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Charles B. Sears Law Library University at Buffalo School of Law

Film and Video Distributors

The following links are suggestions for faculty to investigate for possible film and video titles that they will be able to use in their lectures.

  • Ambrose Video

    A leading producer of videotapes and multimedia materials for education and libraries. They have a library of over 1,000 titles that feature award-winning materials, in social studies, literature and the sciences. The core of there collection is broadcast quality productions from the BBC, public broadcasting, HBO and assorted independent producers. The titles range from the BBC Shakespeare Plays, Public TV's Legacy to Discovery's Connection series.

  • America's Defense Monitor

    Presents a balance of facts and commentary in a lively and highly visual style. Their episodes feature interviews with key experts, policy makers, and community leaders enhanced by vivid footage and informative graphics.

  • American Social History Project

    The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning aims to revitalize interest in history by challenging the traditional ways that people learn about the past.

  • Bullfrog Films

    Contains videos on environmental matters, as well as, videos on ethics and women's studies.

  • California Newsreel

    A leading resource center for the advancement of racial justice and diversity, and the study of African American life and history as well as African culture and politics. In 2006, Californiia Newsrell launched a new thematic focus for its work: the Global Economy, with an emphasis on the international division of labor. California Newsreel produces and distributes cutting edge, social justice films that inspire, educate and engage audiences. Founded in 1968, Newsreel is the oldest non-profit, social issue documentary film center in the country, the first to marry media production and contemporary social movements.

  • Cinema Guild

    A collection of more than 500 titles dealing with health, science, social studies, world cultures, the arts and humanities, etc.

  • Direct Cinema Limited

    Created in 1974 to serve independent filmmakers. Their films have won 54 Academy Award nominations and 15 Oscars -- more than any other collection of short films and documentaries in the world. They offer a variety of titles in several areas.

  • Discovery Channel Video

    Examine videos ranging from science and technology to wings and military

  • Documentary Educational Resources

    Produces, distributes and promotes quality ethnographic and documentary films from around the world. They were founded in 1968 by independent filmmakers whose collaborations reflect a lifetime of engagement and respect for their subjects. Documentary Educational Resources' films foster cross-cultural understanding through educational video and film.

  • Facets Multimedia

    They offer a wide range of film topics, including foreign films

  • Film Forum list of Film Distributors

    Distributors are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Filmakers Library

    Offers a wide range of film topics

  • Films for the Humanities and Sciences

    They offer a wide range of film topics from Architecture to Environmental Sciences to Women's Studies

  • First Run/Icarus Films

    Distribute documentary films and videos from all over the world

  • GPN Educational Media

    GPN carries over 3,000 titles and distributes over 150,000 educational programs annually, via videocassette and a variety of digital formats

  • Landmark Media Inc.

    An independent family-owned company currently celebrating their 25th anniversary. They offer the finest quality educational videos and CD-ROM's available

  • Library Video Company Library Video Company is the leading distributor of educational video, CD-ROM, audiobook and DVD to schools and public libraries nationwide. The company stocks over 14,000 titles covering a diverse range of topics for all ages and grade levels. Each program has been carefully reviewed and selected for content that is appropriate for the classroom and public library setting.

  • National Film Board of Canada

    A public agency that produces and distributes films and other audiovisual works which reflect Canada to Canadians and the rest of the world

  • National Film Preservation Foundation

    A non-profit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage. They support activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition.

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy

    A premier provider of trial skills training seminars and litigation-related publications and materials

  • New Day Films

    Offer an online catalog, study guides, teacher resource links, film reviews and biographies

  • PBS Video

    Educational programs in a wide variety of titles

  • Practising Law Institute

    Video programming approved for MCLE credit in NY

  • Transit Media

    Transit Media helps distribute films for over 100 small and large distributors, as well as independent filmmakers.

  • Video Librarian

    Offers new video reviews, new video movies, and newsbriefs


    WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.