MEL Films traveled to the distant Arctic outpost of Longyearbyen, Norway, the Northernmost city on Earth. It’s known for its natural beauty, and also the notion the area’s thick permafrost layer holds organic matter that could come back to life after it thaws.
Along with Don Bluth, game designer Rick Dyer created 1980s classics like Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace. He would later design a radical (and expensive) game system called “Halcyon.” Polygon explores the tale of the failed console that foretold today’s voice-based AI systems.
(PG-13: Language) Judd Apatow’s HBO doc features interviews with Shandling’s friends and family, as they delve into the psyche of the late comedian, his self-deprecating humor, and his drive to always top his last show. If you never watched The Larry Sanders Show, you must.
In Russia, there’s a dashcam in just about every car these days. Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s intense documentary is assembled entirely from dashcam footage, which captured everything from a meteor crashing to Earth, to gas station fires, to some of the craziest road rage ever.
Bobcat Goldthwait is best known for his insane comedy, but he’s also a talented director. His recently shot this documentary short about rural America’s fascination with Sasquatch, as he, Alexie Gilmore, and Bryce Johnson spent time at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference.
“The place where Christmas was invented now feels like a city under siege, and in serious need of some festive cheer.” This hour-long documentary is about how Banksy and director Danny Boyle created a satirical nativity play at Banksy’s hotel at the West Bank Barrier.
Our first look at HBO’s upcoming documentary about the final years of David Bowie’s illustrious life, a period which not only produced some of his most revealing and intimate work, but continued to show the world that he was a creative chameleon until the end.
Life Where I’m From created a brief history of Japan’s public baths. He also talked about why they remain popular despite bathtubs becoming commonplace, and an overview of onsens and other kinds of public baths that you might want to check out when you visit Japan.
Documentary filmmakers Tripod City introduce us to Francisco, whose family makes their living by making piñatas by hand. Despite knowing that their creations will be destroyed with a stick, he’s still dedicated to his craft, and hopes that some of them might remain unscathed.
Two drivers set off on an amazing adventure in a wonderful classic car. Their route? A 13,000 kilometer ride in the Peking to Paris Rally in a 1941 Chevrolet Business Coupe, nicknamed “Boomba.” Plus, they did it for a good cause, raising money for young womens’ education.
MEL Films introduces us to a group of professional gravediggers who participate in annual competition in Slovakia to see who can dig graves the fastest and with the best quality. It’s an unusual and morbid occupation, but an essential service that real people do every day.
Jim Carrey is a pretty enigmatic character so it’s no wonder that he was the perfect actor to portray the late absurdist comic Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon. Chris Smith’s documentary explores how Carrey thoroughly lost himself while playing the part. More here.
Sometimes the simplest acts can have a lasting impact. Ivan Cash’s Agent of Connection features William Cromartie, a BART station agent who finds great satisfaction in greeting his commuters. Hats off to you, William – it’s nice to have a friend in the cold, hard city.
An upcoming documentary about the artists behind the brilliantly insane 1990’s animated series Ren and Stimpy. The film will include interviews with some of the show’s creators, celebrity fans, rare behind the scenes footage, and new animations to complement the story.