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  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — Not only does this site provide information about the Oscars, sample movie posters, and special features, it also presents teaching guides on scriptwriting, animation, cinematography, documentaries, film editing, sound, and visual effects.
  • American Alliance for Theatre and Education — Standards for theater education and other resources.
  • American Cinema — Annenberg presents this video professional development course on the history of American film and its relationship to American culture.
  • ArtsEdge — The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents 149 lessons for teaching drama.
  • ArtsJournal: The Daily Digest of Arts, Culture and Ideas — This site provides links to current news and articles about the arts, with special pages devoted to theater and media.
  • Birth Television Archive — This European site allows users to explore vintage European television and read commentaries on television’s cultural significance.
  • British Film Institute — This site provides numerous resources on British film and television, including articles, research guides, and numerous interviews.
  • Broadway: The American Musical — Lesson plans and background information on Broadway musicals and their relationship to events in history.
  • Broadway 101 — The subtitle of this site, “The History of the Great White Way,” explains well the content found here.
  • CineFiles — This site showcases the collection of film ephemera—reviews, press kits, festival program notes, and more—of the Pacific Film Archives at the University of California Berkeley.
  • Cinema: How Are Hollywood Films Made — Annenberg presents this introduction to how films are made, written for intermediate-level students.
  • Early Cinema — A timeline of cinema’s early history, biographies of pioneers in the field, descriptions of early technologies, and essays are featured on this site.
  • Encyclopedia of Television — The Museum of Broadcast Communications presents an encyclopedia including approximately 1,000 topics related to television.
  • Eserver Drama Collection — This site presents play scripts, as well as criticism and links to scholarly journals.
  • Film History Index — Part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library, this site presents links to resources on film history around the world.
  • Folkstreams — This site is a repository of films on American folklore. Also provided are essays, transcripts, teaching materials, and more.
  • Glossary of Film Terms — Joel Schlemowitz of the New School film department presents this extensive glossary of terminology used in film production.
  • Hollywood’s America — Digital History provides primary sources related to film history, as well as guides to films on such topics as the American Revolution, immigration, and the Great Depression.
  • Journal of Religion and Film — This scholarly journal published at the University of Nebraska-Omaha examines the depiction of religion in films and includes essays, reviews, and discussion forums.
  • Law in Popular Culture Collection — The University of Texas School of Law provides this entertaining and useful site, which includes movie posters, filmographies of movies about lawyers, quotes from movie and television lawyers, and a variety of papers on lawyers in film (sample titles: “Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Bureaucracy” and “Bad Lawyers on Film”).
  • Moving Image Collections — Georgia Tech University presents this directory of moving image archives from North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia.
  • National Film Preservation Board — This nonprofit provides links to collections of historic films that have been preserved, as well as a guide for preserving film.
  • Playbill — Current news from the world of theater.
  • Playwriting 101 — An online tutorial on writing plays, by playwright and screenwriter Jon Dorf.
  • Recommended Web Sites in Film Studies — An extensive set of links from the University of Alberta.
  • Reel American History — More than 5,000 reviews and other features from the popular movie review programs featuring critics Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, and Richard Roeper are available here.
  • Reel Life Stories — An introduction to the history of documentary films, based on a 2003 exhibit at the Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Screenonline — Subtitled “the definitive guide to Britain’s film and TV history,” this site is rich with information and resources, including a glossary of film and television terms and lesson plans.
  • Silent Era — Information about silent films and the actors and directors who made them. Maintained by silent film buff Carl Bennett.
  • Stagework — Britain’s National Theatre presents this educational site designed “to unpack the complex process of making theatre performances.” Features include lesson plans, job descriptions for varied positions in the theater, interviews and discussions with directors and playwrights, and more.
  • Theatre History — This site provides information on the history of theater in the United States, Britain, Italy, Greece, Asia, and other locales. A “Today in Theatre History” feature is available on the home page.