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Kanopy Access Changes starting 7/15/2019
Kanopy is a streaming video resource with a broad collection of over 26,000 films in every subject area from leading producers such as Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, New Day Films, HBO California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, PBS, BBC, First Run Features, The Video Project, Documentary Education Resources.
  • Kanopy (Emmanuel users) Restricted Resource
    • Emmanuel users can search the full Kanopy database and view all video descriptions.
    • For titles you are unable to play, please fill out the request form on that film's Kanopy page.
    • The Library prioritizes purchasing licenses for films requested by faculty for use in courses and those requested by faculty or staff for hosted, educational events.
    • Orders and streaming access activation take 1-2 days much like our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.
    • Consider previewing Kanopy videos through the Boston Public Library or your local public library – many public libraries have recently added Kanopy streaming to their offerings.
  • Kanopy through the BPL with an ecard
    • New users to Kanopy through BPL should sign up for an account.  After verifying your email address, you will need to submit your BPL card/ecard number and pin. (See Apply for a BPL eCard if you are not already registered.)
    • BPL access allows for up to 4 films/month and 3 days to watch each film.
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Why is Kanopy access changing?

The Emmanuel College Library has decided to change how we access Kanopy films in 2019-2020 due to rising costs. Rather than participating in Kanopy's Patron Driven Acquisition model we will be moving to an All Request Access model. While we are very happy that Kanopy has met our user's streaming needs, the PDA model is no longer affordable for us.
What is Kanopy's Patron Driven Acquisition Model?
  • A Patron Driven Acquisition Model (PDA) allows libraries to acquire items based on the immediate needs and demands of their patrons.
  • Kanopy is not a flat fee subscription service like Netflix
  • When a film is viewed 3 times a license purchase is automatically triggered
  • 30 consecutive seconds of watching a film counts as one of these 3 views
  • A license is for one year and includes public performance rights

This recent article from Film Quarterly (May 2019) clarifies how Kanopy works.
Can I still use Kanopy?
  • Yes we still have streaming access to films whose one-year licenses have not expired.
  • For a list of the films that we have licensed over the year with their associated expeiration datess, click the tab above titled "Licensed Films."  We will update this list monthly.
  • If you try to view a film that we have not licensed, you will be prompted with a pop-up request form. Feel free to fill out the request form.
  • We will prioritize purchasing licenses for films requested by faculty for use in courses and those requested by faculty or staff for hosted, educational events
  • Expect a 1-2 day turnaround for requests much like our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service
What if a film I planned to use this semester is no longer available on Kanopy?
  • If a film you planned to use during the semester is no longer available on the Kanopy platform or if the license for the film will expire before the date needed please contact Anne Hancock ( as soon as possible.

Requesting films through Kanopy

  • If you choose a title for which we do not already have a license, you may fill out the request form.
  • Priority consideration will be given for films requested by faculty for use in courses and those requested by faculty or staff for hosted, educational events.
  • When filling out the form, use your email address and include the name of the associated course or your planned campus event in the message box.
  • If the film is available through Kanopy we will place the order as soon as possible.  Expect a 1-2 day turn around for requests.
  • If the film is not available through Kanopy we will order a DVD copy, place a “rush” on the order order and put it on reserve. Please allow a week for this process.
