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Online Film and Television

To assist faculty and instructors designing courses and to support students doing research and writing on film and television, we have compiled the following resources with pathways to film and television content online. When planning courses, be aware that the online landscape is changing daily, so not all resources will be available at all times. And note that not all of these sources are free and some are limited to personal, not public, viewing. These links are intended as productive starting points. To inquire about acquiring material for instructional purposes for a full summer session or semester, please contact Deb Blecic, UIC Libraries Collections Coordinator at

Streaming media resources updated regularly

Crowdsourced spreadsheet of streaming media content, courtesy of colleagues at Brown University.


Kanopy is the streaming service all faculty and students have access to through the UIC Library, as well as through many public libraries. To request a title from the Kanopy platform for classroom instruction, please use the request form that comes up in Kanopy or send a note to

MOMA list of streaming content

The Museum of Modern Art has released a comprehensive streaming list for a vast range of content, including a lot of silent, experimental, art and documentary titles.


A number of archives and independent distributors are streaming on a limited or extended basis with rotating content. Local programmer Patrick Friel and his group at send out weekly emails and maintain this blog with timely recommendations.


Telescope is an online resource with pathways to international films

Elle Magazine list of free streaming movies

Elle Magazine published this overview of free (often on a limited basis) movies streaming online as of April 2020, including many popular titles.

Consumer Reports Guide to Free Streaming Video

Consumer Reports published this guide to fourteen ways to stream shows for free. Thousands of movies, TV shows and other programming via no-cost services. Caveat: you’ll probably have to sit through ads.

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updated 7.27.20