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Filmakers Library Online: Second Edition

Filmakers Library Online: Second Edition

Filmakers Library is a well-known and highly respected distributor of issues-based documentaries. The titles in the Filmakers Library Online: Second Edition collection cross nearly all academic disciplines and educate students and researchers on critical and thought-provoking issues, figures, and cultures.

The collection gives users anywhere-anytime access to over 1,400 titles, of which 75% are exclusive to Alexander Street. Recently announced updates will increase the collection to a massive 1,800 titles, benefiting both subscribers and purchasers.

About the collection

Topical coverage is diverse and relevant across the curriculum—anthropology, race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more.

Titles originate from independent filmmakers and prominent producers alike. Select content partners include HBO, CBC Learning, BBC, the Dramatists Guild, Journeyman Pictures, and IFC Films/Sundance Selects. Newly added, exclusive titles from Oscilloscope Films, First Run Features, and Zeitgeist Films include award winners and film-festival favorites, all hand selected for their caliber and relevance to academic audiences.   

Users will find the newest films, like Oscar® winners and nominees such as Finding Vivian Maier; theatrical releases such as Through a Lens Darkly; Sundance audience award winners including Dark Days; films by top filmmakers like Spike Jonze and Michael Gondry; and more.

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Publication details

Filmakers Library Online: Second Edition is a streaming video collection available to libraries via annual subscription or one-time purchase, with pricing scaled by institution.

  • Subscribers receive more than 100 new films over the duration of an annual subscription.
  • Purchasers receive all new updates until the collection reaches 1,800 titles.
  • Individual films are available via online streams or DVD.

No special setup or software is required—all you need is an Internet connection.

Not all titles are available in all territories


The content provided in this supplement to the larger resource (which contains almost 12,000 videos) is high quality and appears to have been discriminatingly selected. Works by little-known documentary filmmakers cover a wide range of issues, focusing on distinct localities that have not previously been extensively covered in film.

David S. Bell Professor, Reference Services, Eastern Illinois University, Reference Reviews



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