  • We will prioritize purchasing licenses for films requested by faculty for use in courses and those requested by faculty or staff for hosted, educational events
  • Expect a 1-2 day turnaround for requests much like our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service
  • Consider previewing Kanopy videos through your local public library – many have recently added Kanopy streaming to their offerings
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Licensed Films (list last updated 7/31/2019)
Video Title Date License Expires
20th Century Women 5/31/2020
8 1/2 5/31/2020
9 Songs [Uncut] 4/30/2020
A Brief Psychodynamic Treatment - With Milton Viederman 9/30/2019
A Cat in Paris - Une vie de chat (playlist) 2/28/2020
A Portrait of Jesus' World 3/31/2020
Accidental Courtesy - Musician Daryl Davis Meets and Befriends Members of the Ku Klux Klan 3/31/2020
Activity Log 4/30/2020
After the Mayflower 2/28/2020
Age of Champions - The Senior Citizen Olympic Games 9/30/2019
AIDS in Africa, WHY? 12/31/2019
Altiplano 12/31/2019
Amy - The Tragic Story of Amy Winehouse 2/28/2020
Anita - Speaking Truth to Power 10/31/2019
Anything You Want to Be 12/31/2019
Art Therapy Has Many Faces - With Judith Aron Rubin 9/30/2019
Bedlam Behind Bars 11/30/2019
Bicycle Thieves 6/30/2020
Big Bucks, Big Pharma - Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs 10/31/2019
Bill Cunningham New York - A Portrait of the Beloved Fashion Photographer 3/31/2020
Blows Must Decide 3/31/2020
Bonhoeffer - An Anti-Nazi Dissident 9/30/2019
Burma VJ - Reporting from a Closed Country 11/30/2019
Certain Proof - Students with Disabilities Fight for Inclusion in Public Schools 11/30/2019
Chasing Heroin 10/31/2019
Class Dismissed - How TV Frames the Working Class 5/31/2020
Cleo From 5 to 7 10/31/2019
Cognitive-Behavorial Therapy for Clients with Anxiety and Panic 3/31/2020
Cyberwar Threat 4/30/2020
Dean Man 7/30/2020
Defiant Lives - The Rise Of The Disability Rights Movement 11/30/2019
Different Strokes: Nurture and Human Diversity 2/28/2020
Dior and I - Inside the World of the Christian Dior Fashion House 5/31/2020
Effective Acupuncture 4/30/2020
El Amparo 12/31/2019
Embrace Of The Serpent - El abrazo de la serpiente 11/30/2019
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy - With Sue Johnson 1/31/2020
Fear And Desire 3/31/2020
Fire in the Blood (playlist) 3/31/2020
First Restaurants, Chefs, and Gastronomy 10/31/2019
From Nowhere 4/30/2020
From Selma to Soweto 2/28/2020
Gaysians - Queer Asian-Americans Share Their Stories 10/31/2019
Goin' to Chicago - Personal Stories of the Great African American Migration 2/28/2020
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters - A Look at the Photographers' Process 12/31/2019
Gueros 4/30/2020
Haiti & Dominican Republic - An Island Divided 10/31/2019
Hitchcock/Truffaut - The Timeless Legacy of Alfred Hitchcock 4/30/2020
Holding Ground - The Rebirth of Dudley Street 4/30/2020
Hunger in America 10/31/2019
I Am Not Your Negro - James Baldwin and Race in America 10/31/2019
I See Your Ability (playlist) 1/31/2020
Ida 3/31/2020
Immigrant Cuisines and Ethnic Restaurants 9/30/2019
In Remembrance of Martin 1/31/2020
Including Samuel - Inclusion of Children with Disabilities (playlist) 2/28/2020
Irvin Yalom: Live Case Consultation 9/30/2019
Issei: The First Generation  7/30/2020
It Had to Be You 2/28/2020
Jesus' Many Faces 3/31/2020
Jobs in Child Development: Career Compass 3/31/2020
Jules and Jim 11/30/2019
Ken Burns: The Central Park Five 9/30/2019
Knife in the Water 1/31/2020
Lady Bird 2/28/2020
Last Men in Aleppo - The White Helmet Heroes Saving Lives in Syria 2/28/2020
Leaving Neverland Part 1 6/30/2020
Living in the Future's Past - What Kind of Future Would You Like to See? 4/30/2020
Living on One Dollar - Fighting Poverty Through Empowerment and Understanding 3/31/2020
Long Night's Journey Into Day - A Quest for Justice in South Africa 11/30/2019
M 3/31/2020
Ma Ma 4/30/2020
Madeinusa 12/31/2019
Makiko's New World 10/31/2019
Man With A Movie Camera - Musical Accompaniment by The Alloy Orchestra 2/28/2020
Manufactured Landscapes - The Art of Edward Burtynsky 3/31/2020
