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Film and Television Pathfinder #1

General Resources: Online

  1. Film and Media Web Sites in Canada
    This site includes a large list of links for media studies, television, film distributions, and other Canadian film related resources. It also includes a small number of international resources.
  2. Glossary of Film and Television Terms
    This site includes a large glossary of terms are in alphabetical order by term and alphabetical order by subject. It is intended as a supplement to film production classes.
  3. Resources for Screenwriters
    This site includes a list of links relating to screenwriting including general writing resources, resources for television writing, movie business resources, entertainment news, and books about screenwriting.
  4. Internet Movie Database
    The IMDB is a huge collection of information about film and television including cast and crew lists for over 400,000 films and television shows, filmographies, biographical information about 1.6 million professionals in film, production information, release dates, awards, trivia, and other information related to film and television productions. Some information comes from people in the industry and site visitors so accuracy in the trivia and biographical sections varies.
  5. Mark Litwak's Entertainment Law Resources
    Mark Litwak's site includes legal resources relating to film and filmmaking including answers to frequently asked questions divided by topic, a blog, articles, and information about his books. Mark Litwak has been on the UCLA faculty for 15 years, written eight books and numerous articles, and has presented at Bar Associations and Universities around the country.
  6. Motion Picture and Television Stock Photo Resource
    This site includes stock photos dating back to the early years of film and television.
  7. Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
    The official SAG site includes information about the organization and how to qualify, news and events, an overview of each geographical branch, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for members and non-members.
  8. Director's Guild The site for the Director's Guild includes history and information about the Guild, information about the Director's Guild Awards, information about contracts, and legislation affecting film and television.

General Resources: Print, Video, or DVD

  1. Jenkins, H. (1992). Textual Poachers. New York: Routledge.
    A classic in media studies, this book examines media science-fiction fans and their relationships to actors, screenwriters, networks, and studios. Some parts have become outdated due to the increasing importance of the internet, but it is still a good overview for information about groups of media fans.
  2. Keller, J.R. (2002). Queer (Un)friendly Film and Television. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
    While not as comprehensive as Russo's book, this book includes queer characters through the 1990s including on Will & Grace, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Gods and Monsters.
  3. Parish, J.R. (Ed). (2003). The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood. New York: Facts on File.
    This encyclopedia is divided by ethnic groups (Native Americans, Asian-Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Jewish Americans) with each section examining the stereotypes in film and television.
  4. Reyes, L. & Rubie, P. (2000). Hispanics in Hollywood: An Encyclopedia of Film and Television. Hollywood, CA: Lone Eagle Publishers
    Although it only covers film and television through the early 1990s, it is a good reference information about Hispanic characters in television and the stereotypes of Hispanics in film. It also includes a section on non-Hispanic filmmakers who have had an influence on Hispanic cinema.
  5. Variety (Daily Trade Publication).
    The premiere trade paper for the film industry, Variety includes news relating to filmmaking. A small amount of material is available for free at their website.

