In Our September, 2017 Issue:

Metro State Library offers free films online, on demand


Metro State joins 3,000 other col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in pro­vid­ing stu­dents free access to films via Kanopy, an on-​demand stream­ing ser­vice sim­i­lar to Net­flix and Hulu. Kanopy makes a col­lec­tion of more than 26,000 films avail­able to edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions and pub­lic library users.

To get started, go to met​rostate​.kanopy​s​tream​ing​.com. Click “Watch now” on any film. If off cam­pus, you will prompted to enter your StarID and pass­word. On cam­pus com­put­ers, you can play movies with­out log­ging in. You can also access Kanopy through the Metro State Library’s “Data­bases A-​Z.”

Once you are signed in, you can start explor­ing your view­ing options. Use the Kanopy search box to find spe­cific film titles. Click on the “Sub­jects” menu to browse titles by genre, includ­ing movies, doc­u­men­taries, instruc­tional films and lessons.

You can stream con­tent to your tele­vi­sion via Kanopy’s Roku chan­nel, Apple TV or Chrome­cast. Apps for Android smart­phones, iPhones or iPads are also available.

Kanopy offers many types of movies: drama, com­edy, hor­ror, romance, sci­ence fic­tion, fan­tasy and more. They also include var­i­ous indie flicks, world cin­ema, award win­ners, clas­sic cin­ema and short films. For film rec­om­men­da­tions, check out Kanopy’s “Cri­te­rion Col­lec­tion,” The New York Times crit­ics’ selec­tions, and audi­ence and staff picks.

Kanopy deliv­ers doc­u­men­taries too. Top­ics include eth­nic­ity, iden­tity, pol­i­tics, cur­rent affairs, his­tory, and the LGBTQ com­mu­nity. Fea­tured doc­u­men­taries are grouped in themes like “Uni­fied Against Hate,” “Women Lead­ing Social Change,” and His­panic Amer­i­can stories.

Edu­ca­tional resources and instruc­tional lessons are also avail­able. Kanopy offers videos to help stu­dents learn more about the arts, busi­ness, global stud­ies, lan­guage, health, media, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, sci­ences and social sciences.

Stu­dents can access “The Great Courses” lec­tures on Kanopy. Pop­u­lar titles include “Prac­tic­ing Mind­ful­ness: An Intro­duc­tion to Med­i­ta­tion Course,” “Secrets of Men­tal Math,” and “How to Draw.”

Kanopy updates their cat­a­log fre­quently as they add hun­dreds of new films each month. Kanopy also seeks films from emerg­ing film­mak­ers. If you are a stu­dent film­maker, learn how to sub­mit your film for Kanopy’s con­sid­er­a­tion at kanopy​s​tream​ing​.com/​a​b​o​u​t​-​u​s​/​f​i​l​m​m​akers.