Thanks so much for such a thorough response.
Yes, I agree and will challenge these distributors as well!

[] On Behalf Of Meghann Matwichuk
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2016 3:17 PM
Subject: [Videolib] 13th and Streaming Distribution w/o Educational Availability

Thanks for passing this along, Lorraine!!  This is exciting!  Although, it 
doesn't quite solve the problem of having a physical copy in our collection, or 
a streaming version to which we can provide access for our patrons who may not 
have a Netflix account.  I was just having a conversation about this (films 
produced by streaming services without any means for libraries to purchase hard 
copies or license) with the lovely Meredith Miller not a few hours ago, and 
just a week or two ago had an exchange with the distributors of the Netflix 
film Audrie and Daisy<>.  It went as follows:

Me: "Greetings, I am a media librarian at the University of Delaware Library. 
One of UD's student groups will be hosting a film screening of Audrie & Daisy 
soon, and we've already had requests that we add the film to our Library's 
collection so that it can be used in classes and made available for students to 
watch for research. Are there any plans to make Audrie & Daisy available for 
purchase on DVD soon, or via some other mechanism that allows institutional 
access?  I've personally watched the film via my own Netflix account, and I 
know it would be a great resource for our faculty and students. Thank you!"

Carla @ Filmsprout:  "Thanks so much for your note, and we're thrilled to hear 
that the Library is interested in the film. I'm so sorry, but currently there 
aren't plans to make the film available for institutional purchase because the 
film is already available for individual and private classroom use via the 
Netflix service. However, I'd be glad to let you know if anything changes!"

Me:  "Institutions are not able to subscribe to Netflix, so unfortunately we 
can't offer private classroom use via the Netflix service.  I hope that this 
may change in the near future, as we've been unable to provide equitable access 
to some excellent programming due to the models put forth by Amazon Prime, 
Netflix, etc.  Please do let me know if anything should change with 'Audrie & 

Carla:  "Thank you for your note, and I hear you. I've shared your feedback 
with my team, and I will absolutely let you know if anything changes around 
institutional licensing for the film."

Several of us (myself, Lorraine, and a few others who may or may not be on 
VideoLib?) who attended National Media Market in October discussed this very 
thing over lunch one afternoon -- the need to advocate and raise awareness 
amongst the producers of films that fit into this growing category.  Towards 
that end, I'd encourage everyone to take the extra time to contact producers of 
films like 13th, Audrie & Daisy, Transparent, etc. when your students / 
instructors request them to help the producers understand the need for an 
educational distribution model that would allow us to provide access to these 
important films.  Clearly, Ms. DuVernay and the Filmsprout folks intend for 
these documentaries to be widely seen and utilized in educational settings -- 
they need to hear from us that we share that mission and need options to pay 
them for / license their content.



Meghann Matwichuk, M.S.

Associate Librarian

Coordinator, Film & Video Collection

Morris Library, University of Delaware

181 S. College Ave.

Newark, DE 19717

(302) 831-1475
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