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Film, Television, and Theatre Pathfinder #1

General Resources

  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.
  9. Variety (Daily Trade Publication).
    The premiere trade paper for the film industry, Variety includes news relating to filmmaking. A small amount of information is available free on the website.


  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.
  26. Ain't It Cool
    This site includes reviews, interviews, behind-the-scenes information, analysis of past, current, and in production films.
  27. British Board of Film Classification
    This site includes a searchable list of banned films.
  28. British Film Institute
    This site includes film facts, links, a book list, and information about the British Film Institute.
  29. The United Kingdom Film Council
    This site includes statistics, documents about British films, a working definition of a British film, and links.
  30. BBC Films
    This site includes information on current films, interviews, reviews, and galleries.
  31. Channel Four's Film Search
    This site includes a searchable database of filmographies, interviews, features, and short films.
  32. All Movie
    This film database of over 220,000 films provides credits, plot synopsis, biographical information, and user ratings. It can be searched by film title, person, location, technical criteria, etc. The site also includes a glossary and essays. The site has won awards including ones from Forbes, Yahoo! Internet Life, and PC Magazine. Periodically some links or search functions are broken.
  33. Movie Maker Magazine Website
    This commercial site includes sections on directing, screenwriting, acting, editing, festivals, and links along with information about the magazine. Site has many flashy ads.
  34. Movie Reviews Query Engine
    This site allows you to search for movie reviews. Both a simply and more complex search engine are available.
  35. National Film Preservation Board
    The official site for the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. It includes information about the National Film Preservation Board and an extensive list of links to other related resources.
  36. The Numbers
    This site has Box Office Data and market analysis


  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.
  5. Museum of Radio and Television
    This site includes information about the Museum of Television and Radio in Los Angeles and New York.
  6. UCLA Film and Television Archive
    The UCLA archive holds 220,000 motion pictures and television titles. The site includes information about public programming, commercial services, preservation, and the archive.
  7. The Official Emmy's Site
    This site includes information about the Academy, the awards including a searchable database, membership and the foundation, press information, and information about events.
    The archive includes audio, visual, and script collections. The site includes information about the collection and a catalog.
  8. TV Acres: The Web's Ultimate Subject Guide to Television
    The site's mission is to provide information about TV programming from the 1940s to the present. Although the focus is on American television programming the database also includes information about UK programming. A search engine is available. The site is run by Jerome A Holst, a librarian at Saint Francis University.


  1. Internet Broadway Database
    The Internet Broadway Database is based on the Internet Movie Databse and provides extensive information of Broadway Productions. Basic information about the production, awards and nominations, song listings, and credits including replacement and transfer information are included in production entries. Entries for people include a listing of productions they have appeared in and in some cases a small amount of personal information is provided. The site has a clean and easy to navigate layout.
  2. Theatre Library Association
    The Theatre Library Association supports librarians and archivists associated with many forms of performing arts collections. Besides information about the association the web site includes links to resources related to the performing arts.
  3. Internet Theatre Database
    This database has information about various theatre productions. It is not comprehensive, but it is helpful for finding information about many popular productions. Both basic and advanced search features are provided.
    This site includes information about tickets and travel information including hotel packages. The Broadway Buzz includes news headlines, interviews, profiles, pictures, reviews, and other information about Broadway and the peformers.
    The official playbill site includes theatre news, listings and tickets for Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, and some regional theatre and tours, a store, job listings, information about the Playbill Club, and features including the Week in Review, Broadway Grosses, Stage to Screen. Archives are also available.
  6. Talkin Broadway
    This site includes theatre reviews, a history of Broadway from 1900-1950, a searchable cast album database and other topics relating to Broadway.
  7. The Official Site for the Tony Awards
    Includes a searchable database of past winners, information about the most recent nominations, press releases, a photo gallery, and a small video library
  8. Theatre Reviews Limited
    Theatre Reviews limited includes reviews for Broadway, off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and fringe New York theatre.
  9. The Arts Lynx Theatre Resources
    An extensive collection of links relating to theare


  1. Project Gutenberg
    Project Gutenberg includes the text of many works in public domain including plays and novels that have been made into films.
  2. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    The NYPLA site includes information about the collections at the New York Public Library and a list of selected internet resources
  3. Henry Jenkins's Web site
    Henry Jenkins is a communications professor at MIT who has written extensively about fans and their interactions. His site includes a list of his writings including several articles that are available for free online.
  4. Todd
    This site has reviews, interviews, images, and other information about director Todd Haynes

Evaluating Information

  1. The WWW Virtual Library: Evaluating Information
    If you need additional information about evaluating material this directory includes links to resources about both general evaluation of material and evaluating specific material.