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Streaming Film Sources

Anthropology | Dance, Music, & Theater | Film Studies | General Information | Health and Science | History | Minority Studies | News | Open Courses

  • Anthropology

    • Archeology Channel Video Guide
      Anthropology      Places      Archeology
      A collection of over 150 films that cover a variety of archeological topics and places.
    • Ethnographic Video Online  
      Cultural Groups      Locations      People
      The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more
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  • Dance, Music, & Theater

    • Dance in Video    
      Ensembles      Venues      Roles
      Hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.
    • Great Performances
      Dance      Music      Theater
      Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.
    • Opera in Video    
      Composer      Ensembles      Roles
      Hours of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.
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  • ​Film Studies 

    • AMC B- Movies
      Feature Films
      Full length B-movies hosted by American Movie Channel.
      American Culture      Dance      Religion
      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.
    • National Film Board of Canada
      People      Animation      History
      Documentary and animated films that explore the world from a Canadian point of view.
    • PBS Art:21
      Contemporary Art      Artists      Exhibits
      Almost 1000 hours of original documentary footage chronicling contemporary art and artists. Features artists, art installations, exhibitions, and performances at galleries and museums.
    • Snag Films
      Feature Films      Documentaries      Full Length
      A collection of full length films that covers various topics as feature films, health & food, gay & lesbian, music, and science & nature. All the films are free to watch but there is a registration for the web site.
    • Thanhouser Films Online
      Early Films      Silent Films
      Over 50 films produced by the Thanhouser Company between 1910-1917. This collection was pulled together with the help of the Library of Congress, the American Film Institute, The National Film and Television Archive, The British Film Institute, The Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, and The Netherlands Filmmuseum.
    • UbuWeb
      Avant-Garde      Independent
      An independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts. Artists include Jasper Johns, Banksy, Andy Warhol, and many others.
    • YouTube Movies
      Feature Films      Documentaries
      Full length feature films and documentaries available to stream for free or pay-per-view.
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  • ​General Information

    • Annenberg Media
      History      Math      Science
      Streaming videos from the Annenberg educational collection covering a range of topics such as art, history, math, science, government, and literature.
    • BBC Online
      Art      Government      Science
      Themed collections from the BBC Archives of radio and TV programs, documents and photographs from as far back as the 1930's.
    • Digital Public Library
      Newsfilm      Science      Sport
      A collection of text, images, audio recordings, and moving images from a variety of American libraries, museums, and archives
    • Internet Archive
      Full-Length      Animation      Music
      This library contains over a million digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.
    • Media That Matters
      Current Events      Short Films      Independent
      A collection of short films, all under 12 minutes, that cover a variety of subjects from economic justice to gay rights to religious freedom. All the films are jury-selected and represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21.
    • Open Video Project
      History      PSA      Educational
      A collection of educational and ephemeral films collected and hosted by UNC Chapel Hill.
    • POV
      Criminal Justice      Health       Politics
      A collection of full-length and short films from the POV series.
    • TED Talks
      Technology      Entertainment      Design
      A collection of short presentations and speeches presented by a wide variety of acclaimed individuals at the annual TED conference.
    • WGBH Open Vault
      Art      Education      Science& Technology
      Online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. The ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning.
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  • ​Health and Science 

    • People      Therapy Types      Counseling Sessions
      A rich online collection of videos available for the study of counseling, social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. The wealth of video and multiplicity of perspectives in these collections allow students and scholars to see, experience, and study counseling in ways never before possible.
    • NOVA  
      Body & Brain      Space & Flight      Military 
      Selected programs covering topics from ancient worlds to evolution to physics and math.
    • Stanford Health Video Library
      Cancer      Mental Health      Physiology 
      A collection of programs featuring prominent doctors presenting the most recent research on numerous health issues.
    • Farming      Nutrition      Food Safety
      Videos produced by the USDA about a variety of topics including current events, food safety, and nutrition.​
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  • History 

    • People      Events      History
      Full length episodes of the PBS series American Experience.
    • People      Events      Military
      Provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.
    • Native Americans      History      Culture
      A collection of more than 450 films by and about Native Americans ranging from 1925-2010.
    • American Rhetoric
      Speeches      Politics      Religion
      A collection of historic speeches presented in video, audio, and text.
    • People      Documentaries      Events
      In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides unique access to their African American Classics collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
    • People      Events      Places
      Access to films, audio recordings, images, and texts related to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's.
    • Customs      Music      Social Justice
      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.
    • Business      People      Events
      Provides free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
    • People      Entertainment      Politics
      A Collection of Mike Wallace interviews from 1957-1958, hosted by the Ransom Center at the University of Texas Austin. These 65 interviews include Gloria Swanson, Bob Feller, Frank Lloyd Wright, Abba Eban, and many others.
    • Fox Movietone News      USC Athletic Department      Local Television News
      Free online public access to copies of archival film and video from several of MIRC's collections including Fox Movietone News, Chinese Film Collection, local television news, and USC Athletic Department.
    • Southern Food      Culture
      Films produced in concert with the University of Mississippi's Center for Documentary Projects to document, study, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.
    • People      Events      Military
      A wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that allow students and researchers to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. The video content offered here is truly global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.
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  • Minority Studies

    • People      Documentaries      Events
      In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides unique access to their African American Classics collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
    • Gender     Race     Communications
      This collection contains films from Media Education Foundation, The Center for New American Media, and Into the Classroom Media offering films in media and communications, gender, race, and class studies, health, science, librarianship, and education.
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  • News 

    • People      Current Events       Science
      A collection of full episodes of CBS news program 60 Minutes.
    • News      Documentaries      Interviews
      A collection of shows and documentaries from the network.
    • Speeches      Politics      Governement
      An archive of all the C-SPAN programming that has aired since 1987. Programs from all three C-SPAN channels have been recorded and indexed for searching.
    • Health      Education      Business
      Online access to select Frontline episodes from 1983- present covering a variety of subjects including health, education, and business.
    • Health      News & Public Affairs      Science & Nature
      Full length programs from the Public Broadcasting System.
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  • Open Course

    • Business      Math      Humanities
      A collection of free online courses from top universities around the world. Topics covered include art & design, business, humanities, and computer science.
    • Business      Language      Social Sciences
      Videos for free courses offered through the Harvard Extension School's Open learning Initiative. These courses taught by Harvard faculty cover subjects such as art & humanities, languages, literature, and science.
    • Math      Physics      Sociology
      A project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) that provides high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students. Subjects include math, natural science, social science, and humanities.
    • Math      Computer Science      Humanities
      A collection of over 4000 videos that cover math, science (biology, chemistry, and physics), finance, and history. These videos are all about 10 minutes long and created to help students learn at their own pace.
    • Biology      Nursing      Philosophy
      Free video lectures that cover a variety of topics in science, math, history, language, philosophy, and business. The audio and video lectures are conducted by faculty from reputable universities around the world.
    • Anthropology      Economics      Media Arts
      A Collection of MIT course content available for free.
    • African American Studies      Geology      Psychology
      Free access to a collection of introductory courses taught by distinguished faculty from Yale University.
    • Science      Social Studies      Literacy
      Instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, audio, photos, and even in-depth lesson plans for grades K-13.
      The site requires registration but all the content is free for educators, students and families.
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