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Finding Films & Videos
Search the library catalog by title to find a specific film/documentary. If searching by topic, select "Film & Video" in the format field of the catalog.
The library also has several streaming video databases that you can search and browse.
Streaming Video Databases
Academic Video Online This link opens in a new window
Over 70,000 titles spanning a wide range of subject areas. Content includes documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, and demonstrations.
Art & Architecture in Video
Documentaries and interviews illustrating the theory and practice of a variety of art forms. The collection spans period and region, including coverage of the Renaissance, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Modern, and Contemporary art.
Kanopy This link opens in a new window
Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases across diverse subjects and disciplines.
Films that aren't available for view in Kanopy may be requested by faculty for their courses. Please fill out the request form below the film.
Swank Digital Campus This link opens in a new window
With over 25,000 films, documentaries and TV shows, Swank provides faculty and students a legal streaming resource both on and off campus.
Art Video Websites
AHA! A House for Arts (PBS)
Features the stories of artists, makers, and creative institutions right here in our backyard and across the country.
Films on contemporary art and artists—including the series, "Art in the Twenty-First Century".
Open Arts Objects
An open access platform from the UK which provides free films to support the teaching of Art History.
PBS Video: Arts
Watch programs about the world’s greatest artists—from the classic masters to up-and-coming talents.
Offers over 2500 full-length avant-garde films and videos, both streaming and downloadable,
Film Resources at Skidmore
(Library, room 113)
DocLab brings the tools of audiovisual media and documentary storytelling into the Skidmore curriculum. They maintain a Mac Pro computer lab, sound recording booth, and modular virtual reality setup.