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OER | Film & Video

On this webpage you will find  OER Film textbooks along with supplemental materials and a few lecture videos

The purpose of these discipline-specific pages is to display content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive.  The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here. 

Film Studies

British Film Institute

The BFI was founded in 1933. We are a charity governed by a Royal Charter. We combine cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals.

Crash Course Series - Film: History, Production and Criticism
Join Craig Benzine for 16 weeks of Film History right here on Crash Course. He'll look at the history of one of our most powerful mediums. Film has the ability to communicate with images, entertain, move us, frighten us, and so much more. From A Trip to the Moon to Captain America: Civil War, the history of film is really a history of humanity and Craig will do his best to lead us all through it.

Future Learn - Film Studies
Future Learn provides courses such as "Teaching Literacy Through Film", "Hispanic Film and Culture", "Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom", "Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen", and "An Introduction to Screenwriting."

Project Gutenberg - Movie Bookshelf
Project Gutenberg's list of Movie Books.

Sound Effect Library
A collection of free sound effects for download.

Western Movies: Myth, Ideology, Genre
This series of podcasts from iTunes surveys the development of the Western film genre and sets it in historical and cultural context.

Memrise - Film
Uses images and audio to help memorize vocabulary. Interactive site that saves individual progress.

Open Videos

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American Memory Collection
Several hundred early motion pictures are viewable in the Library of Congress's American Memory collections. Most of these early films are documentaries.

British Pathe
With a unique combination of information and entertainment, all 85,000 documentaries, newsreels, serials and films searchable and viewable on YouTube.

CSPAN Video Library
Includes almost every program that has aired on C-SPAN, including more than 170,000 hours of content, going back to 1987, including author interviews, political rallies, interviews with newsmakers and journalists.

Documentary Heaven
Browse films by category options such as activist, celebrity, conspiracy, mystery, war, technology, and more.

Engage Media
An online video-sharing site focused on social justice and environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific.

Over 2000 streaming indie movies. It also includes international movies and documentaries covering various categories such as comedy, drama, action and science fiction.

Movies from the United States Government, from training films to history and national parks.

A national preserve of documentary films about American roots cultures.

Free Documentaries
Run by a non-profit organization that offers a wide variety of documentaries by independent film makers from around the world.

iTunes U
Free lectures, videos, films, etc. from hundreds of colleges and universities. Search by specific institution or by subject. Opens in your iTunes account, but can be integrated into your Blackboard course.

Library of Congress Webcasts
Webcasts from the Library of Congress covering Biography, History, Culture, Performing Arts, Education, Government, Poetry, Literature, Religion, Science, and Technology.

Moving Image Internet Archive
Over 1.5 million digitized videos and clips, including cartoons, commercials and classic films, many public domain or available via Creative Commons license.

National Film Board of Canada
The National Film Board of Canada’s online Screening Room, offering documentaries, animated film and more from around the world. They also have channels for topics like history, biography and the arts.

Open Video Project
A repository of open access digitized videos for education and learning purposes.

PBS Video
Offers a wide variety of its films, documentaries and TV shows for streaming online.

Prelinger Archives
Holds approx 11,000 digitized videos, primarily home movies and amateur films. There is free access to many (but not all) films from the collection on the Internet Archive site.

Public Domain Project
Thousands of audio, image, and video files in the public domain from the collection of the Pond5 stock footage company. A la Carta
The Spanish public broadcasting company, providing free online streaming for a wide variety of its films, documentaries and television programming.

Search thousands of videos through this content sharing program. Click on the "Education" tab for highlighted finds.

The broadest collection of independent movies you can watch right now, on demand, for free, and share with others.

TED Talks
Search the TED Talks library of videos filmed at TED conferences, TEDx events, and other events. Try narrowing your search to TED-Ed and view animated video lessons targeted to educators to use for customizing lessons.

The Travel Film Archive
A collection of travelogues and educational and industrial films that show the world the way it was between 1900 and 1970. Its holdings include archives of the renowned travel filmmakers Burton Holmes, Andre de la Varre, and James A. FitzPatrick.

Vimeo Creative Commons
Browse videos with a Creative Commons license. The site has a clear explanation of the different licenses and how you can or cannot use the videos.

DVD, Blu-Ray, VHS, and Films in the Libraries

You may search for films in a number of formats owned by the UMass Amherst Library or Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke and Smith Colleges, in the 5 College Library Catalog. You can search by title, subject, or author (the director is listed as the author). Use the advanced search to limit the format to "DVDs, VIDEOS, FILMS, & SLIDES." Students may borrow the library's films for three days or view them in the Media area on the 6th floor whenever the Library is open. If your instructor has placed his or her own copy of a film on Reserve, ask for it at the circulation desk in the Learning Commons. 

UMass Amherst students can also borrow films in person from the Four Colleges for three days. Staff and faculty can borrow films for five days.

Streaming Video & Films


Known as "Netflix for Academia", Kanopy offers free streaming documentaries, foreign films, Criterion Collection films, and more. It also hosts the entire Media Education Foundation video library of cultural criticism documentaries as well as the DEFA Film Library (selected films from the comprehensive UMass Amherst collection of East German cinema). It's free for all UMass students, and staff and you can set up an account to create a queue.

Film Platform

Film Platform is an innovative collaboration between some of the leading filmmakers and sales agents around the world to bring the finest streaming collection of documentary films to an academic audience

Docuseek2 streams essential social-issue and environmental documentaries to colleges and universities, providing exclusive access to content from Bullfrog Films, Icarus Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, the National Film Board of Canada, MediaStorm, KimStim, Scorpion TV, and Terra Nova Films. 

Film & Video Reference Collection

The Reference Collection in the Learning Commons (aka Lower Level) of Du Bois Library includes many guides to film genres and national cinema in the Reference collection around call numbers PN 1992-1998. Some examples are listed below

Films by Genre  (Ref. PN 1998 L63 1993)
Starting point for research into film genres.
Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema (Ref. PN 1993.4 I8 R277 1999) 
A good example of guides to national cinema. Reference Sources for Film CriticismFilm criticism is usually published as articles in film journals. Thoughtful reviews in popular magazines also provide critical insights.Film Literature Index (Ref. Z5784.M9F45) 
Covers international scholarly and trade film journals from 1973 to present.
Film Review Index  (Ref. Z5784.M9 F513 1986+) 
Provides citations to reviews in popular magazines 1882-1985.
Reference Books for the Industry
Also in Reference are various media industry directories. Gale Directory of Media and Markets Ref Desk Z 6951 N11 )
Find print and broadcast media in each town. Also online.
Kemp's Film TV and Video Yearbook Ref PN1998 A1 K391) 
International directory of production facilities.


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