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Audio and Video Resources at OU

A guide to audio and video resources available to the OU community.

Kanopy Streaming Video

Kanopy Streaming Video offers anyplace, any device streaming access to documentaries, cinematic releases, world cinema, indes, and instructional videos. Topics range from the history of antibiotics to an Iranian zombie movie. Some highlights include the entire Criterion Collection, PBS Essentials, the Cohen Film Collection of restored rare movies, the DEFA Film Library of work from the former East Germany, and features from Shout Factory. Effective October 1, 2018, Kanopy video access is mediated.  This means that any video not licensed for use prior to that date will require the user to request access.  Access is being enabled for class use with instructor approval.

HINT: To browse by Subjects, Suppliers, Filmmakers, Features, Languages, Captions, or Year of Production, click the search box without entering a search term.

Users can create clips, playlists, view time-stamped transcripts, and save selections to a watchlist. In addition to viewing through a web browser, content can be streamed on Apple and Android devices or through Apple TV, Roku, or Chromecast.

New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present

New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990–Present from Alexander Street Press includes over 200 full-length feature films from leading independent distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, and Global Lens. There are also some 50 award winning short films. All films were presented at major film festivals, many were nominated for awards, and many have won major awards. Films include the Oscar®-nominated Twilight Samurai, directed by Yôji Yamada, and Oscar®-nominated The Scent of Green Papaya, directed by Tran Anh Hung. Collectively the films in the database have won more than 1,000 awards.

Each film includes a searchable transcript, details, and a list of awards and reviews. A visual table of contents lets users move to any part of the video in 5 minute increments. Once the user has set up a free account (good across all Alexander Street Press content), bookmarks can be set and clips can be made and shared or embedded. See the Alexander Street Press page in this guide for information on bookmarking, sharing, and embedding.