THE BEST Documentaries

What Happened to Crow 64?

What Happened to Crow 64?

The Nintendo 64 is known for games like Super Mario 64 and Star Fox 64. But there was another potentially big N64 title that never came out. In this short film from Adam Butcher, he takes a look back at Catastrophe Crow!, a highly-anticipated game that vanished along with its creator under strange circumstances. Or did it?

John Bronco (Trailer)

John Bronco (Trailer)

Walton Goggins stars in this mockumentary about a legendary pitchman who helped put the Ford Bronco on the map. Among it’s “facts” are how Ford named the Bronco after the man, who became so popular that he had his own breakfast cereal, action figure, and cologne. The 40-minute film premieres on Hulu on 10.15.2020.

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Making French Butter

Making French Butter

Butter is one of those food staples that we often take for granted. But at Le Beurre Bordier, every pat of the creamy dairy product is a handmade work of art. Food Insider introduces us to this French shop dedicated to preserving 19th-century techniques, including the use of a spinning wooden wheel to knead the butter.

Mr. Delicious

Mr. Delicious

Back in the 1980s, Rax Roast Beef was a popular fast-food chain. But the company lost its way, trying to reinvent itself in the face of competition and is down to its last few locations. And then there’s this disastrous ad campaign which certainly didn’t help. The Vlogbrothers offer their take on the one and only Mr. Delicious.

The History of The Joker

The History of The Joker

From his earliest comic book days to incarnations brought to life by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Hamill, and Adam West, The Joker is one of the greatest supervillains in history. Warner Bros. interviewed filmmakers, authors, and actors to talk about what makes The Clown Prince of Crime tick.

This Is Home: Jackson Goldstone

This Is Home: Jackson Goldstone

After riding into stardom as a little kid back in 2010, Jackson Goldstone has become a force to be reckoned with on his mountain bike. Ride Shimano and Anthill Films take us inside of Jackson’s world, set against the beautiful mountainous backdrop of Squamish, B.C., which has certainly played a part in him honing his craft.

Lost & Found: Tokyo Style

Lost & Found: Tokyo Style

If you’ve ever lost an item in a big city in the U.S., there’s a slim chance you’re ever getting it back. Speaking from experience, it’s the opposite if you lose something in Tokyo. Great Big Story takes us inside of the city’s massive and well-organized Lost & Found center for a look at how the Japanese respect other people’s property.

Rising Phoenix (Trailer)

Rising Phoenix (Trailer)

Since 1960, the Paralympic Games have provided a forum in which athletes with disabilities can showcase their true abilities. This Netflix documentary tells the history of what is now the world’s third-biggest sporting event, and how it not only bolstered its participants, but dramatically changed perceptions. Premieres 9.26.2020.

Robin’s Wish (Trailer)

Robin’s Wish (Trailer)

Robin Williams brought joy to so many people during his lifetime, yet his own life ended tragically when he committed suicide in 2014. This documentary looks into Robin’s final days and the undiagnosed degenerative disease that may have been his downfall.

Decades of Dance

Decades of Dance

David Chanishvili is a dancer with the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet. In order to perform their mix of folk dance, classical ballet, and modern dance, he and his fellow company members must possess incredible coordination, athleticism, and strength. Great Big Story offers a brief glimpse into their talents.

Happy Happy Joy Joy (Trailer)

Happy Happy Joy Joy (Trailer)

In the early 1990s, the Nickelodeon series Ren & Stimpy blew up televisions with its over-the-top characters, insane storylines, and unique animation style. Now go behind the scenes of the series, and the madness, chaos, and controversy that creator John Kricfalusi brought with him. Hits VOD on 8.14.2020.

Why Daft Punk Wears Helmets

Why Daft Punk Wears Helmets

Part of what makes Daft Punk so iconic is their appearance, with the musical duo donning shiny, high tech helmets for much of their career. Vinyl Rewind digs into the story behind the headgear to explain why Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo choose to conceal their faces in public.

Music & Clowns

Music & Clowns

“He understands how you feel. Probably better than you do.” Director Alex Widdowson’s documentary short film uses animation to tell the story of his brother Jamie, a man with a profound learning disability. It delves into his appreciation for the little things in life, and how his family has adapted to their situation.

