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Awesome Documentaries

Our Universe (Trailer)

Our Universe (Trailer)

It’s a story 13.8-billion years in the making, and there’s no better voice on Earth to tell it than Morgan Freeman. This epic, six-part documentary series explores the formation of our universe and the evolutionary events which created life as we know it. Drops 11.22.22 on Netflix.

The Fascinating History of Fonts

The Fascinating History of Fonts

After looking at the variety of fonts on his computer, vlogger and documentarian struthless wanted to know more about their origins. But as he started to pull at that thread, he learned so much more – about the history of written language, design, pop culture, and communication.

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A Trip to Infinity (Trailer)

A Trip to Infinity (Trailer)

Places… numbers… the future… all of these things seem limitless, but are they? This documentary explores the nature of infinity through interviews with prominent mathematicians, physicists, and cosmologists. Is the universe genuinely boundless, or is that just human wishful thinking? Drops 9.26.22 on Netflix.

Sidney (Trailer)

Sidney (Trailer)

Produced by Oprah Winfrey and directed by Reginald Hudlin, this documentary celebrates the life and legacy of Sidney Poitier through archival footage and interviews. Beyond his pioneering work as an actor, Poitier was a great filmmaker and driver of the Civil Rights Movement. On Apple TV+ and in theaters 9.23.2022.

A Day in the Life of a Park Ranger

A Day in the Life of a Park Ranger

Alex aka “The Danger Ranger” lives and works on-site at a park in the California desert. In this short POV video, he shows us what life is like in the park, his daily loadout, and some of the things he does on a regular basis. We hope that Alex eventually gets to see that mountain lion and not just hear it roar.

The Opposite of Death

The Opposite of Death

The 1 is a bespoke electric motorcycle. Built from the ground up – and looking like nothing that’s come before – the visionary design is a revolutionary direction for the legacy Curtiss Motorcycle Company. The short fil The Opposite of Death documents the $83,333+ dream machine’s birth, giving us lots to drool over.

Light & Magic (Trailer)

Light & Magic (Trailer)

This six-part documentary series tells the history of Industrial Light & Magic. It features interviews with famous filmmakers and the people behind George Lucas’ esteemed visual effects studio, and explores how they created some of the most memorable movie scenes of all time. Arrives on Disney+ 7.27.22.

The Republic of Molossia

The Republic of Molossia

With his tongue firmly in cheek, Kevin Baugh created his own sovereign nation – in the desert of Western Nevada. His self-proclaimed nation has its own flag, currency, national sport, and even a navy. The country isn’t officially recognized, but it seems like a nice place to live – as long as you’re a member of Kevin’s family.

This Is GWAR (Trailer)

This Is GWAR (Trailer)

This documentary takes us inside the world of one of the most outrageous acts ever, GWAR. Along with interviews with the band’s members, you’ll hear how the masters of trash metal have influenced everyone from Weird Al to Bam Margera, and the hard work that goes into their fluid-soaked stage shows. Coming to Shudder on 7.21.22.

Edge of the Earth (Trailer)

Edge of the Earth (Trailer)

Teton Gravity Research and HBO teamed up for this four-part documentary series that combines extreme sports, global adventuring, and nature show in one. Each episode, a group of skilled athletes take on daring missions to reach exotic and undiscovered locations. Premieres 7.12.2022 on HBO Max.

Nsenene

Nsenene

Catching grasshoppers might sound like a playful childhood pastime, but for the people of Uganda, grasshoppers are part of the local diet and economy. Filmmaker Michelle Coomber’s documentary short immerses us in the culture of the East African nation, and the practice of luring in insects at night using lights and smoke.

The Duality of Sport

The Duality of Sport

(PG-13: Language) “The only thing that makes every Olympian the same… is that we all want to win a f**king gold medal.” Filmmaker Jeff Alper followed fencer Race Imbolden before and after winning his medal at the 2021 Olympic Games, offering a glimpse into how an athlete’s mindset shifts after the adrenaline wears off.

Lightfall: A Journey in Photography

Lightfall: A Journey in Photography

MTB photographer Sterling Lorence walks us through his efforts to capture the perfect shot. To get there, he headed to the mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore and followed riders Brett Rheeder and Jackson Goldstone into the misty woods. A great documentary about the creative process from Anthill Films for Ride Shimano.

