Recommendations and Reflections from Curator of Film Dean Otto

Not sure what to watch online? Curator of Film, Dean Otto, offers his recommendations for the best way to experience and support cinema during these unprecedented times, as well as reflections on the state of the industry and what this changing landscape means for the future of film.

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Free Films on Systemic Racism in America Part Two

A continued list of films recommended by Dean Otto exploring systemic racial injustice in America, all available for free and without a streaming service subscription.

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Free Films on Systemic Racism in America

A list of films recommended by Dean Otto exploring systemic racial injustice in America, all available for free and without a streaming service subscription.

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We Are One Festival

Twenty-one of the largest films festivals in the world will showcase at the We Are One festival with over 100 films for free.

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Take it Outside: Drive-Ins

No one could have ever anticipated that drive-in movie theaters would be the sole survivor of the film exhibition’s unraveling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Walker Dialogues on Film Archive

Dean reflects on his years working on the Walker Art Center Online Archive Experience: 30 Years of Dialogues and Film Retrospectives. 

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SXSW Film Festival Online

Learn more about the SXSW Film Festival, now streaming digitally on Amazon Prime.

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Loving the Library

Dean reflects on the importance of libraries to our communities, and on the genius of Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris, a love letter to the New York Public Library.

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The Best of 2019: Parasite

Dean recommends you watch one of his favorite films of 2019. And that you learn Korean.

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Recommendations from Intern Madelyn Carey

Enjoy recommendations from Cinema intern Madelyn Carey as well as some exhibition-related films from Dean Otto.

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The Creative Process on Kanopy

Get inspired by these films that take a deep dive into the creative process of some of the world's most famous artists.

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The State of Cinema: Missing the Full Frame Film Festival

A reflection on the cancellation of the Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, NC.

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Old Favorites and New Offerings

Take a trip down memory lane with some of these nearly-gone but not forgotten favorites.

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For the Weekend 3.27.2020

Broaden your streaming service range with new offerings and free trials. And don't miss Portrait of a Lady on Fire on Hulu, one of the best-reviewed films of the year.

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Broadening the Reach

Mix it up with streaming stage performances and experimental films to enjoy from home.

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The State of Cinema: Film Festivals Embrace New Platforms

Thoughts on the changing film festival landscape in the wake of COVID-19.

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Kanopy: Part Three

Explore everything Kanopy has to offer, from contemporary Japanese thrillers to long-forgotten campy 60s spy flicks.

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Kanopy: Part Two

Enjoy recommendations of what to watch on Kanaopy from Cinema Projectionist and House Manager Brian Denny.

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Kanopy: Part One

Access to the streaming service "Kanopy" is free with a Louisville Free Public Library card!

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