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Monthly Editor's Picks:Highlights:
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March 2021 Editor's Picks
New from Sony Pictures Classics (U.S. colleges/universities only)
We’ve added 21 titles this month including 3 Pedro Almodovar films. Other Sony Pictures Classics favorites now available. New from FILM PLATFORM
Criminal Justice | Law | Mental Health | Social Work | Counseling | Psychology
Politics & Current Affairs | Women's Studies | Gender | History | Activism | African Studies | Colonialism | Human Rights
American History | Black Studies | Religion & Thought
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (PBS) (North America Only) New from CNN
Black Studies | Dance | Anthropology | Women’s Studies
Global Issues | Business | Mental Health

February 2021 Editor's Picks
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December 2020 Editor's Picks
LGBT Studies
Ahead of the Curve Directed by Jen Rainin, this is the incredible story of Franco Stevens, founder of the ground-breaking lesbian magazine "Curve", who became an icon of the LGBTQ+ community. (FILM PLATFORM) (Worldwide Rights) Computer Science | Technology | Sociology
iHUMAN A film by Tonje Hessen Schei. Are humans becoming obsolete? An in-depth look into the emergence artificial intelligence and its possible consequence. (FILM PLATFORM) (Not available in Norway, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom) Coming soon from FILM PLATFORM
Picture a Scientist A Film by Sharon Shattuck & Ian Cheney. A harrowing and timely look into the systemic discrimination against women in the fields of science. Picture a Scientist provides viewers with rare first-person accounts of the struggles undertaken by women scientists, their inner conflicts and the eventual comradery that helped them to come out with their stories. Kiss the Ground Directed by Josh and Rebecca Tickell. Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals the first viable solution to our climate crisis. Ernie & Joe A film by Jenifer McShane. Ernie & Joe follows two police officers with the San Antonio Texas Police Department who are diverting people away from jail and into mental health treatment, one 911 call at a time. Mr. Soul A Film by Melissa Haizlip. Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL!America’s first “Black Tonight Show.” Black Studies| Social Work
Policing the Police 2020 Race, policing and the struggle to hold departments accountable. In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb examines prospects for reform and returns to the case of one troubled department he first visited in 2016. (PBS) (North America)

PBS Great Performances
World Music | Classical Music Social Work
CHUT…! = SHUSH…! This is a charming documentary about a public library in France and the heroes who work there. (aaa production) (Worldwide rights)

Black Studies | Social Work | Criminal Justice
Policing the Police 2020 Race, policing and the struggle to hold departments accountable. In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb examines prospects for reform and returns to the case of one troubled department he first visited in 2016. (PBS) (North America)

Politics & Current Affairs
In the Face of Terror (series) How are western democracies to survive and adapt in this new age of terrorism? The stories of the ordinary people fighting for justice following acts of terror in Syria. (BBC) (Worldwide rights)

November 2020 Editor's Picks
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If you missed
our panel discussion with the founders of Partners in Health – subjects of the award-winning documentary, Bending the Arc (FILM PLATFORM) watch the recording.  It was moderated by Tabitha Jackson, Director, The Sundance Film Festival and was an inspiration to all who attended.

Welcome Grasshopper Film to Academic Video Online (U.S. and North America Only) – Their independent, foreign and documentary films include highlights such as: October 2020 Editor's Picks
Multidisciplinary Documentaries

Welcome The Video Project. Over 200 multidisciplinary documentaries promote awareness and encourage action on social and global issues. Welcome BrandyY Productions Canadian-focused video content for teaching and learning. Brandy’s productions cover a wide range of social and factual genres including Indigenous peoples, gender, mental health, science and more. Enjoy the webinar we hosted with Brandy in Sept. where she talked about her experiences as a woman in the film and television industry and heard her stories about developing Canadian-focused video content for teaching and learning. Highlights of her documentaries include: Media Studies | Communication | Journalism | Current Events
BELLINGCAT – TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD (U.S. access) explores the promise of open source investigation, taking viewers inside the exclusive world of the “citizen investigative journalist” collective known as Bellingcat. In cases ranging from the MH17 disaster to the poisoning of a Russian spy in the United Kingdom, the Bellingcat team’s quest for truth will shed light on the fight for journalistic integrity in the era of fake news and alternative facts. (First Run Features, 2018) First Year Courses
Welcome Makematic. These short-form video series’ are optimized for classroom teachers and great for introductory courses.
Highlights include:
Literature | American History | LGBT Studies
In Search of Walt Whitman (series) This engaging 3-part series tells the story of Walt Whitman’s remarkable life (1819-1892), the turbulent era in which he lived, and the timeless poetry he created. Interweaving narration and dramatic readings with captivating period music, insights from scholars, and photography filmed in key locations, this documentary brings to life Whitman’s unique character and poems. This is the most comprehensive film on Walt Whitman ever made.

