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YoFiFest 2020: Documentaries on Kanopy

This month is the eighth annual YoFiFest, which hosts 142 films to stream online until November 22nd.

To learn more about the history of cinema and view documentaries on directors, screenwriters, and other film artists, please see the list of films below. All of these selections are offered through Kanopy, a streaming video service available FREE to Yonkers Public LIbrary cardholders. 

You can create a Kanopy account using your YPL library barcode and PIN and automatically receive 20 “play credits” per month to watch Kanopy films. You can also download the App for iPhone & iPad  or the App for Android.

THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY

An epic journey through the history of world cinema that is a treat for movie lovers around the globe. Guided by film historian Mark Cousins, this bold 15-part love letter to the movies begins with the invention of motion pictures at the end of the 19th century and concludes with the multi-billion dollar globalized digital industry of the 21st. 

A PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH MARTIN SCORSESE THROUGH AMERICAN MOVIES

Martin Scorsese’s contribution to the Century of Cinema series is a fascinating exploration of some of the landmarks of American cinema, as well as some of its lesser known byways. Scorsese analyzes the work of filmmakers as diverse as D.W. Griffith, F.W. Murnau, Sam Fuller, and John Cassavetes. This is no academic history, but a declaration of passion for cinema from one of its most celebrated contemporary practitioners. 3 episodes. 

FILMMAKERS ON FILM: PIONEERING WOMEN IN FILM COLLECTION

There were more women working in influential positions behind the scenes in film before 1920 than at any other time in history. Filmmaker, author, nationwide lecturer Ally Acker, takes us on an archival journey of the pioneering female filmmakers who have transformed the way we look at movies from 1896 to the present. 10 episodes. 

TALES FROM THE SCRIPT: UNTOLD STORIES BEHIND SOME OF THE GREATEST SCREENPLAYS 

Shane Black, John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, William Goldman, Paul Schrader, and dozens of other Hollywood screenwriters share penetrating insights and hilarious anecdotes in the most comprehensive documentary ever made about screenwriting. 

KEEPERS OF THE MAGIC: THE GREAT MASTERS OF CINEMATOGRAPHY

This groundbreaking documentary explores our fascination with moving images and provides insight into how cinema’s most iconic moments came to be. Most of all, it honors the great masters of cinematography’s unsung heroes whose vision and talent was always right before our eyes. 

DISCOVERING CINEMA

A 2-part collection comprised of “Learning to Talk” and “Movies Dream in Color.” Film historians Eric Lange and Serge Bromberg compiled materials from their own Lobster Films collection and material from archives throughout Europe and the USA to create these two historic documentaries illustrating the birth of sound and color cinema, perhaps the greatest cultural achievement of the twentieth century. 

THE GREAT DIRECTORS: THE MAKING OF 21ST CENTURY HOLLYWOOD

This 5-episode series traces the evolution of Hollywood after the studio system failed, from the introduction of the summer blockbuster, to the thought-provoking movies of independent auteurs, to world renowned immigrant directors, to the rise of mega-hit documentaries, and to the 21st Century’s second Golden Age of Animation.