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Specialists in enthralling enormously and entertaining video documentaries!

The Center for New American Media was founded in 1979 by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker, filmmakers interested in presenting a fresh look at American culture. Since then they have created a series of critically praised documentaries and twice garnered both the George Foster Peabody Award and the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award.

  • Getting Back to Abnormal (Home Video Sale)

    New Orleans' long history of political dysfunction and complicated racial dynamics gets a new lease on life when Stacy Head, a polarizing white woman, wins a seat on the city council after Katrina. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. Institutional customers should choose the appropriate package below.
  • American Tongues (Home Video Purchase - request discount code)

    This Peabody Award-winning look at American accents and their social implications is both a proven crowd-pleaser and a unique window on the way we judge people by the way they talk. AMERICAN TONGUES goes to the streets and the countryside to listen to American English in all its diversity and color. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.Write to orders@cnam.com to get your discount code.
  • American Tongues (Home Rental)

    This Peabody Award-winning look at American accents and their social implications is both a proven crowd-pleaser and a unique window on the way we judge people by the way they talk. AMERICAN TONGUES goes to the streets and the countryside to listen to American English in all its diversity and color. THIS IS AN ONLINE-ONLY RENTAL. To purchase a downloadable file and license, please select our "Home Video Sale" package.
  • PEOPLE LIKE US: Social Class in America (Home Video Purchase - request discount code)

    The classic film that has spawned thousands of conversations about class in America -- the 800-pound gorilla in American life that most Americans don't think about: how do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License. Write to orders@cnam.com to get your discount code.
  • PEOPLE LIKE US: Social Class in America (Home Rental)

    The classic film that has spawned thousands of conversations about class in America -- the 800-pound gorilla in American life that most Americans don't think about: how do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? THIS IS AN ONLINE-ONLY RENTAL. To purchase a downloadable file and license, please select our "Home Video Sale" package.
  • Yeah You Rite! (Home Video Sale)

    This award winning film is a fast paced, humorous look at the colorful way the residents of New Orleans express themselves - why they talk the way they do, where the words come from, and what it means to talk with a New Orleans accent. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.
  • MOMS (Home Video Sale)

    The truth about motherhood finally revealed! Real American mothers tell all in a funny and poignant look at the toughest, greatest job in town, sharing their child-rearing stories with warmth, humor, wisdom, and remarkable candor. Hilarious and heartbreaking, MOMS celebrates what it means to be a mother. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.
  • Sex: Female (Home Video Sale)

    What's on the mind of the woman next door when it comes to sex? We know all about the sexual preferences of Cosmo girls and the women of Sex in the City, but the views of ordinary American women are sometimes drowned out by their more glamorous sisters. In Sex: female, five dozen American women representing a rich variety of ages, ethnic groups, and economic backgrounds go public with some of their innermost secrets.THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you want to screen this for classes, please download the Institutional License package.
  • The Women's Collection (Home Video Sale)

    The truth about motherhood finally revealed! Real American mothers tell all in a funny and poignant look at the toughest, greatest job in town, sharing their child-rearing stories with warmth, humor, wisdom, and remarkable candor. Hilarious and heartbreaking, MOMS celebrates what it means to be a mother. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.
  • VOTE FOR ME - The Complete Series (Home Video Sale)

    What is it to actually run for office? To organize campaigns? To produce negative ads? To build legislative coalitions? See all this and more in this entertaining and revealing Peabody Award-winning TV series that travels across the country to show us how politics is really played in the U.S. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.
  • The Political Education of Maggie Lauterer (from VOTE FOR ME) (Home Video Sale)

    Maggie Lauterer is a former TV reporter running for Congress in the mountains of western North Carolina. She has no prior political experience, but she's a professional folk musician with real charisma on the campaign trail. As the first woman to run for this office, we follow Maggie as she struggles to learn the ropes of effective politicking while attempting to run a clean campaign. A classic of political storytelling, winner of the Peabody Award in Journalism. Part of the VOTE FOR ME series. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you want to screen this for classes, please download the Institutional License package.
  • The Anti-Americans - a hate/love relationship (Home Video Sale)

