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Kanopy Acquires Harvey Richards’ Videos

2021 Update for Estuary Press on Kanopy

Five years ago, Kanopy began offering the documentary films of Harvey Richards to libraries and universities around the world. The results are over 34,000 visits to the Estuary Press catalog, 7300 plays of the films, and 1514 hours of viewing.

Regional Breakdown

Regional Breakdown: 5800 plays in the US, 775 plays in Australia, 370 plays in Canada and 271 plays in the United Kingdom. In addition, viewers have played Harvey Richards films in New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Most Popular Videos

The most popular videos have been Visit to the Soviet Union (1,079 plays), We’ll Never Turn Back (992 plays), Freedom Bound (626 plays), Factory Farms (559 plays), Dream Deferred (526 plays), The Harvesters (4896 plays), Decision in the Streets (344 plays), No Greater Cause (388 plays), Tale of Two Systems (329 plays), and The Land Is Rich (304 plays).

Educational Institutions of the World

Kanopy prefers that I not mention the clients individually, but it is ok to tell you that the main users have been US universities and public libraries. Nothing could have made Harvey and Alice Richards happier than to see their films finding audiences in the educational institutions of the world.

Thank you Kanopy for your inclusion of the documentary films from the Harvey Richards Media Archive in your program.

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Estuary Press video catalog of the films of Harvey Richards is available to public libraries and educational institutions through Kanopy offering “Thoughtful Entertainment” videos for libraries nationally and around the world. Estuary Press has joined a great line up of thoughtful works that libraries and educational institutions can access through licensing directly with Kanopy.

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Kanopy streams “more than 26,000 films to over 3,000 higher education campuses worldwide, reaching millions of students around the globe. Our reach is now extending to public libraries across the world.”

Kanopy’s streaming services charge only for films patrons actually watch, with no additional hidden fees. Patron driven acquisition (PDA) for colleges and public libraries has a cost-per-play that is 99% lower than other video models. Kanopy provides a dedicated and customizable website for users to watch films any time, any where, on any device.

You can contact Kanopy here to find out more.

Kanopy Philosophy:

Our mission to democratize meaningful film and television is made possible by our close partnerships with public libraries and universities. Connect with Kanopy and offer your members a new opportunity to learn and interact with their community.

The films that truly resonate with us do more than just entertain. They inspire us, enrich us, and challenge our perspectives. Kanopy ensures that these films reach viewers around the world.

We stream thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with no fees and no commercials by partnering with public libraries and universities. Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers will discover remarkable and enriching films on Kanopy. Log in with your library membership and enjoy our diverse catalog with new titles added every month.

At Kanopy we believe in the power of film to bridge cultural boundaries and bring people together. Start watching today and expand your worldview with us.

The Harvey Richards Media Archive offers unique film and still photo images of the 1960’s on the west coast, images of progressive social movements for change, peace, social justice and a healthy planet.

Harvey Richards (1912 – 2001)

Harvey Richards media archive home

Harvey Richards Media Archive Home is the gateway to video and photo images of the 1960s in twenty-two documentary films and 44 photo image galleries shot during the years from 1958 to 1978.

Harvey Richards chose sides. He was a movement photographer who used photo images to help the civil rights, peace, ecology and the labor movement causes he believed in. He worked on his own, independently, to advance these causes at the front lines of social conflict when the mainstream mass media was absent and hostile, which happened frequently especially in the early years of the 1960’s. Together with his wife, Alice Richards and his son, Paul Richards, Harvey travelled to the USSR in 1961 to make documentary films on the conditions of women and children in a socialist society.

Self-Portraits of the Movements

His films became self-portraits of the movements he photographed. His civil rights films made in Mississippi in 1963 and 1964 offered share croppers unscripted opportunities to tell the world what their struggle for voting rights meant to them. His films on California farm workers contain farm worker voices. His environmental films started with Perch of the Devil made in Butte, Montana, in 1960 contains the miner’s voices.

During the 1960’s, movement organizations that used his documentaries as fundraisers, organizing films and outreach vehicles included the United Farm Workers, the United Packinghouse Workers Union, the Sierra Club, Women for Peace, and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. All his films are available on DVD and can be streamed and downloaded. Over 1000 of his photo images are available for viewing in galleries on this web site. All films and photos are available for purchase and licensing.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577;

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