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Enriching Films for Film Scholars, Casual Viewers


Submitted on January 15, 2019

The Ensor Learning Resource Center at Georgetown College has partnered with the streaming video service Kanopy.com to make available a remarkable and diverse catalog of film titles – think Netflix – free of charge. Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers will discover enriching films with new titles added every month. There are approximately 30,000 titles from which to choose.

Views may enjoy film classics, documentaries, and Sundance Film Festival favorites, among others. There are gender studies, films on healthy living, current affairs, Golden Globe Award winners and nominees, independent films, coming of age films, and films from the early days of motion pictures.

“Each film in the collection is available to our faculty, staff, and students for viewing at any time, from anywhere, on a number of devices,” explained Andrew, Director of Library Services. The films may be viewed on iPad, iPhone, AppleTV, AndroidTV, Android, ROKU, Chromecast, FireTV, and FireTablet.

The titles available are extensive and do more than entertain. For example, anyone interested in film studies might enjoy the classic John Ford film Stagecoach, the smash hit and enduring masterpiece that revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list and establishing the genre as we know it today. It features outstanding performances from Hollywood stalwarts Claire Trevor, John Carradine, and Thomas Mitchell, and, of course, John Wayne.

Or how about movies featuring Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, a study of African American Pioneers in Film, French Cinema, and more recent films like Lady Bird.

Then, too, there are documentaries like the PBS series on the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies through the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction. Entitled Slavery and the Making of America, the film is narrated by Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman.

“We added Kanopy in December 2018 in preparation for the spring 2019 semester,” said Adler. “We are excited to offer the service to the Georgetown College community and look forward to how our students, faculty, and staff use it.”

Kanopy.com prides itself on streaming thoughtful entertainment with no fees and no commercials through a partnership with public libraries, colleges, and universities.

Members of the Georgetown College community may gain access to this large, curated catalog of educational, entertaining, and enriching films by going to Kanopy.com and looking for the school name. Alternatively, access Kanopy through the library’s A-Z database list, which is https://libguides.georgetowncollege.edu/az.php.


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