Last discussed in the 11-04-2005 Scout Report, Folkstreams is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving independent films that "focus on the culture, struggles, and arts of unnoticed Americans from many different regions and communities." Folkstreams was founded in 1999 by filmmaker Tom Davenport and is partnered with iBiblio.org, the University of North Carolina's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), and The Southern Folklife Collection, which is also at UNC. On the Folkstreams website, visitors can watch dozens of films, including documentaries and films that highlight musical performances and other forms of art. Visitors may browse these films by category (including African-American culture, arts & crafts, foodways, rural life, urban life, and much more) or by region (e.g., Appalachia, Northeast, Pacific Northwest). The collection also features three films from outside North America. Alternatively, visitors may also browse by filmmakers. Educators will find a handful of lesson plans and worksheets that may be of interest via a link at the bottom of the website.
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