Film Resources: Online

  1. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
    The official site for the AMPAS includes an Academy Award nominee database, information about the Academy, the Margaret Herrick Library, and the Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting.
  2. American Film Institute (AFI)
    The extensive AFI site includes information about the AFI and membership, educational opportunities through the AFI, AFI Awards and lists, a database of 25,000 films for non-members and a more comprehensive database for members, and information about screenings and preservation efforts.
  3. Asian-American Film
    This site includes a small database of Asian-American films, a list of events and screenings, and news relating to Asian-American film.
  4. Association of Moving Image Archivists
    The AMIA is the largest nonprofit professional membership association for individuals and institutions concerned with the preservation of moving images. The site includes information about membership, scholarship, awards, events, publications, and an email list open to both members and nonmembers.
  5. Pacific Film Archive
    This site includes 6,600 records describing the film and video collection.
  6. Black Film Research
    This site, maintained by professors and a graduate student at the University of Chicago, is a regularly updated list of links relating to African-American film including scholarship, festivals, and a film database.
  7. Books Made Into Movies
    This nearly comprehensive listing by the Mid-Continent Public Library allows you to search by movie title, movie release date, book title, and book author.
  8. Box Office Guru
    This database includes information about the opening and closing dates, opening and closing gross, and distributors for over 2700 films.
  9. British Film Institute
    The extensive official BFI site includes a catalog of publications, the Sight & Sound magazine, educational resources, statistics, information about filming in Britain, information about the National Film and Television Archive, and an extensive list of links.
  10. British Film Council
    The British Film Council's site includes a catalogs, film festival directory, and other information about British films.
  11. Cinema Bookshelf
    This site includes articles on silent films most of which were written during the silent film era.
  12. Cinemedia This site includes a list of over 25,000 links for primarily for film students and members of the film industry. The links are divided by category including schools, festivals, research, and television.
  13. Cinema Sites
    This site includes resources primarily for film students and those who work in the film industry.
  14. Film Site
    This site includes lists, a film glossary, film history and timeline, suggestions for how to critically view films, film reference books, and numerous links to other sites.
  15. The Hollywood Ten
    This site includes information about the Blacklist in Hollywood.
  16. Indiewire
    This online publication includes stories of interest to those interested in or working in independent film. Most of the material is freely available without registering.
  17. Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive
    This part of the internet archive includes films freely available online. The films are divided by subject category including open source movies, features films now in the public domain, game videos, net cafe television, and BBC Documentary video collection.
  18. Motion Picture Association (MPAA)
    The MPAA site explains its rating system and includes a database with films and their ratings. There is also information about anti-piracy.
  19. New York Times Reviews
    This database includes over 15,000 New York Times Reviews since 1960.
  20. National Film Preservation Board
    The NFPB site includes information about the National Film Registry, the moving image archive, information about the board, and a large list of links to film related sites. The links list has not been updated recently.
  21. Roger Ebert's Film Site
    This site includes reviews, a search function, movie glossary, the answer man, and interviews.
  22. Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
    The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive site includes a catalog of the archive, information about the archive, publications, client and fee information, and 300 films that can be viewed online for free. The site is in English, but some links are for sites in Hebrew.
  23. Screensite
    Sponsored by the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Studies and the Department of Telecommunications and Film, this site is particularly useful for people teaching, studying, researching or working in film and television. The site includes a small film encyclopedia, festival calls, articles, links to syllabuses, and a small link collection. The site also includes a few resources about open source software.
  24. War and War Era Films
    This page includes information about war related films divided by era. It also links to a page with information about films and television shows dealing with terrorism.
  25. Voice of the Shuttle: Media Studies
    This is one of the best sources for students interesting in film and videos. It covers academic topics including film theory and has extensive coverage of some of the most respected, if not box office winning, people in film.

Film: Print, Video, or DVD

  1. Aaron, M. (Ed.) New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
    The New Queer Cinema provides a definition for the New Queer Cinema movement, information about important directors such as Todd Haynes, and race and politics in New Queer Cinema. It includes substantial information about non-mainstream films.
  2. Katz, E., Klein, F., & Nolan, R.D. (2001). The Film Encyclopedia: The most comprehensive encyclopedia of world cinema in a single volume, 4th edition. New York: HarperCollins.
    This is one of the best books for international cinema. It includes filmographies for some major Hollywood personalities, overviews of the film industries in numerous countries, and other reference information about cinema.
  3. Levy, E. (1999). Cinema of Outsiders: The Rise of Independent Film. New York: New York University Press.
    Written by a former editor of Variety, this book examines the rise in popularity and influence of independent cinema. The book is divided into chapters based on the type of film including noir, diversity in film, gay and lesbian films, and feminist films.
  4. Russo, V. (1987). The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies, revised edition. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
    This revised edition of the history of the portrayal of gays and lesbians in cinema is one of the classics in film studies.
  5. Sklar, R. (1994). Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies. Vintage
    Sklar's book is a popular text for both film and political science students. The book examines how movies both influence culture and are influenced by it.
  6. Tibbets, J.C. (2002). Encyclopedia of Filmmakers. New York: Facts on File.
    Only 350 directors are included, but each one is given two to three pages discussing their careers and the themes of their films.
  7. Hamamoto, D.Y. & Liu, S. (Eds.). Countervisions: Asian-American Film Criticism. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press
    Hamamoto and Liu cover both Asian-Americans working in cinema and Asian-American characters. The importance of independent film in Asian-American cinema and essays about women and queer professionals are also included.

Television: Internet

  1. Encyclopedia of Television at the Museum of Broadcast Communication, 1st edition
    The first edition includes over 1,000 essays on television programs, people, topics such as violence and television, histories of major networks, and other subjects relevant to television such as the Equal Time Rule. The second edition is available for purchase.
  2. Vanderbilt Television Archive
    This archive allows users to search through 30,000 hours of evening news by major U.S. networks. The footage can then be requested.
  3. Epguides
    This site, which often links to, includes episode titles, credits, summaries, and occasionally trivia for each episode of the listed TV shows.
  4. Television History- The First 75 Years
    This extensive site includes information both about television sets and television programs. The trivia, facts, and graphics are particularly useful for students and researchers.

Television: Print, Video, or DVD

  1. Lackmann, R. (2003). Encyclopedia of American Television: Broadcast Programming post World War II to 2000. New York: Facts on File.
    Despite the exclusion of cable programming this television encyclopedia is a good factual source for American television. It includes both biographies of important people in television and summaries for many nationally produced television shows.