Kanopy Spotlight: Explore Nature Films

Did you know that your Livingston Public Library card gives you access to Kanopy? Kanopy is a collection of thousands of movies and films that you can stream and enjoy right from the comfort of your very own home!  

April 22nd marks Earth Day.  In celebration of of our planet, here are a few films from Kanopy centered around nature. 

Wild Flora 

From Kanopy: “Florida is home to beaches, coral reefs, pine forests and the Everglades, but climate change, a growing human population and abandoned exotic pets are threatening this wild paradise. Can Florida’s ecosystems continue to weather the storm?”

Straws: The Impact of Plastic Straws on the Environment

From Kanopy: “A powerful documentary about plastic straws and other forms of plastic pollution that inundate our waterways and oceans. The film illustrates how individuals, groups, and businesses around the globe are reducing plastic straw use through education, collaboration, policy development and utilization of non-plastic alternatives. With colorful opening animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS is entertaining as well as educational.”

A Squirrel’s Guide to Success 

From Kanopy: “There are almost 300 species of squirrels that can glide through the air, outwit rattlesnakes, and survive the coldest temperatures of any mammal. Uncover their extraordinary abilities as a filmmaker puts their problem solving to the test.”

Nature’s Miniature Miracles 

From Kanopy: “Great things come in small packages. This film tells the epic survival stories of the world’s tiniest animals, from a mini sengi, the “cheetah” of the shrew world, to a small shark that walks on land. For these animals, size doesn’t matter.”

The Last Rhino

From Kanopy: “Sudan is the very last male Northern White Rhino. His amazing story is told through the global cast of people involved in Sudan’s life of 43 years. He was aged 2 when snatched from his mom’s side in Central Africa and became a prized exhibit in a zoo behind the Iron Curtain while the rest of his kind was poached to extinction. Now Sudan is the focus of an 11th hour battle to save his sub-species.”

It Ain’t Easy Being Green 

From Kanopy: “In the U.S. Virgin Islands, green iguanas are dramatically increasing in number and spreading. The situation has left most humans and iguanas scratching their heads about how to get by in the fast-changing island environment. The film engages in a lively debate about when and where animals are welcome, and if it is possible to create environments where it is easier for humans and all species to co-exist. Of great concern is how to protect local agricultural production and at the same time provide a welcoming place for iguanas. Will human-iguana differences and tension prevail? Or can the island’s two and four-legged creatures peacefully co-exist?”

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian 

Kanopy Spotlight: New Films Added!

Having a movie night is easy with your Livingston Public Library card and Kanopy.  Kanopy has thousands of movies and films that you can stream from the comfort of your own home, and Kanopy adds news films to it’s collection regularly– so it’s always evolving with something new for you to enjoy! 

Here are some recently added films that you can watch instantly through Kanopy:

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

From Kanopy: “Director Steven Spielberg’s A.I. propels you into a future of astounding technology and adventure beyond the human imagination in an extraordinary film the New York Observer hails as a “masterpiece” and Rolling Stone applauds as “unmistakably the work of a real filmmaker.” In a future world of runaway global warming and awe-inspiring scientific advances, humans share every aspect of their lives with sophisticated companion robots called Mechas. But when an advanced prototype robot child named David (Haley Joel Osment) is programmed to show unconditional love, his human family isn’t prepared for the consequences. Suddenly, David is on his own in a strange and dangerous world. Befriended by a streetwise Mecha (Jude law), David embarks on a spectacular quest to discover the startling secret of his own identity. Celebrated as a film “filled with visual wonders and astonishing special effects…” (Roger Ebert & Roeper), A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE is a visionary motion picture triumph!”

Galaxy Quest 

From Kanopy: “For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA protector – “Commander Peter Quincy Taggart” (Tim Allen), “Lt. Tawny Madison (Sigourney Weaver) and “Dr.Lazarus” (Alan Rickman) – set off on a thrilling and often dangerous mission in space…and then their series was cancelled! Now, twenty years later, aliens under attack have mistaken the Galaxy Quest television transmissions for “historical documents” and beam up the crew of has-been actors to save the universe. With no script, no director and no clue, the actors must turn in the performances of their lives.”

Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge 

From Kanopy: “The most turbulent five years in the life of a genius woman: Between 1905, where Marie Curie comes with Pierre Curie to Stockholm to be awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the radioactivity and 1911, where she receives her second Nobel Prize.”

One More Orbit

From Kanopy: “A daring team of astronauts and aviators fly a high-speed Gulfstream jet around the earth faster than anyone ever has to set the pole-to-pole circumnavigation record. Beginning their mission from the same spot Apollo 11 launched for the moon 50 years before, this tribute to the past, present, and future of space exploration breaks the boundaries of what was previously thought possible.”

For Madmen Only 

From Kanopy: “Starting his career with Nichols and May, training most of the original cast of SNL and forming Second City, and being the inspiration for the ever popular Upright Citizens Brigade theater (UCB), there isn’t a comic working today who wasn’t fostered or mentored in some way by Del Close.”

Red Cliff 

From Kanopy: “Legendary action cinema master John Woo and international superstar Tony Leung reunite for the first time since the 1992 classic HARD BOILED with this epic historical drama based on a legendary 208 A.D. battle that heralded the Han Dynasty’s end.”

In Safe Hands 

From Kanopy: “The second feature film from actress-turned-filmmaker Jeanne Herry (Number 1 Fan), IN SAFE HANDS throws us deep into the milieu of the French social assistance services where the fate of one baby boy exposes the conflicting conundrums faced by many women – those giving up their babies and those desperate to have their own.

When baby Theo’s birth mother surrenders him to adoption, child protection services, and officers such as Karine (Sandrine Kiberlain, Number 1 Fan), are called to action, and the harsh realities of the adoption process are pulled into sharp focus.

Karine entrusts Theo to Jean (Gilles Lellouche, C’est la vie!) – no stranger to the foster system himself – who takes on the responsibility of the newborn until a suitable home can be found. Meanwhile, Alice (Élodie Bouchez) has never given up the fight to be a mother and faces the prospect of this dream finally coming true, although nothing is certain.”

You can browse the thousands of other movies and films Kanopy has to offer, here. 

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian