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Films and Media: Swank Motion Pictures

Guide to the film and media collections at NCCC.

Swank Motion Pictures


Titles from Swank include the rights to show films in class to students enrolled in that particular class. Swank's statement on copyright is here.

The films do not have public performance rights.

The TEACH Act,17 U.S.C. § 110(2), gives guidance over film use in the classroom. 

Instructions for Viewing

Click on the logo to your left to access Swank.

If you are off-campus, you will need to log-in with your t-wolves credentials. 

The default view includes films organized in thematic categories (comedy, drama, etc.). You can also change the organization by selecting title or list display in the upper left. 

Click on the title you'd like to view or learn more about. This brings up the media player as well as a short synopsis on the film. 

Click the play button in the center of the screen to begin viewing. 

Volume controls and subtitle options are in the lower right corner of the media player. 

You can view on a mobile device but you will need to install an app. See "Mobile Access" for more info.

Instructor Information

Swank is organized much differently than our other databases. Titles are individually selected. This is a faculty curated collection. 

Films can be embedded into Blackboard, shared via a direct link, or searched directly through the Library's databases. 

Custom categories can be created in Swank if you would like your course's films grouped together. 

If you are interested in utilizing Swank in your classes, please contact Cataloging Librarian, Jean Linn

Mobile Access

To play content on your mobile device (phone or tablet), download the video player by searching for "Swank Media Player" in Apple iTunes or Google Play Store. An Android app is required on Android, and an iOS app is required on iOS. Click here for detailed instructions for using the mobile app.

System Requirements

Swank supports operating systems and browsers that are currently supported by Microsoft.  Click here for further details on system requirements and operating systems.


1. What titles are available through Swank? 

Swank licenses films from many different distributors including Warner Bros., Disney, Dreamworks, MGM, and Paramount. You can search all of their available titles here:

2. How can I request a title?

If you would like to add a film for your course, please let Jean Linn know. Available funds and other criteria will determine whether or not we are able to fulfill your request.

3. Is closed captioning available?

Most films from Swank include closed captioning. We will only order films which include subtitles. 

4. Can I screen these films to the public?

No. These films do NOT have Public Performance Rights (PPR). They can only be shown within the classroom as part of the core curriculum to students enrolled in a particular class.

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