Awesome Documentaries

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.

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+.

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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.

Everything Is a Remix (2021): Part 1

Everything Is a Remix (2021): Part 1

Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson reboots his 2011 documentary series on remixing, sampling, and borrowing. With the advent of social media platforms like TikTok and improvements in streaming media, it was time for an update of the concept in the context of today’s technologies.

How to Make a Netflix Documentary About Anything

How to Make a Netflix Documentary About Anything

From cooking to crime, Netflix is filled with intriguing documentaries about all kinds of subjects. Paul E.T. shows how you can easily make a Netflix-style documentary about any subject with just a few basic photography tools, some stock footage, and basic editing skills.

Vinyl Nation (Trailer)

Vinyl Nation (Trailer)

Vinyl album sales in the US have increased every year since 2007, but what’s behind the record resurgence? The documentary Vinyl Nation explores the diverse demographics of today’s record fans, how record stores connect a passionate community, and the still-fervent debate of whether vinyl does sound best.

The History of Disney’s Handwich

The History of Disney’s Handwich

For as many things that Disney has succeeded at, they’ve had their fair share of failures too. Kevin of Defunctland takes a look at one such flop, a one-handed sandwich that was basically a savory waffle cone, “The Handwich.” He then flips from Documentarian Mode to Chef Mode to replicate the cone-shaped sandwich.

Blueprint

Blueprint

Bicycle component maker Shimano takes us to the woods of Cumberland, BC for a look at how a new mountain biking trail comes together. Chris Snodgrass of the Ridgeline Crew explains the art of building a trail by hand, their efforts captured brilliantly by directors Scott Bell and Mark Matthews.

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Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James (Trailer)

Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James (Trailer)

Rick James was a true original. He defied expectations and blasted out some incredible funk and disco music. But his talents and showmanship were offset by a cycle of addiction and abusive behavior. Showtime goes inside the world of the real Super Freak through performance footage, interviews, and more. Premieres 9.3.2021.

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.

VAL (Trailer)

VAL (Trailer)

Val Kilmer has played roles from The Doors’ Jim Morrison to Batman to Top Gun’s Iceman. He’s created and performed music for soundtracks, and written and directed films. This energetic documentary takes us on a wild ride through Val’s 40+ year career and the challenges he’s faced. On Amazon Prime 8.6.2021.

Footsteps

Footsteps

This short documentary takes us inside of Footsteps Studio, a unique post-production studio in the countryside of Ontario, Canada, where a group of talented foley artists spends their days creating sound effects for movies, TV, and video games. We love how every room in the house has been wired for recording sound.

Welcome to Wrexham

Welcome to Wrexham

Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have teamed up to purchase a football club in Wales. In order to greet the local fans, they hired a translator to relay their messages in their native tongue – and it doesn’t go as expected. Keep an eye on FX for their documentary series about the team and their involvement.

Flamethrower.

Flamethrower.

Ahoy is back with another of their great, deadpan videos about weaponry. This time, they provide a in-depth look at the fiery death-dealers known as flamethrowers, and their appearances in video games, movies, TV, and real-life combat. We had no idea flamethrower tanks were a thing.

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