Filmakers Library Online Series

Filmakers Library Online Series

For more than 40 years, Filmakers Library has worked to bring high-quality, issue-based documentaries to educators worldwide. Now more than 1,200 of these titles are available online in a multidisciplinary collection of streaming video designed to meet the needs of researchers and teaching faculty.

This multi-part collection includes many of the most-used documentaries in humanities and social science classrooms in one convenient, highly searchable database. For a fraction of the cost of purchasing these acclaimed titles individually, Filmakers Library Online provides instant streaming access to globally focused films that can’t be streamed anywhere else.

Topical coverage is diverse and relevant across the curriculum—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.

Filmakers Library Online: Volume I

2011 Booklist Editors' Choice Award Winner

"There is great stuff here. . . Highly recommended for any library that has demand for documentary films." ‒Booklist
“Recommended" ‒CHOICE

Filmakers Library: Volume I represents more than 40 years of expert licensing by the staff at Alexander Street Press imprint Filmakers Library. The collection contains 1,000 films hand-selected for their caliber and relevance to academic audiences. Select titles include:

  • Fire Eyes: Female Circumcision (1994, Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival)
  • First Contact (1983, Academy Award Nominee)
  • My American Girls: A Dominican Story (2001, Best Documentary, San Francisco Latino Film Festival)
  • Original Intent: The Battle for America (2007, Best Feature Documentary, Harlem International Film Festival)
  • A Panther in Africa (2004, Official Selection, SilverDocs/AFI Film Festival)
  • Paradise Bent (2000, New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
  • Prison Lullabies (2003, Best Documentary, Annapolis Film Festival)
  • T-shirt Travels (2001, Best Documentary, Atlanta Film Festival)
  • Walking the Line (2006, Best of Fest, New England Film and Video Festival)

Content comes from internationally recognized filmmakers and producers, but also celebrates the works of hundreds of independent filmmakers worldwide, including Christine Choy, Roger Weisberg, Josh Aronson, David Bradbury, Judith Gleason, Jeffrey O'Connor, Tana Ross, and Taggart Siegel.

Filmakers Library Online: Volume II

Filmakers Library Online: Volume II adds 100 of the most influential issue-based documentaries of 2009 through 2013 to libraries worldwide. Notable titles include:

  • The Big Fix (2011, Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival)
  • Electoral Dysfunction (2012, The New York Times Op-Docs video series)
  • Fuel (2009, Winner, Sundance Film Festival Audience Award)
  • Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement (2012, Virginia Film Festival)
  • Lost and Sound (2012, Official Selection, SXSW South by Southwest Film Festival)
  • Nicaragua: Dictatorship Restored? (2011, Winner, Bronze Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival)
  • Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (2012, Jerusalem International Film Festival)
  • The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights (2012)
  • The Silent Truth: Crimes Against Women in the Military (2012)
  • White: A Memoir in Color (2012, New York Jewish Film Festival)

In addition to the newest films from Filmakers Library, Volume II includes an array of independent films (2012‒2013) and valuable documentaries from 2009 to 2011 from BBC and other respected partners.

Filmakers Library Online: Volume III

New in 2014, Filmakers Library Online: Volume III builds on the series by sharing 100 new and acclaimed documentaries from filmmakers worldwide. The collection places a focus on current events and emerging global issues, and incorporates films from acclaimed content partners including HBO, the Dramatists Guild Fund, and CBC Learning. Highlights include:

  • Cyberwar: Behind the Firewall, Volumes IIII (2013)
  • Going Blind (2010, "a jewel of a film … belongs in every library.” –Library Journal)
  • How Democracy Works Now (2013, “Without question … the best documentary film series on government ever produced.” –Forbes)
  • Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2005, Academy Award Nominee)
  • The Latino List: Volumes I and II (2012, “tender, painful, inspiring.” –Huffington Post)
  • The Legacy Project: Dramatists Talk about Their Work, Volume II (2013)
  • Out of Print (2013, Tribeca Film Festival)
  • The Undocumented (2013, “a must-see about our ongoing immigration discussion.”
    Charlotte Observer)

Teaching Power

All volumes of Filmakers Library Online are available on Alexander Street Press’s online interface, which provides an array of features to enhance teaching and learning. These include:

  • In-depth semantic facet indexing that makes locating content—and making new discoveries—a breeze
  • Synchronized, searchable transcripts alongside each video
  • Rich playlist functionality that lets you create, annotate, and organize clips and link to other content
  • Permanent URLs for citing and sharing whole videos, playlists, and custom clips
  • Permissions for in-class, on-campus, and remote-access viewing
  • View the full list of features available on the Filmakers Library Online interface here.

Publication Details

Filmakers Library Online is a multi-volume online collection of streaming video available to libraries via annual subscription or one-time purchase, with pricing scaled to your institution. Volumes are available individually or as a series.