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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.


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The massive collection gives users anywhere-anytime access to over 1,700 titles, of which 75% are exclusive to Alexander Street. 

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. Exclusive titles from Oscilloscope Films and First Run Features are 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.

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

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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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