Film & streaming video

Finding films

Both Tisch and SMFA libraries provide access to DVDs and streaming films. The SMFA Library's browsable DVD collection includes art documentaries, experimental film and animation, and classic feature films. 

To locate films in our collections:

  1. Use JumboSearch to look up the title, director, or starring actor(s) of the film.
  2. You can limit your JumboSearch results to Video Recordings using the "Resource Type" filter on the left side of the results list (if there are a lot of results, you may have to select Show More to see the Video Recordings option). 
  3. You can also browse our physical DVD collections in person on the Main Floor (Level 2) of Tisch Library, and at the SMFA library.

Streaming video

The libraries provide access to a variety of streaming film and videos through several platforms, including:

Using film in class

Faculty and instructors can use Tisch Library’s Streaming Media Service, which digitizes films from the Library’s DVD collection and uploads those films to Canvas. To make a request, please email our Streaming Media team directly.

Where possible, we will license a streaming version of the requested film or video from vendors like Kanopy, Swank or Docuseek. If a streaming version is not available, we will digitize the smallest required amount to meet the instructor’s stated pedagogical needs. Media digitization guidelines are as follows:

  • The amount of the film requested should be only what is needed for the educational purpose of the course.
  • If a specific portion of a film is requested, please supply the start and end timestamps in the h:mm:ss format.
  • Faculty are asked to perform a fair use assessment of their digitization requests. Fair use arguments are stronger when the amount needed is limited, when the context of the use is in a non-profit, educational setting, when there will be comment and critique of the material, and when there is no reasonable alternate market to gain access to the resource. Learn more about fair use.
  • Titles will be uploaded to your Canvas course site and will only be available to students enrolled in the class for the current semester. At the end of the current semester all links for films/music uploaded to your Canvas course will no longer be active.

If you can't find the film you're looking for