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Master of the Jump Rope

Master of the Jump Rope

You might have jumped rope for fun when you were a kid or still do it for a workout, but Tori Boggs does it as her career. In this video from WIRED’s Obsessed, Tori shows off her mad rope-jumping skills and explains how she turned her passion into a profession and became a World Record-breaking champion.

Worst Roommate Ever (Trailer)

Worst Roommate Ever (Trailer)

Think your roommate is bad for leaving the toilet seat up or playing the stereo too loud? This five-part documentary series from Blumhouse Television explores four real-life tales about seemingly harmless roommates who turn out to be psychopaths, sociopaths, and criminals. Coming to Netflix 3.1.2022.

Giant Cruise Ship vs. Homes

Giant Cruise Ship vs. Homes

The biggest cruise ships out there can be taller than a 10-story building. So imagine what it must be like living in a cozy Norwegian cottage when one of these floating behemoths pulls up outside your window to dock. Odveig Klyve’s wordless short film View puts things in perspective.

The Super Bob Einstein Movie (Trailer)

The Super Bob Einstein Movie (Trailer)

Bob Einstein was best known as the absurdist stuntman Super Dave Osborne and as Marty Funkhouser on Curb Your Enthusiasm, but he also made a big impression on some of the world’s greatest comedians. This documentary celebrates Einstein’s life, as told by those who knew him best. Premieres 12.28.21 on HBO.

Slugfest (Trailer)

Slugfest (Trailer)

Marvel and DC Comics have been rivals for decades. Produced by the Russo Brothers, this documentary series explores the history of the two comic book juggernauts and their friendly and not-so-friendly competition over the years. Narrated by Kevin Smith and premiering on The Roku Channel on 12.24.21.

Everything Is a Remix (2021): Part 2

Everything Is a Remix (2021): Part 2

The second part of Kirby Ferguson’s documentary reboot delves into memes, sequels, genres, superheroes, and more aspects of modern pop culture. Along the way, he dives deeper into why we like to copy existing ideas and modify them to make new ones.

Inside the Mind of LEGO Master Builder

Inside the Mind of LEGO Master Builder

WIRED introduces us to LEGO Master Model Builder PJ Catalano. Since 2013, he’s has been building incredible LEGO structures at LEGOLAND California. In this episode of Obsessed, PJ talks about the basics of LEGO construction, how to make letters with bricks, and how his creations come to life. Also, we need those LEGO pliers.

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Street Gang (Trailer)

Street Gang (Trailer)

Virtually every one of us has watched Sesame Street at some point. This HBO documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at the beloved PBS kids’ series and its history through interviews with creators and performers, accompanied by some great archival footage. Premieres on HBO Max on 12.13.2021.

Last Stop for Lost Property

Last Stop for Lost Property

New York City’s public transit system carries millions of passengers each day, so it’s bound to have its share of items left behind on its seats and platforms. Vicente Cueto’s documentary short film tells the story of lost items and their owners, as told by Sonny Drayton of NYC’s Subways and Buses Lost & Found department.

ICE COLD: The World of Hip-Hop Jewelry

ICE COLD: The World of Hip-Hop Jewelry

(PG-13: Language) Migos takes us inside the fascinating and cut-throat business of making and selling hip-hop jewelry. In this episode, we meet colorful industry personalities like “The King of Bling” Johnny Dang, Ben Baller, Icebox, Eliantte, Joe Avianne, and Greg “Flawless” Yuna. Catch all of the episodes here. (Thanks Rob!)

Get Back (Trailer)

Get Back (Trailer)

Compiled from rare and restored footage of The Beatles captured in 1969, director Peter Jackson provides an intimate and fascinating portrait of John, Paul, George, and Ringo at work in the studio on Let It Be. The three-part documentary premieres from 11.25 to 11.27.2021 on Disney+.

The King’s Castle of Iron

The King’s Castle of Iron

Santos “Frenchie” Ramos opened his Williamsburg, Brooklyn gym in 1976, and continued to work tirelessly for more than 43 years to keep his dream alive. This short documentary by Mark Cersosimo and Aissa Claveria paints an endearing portrait of the Brooklyn legend and the mark he left on his community.

A Portrait of the Mountain

A Portrait of the Mountain

Known to many as The Mountain on Game of Thrones, Hafþór Björnsson spent more than a decade as a Strongman. But since becoming The World’s Strongest Man, he is reshaping his career and his body to become a professional boxer. Pete Banks’ short documentary explores what motivates the mighty Hafþór.

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