September 2020 Editor’s Picks
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to our exclusive online live discussion panel with the founders of Partners in Health – subjects of the award-winning documentary, Bending the Arc (FILM PLATFORM). To be moderated by Tabitha Jackson, Director, The Sundance Film Festival, you will come away from this conversation with a deeper awareness of how socio-economic inequality results in health and medical inequities, contributing to the spread of disease among the resource-poor populations and more.  Learn more here.

Black Studies | American History | BLM Business | Art
Meow Wolf: Origin Story This documentary chronicles the jaw-dropping 10 year journey of an anarchic art collective into a multi-million dollar business. From having no access to blowing a new, profitable portal into the art world, this tumultuous journey has yielded new ways of participating in culture and entertainment for not only these artists, but for the people from all walks of life who engage in and are inspired by their work. With a mission to provide access to and inspire creativity in everyone, this company continues to experience growing pains, while continuing to reach for new impossibles.


Welcome Darden School of Business (University of Virginia). 80 business videos on: Political Science | American History | Women’s Studies | Current Affairs | Diversity
And She Could Be Next (PBS, Series) During the 2018 midterms, women of color run for political office in record numbers. Candidates and organizers mobilize to expand the electorate, inspire voters to turn out and make history in the process.

Political Science | Music | Literature | American History
Renegade Dreamers At a time when political activism is more important than ever, the air in NYC is filled with the sounds of subversive poetry, radical songwriting and calls for social change. From poetry slams and open mics many hip young poets and songwriters are consciously following in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and other rebels.RENEGADE DREAMERS interweaves past and present as it provides a look into an artistic/political wave that is happening today.

Watch high quality European film from Filmotor. Highlights include: Education | Social Work | Psychology
Bullied This work traces bullying and the effects of bullying, but also the methods and programs that have proven efficacious in reducing bullying in schools. From those people who live with the scars of having been bullied, to those families who now grieve the loss of their child to suicide in the wake of brutal acts of bullying, the film examines the reasons why people bully and the fallout that occurs from that bullying.

August 2020 Editors Picks July 2020 Editor Picks
Counseling & Therapy | Health Policy | Ethnic Studies/Race
Health Policy American History | Black Studies Education

June 2020 Editors Picks
Social Work


Health Studies/Policy

Women’s Studies

Asian Studies

Earth Science | Environmental Studies | Science

Film Studies

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May 2020 Editor's Picks

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March 2020 Editor's Picks
Film Criminal Justice & Public Safety | Women's Studies
February 2020 Editor's Picks
Multidisciplinary Computer Science American History | Politics & Current Affairs January 2020 Editor's Picks
American History | Music
Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns (PBS)
This 8 episode PBS series features popular musicians such as Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, Randy Travis, Merle Haggard, Roy Acuff and more.

American History
American Experience: Chasing the Moon (PBS) This 3 episode series explores the U.S. space race from 1957-1970 with insight into Apollo 1 and Apollo 8 as well as considering what happens to scientific and engineering programs - and to a country - after national goals have been achieved.

Veterinary Science
Big Animal Surgery Series (BBC) This 3 episode series takes us inside the dramatic world of big animal surgery to learn about the chimpanzee, lion and elephant.

EMT Studies
Paramedics: On the Frontline (BBC) This 30 episode program focuses on days in the life of an EMT, dealing with many different emergencies from drug abuse, accidents, crisis baby deliveries and more.

Environmental Studies
The Plastic Cup: The Official Story of The Plastic Pirates (Windrose SAS) A huge amount of plastic bags & bottles is swept away by the flood of the river Tisza, flowing through Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and Serbia. Hungarian idealists launched the "Plastic Cup", a long-distance race of a special kind on the river with boats made of the collected plastic garbage to pick up the trash and raise awareness on the issue…in a fun way!
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