Do you feel like you’ve watched everything there is on Netflix? If you have a library card from Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library, you have access to the great video streaming service Kanopy. Kanopy specializes in movies and TV from several different areas.
Kanopy boasts 5,445 unique documentaries, including Ken Burns’ Peabody Award-winning movie The Central Park Five, which tells the stories of the young men you may recognize from the Netflix series When They See Us. Also included is Amy, the Oscar-winning documentary about Amy Winehouse. And finally, we recommend Kedi, a documentary about the feral cats living in Istanbul.
These films span the entire globe and include some tried-and-true classics. Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai has enthralled and influenced countless audiences and filmmakers worldwide since its premier in 1954. If you enjoy horror, you may want to check out Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In. Kanopy also features Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, which netted the 2014 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Looking into the history of film? Kanopy is an excellent resource. Featuring everything from classic comedies like Charade, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, to war movies like the Sands of Iwo Jima with John Wayne, to Westerns such as High Noon, starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly.
In recent years, several of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture have come out of the independent scene. Kanopy’s focus on independent cinema contains several high profile movies from the last 10 years, including early films from blockbuster directors like Paul Thomas Anderson (Hard Eight) and Christopher Nolan (Memento) to high profile debuts from Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade). For a piece of Indiana, check out Kogonada’s debut feature Columbus, which stars John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, and the city of Columbus, Indiana.