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Swank Digital Campus

Legal access to feature films for educational use

For additional information

If you still have questions please contact :

Janell Alewyn 480-461-7266 janell.alewyn@mesacc.edu


Trevor Smith 480-461-7631 trevorsmith@mesacc.edu

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What titles are available from Swank?

"Swank Motion Pictures is the nontheatrical distributor for the majority of the major Hollywood studios as well as many independent, foreign, art house, and documentary offerings. We currently hold thousands of titles in our library."

What if the film I want to use is unavailable from Swank?

You may request the film by contacting Janell Alewyn at janell.alewyn@mesacc.edu or 480-461-7266

Are films with closed captioning available?

Most (but not all) films have closed captions. To activate closed captioning, select a film to view, then click the gear in the lower right corner of the screen of the film you are viewing. From the menu, select the Subtitle option en-us.

If a film you want does not offer closed captioning, contact Janell Alewyn 480-461-7266 janell.alewyn@mesacc.edu

Can I use one of the currently available films in the Digital Campus portal if I did not request it?

Yes, all instructors can use any currently available film in their class(es). 

How long will it take for my film to become available in the Digital Campus portal?

If you have requested a film, it takes approximately 5 business days for films to become available. You will be notified when your film is in the Digital Campus portal.

How long are the films available in the Digital Campus portal?

Films are available for either one semester or one year. When you request a film you will be asked to specify the semester or semesters that the film is needed.

How do students access the films?

Students can access any of the Swank films by going to http://www.mesacc.edu/library/eresources

Scroll down to Video & Film, then click on the Swank Feature Films link. Disney films are in a separate portal.marked Disney Films.

If an instructor has embedded the film in Canvas, students can access the film via Canvas as well.

What are the audio and video specifications?


  • Video: 720 x 480 aspect ratio with frame rate of 29.97 fps
  • Audio: 128 kbps Stereo CBR
  • Encoding Rate: 1 megabit VBR