Free Streaming Video System Added to UM Libraries Databases

by Terri Robar and James Wargacki, Learning & Research Services

Kanopy is a video streaming platform for libraries with one of the largest and most unique collections in the world, featuring over 28,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over 800 producers including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, California Newsreel, BBC, and PBS, as well as thousands of independent filmmakers. Hundreds of new films are added to the platform each month.

The collection includes indie hits like 2 Days in Paris, classic masterpieces like Day of the Dead and Bicycle Thieves, and award-winning documentaries like Hearts and Minds.

 

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Kanopy’s motto is “thoughtful entertainment” – seeking to provide library patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural, not just entertainment, value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere.

Kanopy is also committed to diversity, with an amazing array of foreign language films and films on race, LGBTQ, and other topics. Kanopy’s films are also compatible for the hearing impaired (with captions and transcripts) and visually impaired (compatible with technologies such as JAWS).

The University of Miami Libraries have unlimited simultaneous access to all of these films, and the system is compatible with all kinds of devices and works with Windows or Mac. Users can access the content with the Safari, Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer web browsers. Free apps are available for both iOS and Android platforms.

One can set up a user account at no charge and have his or her own personal workspace. Set up playlists, check your recent viewing history, and use the tools available, which include clip-making and ratings/comments. You can even send comments directly to the filmmaker.

University of Miami students, faculty, and staff are welcome to view any of these films for their own use. Films can also be shown to any UM group including classes, clubs, and film nights at the residential colleges. Faculty may include titles in their course reserve lists with the Libraries, or otherwise assign them as homework to be viewed on the students’ own time.

University faculty can suggest additional films to be added to the database. If Kanopy can make a deal with the rights owner, they will alert the interested parties when the title is available. Please bear in mind that some film distributors may have already signed an exclusive agreement with another streaming company.

Kanopy is available at https://miami.kanopystreaming.com and is also on the Libraries’ list of databases.

For any questions about the Kanopy platform, please contact Learning and Research Services Librarian Terri Robar.

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DVD Picks: Banned Books Week

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

This week, from September 25 to October 1, the UM Libraries have been celebrating Banned Books Week. It is a celebration of the triumph of our freedom of expression. The movies on this list are all based on books that we are featuring in our displays in the Richter Library. The captions for each movie include the information on when and where the book was banned or challenged.

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

The book was burned in Alamagordo, New Mexico, in 2001 for being “satanic.” In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him and, though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, still it remained lost to him. After many ages, it fell, by chance, into the hands of the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

The book was banned in public schools in Chicago, Illinois, in 2013. In 1970s Iran, Marjane “Marji” Satrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family. Their long-held dream is realized when the hated Shah is defeated in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, Marji grows up to witness first-hand how the new Iran has become a repressive tyranny on its own.

The book was challenged in middle schools in Goffstown, New Hampshire, in 2011. In the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her sister’s place in the televised event in which one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts are chosen to fight to the death until one victor remains.

The book was banned in high school classrooms in Raceland, Louisiana, in 2008. With exacting detail, the film re-creates the American siege of the Somalian city of Mogadishu in October 1993, when a 45-minute mission turned into a 16-hour ordeal of bloody urban warfare.

The book was challenged in schools in Morganton, North Carolina, in 2008. An uneducated woman living in the rural American south who was raped by her father, deprived of the children she bore him, and forced to marry a brutal man she calls “Mister,” is transformed by the friendship of two remarkable women, acquiring self-worth and the strength to forgive.

The book was challenged in middle schools in Brentwood, Tennessee, in 2006. The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape. Though he is obviously innocent, the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him–except the town’s most distinguished citizen.

The book series holds the record for being the most frequently challenged title in the U.S. for the decade of 2000-2009. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The book was banned in high schools in Nampa, Idaho, in 2012. After Tita is forced to make the cake for the wedding of the man she loves and her own sister, the guests are overcome with sadness. Tita has discovered she can do strange things with her cooking.

The book was challenged in public schools in Olathe, Kansas, in 2007. In the Great Depression, George and Lennie, two displaced migrant ranch workers, dream of the autonomy of owning and operating their own ranch someday.

The book was challenged in high schools in Orono, Maine, in 2006. The fascinating true story of a young woman’s life-altering stay at a famous psychiatric hospital in the late 1960s.

The book was banned in high schools in Coventry, Rhode Island, in 2000. Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time. An otherwise typical soldier in WWII, without warning, he jumps back and forth in his life with no control over where he is going next.

The book was challenged in public schools in Lubbock, Texas, in 2008. In a parallel world where witches soar the skies and Ice Bears rule the frozen North, one special girl is destined to hold the fate of the universe in her hands.



DVD Picks: Best of Spielberg

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

Actors are the visible icons of any movie but the director is the driving force behind the scenes. Certain directors have such a flare for the art that they can even eclipse the actors and become household names. Steven Spielberg is one such director. We offer up this list of some of his most beloved films.

The following films are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

Captain John Miller must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer and the strength to triumph over uncertain future with honor, decency, and courage.

On a remote island, a wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. As a panel of experts review the park, their visit becomes anything but tranquil as the security system breaks down, the prehistoric creatures break out, and the excitement builds to surprising results.

This film tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him.

An uneducated woman living in the rural American south who was raped by her father, deprived of the children she bore him, and forced to marry a brutal man she calls “Mister,” is transformed by the friendship of two remarkable women, acquiring self-worth and the strength to forgive.

In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

This incredible true story follows the enigmatic Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during the Holocaust. It is the triumph of one man who made a difference and the drama of those who survived one of the darkest chapters in human history because of what he did.

The first three of the Indiana Jones movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and the Last Crusade. Heroes, villains, treasure, action, magic, danger, excitement: these films have it all.

Washington, D.C. has been murder-free thanks to astounding technology which identifies killers before they commit their crimes. But when the chief of the pre-crime unit is himself accused of a future murder, he has just 36 hours to discover who set him up.

What Spielberg list could be complete without the classic “I’m-Never-Going-In-The-Water-Again” story of a killer shark that has taken over the waters near a seaside community and the three men who set out to kill it?

A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who, before his 19th birthday, successfully passed millions of dollars’ worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.

After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.