    They say that Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from Venus, but the story is a lot more complicated. The Anti-Americans is a whimsical yet serious look at the estrangement between Europeans and America that has developed over the last few years. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.
  • The Japanese Version (Home Video)

    This award-winning film takes an unusual look at the West's influence on Japanese popular culture, looking at everything from weddings with giant rubber cakes to "love hotels", decorated in different Western fantasies; to Tokyo businessmen in letter-perfect cowboy outfits singing the theme to Rawhide. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.
  • Small Ball -- A Little League Story

    "Small Ball -- A Little League Story" captures the hope, thrills and excitement of players, parents and coaches as a team of 11 and 12-year-old Little Leaguers go from their small northern California town all the way to the Little League Baseball World Series Championships in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.
  • Louisiana Boys - Raised on Politics (Home Video Sale)

    A hilarious, unorthodox look at the colorful, Byzantine political culture of Louisiana, home to Huey and Earl Long, David Duke, and Edwin Edwards, where politics is a long-running spectator sport. Winner of the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. Institutional users should purchase the appropriate package.
  • The Ends of the Earth (Home Video)

    THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.
  • Mosquitoes and High Water (Home Video)

    This award-winning video examines the unique history and culture of one of America's least known ethnic groups, the Spanish-speaking "Islenos" who live in the bayous east of New Orleans and are celebrated for their tradition of decimas – long, descriptive ballads about events in their past lives or notorious local characters. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.
  • American Tongues (Institutional License)

    This Peabody Award-winning look at American accents and their social implications is both a proven crowd-pleaser and a unique window on the way we judge people by the way they talk. AMERICAN TONGUES goes to the streets and the countryside to listen to American English in all its diversity and color. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029. Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • American Tongues (Institutional Rental)

    This Peabody Award-winning look at American accents and their social implications is both a proven crowd-pleaser and a unique window on the way we judge people by the way they talk. AMERICAN TONGUES goes to the streets and the countryside to listen to American English in all its diversity and color. THIS IS AN ONLINE-ONLY RENTAL. To purchase a downloadable file and license, please select our "Institutional License" package.
  • American Tongues (High School Version)

    This Peabody Award-winning look at American accents and their social implications is both a proven crowd-pleaser and a unique window on the way we judge people by the way they talk. AMERICAN TONGUES goes to the streets and the countryside to listen to American English in all its diversity and color. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029. Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • PEOPLE LIKE US: Social Class in America (Institutional License)

    The classic film that has spawned thousands of conversations about class in America -- the 800-pound gorilla in American life that most Americans don't think about: how do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? Package includes the Tammy's Story 2013 Update and several outtake sequences. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029. Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • PEOPLE LIKE US: Social Class in America (institutional Rental)

    The classic film that has spawned thousands of conversations about class in America -- the 800-pound gorilla in American life that most Americans don't think about: how do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? THIS IS AN ONLINE-ONLY RENTAL. To purchase a downloadable file and license, please select our "Institutional License" package.
  • Yeah You Rite! (Institutional License)

    This award winning film is a fast paced, humorous look at the colorful way the residents of New Orleans express themselves - why they talk the way they do, where the words come from, and what it means to talk with a New Orleans accent. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029. Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • VOTE FOR ME - The Complete Series (Institutional License)

    What is it to actually run for office? To organize campaigns? To produce negative ads? To build legislative coalitions? See all this and more in this entertaining and revealing Peabody Award-winning TV series that travels across the country to show us how politics is really played in the U.S. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029. Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • MOMS (Institutional License)

    The truth about motherhood finally revealed! Real American mothers tell all in a funny and poignant look at the toughest, greatest job in town, sharing their child-rearing stories with warmth, humor, wisdom, and remarkable candor. Hilarious and heartbreaking, MOMS celebrates what it means to be a mother. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029. Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • Sex:Female (Institutional License)

    What's on the mind of the woman next door when it comes to sex? We know all about the sexual preferences of Cosmo girls and the women of Sex in the City, but the views of ordinary American women are sometimes drowned out by their more glamorous sisters. In Sex: female, five dozen American women representing a rich variety of ages, ethnic groups, and economic backgrounds go public with some of their innermost secrets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7WCgpEEuTw&list=PL4558030BD133427D&index=1
  • Louisiana Boys - Raised on Politics (Institutional License)

