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Virtual Brain Break: Movies and Videos

Documentary Databases

PBS Video Collection

1699 videos covering a diverse array of subjects and interests.


Videos available include:

Ken Burns' Baseball


American Experience: The War on Disco


NOVA: Can Psychedelics Cure?



Docuseek streams essential independent, social-issue and environmental films.


Films available include:

Disturbing the Peace


The Yes Men Fix the World


The Way Things Go

Feature Film Databases

Swank Digital Campus

Streaming video titles, mostly feature films or television, the University of Iowa has licensed from the Swank Digital Campus collection of videos.


Films available on Swank include:


D.E.B.S                                                         Get Out    


Fargo                                             Thelma & Louise


Black Panther                                Pride & Prejudice


Custom online libraries of streaming videos from a variety of studios on a variety of subjects.

Films available on Kanopy Include:


        Everything, Everywhere, All At Once        Marcel The Shell With Shoes On       



Kubo and the Two Strings                              Talk to Me             



Godzilla (1954)                                   Crimes of the Future

Theatre and Opera Databases

National Theatre Collection

Drawing on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts, alongside high-quality archive recordings never previously seen outside of the NT's Archive, the National Theatre Collection 1 offers 30 filmed performances.


Performances available include:

Benedict Cumberbatch starring as The Creature in Frankenstein, a production recorded for the National Theatre

Frankenstein, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch


Nana Amoo-Gottfried starring in the title role of Macbeth (2017), a production recorded for the National Theatre


Opera In Video

Opera in Video contains five hundred hours of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.

Performances available include:

Poster for opera film La Boheme

La Boheme

Poster for the opera film The Bald Soprano

The Bald Soprano