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Public Performance Rights (PPR) for Films at Kenyon: Obtaining PPR For Films Not Owned By The Library

Find answers here to your questions about public performance rights (PPR) for film screenings at Kenyon. You will find information about Kenyon-owned material, as well as information on other resources that may be available to you.


Kenyon does not hold public performance rights for any feature (non-documentary) films that are part of the library's DVD collection. PPR is available for some films available through streaming services to which the library provides access. If you want to screen a feature film publicly and public performance rights are not already available, your student group or department will be responsible for contacting a licensing service company to obtain a rental copy and to pay for rights. 

Swank Motion Pictures is a good place to start if you are interested in screening a relatively recent release. Criterion and Kino will be able to license some foreign and classic films. Film Movement distributes primarily recent foreign films. 

Consult IMDb if you are unsure of a film's distributor, or if you are unable to find a film through one of the licensing service companies listed in the next column. After you find the distributor information through IMDb, you may be able to contact the distributor directly.



Vendors That Grant Public Performance Rights

Criterion Pictures USA, Inc. 
8238-40 Lehigh
Morton Grove, IL 60053-2615
1-800-890-9494 or 1-847-470-8164
Fax: 1-847-470-8194

Film Movement
109 West 27th Street
Suite 9B
New York, NY 10001
Email: Maxwell Wolkin -
212-941-7744 ext. 211

Kino International Corp. 
333 W. 39th Street, Ste. 503
New York, N.Y. 10018
1-800-562-3330 or 1-212-629-6880
Fax: 1-212-714-0871
Email: or 

Milestone Film & Video 
P.O. Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640-0128
1-800-603-1104 or 1-201-767-3117
Fax: 1-201-767-3035

Modern Sound Pictures 

Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) 
5455 Centinela Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066-6970
1-800-462-8855 or 1-310-822-8855
Fax 1-310-822-4440

Movie Licensing USA 
A division of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.
201 South Jefferson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103-2579
Schools: 1-877-321-1300
Libraries: 1-888-267-2658
Other organizations: 1-800-876-5577
Fax:1-314-287-1748 (schools), 1-877-876-9873 (libraries)
Email: or 

New Yorker Films 
16 West 61st Street
New York, NY 10023
1-877-247-6200 or 1-212-247-6110
Fax: 1-212-307-7855

Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.
(800) 876-5577
If you work with Swank, be sure to use the "college campus" link on their website, or call and ask to speak to their Ohio/Kenyon representative.

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