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Like Hell I Won’t (Trailer)

Like Hell I Won’t (Trailer)

This documentary takes us inside the world of famed comic book artist and toy designer Todd McFarlane, as he busted through obstacles to create his visionary “Spawn,” and then faced a whole new series of challenges after achieving fame and fortune. Drops 7.25.20 on SYFY.

Giant Robot Builder

Giant Robot Builder

Goldthread introduces us to Sun Shiqian, a man whose love for robots has turned into an obsession. In his studio in the Chinese city of Dalian, he has built numerous giant robots, including replicas of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, as well as a huge, wearable mech suit.

I, Pastafari (Trailer)

I, Pastafari (Trailer)

Despite its silly premise, The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is one of the fastest growing religions on the planet. Michael Arthur’s documentary delves into the absurdist faith, and the efforts of its Pastafarian believers to to be granted the same privileges and protections that other organized religions enjoy.

The Extreme Vespas of Indonesia

The Extreme Vespas of Indonesia

In most of the world, Vespas are just simple city scooters with a retro flair. But on the roads of Indonesia, they can be seen zooming around with some insane modifications. Great Big Story takes us on a spin to the Asian island nation for a ride-along with some of the scooter’s most passionate fans.

Rebuilding Paradise (Trailer)

Rebuilding Paradise (Trailer)

Director Ron Howard and producing partner Brian Grazer visit Paradise, California, which was ravaged by a horrifying firestorm in 2018, resulting in unfathomable damage, and at least 86 fatalities. Despite the enormous tragedy, members of the community are resolved to rebuilding their lives there.

The Origin of Digital Communities

The Origin of Digital Communities

Before the Internet we know today, we had standalone services like AOL. And before that, we had Bulletin Board Systems. These homebrew hangouts let people with similar interests congregate via their computers. Off the Cuf looks back at the first BBS and its creators, and how they laid the groundwork for much to come.

The World’s Largest Truck Stop

The World’s Largest Truck Stop

Off the Cuf’s video not only takes us on a tour of the enormous Iowa 80 Truck Stop, it spends a good bit of time delving into the history of trucking goods across America, and the importance of this critical industry in delivering food and other items that we rely on every day.

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Arctic Drive (Trailer)

Arctic Drive (Trailer)

Traveler Arkady Fiedler and photographer Kamil Piechowiak present 3-minutes of footage their epic 6000-mile journey from Copenhagen to the Arctic Circle to Finland. From the Aurora Borealis to whiteout snowstorms, the images they captured along the way are spectacular. The full documentary series is due out 9.2020.

Gun Killers

Gun Killers

Jason Young’s wordless documentary introduces us to John and Nancy Little, a couple who spends their days enjoying retirement in the Nova Scotia countryside, and their nights performing a secret task for the RCMP. The short film stands as both a commentary on gun violence, and an intriguing work of visual art.

30 for 30: Long Gone Summer

30 for 30: Long Gone Summer

While pro sports might be on hold in 2020, ESPN is keeping the dream alive with lots of great stories about the past. This episode of 30 for 30, docu-series looks back at the steroid-powered summer of 1998, as the Cardinals’ Mark McGwire and the Cubs’ Sammy Sosa battled it out for home run supremacy. Premieres 6.14.20.

A Toy Store Near You (Trailer)

A Toy Store Near You (Trailer)

Brian Volk-Weiss is the man behind The Toys That Made Us. When he heard about the challenges faced by independent toy stores in the face of COVID-19, he got to work producing a docuseries about 50 wonderful shops, giving them some added exposure, and donating the majority of the show’s proceeds to the stores featured.

Have a Good Trip (Trailer)

Have a Good Trip (Trailer)

In this upcoming documentary, actors, musicians, and other celebrities share their experiences of what they felt, saw, and did while tripping on psychedelic drugs. Their stories – good, bad, and ugly – are each accompanied by appropriate animations. Coming to Netflix 5.11.20.

This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory

This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory

“Theories ease our anxieties, and make us feel that we can anticipate the future.” Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson’s (Everything is a Remix) documentary series explores the nature of conspiracy theories, what drives them, and how they shape attitudes and beliefs – especially in times of crisis.

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