platform. Through Swank, the Music and Media Collections has selected many incredible films to watch which would include the following:

BlacKkKlansman recaptures the events of the true story of an African American police officer named Ron Stallworth who successfully manages to infiltrate a local Ku Klux Klan branch. With the help of his Jewish proxy, Stallworth works to undermine the organization from within in this comedic, yet suspenseful, Spike Lee film.

A Star is Born is the story of a seasoned musician named Jackson Maine who discovers a struggling artist named Ally. Their relationship blossoms as they begin to for one another while Ally’s music career begins to take off. However, their relationship begins to wane as Maine continues to struggle with his internal demons.

1917 is a retelling of the real-life story of a WW1 soldier assigned to carry out a mission which leads him on a perilous journey across war-torn France. The film is shot to look as if it was done in a single take which enhances the suspense and draws the audience further into the dangerous mission taken on by Lance Corporal Schofield.

12 Angry Men follows the closing arguments of a murder trial where all 12 jurors must come to the unanimous decision to sentence an inner-city teen to death. However, throughout the deliberation, one juror in particular sheds some doubt on elements of the case which inevitably leads to considerable and escalating debates amongst all the other jurors.

By Sean Neeser

Media/Music Collections

TV Series to Binge this Spring

Come on down to the Music & Media Collections to check out our newest display. This month we are highlighting some of the exciting TV series we have on DVD.  All of these series are available to check out, and if you don’t have a DVD-driver, don’t worry. You can check one of those out too. Just remember to bring your student ID when you visit.

Sandra Oh stars in Killing Eve (seasons 1-3) as a British intelligence investigator who is tracking down a female assassin. But as the chase heats up, the two women fall into obsession.

The Sinner (season 1-3) follows a police detective as he investigates unlikely crimes and their culprits. Each season explores a different crime with a new cast of characters.

Check out HBO’s Game of Thrones (the complete series) and dive into the political strife of Westeros.

Succession (seasons 1-2) is all about the Roy family and what will happen when their aging patriarch dies. It all comes down to one question: Who will inherit the company?

Political intrigue abounds in House of Cards (the complete series) as Congressman Frank Underwood vies for power.

The Handmaid’s Tale (seasons 1-3) serializes Margaret Atwood’s famous dystopian novel.

When Walter White is diagnosed with stage three lung cancer, his financial troubles lead him to start producing meth. Breaking Bad (the complete series) is lauded as one of the greatest of all time.

La Casa de Papel (the complete series) is a Spanish TV show—but don’t let that scare you—which follows a group of criminals as they enact a heist in real time.

The Music and Media Collections is located in OSF 104A, and our hours are listed on the Library Hours and Location page.

By Jayde Hoppe

Libraries, Media/Music Collections

What is Cinematography?

Have you ever wondered how filmmakers create amazing imagery? The art of making films—of getting the perfect framing of the action—is called cinematography, and it’s an essential part of the visuals that make up a good movie.
Great cinematography comes in many forms, whether it be the back-and-forth shots of an intense conversation or long shots where the camera follows actors through an entire scene. Other important aspects of cinematography include the composition (how much space a given element takes in the frame), the focus (what is clear and crisp), and the color.


Not sure where to start?
Some amazing examples of great cinematography available in the Music & Media Collections or through our streaming services include:

Citizen Kane (also available on streaming) is a breakthrough film—it established many essentials of cinematography still in use today, such as the use of angles and shadows.

Wondrous combinations of bright colors saturate The Fall, where the story delves into surreal imagery as reality and fantasy blur.

The lack of color is just as impactful as its presence, and Roma’s beautiful black and white cinematography lingers in the long shot.

Fast-paced martial arts meet sweeping views of the Chinese landscape in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Pan’s Labyrinth (also available on streaming), a historical-fantasy film set during the Spanish Civil War, plays with light and shadow as the main character escapes into a fantasy world.

By Jayde Hoppe