If you haven’t checked out Kanopy, the streaming platform available to all current students, faculty and staff via the SVA Library, now is a perfect time. Boasting a wide range of indie films, documentaries, titles from Janus Films and the Criterion Collection, Kanopy is a popular, remotely accessible resource for students, artists and film buffs, and a welcome respite from news coverage and social media during shelter-in-place. Currently, over 600 films are available via the College’s subscription; almost half of those are movies Kanopy opened up for free to subscribers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including how-to and training films, many from the online lecture series, “The Great Courses.”
From off-campus, users can log in using their SVA MyID credentials, via the direct link on the Library’s A-Z Database page or by going to sva.kanopy.com. Many public libraries around the country also offer access to cardholders and may have access to additional titles.
But what should you watch when you get there? We asked a handful of film faculty to share a few of their Kanopy picks; results are below. See you at the movies!
Living in Oblivion (1995)
“Independent film crew struggles to make the film happen, the budget is running out, and everyone is sleeping together—a documentary, basically. Featuring my favorite weirdo boyfriend, Steve Buscemi, a young Catherine Keener and a cameo from Peter Dinklage.” Bonus: shot by shot BFA Film faculty Frank Prinzi.
Lady Bird (2017)
“Of the tons of high school coming-of-age films, none are as delightful, endearing and agreeable as this. Totally ravishing, the ups and downs of a high school senior, with a mother that drives her bonkers, Saoirse Ronan is PERFECT...as is the heart and imagination of the brilliant female director, Greta Gerwig.”
Beaches of Agnes (2008)
“French documentarian Agnes Varda perfected the personal essay film. Here, she revisits some of the most important places in her life and reunites with people she holds most dear. A great film for anyone cooped up in a New York apartment.”
“Richard Lester’s charming movie features a very young Fab Four. As innovative as they were in the recording studio, they are just as on point in front of the camera, eschewing plot to make room for laid-back humor and visual style. Ringo’s runaway scene stands alone as a perfect short, and you can’t beat the soundtrack.”
Happy moviegoing, and stay safe!