Great news for lovers of art house and classic cinema: The New Orleans Public Library
(NOPL) is now offering free subscriptions to Kanopy
, a free streaming service with more than 30,000 titles — including those from the Criterion Collection, as well as film festival award winners, documentaries (including Ken Burns), PBS series, independent cinema, foreign films, classics, shorts and more.
Users with a library card can go to the Kanopy website
, create an account and immediately begin streaming as many as 12 free movies a month. Kanopy works on Android and iOS devices, and there's a Roku
app as well.
A quick browse through Kanopy's library shows dozens of New Orleans- and Louisiana-related titles, including Tchoupitoulas — A Portrait of New Orleans; Mosquitoes and High Water: The Isleños of New Orleans; The Sons of Tennessee Williams; Bayou Maharajah; Getting Back to Abnormal
; and Dirty Energy: Firsthand Stories from the Deepwater Horizon Disaster
The NOPL also has another streaming service, Hoopla
, which features more general interest titles. Like Kanopy, it also is free and offers 12 movies a month.