Films On Demand Titles Now in Library Catalog

While our entire DVD collection is search-able in the library’s online catalog,, many online resources, including streaming media titles in our online media collections are not readily available in the catalog without some additional effort.  The good news is that one of our largest streaming media subscriptions, Films on Demand, has now provided us with records for our catalog.  This means that you will see titles from the Films Media Group’s extensive catalog of documentary and instructional titles in the results when doing library catalog searches for topical keywords, directors, etc.  To see a list of the Films Media Group streaming titles in our catalog, click here.  And of course you can, as always, see them in the Films on Demand interface as well.

Films for the Feminist Classroom

It can be challenging to identify the best films to work with in the classroom, especially when dealing with complex and sensitive issues.  There are many great resources out there to help find narrative, documentary, and short films that will help spark fruitful discussion and meaningful engagement with the subject matter.  I recently attended a conference presentation that highlighted just one such resource – the Films for the Feminist Classroom open-access web journal, a new joint effort from Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society and Rutger’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department.  Check out their insightful reviews and feature articles at their site:

See something you want to use in the classroom?  Check the library catalog to see if we have the film that interests you.  If not, submit a purchase request.

Recent Developments in Fair Use of DVD Ripping

From Inside Higher Ed:

“One change in particular is making waves in academe: an exemption that allows professors in all fields and “film and media studies students” to hack encrypted DVD content and clip “short portions” into documentary films and “non-commercial videos.” (The agency does not define “short portions.”) This means that any professors can legally extract movie clips and incorporate them into lectures, as long as they are willing to decrypt them — a task made relatively easy by widely available programs known as “DVD rippers.” The exemption also permits professors to use ripped content in non-classroom settings that are similarly protected under “fair use” — such as presentations at academic conferences. “

From Center for Social Media:

“The rules are broader than many expected, but still involve strict restrictions. The exemption for use of motion pictures on DVD—which lumps together doc filmmakers, college teachers and film/media studies students and noncommercial video creators such as remixers–is limited only to criticism and commentary, not to all potential fair uses; the excerpt must be “relatively short”; a new work must be created; and the maker must have a reason why an inferior quality (such as one shot off a screen or from a VHS) is not good enough. The rule only applies to DVDs, not to all audio-visual material–for instance to video games or slideshows. But the Librarian made no quantitative restrictions, in fact refusing to define “relatively short,” which means that makers can judge the length according to their critical or commentary needs; and the decision about whether high quality is necessary is left to the user.”

Now in ARTstor: Social documentary photographs by Milton Rogovin

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Announcement from ARTstor: “The Rogovin Collection has contributed 260 images of Milton Rogovin’s social documentary photography, now available in the Digital Library. A documentary photographer and political activist, Milton Rogovin (b. 1909) is best known for his portraits of the poor and working class, and his depictions of their lives, communities, and working conditions. Trained as an optometrist, Rogovin turned to photography when his political activism drew the attention of the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1957 and negatively impacted his practice in Buffalo, NY. In 1958, Rogovin began his first photographic series, documenting Store Front Churches in the African-American community in Buffalo’s East Side. From the 1960s through the 2000s, Rogovin continued to photograph the working people and ethnic communities in the Buffalo area, often photographing his subjects both at their workplaces and in their homes. Further afield, Rogovin explored the plight of workers, particularly miners, in the small towns of Appalachia. In 1983, Rogovin received the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, which allowed him to expand his “Family of Miners” series to include workers in Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Mexico, China, and Zimbabwe. Throughout his career, Rogovin has participated in 60 solo exhibitions and more than 30 group exhibitions and his work has appeared in more than 160 journals, magazines, and other publications. To view the Milton Rogovin: Social Documentary Photographs collection: go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “Milton Rogovin: Social Documentary Photographs”; or, if you are at your institution or have an ARTstor account, simply follow this link: For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Milton Rogovin: Social Documentary Photographs collection page.”

Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986

mekasnotescircus.jpgNow Available from Paley Library, the latest in the popular Treasures series from the National Film Preservation Foundation…
Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986 presents 26 films by artists who helped to redefine cinema. It is the first anthology of the period available on DVD. The new 5-1/4 hour, 2-disc anthology, released on March 3, 2009 by Image Entertainment, samples an array of film types and styles, from abstract animation to documentary and balances acknowledged classics with rediscoveries. The films are drawn from the preservation work of five of America’s foremost avant-garde archives—the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anthology Film Archives, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, and the Pacific Film Archive. None of the titles has been available before on good-quality video in the United States.”

* Bruce Baillie, Here I Am (1962)

* Wallace Berman, Aleph (1956-66?)

* Stan Brakhage, The Riddle of Lumen (1972)

* Robert Breer, Eyewash (1959)

* Shirley Clarke, Bridges-Go-Round (1958)

* Joseph Cornell, By Night with Torch and Spear (1940s?)

* Storm De Hirsch, Peyote Queen (1965)

* Hollis Frampton, (nostalgia) (1971)

* Larry Gottheim, Fog Line (1970)

* Ken Jacobs, Little Stabs at Happiness (1959-63)

* Lawrence Jordan, Hamfat Asar (1965)

* George Kuchar, I, An Actress (1977)

* Owen Land, New Improved Institutional Quality: In the Environment of Liquids and Nasals a Parasitic Vowel Sometimes Develops (1976)

* Standish Lawder, Necrology (1969-70)

* Saul Levine, Note to Pati (1969)

* Christopher Maclaine, The End (1953)

* Jonas Mekas, Notes on the Circus (1966)

* Marie Menken, Go! Go! Go! (1962-64)

* Robert Nelson & William T. Wiley, The Off-Handed Jape…& How to Pull it Off (1967)

* Pat O’Neill, 7362 (1967)

* Ron Rice, Chumlum (1964)

* Paul Sharits, Bad Burns (1982)

* Jane Conger Belson Shimane, Odds & Ends (1959)

* Harry Smith, Film No. 3: Interwoven (1947-49)

* Chick Strand, Fake Fruit Factory (1986)

* Andy Warhol, Mario Banana (No. 1) (1964)

Watch the Titles

Forget the Film, Watch the Titles from the SubmarineChannel.

On SubmarineChannel, we love a good main title. That’s why we started this online collection in 1997 of the most stunning and original film title sequences. Some are engaging and wildly entertaining, some are funny, exhilarating or simply deadly beautiful. Some are oozing with visual treats, while others hit you hard with their bold and audacious style.

New Library Acquisitions Include Harrison’s Reports and Records for 800+ Scripts

Check out the list of new film studies books and dvds acquired at Temple Libraries in March. Some highlights: The Paley reference collection is now home to Harrison’s Reports and Film Reviews. This 15 volume set reprints the film reviews and some editorials originally published by P.S. Harrison in Harrison’s reports, 1919-1962, with some corrections. Harrison’s reports was a weekly sent out to independent exhibitors. The reviews and editorials were directed toward independent theater owners to assist them with booking. Articles in Harrison’s take positions on a variety of the concerns of cinema distributors and exhibitors ranging from topics such as censorship to the advent of 3D. A large number of scripts now appear in the library catalog now that we’ve uploaded records for the scripts that are available in the full text online database American Film Scripts Online. There are currently 823 scripts in the database, ranging from 1903 to 2006.