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Film & Streaming Media : Find a Film

Curated guide for faculty and students using film & streaming media.


Movie poster for Chiraq -- No Peace, No Piece

From director Spike Lee, 'Chi-Raq' (2015) tells the story of a group of women protesting gang violence in their Chicago neighborhood by abstaining from sex with their partners. It is based on the Greek comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes, in which the wives of soldiers in the Peloponnesian War punish their husbands for fighting by refusing to sleep with them. The film stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusak and Samuel L. Jackson.

Can't Find it @ the MDC Try -

Can't find the film you'e looking for at the MDC? Here's a list of sites online that might offer it free or for a fee:

Snag Films - 3000+ films and documentaries
Vimeo - video sharing site Sony Crackle - for films Top Documentary Films - docs
Hulu - for films & tv shows
Vudu - for films & tv shows
YouTube - video sharing site Short of the Week - collection of hundreds of short films
Amazon Prime Instant Video - instant streaming access to 1000s of films and tv shows
Netflix - Streaming service offering feature films, documentaries and tv shows - showcases they best short-form videos from movies, video games, TV, Music, and sports

Searching the Catalog

To narrow to video formats follow the falling instructions

  1. Using the Advanced Search option in the library Catalog.
  2. On the right side of the screen under the Optional Search limits change Location to Media & Design Center
  3. Under Format Select Videos and DVDs from the dropdown
  4. Now can search using Keyword, Title, Author, Subject, Release Year....
  5. Streaming materials can also be found the same way and will appear in your results when they meet the search requirements.

Using FilmFinder

The Filmfinder search tool is located on the on the Media & Design Center Homepage. Similar to the advanced catalog search the Filmfinder helps to limit your search to just those Videos and DVDs found in the MDC collection. The Filmfinder not only facilities searches for works by a specific director or performer, title, year of release or by using keywords but you can search by genre and by what country produced the work.

This tool has the unique function of allowing you to look at items that have recently added to the collection. Just click on the Browse New title tab to see a list of those items amassed in the last week, month or three months.

Media Librarian

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Winifred Metz
Media & Design Center,
Undergraduate Library
(919) 962-4099
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