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 metrostate.kanopystreaming.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 kanopystreaming.com/about-us/filmmakers.