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7 Inch Cinema - A huge chunk of the moving images being created never
get close to your local multiplex or TV screen. 7 inch cinema - based in Birmingham UK - was established as a home for some of this work, whether it be claymation musicals from Ladywood or roller-blading heist films from
Paris. Alongside shorts and music videos there are performances, DJs, live soundtracks, installations and slideshows.
BFI screenonline - Brings to life Britain's big and
small screen histories from the 1890s to the present. Popular classics, little-known gems and many hard-to-find films and television
programmes are represented by thousands of video extracts, thousands of still images, publicity materials and specially-written analyses by
expert writers, supported by comprehensive filmographic information. screenonline is a vital resource for anyone with either an academic or
casual interest in British film or television. Access to video and audio material is limited to users in registered UK schools, colleges
British Pathe - One of the oldest media companies in the world. They were established in London in 1902, and by 1910 were producing their famous bi-weekly newsreel the Pathe Gazette. After the First World War they started producing various Cinemagazines as well. By 1930 they were producing the Gazette, the Pathetone Weekly, the Pathe Pictorial and Eve's Film Review, covering entertainment, culture and womens' issues. By the time Pathe finally stopped producing the cinema newsreel in 1970 they had accumulated 3500 hours of filmed history amounting to over 90,000 individual items. Most of this is now available online at British Pathe (YouTube).
CBC Documentaries - Watch the best documentaries from Canada and
around the world on digital TV. It's like having a cinema in your own living room, showing award winning films twenty-four hours a
day, seven days a week.
Cinema Libra - Online retailer of DVD movies, including socio-political
documentaries and independent feature films.
Criterion - A continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, the Criterion
Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest
technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. Also see Eclipse series. Eclipse presents a selection of
lost, forgotten, or overshadowed classics in simple, affordable editions. Each series is a brief cinematheque for the adventurous home
viewer. Once a month, Eclipse will present a set of these films, usually from three to five titles, focusing on a particular
director or theme.
Docurama Films - Dedicated to making critically acclaimed and cutting-edge documentaries available
digitally and on home video.
DocuSeek - A searchable database for documentary, social issue, and educational videos which allows
users to search for videos by grade level, length, filmmaker, and other specific characteristics. Search results include complete title
information, a detailed description, reviews and awards, plus links to the distributors.
donkeysaddle projects - Combats inhumanity through exposing the humanity of those who have been
marginalized and oppressed, through platforms such as writing, film and theatre.
Errol Morris - Janet Maslin of the New York Times describes Morris as
"a one-of-a-kind filmmaker capable of melding science, philosophy, poetry and sheer whimsy into an elaborate meditation on mankind's
FedFlix - Features over 8,700 films created by the US government over the
past 70 years on a range of topics.
Filmakers Library - Developing a collection of award-winning documentary
films and videos primarily for educational use, covering such subject areas as psychology, sociology, anthropology, women's studies and
multicultural issues. Titles from the collection are available for rental or sale to universities, schools, museums, businesses and
Films for Action (FFA) - A non-profit website featuring over 500 of the best
socially-conscious documentaries and videos you can watch free online.
Folkstreams - A national preserve of documentary films about American roots cultures streamed
with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links
to related websites.
ForeignFilms - Classic foreign titles to the latest arthouse releases.
Freedom Archives, The - 8000 hours of audio and video recordings documenting social justice
movements locally, nationally, and internationally from the 1960s to the present. The Archives features
speeches of movement leaders and community activists, protests and demonstrations, cultural currents of rebellion and resistance. This oral
history is in a searchable database.
You can download programs and clips.
Harry Smith Archives - It was in San Francisco that Smith began to build a reputation as one of the leading American experimental filmmakers. He showed frequently in the "Art in Cinema" screenings
organized by Frank Stauffacher at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Smith not only became close with other
avant-garde filmmakers in the Bay Area, such as Jordan Belson and Hy Hirsh, but traveled frequently to Los Angeles to see the films of
Oskar Fischinger, Kenneth Anger, and other Southern Californians experimentalists. Smith developed his own methods of animation,
using both stop motion collage techniques and, more uniquely, hand-painting directly on film. Often a single film required years of
painstakingly precise labor. While a few other filmmakers had employed similar frame-by-frame processes, few matched the complexity of
composition, movement, and integration in Smith's work. Smith's films have been interpreted as investigations of
conscious and unconscious mental processes, while his fusion of color and sound are acknowledged as precursors of sixties psychedelia. At
times, Smith spoke of his films in terms of synaethesia, the search for correspondences between color and sound and sound and
Harvard Film Archive - Presents films Friday through Monday nights year round. Frequently invites
filmmakers to discuss their work and engage with the vibrant community of students, professors, artists and cinephiles who regularly attend
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival - North America's largest documentary festival,
conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and
around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking
opportunities for documentary professionals.
Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive (University of Southern California) - Comprised of approximately 70,000 motion picture negatives, magnetic sound elements, release prints and a growing percentage of moving image materials in digital formats. The archive's collection of USC student and staff films provides an opportunity for current production students to study the works of USC alumni. The student film collection houses both the original camera negative and release prints of many USC alumni as well as a research collection of commercial feature films, television programs, educational films and shorts to support the school's academic mission.
Independent Film Channel (IFC) - Features independent movies, documentaries, animation, shorts, exclusive
originals, and coverage of all the major independent film festivals.
International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) - Brings together institutions dedicated to
rescuing films both as cultural heritage and as historical documents. Focuses on the practical and economic implications of digitalization,
upon commercial imperatives, and what this may mean for traditional film archiving activities.