    A hilarious, unorthodox look at the colorful, Byzantine political culture of Louisiana, home to Huey and Earl Long, David Duke, and Edwin Edwards, where politics is a long-running spectator sport. Winner of the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029. Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • Getting Back to Abnormal (Institutional License)

    New Orleans' long history of political dysfunction and complicated racial dynamics gets a new lease on life when Stacy Head, a polarizing white woman, wins a seat on the city council after Katrina. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029. Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • Mosquitoes and High Water (Institutional License)

    This award-winning video examines the unique history and culture of one of America's least known ethnic groups, the Spanish-speaking "Islenos" who live in the bayous east of New Orleans and are celebrated for their tradition of decimas – long, descriptive ballads about events in their past lives or notorious local characters. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029. Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • Politics Louisiana Style

    Two hilarious, provocative looks at the colorful way of democracy down in the Bayou State! GETTING BACK TO ABNORMAL looks at racial infighting in post-Katrina New Orleans, while LOUISIANA BOYS - RAISED ON POLITICS is a full-service guide to the colorful characters who populated twentieth-century Louisiana politics. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.
  • The N'Awlins Collection

    Two wonderful and insightful documentaries in one package! The classic YEAH YOU RITE! about New Orleans words and accents, and the provocative GETTING BACK TO ABNORMAL about the N'Awlins way of practicing politics.
  • The Politics Collection

    Three eye-opening and hugely entertaining behind-the-scenes look at politics American style. From the bayou swamps of LOUISIANA BOYS to the transcontinental sweep of Peabody-Award-winning VOTE FOR ME and New Orleans' colorfully nasty electioneering in GETTING BACK TO ABNORMAL, our Politics Collection is the perfect gift for the political junkie in your life -- a graduate-level course in how to run for office in America.
  • The Language Collection

    Both of our classic films about the way Americans talk, available in one hilarious package! The Peabody-winning AMERICAN TONGUES and the revealing YEAH YOU RITE! Watch them and you'll never again think you don't have an accent!
  • The Political Education of Maggie Lauterer (from VOTE FOR ME) (Institutional License)

    Maggie Lauterer is a former TV reporter running for Congress in the mountains of western North Carolina. She has no prior political experience, but she's a professional folk musician with real charisma on the campaign trail. As the first woman to run for this office, we follow Maggie as she struggles to learn the ropes of effective politicking while attempting to run a clean campaign. A classic of political storytelling, winner of the Peabody Award in Journalism. Part of the VOTE FOR ME series. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029.Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • The Japanese Version (Institutional License)

    This award-winning film takes an unusual look at the West's influence on Japanese popular culture, looking at everything from weddings with giant rubber cakes to "love hotels", decorated in different Western fantasies; to Tokyo businessmen in letter-perfect cowboy outfits singing the theme to Rawhide. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029. Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • The Ends of the Earth (Insitutional License)

    A touching and humor-filled portrait of a remarkable piece of America's last political kingdom – Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, a racial and ethnic gumbo in the swamps ruled for over 60 years by the all–powerful Perez family and the notorious Judge Leander Perez. The documentary focuses on the first elections in years, which toppled the Perez dynasty in 1980. This is a PERPETUAL LICENSE to show this downloadable file within your school. Discounts are available for shorter terms - please call 718-789-2029. Home users, please select the appropriate Home Video package.
  • Getting Back to Abnormal (Home Video)

    New Orleans' long history of political dysfunction and complicated racial dynamics gets a new lease on life when Stacy Head, a polarizing white woman, wins a seat on the city council after Katrina. THIS PACKAGE IS FOR HOME VIDEO USERS ONLY. If you are going to be showing this to classes, please choose the Institutional License.
  • All CNAM Titles

    Screeners of all CNAM titles. Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker, twice winners of both the Peabody Award and the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, have over the past 35 years produced critically praised documentaries for their production companies, Kingfish Productions and The Center for New American Media. NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE.

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