Very Short post for a Very Short film contest

In the spirit of yesterday’s post, here’s another off-kilter student film competition that’s too entertaining not to share. British newspaper The Guardian recently teamed up with Oxford University Press to host the Very Short Film competition for movies less than 60 seconds long. The Guardian recently narrowed down their finalists, all of which are available […]

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Enter the Eco-Comedy Video Competition

Attention aspiring filmmakers: Interested in plying your craft for a good cause, getting some publicity in local film circles, and winning some money? AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Sierra Club have teamed up for the 2013 Eco-Comedy Film Competition. Entrants are asked to make a short, funny YouTube video that draws attention to […]

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New Acquisitions – January 2013

We’re off to a strong start in 2013. Among our new titles, we’ve acquired a beloved Disney classic, Academy Award-nominated documentaries, action-thriller hits from last fall, unsettling indie success stories, a long-unavailable classic from the 1920s, and a few comedies you might remember from the 90s. Read on for a full list of what we’ve […]

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New Films on Demand titles – January 2013

Films on Demand, a streaming video platform used by Media Services, has once again added hundreds of new titles available to watch instantly. Their collection is far-reaching, including everything from newsreel footage to informational health videos. Here are a few highlights from the newest batch. The Difference Between a Cold and the Flu (2011, 2 […]

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Remembering — and maybe introducing — Nagisa Oshima

Japanese director Nagisa Oshima died yesterday following long-term stroke complications. Oshima may not be the most well-known director outside of Japan, but he leaves behind an award-winning legacy. Oshima’s films dealt with a wide range of subjects, typically set during wartime Japan and (controversially) involving explicit sexuality. This style and thematic content earned him a […]

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Win The Dark Knight Trilogy!

To celebrate the start of the semester, we’re giving away a digital copy of The Dark Knight Trilogy, which includes all three of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises). For a chance to win, leave a comment naming all three of the actors who have portrayed Harvey Dent/Two-Face […]

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American University has a subscription to, a video tutorial website that can teach you skills ranging from high-end multimedia software like Photoshop to office programs like Excel. Any active member of the AU community (current students, faculty, staff, etc.) can access these tutorials through But isn’t just for production software. The site […]

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