The Mossey Library has a trial sub­scription to the Kanopy film streaming service, which includes movies from The Cri­terion Col­lection, as well as foreign films. Joel Meng | Col­legian

Hillsdale College stu­dents can now access a col­lection of more than 30,000 movies on the video-streaming service Kanopy. The col­lection includes a wide variety of content including lec­tures from The Great Courses, Academy Award-winning movies like “Moon­light” or “Amy,” and many classic films and doc­u­men­taries from across the decades

The college is testing the service with a trial which grants Hillsdale stu­dents access until Feb. 28, so inter­ested stu­dents should check out the service before the trial expires.

LeAnne Rumler, tech­nical ser­vices at librarian at Mossey Library, dis­covered the service last year at the Charleston Library Con­ference. After a pre­vious library video-streaming service, Film­Struck, went out of business in October 2018, Rumler wanted to find another service with access to a quality suite of films.

“Kanopy has the Cri­terion Col­lection,” Rumler said. “The video-streaming company that we used to have that had Cri­terion went out of business.”

The Cri­terion col­lection has hun­dreds of high-quality films which includes “Seven Samurai,” “Miss Julie,” and “Under the Volcano.”

Besides Cri­terion, Kanopy has access to A24 Studio’s movie col­lection. The col­lection, which includes Academy Award winning films, also includes such films as “Swiss Army Man” with Daniel Rad­cliffe or “Room” with Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay.

“It seems like they’re a lot of movies you would maybe need to see for a class,” sophomore Caleb Lam­brecht said. “I think it could serve a lot of great edu­ca­tional and simul­ta­ne­ously enter­taining pur­poses.”

Hillsdale College’s streaming ser­vices come at a time when many stu­dents are eschewing physical copies of media.

“In general, stu­dents want the ease and con­ve­nience of streaming video rather than coming from the library, checking out a Blu-ray or DVD, which some people don’t have the players anymore to be able to watch,” Rumler said.

Senior Adam Cieply, sec­retary of the Film and Pro­duction Club, said a lot of libraries have sub­scribed to Kanopy, and having access to it at Hillsdale opens up a lot of oppor­tu­nities.

“It gives you access to a lot of foreign films that you would oth­erwise not get,” Cieply said. “It gives stu­dents the oppor­tunity to explore stuff, and a lot of lan­guage depart­ments use film.”

Inde­pen­dently of Kanopy, stu­dents have access to video streaming ser­vices such as Films on Demand which fea­tures hun­dreds of doc­u­men­taries and edu­ca­tional videos, Ambrose Videos which fea­tures many edu­ca­tional videos, including more than 30 BBC per­for­mances of Shake­speare plays, and Digital Theatre which has more than 900 per­for­mances of plays.

These ser­vices can be found by searching their names in the database search on the Mossey Library website.