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  1. Adaptation Podcast Streaming

    Link
    https://adaptationpodcast.com/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, Literature
    Medium
    Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download

    This podcast promises ‘in-depth discussion on films and the original material they’re based on’. Each episode features analysis and discussion of a film or television programme which has been adapated from a literary source. Chatty and discursive rather than academic but nonetheless an intelligent podcast which is based on an inclusive approach to literary adapations, including comic-books, video games and popular genres as well as classic literature.

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  2. Japanese Animated Film Classics Streaming

    Link
    http://animation.filmarchives.jp/index.html
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download

    This site celebrates a century of Japanese animation, with a fascinating selection of short films, spanning the years 1917 - 1941, all available to view online. The 64 films, curated by The Film Centre at Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art, include the oldest surviving Japanese animated film - 'The Dull Sword’, from 1917 - which was believed to be lost until a print was found in 2008 in an Osaka antique shop. The other films include public information films, propaganda, fairy tales, fables and historical drama. Although most of the site in its current form is in Japanese only, all the films have English titles and subtitles.

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  3. TV Tropes Streaming

    Link
    http://tvtropes.org/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Advertising, Film Studies, Literature, Media Studies, Music, Radio Studies
    Type of resource
    Databases, Information Sources, Lists

    This entertaining and informative site attempts to categorise, index and contextualise tropes - storytelling devices or conventions - as they appear in television programmes, films, games, music, literature, and other media. There are four main indexes: Genre Tropes, Media Tropes, Narrative Tropes and Topical Tropes. Each of these main headings is further subdivided so that under the Narrative Trope heading, for example, one can explore Characters, Conflict, Motifs Settings etc., down to a microscopic level of detail. The site began in 2004, primarily focusing on the television series ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’. Since then it has vastly expanded its scope to cover most types of media. Users can explore by series or trope. Each series entry features a list of tropes associated with that series, whereas users exploring by trope (British Teeth, for example) will find a list of that trope’s appearance in television, film, literature etc. Although the approach is often humorous the site represents an invaluable resource for anyone interested in exploring or analysing the building blocks of storytelling and narrative construction, in any medium, but particularly television.

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  4. Critical Commons Streaming

    Link
    http://www.criticalcommons.org
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, Media Studies

    This American film studies resource describes itself as a ‘public media archive and fair use advocacy network that supports the transformative reuse of media in scholarly and creative contexts’. Critical Commons encourages users to upload footage but differs from sites such as YouTube in that it accepts only content which is accompanied by a commentary or brief essay which places the media in a critical context in order to give it an educational value. The site makes use of ‘fair use: a concept in American law which allows the use of copyrighted material without having to notify or contact the rights holder, so long as the use is for limited and ‘transformative’ purposes. Useful for teachers and students in film and media studies.

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  5. Luxonline Streaming

    Link
    http://www.luxonline.org.uk/index.html
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Art, Film Studies, Women’s Studies

    This resource is an extensive, freely available, collection of clips, essays, biographies and other writings about British-based artists’ work in film and video. Users can browse by artist, work title, or via themes such as abstraction and installation. The site also features a historical timeline of key events in artists’ film and video from 1900- present day, and virtual tours created by leading curators and writers (such as novelist Ali Smith on Margaret Tait). The site has not been updated since 2009 so some of the links may be out of date but the core content of the resource remains valuable and relevant.

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  6. Feminist Archives, Feminist Futures Streaming

    Link
    http://www.feminist-archives.leeds.ac.uk/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, Women’s Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums, Streaming/Download

    Based at Leeds University, this website is the result of a project which looks at the gendered histories of archives and their relationship to history-making and feminist activism. There is a particular emphasis on Women’s Libraries and Feminist Archives, and their role in shaping women’s lives. The site features a series of video interviews with the partners and participants in FAFF’s Archiving Women in Film & TV project in which feminist filmmakers discuss their own archives, while academics and archivists talk about the opportunities and challenges for creating and curating archives of women’s film & TV history.

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  7. Joanie 4 Jackie Streaming

    Link
    http://www.joanie4jackie.com
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, Media Studies, Women’s Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download, Web Links

    This site archives the feminist film fanzine, or ‘video chainletter’ created by Miranda July and a network of female filmmakers during the 1990s and early 2000s. Originally called ‘Big Miss Movieola’, then changed to ‘Joanie4Jackie’ following legal threats from the owner of the Movieola brand, the project began when July issued a ‘challenge and a promise’ to other filmmakers: ‘Lady, you send me your movie and I’ll send you the latest Big Miss Moviola Chainletter Tape’. In addition to digitised versions of the chainletter tapes themselves, the site features extensive contextual material, including posters, letters, press, documentary films about the project and interviews with participants.

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  8. Women’s Voices Now Streaming

    Link
    http://www.womensvoicesnow.org
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, Women’s Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video

    Website of a community organisation based in California which advocates women’s rights through film. The site features a selection of free to view films which have played at the organisation’s festival. The criteria for selection includes ‘films that are relevant to our global community and which tell unique stories and amplify voices of women from around the world’. The films on the website are arranged into categories (Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short etc.) and reflect the organisation’s global reach, with films about women’s lives and experience in the USA, UK, Afghanistan, Brazil, Rwanda, Egypt, Iran, Mexico and Turkey, to name a few.

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  9. artinCINEMA Streaming

    Link
    http://artincinema.com/
    Subject
    Art, Film Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Festivals, Information Sources, Streaming/Download, Web Links

    English-lamguage site featuring news, biographies and filmographies covering experimental and avant garde cinema in Eastern Europe, from the 1930s to the present day. Countries covered are the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Romania. The site features a selection of videos (mainly short films) as well as documentaries, lectures and recordings of events about the avant garde and experimental film . There are links to other sites dealing with experimental film in the above countries, as well as information about festivals, galleries and exhibition spaces.

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  10. Independent Cinema Office Streaming

    Link
    http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies
    Type of resource
    Courses, Organisations, Vacancies/Careers, Web Links

    The website of the national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition in the UK. The site features a catalogue of films currently available for booking by film exhibitors in the UK and Ireland, details of their training and consultancy services, information about careers and job information, and much more besides. The Advice and Information page features an exhaustive selection of information about cinemas, distributor contact details, publications, case studies, as well as information about fundraising, programming, marketing and non-theatrical exhibition.

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