Irish Film Institute: Irish Film Archive - Acquires, preserves and makes available Ireland's moving
image heritage, working to ensure that Ireland's rich and varied film history, both amateur and professional. The material is
historically, socially and culturally valuable, providing a unique visual record of the development of modern Ireland, with collections
spanning from 1897 to the present day.
John Pilger - The films and journalism writing of John Pilger.
Kamran Shirdel - Shirdel is considered a father figure
of Iran's new cinema and documentary school of filmmaking. He paved the way for a type of social and critical documentary film in Iran that
refused to be misused by presenting a politically documented and accurate reflection of reality. Many famed Iranian cineastes, such as Abbas Kiarostami, Amir Naderi, Jafar Panahi, Rakhshan Banietemad, Mohammad Reza Aslani, Khosrow Masooumi, Mahvash Sheikholeslami, and Soudabeh Babagap, have been his pupils or worked directly with him during their formative years. Shirdel's films are
considered to be veritable references for the social documentary and filmmaking in Iran.
KPFA Archives - Programming is local, original and eclectic, with a well produced mix of news
and in depth public affairs, an ongoing drama, literature and performance series, interviews, and reviews.
Media Resources Center (MRC) - MRC is the University of California,
Berkeley library's primary collection of materials in electronic non-print (audio and visual) formats. The permanent collection
includes dramatic performances, literary adaptations, speeches, lectures and events, documentaries, including one of the strongest
collections of works by independent film and video makers in the U.S. Virtually every currently-available video version of Shakespeare's plays; major PBS series; radio documentaries and interviews from the Pacific Archives and National Public Radio, and an excellent study-level collection of international cinema works are just a few of the resources you
will find in the Media Center.
Media That Matters - Showcase for short films on important topics of the day. Every
June, Media That Matters presents a new collection of twelve shorts. The festival launches in New York City with a world premiere
at the IFC Center and an awards ceremony at HBO where every filmmaker is honored and many receive cash awards sponsored
by major foundations and corporations. Previous presenters include Tim Robbins, Al Franken, David Cross, Woody Harrelson, Barbara Kopple
and Peter Yarrow.
Mr. Bongo - Building a diverse catalogue of impressive directing and acting talent and a selection of
cinematic gems from around the world.
Museum of the Moving Image - Advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media by presenting exhibitions, education programs, significant moving-image works, and interpretive programs, and collecting and preserving moving-image related artifacts.
National Film Board (Canada) - Nearly 1500 films, clips and trailers online, free
for personal use and on a subscription basis for schools and institutions.
Open Video Project: A Shared Digital Video Collection - The purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia
retrieval, digital library, and other research communities. Researchers can use the video to study a wide range of problems, such as tests
of algorithms for automatic segmentation, summarization, and creation of surrogates that describe video content; the development of face
recognition algorithms; or creating and evaluating interfaces that display result sets from multimedia queries. Because researchers
attempting to solve similar problems will have access to the same video content, the repository is also intended to be used as a test
collection that will enable systems to be compared, similar to the way the TREC conferences are used for text retrieval.
P.O.V. - PBS's documentaries with a "point of view."
Peoples Video Network (PVN) - Media activists with more than 50 public access shows across the
U.S. and hundreds of videos. PVN has sent correspondents to the Lacondon Jungle, Russia, Cuba, Korea, Puerto Rico, South Africa,
and Iraq - producing and editing videos about issues the corporate media will not touch.
Peter Vronski - Canadian writer, filmmaker, artist, investigative researcher, videographer, film
and video editor, internet broadband video streaming content specialist, webmaster, historian. Various projects include: Lee Harvey
Oswald in Russia, Montsegur and the Cathers, Ambrose Small: Case Closed, Crime and Punishment, Italian Products Onine, Express Gangland,
Political Remix Video - Aims to showcase some of the best, most innovative and inspiring
examples of political remix video on the net.
Prelinger Collection - The Library of Congress has acquired the Prelinger
Collection, comprising more than 48,000 historical "ephemeral" motion pictures, from its owner, Prelinger
Archives of San Francisco. The Prelinger Collection brings together a wide variety of American ephemeral motion
pictures-advertising, educational, industrial, amateur and documentary films depicting everyday life, culture and industry in America
throughout the 20th century. Although images from the collection have been used in thousands of films, television programs and other
productions throughout the last 20 years, the films themselves generally have not been available to researchers and the public. Those
wishing to gain access to films for research, pleasure or reuse may view and download 1,500 key titles without charge through the Internet Archive, while those in search of stock footage for production may
acquire it through Prelinger's authorized representative, Getty Images.
Raindance - Dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world, Raindance combines Film Training Courses, Rawtalent Productions, Raindance, Raindance East
and Raindance Kids Film Festivals, Raindance Film Magazine, and hosts the prestigious British Independent Film Awards.
SnagFilms - Watch free movies and documentaries online.
Video Data Bank (VDB) - Founded in 1976 at the inception of the media arts
movement, the Video Data Bank is the leading resource in the United States for video by and about contemporary artists. The VDB collections feature innovative video work made by artists from an aesthetic, political or personal
point of view. The collections include seminal works that, seen as a whole, describe the development of video as an art form originating in
the late 1960's and continuing to the present.
visionOntv - Enables you to create and collate video. A source of in-depth and verifiable news, with
fact-checking links to reliable sources.
Wide Angle (PBS) - A weekly PBS TV series of one-hour international documentaries, hosted by Mishal Husain.
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