Students watch I Am Not Your Negro at the inaugural film screening.

Library film screenings highlight new streaming video service

The Oxford College Library and the Oxford Film Club are hosting a monthly film series that highlights current themes and topics.

The Oxford College Library debuted a new film screening series Thursday, Sept. 7. The library is collaborating with the Oxford Film Club, under the advisement of Assistant Professor of Film Studies David Resha, to screen a film each month in the library.

Last month’s selection was the Academy Award-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, which follows social critic James Baldwin and the story of racism in modern America. The library worked closely with the Film Club and Resha to select I am Not Your Negro as the first film in the series.

"Given events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and around the United States, we wanted to show a film that spoke to Oxford College’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity on campus," says Courtney Baron, Oxford teaching and learning librarian.

Since October is designated as LGBT History Month, the next screening will be the 1984 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk. The film follows the career and assassination of Milk -- San Francisco's first gay Board of Supervisors member.

Sophomore June Kwon, who serves as the film club’s president, helps coordinate and advertise the screenings.

“The film club and I, as its president, are very excited to be collaborating with the Oxford College Library on film screenings this year,” Kwon says. “We’re so honored that we’re able to take advantage and showcase one of the library’s many resources.”

The series will feature films from Kanopy, a new service for streaming videos, which showcases the library’s response to the convenience of streaming over physical DVDs. Kanopy has a visually pleasing and user-friendly interface similar to other streaming providers like Netflix and Hulu. However, Kanopy features more academic content, such as the Criterion collection, BBC, PBS, documentaries, and foreign films.

Students can browse the menu of available titles on the Kanopy site or search for specific titles through discoverE. Users will be asked to provide their Emory ID and password for access. Kanopy is a convenient resource for Oxford clubs and student organizations on campus, since each title automatically includes public performance rights (PPR).

Kanopy is not the only streaming service provided by the Oxford library. Faculty can request streaming films on course reserves through a service called SWANK. For more information about streaming films, visit the Oxford College Library website

Oxford’s library and film club invite the campus community to attend the next film screening on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 8:00 p.m. in library room 230.