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures - The Provocative Photographer Who Changed Contemporary Photography 11/30/2019
Marathon: The Patriots' Day Bombing - The 2013 Boston Marathon Terrorist Bombing and Aftermath 3/31/2020
Martin Luther King, Jr: Been To The Mountaintop 1/31/2020
Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have A Dream 1/31/2020
Martin Luther King, Jr: We Shall Overcome 1/31/2020
Marwencol - Recovering from a Brutal Attack, an Artist Creates a Miniature World 12/31/2019
Meek's Cutoff 9/30/2019
Merton: A Film Biography - The Legacy of a Religious Philosopher (playlist) 3/31/2020
Metropolis 2/28/2020
Moonlight 2/28/2020
Moral Development In Children  - Theories, Stages, Impact 11/30/2019
My Brooklyn - Demystifying Gentrification 3/31/2020
My Friend Dahmer 11/30/2019
My Life in China 7/30/2020
N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös 5/31/2020
Nightmares In Red, White & Blue - History of American Horror Films 10/31/2019
Nosferatu 12/31/2019
Notre Dame in Paris 6/30/2020
Nurses and Spiritual Care 3/31/2020
Orgasm Inc. - The Strange Science of Female Pleasure 2/28/2020
Our Disappeared 4/30/2020
Photographer - Photographs of the Lodz Ghetto During World War II 1/31/2020
Pink Ribbons, Inc 9/30/2019
Pornland - How the Porn Industry Has Hijacked Our Sexuality 2/28/2020
Port of Shadows - Le Quai des Brumes 3/31/2020
Post Truth Times: We The Media - Navigating Information in a Post-Truth Media Landscape 10/31/2019
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy - With Otto Kernberg 9/30/2019
Purple Noon 2/28/2020
Race - The Power of an Illusion (playlist) 9/30/2019
Reiki Symbols in Healing 4/30/2020
Resolving Ambivalence in Motivational Interviewing - With Cathy Cole 9/30/2019
Rezoning Harlem - A Community Fights Against Gentrification 11/30/2019
Salt of the Earth 11/30/2019
Sense and Sensibility Episode 1 11/30/2019
Sensitive - The Untold Story - A Film About the Innate Trait of High Sensitivity 10/31/2019
Sick Around the World 1/31/2020
State of Fear 12/31/2019
Summer 1993 - Estiu 1993 1/31/2020
Summer With Monika 5/31/2020
Sun Come Up 10/31/2019
Surviving Progress 4/30/2020
Swallows and Amazons 11/30/2019
Tears For April - The Life and Death of April Reoch (playlist) 10/31/2019
Tell Them We Are Rising - The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities 1/31/2020
The 400 Blows - Les quatre cents coups 11/30/2019
The Abolitionists Part 1 5/31/2020
The Anonymous People 10/31/2019
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu - A Portrait of the Romanian Dictator 3/31/2020
The Buddha - A History of Buddhism 2/28/2020
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 11/30/2019
The Chess Master 12/31/2019
The Disappeared - A Personal Story About Argentina's Dirty War 3/31/2020
The Fidel Castro Tapes 3/31/2020
The Geography of Hope - 1877 to 1887 1/31/2020
The Gift 2/28/2020
The Girl on the Train 7/30/2020
The Hawthorne Legacy - The Scarlet Letter 5/31/2020
The Illusionists - The Globalization of Beauty (playlist) 2/28/2020
The Interrupters 12/31/2019
The Mask You Live In 6/30/2020
The Miseducation of Cameron Post 12/31/2019
The Nemesis of Mankind: HIV and AIDS 12/31/2019
The Reluctant Revolutionaries 3/31/2020
The Seventh Seal 4/30/2020
The Spectacular Now 4/30/2020
The State of Eugenics - The Story of Americans Sterilized Against Their Will 11/30/2019
The True Welcome 3/31/2020
The Wonder Year - First Year Development and Shaping the Brain 9/30/2019
They Killed Sister Dorothy 10/31/2019
Top Secret Rosies 4/30/2020
Tough Guise - Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity (playlist) 1/31/2020
Traces of the Trade - A Story from the Deep North 2/28/2020
Treating the Severe OCD Client - By Reid Wilson 4/30/2020
Twice Five Plus the Wings of a Bird 12/31/2019
Unintended Consequences - Rockefeller Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws 10/31/2019
Vaulting—A Look at Roofs 6/30/2020
Vincent Who? 7/30/2020
Voices of the Andes 12/31/2019
Waiting for John - An Island Cult Worships American Materialism 9/30/2019
Waste Land - An Art Collaboration in the World’s Largest Garbage Dump 1/31/2020
What We Do In the Shadows 3/31/2020
When Two Worlds Collide - A Battle for Indigenous Amazonian Land 12/31/2019
Wings of Desire 11/30/2019