(PG-13: Language) Anthony van der Meer claims he worked with the developer of an anti-theft Android app to monitor a phone that he purposefully left to be stolen. We suspect this is a viral ad, but it’s also a riveting film about voyeurism and technology’s threat to privacy.
THE BEST Documentaries
While you might think those goofy dancing inflatable guys you see at car dealerships were the brainchild of some advertising genius, they actually got their start as moving sculptures during an Olympic opening ceremony 20 years ago. Great Big Story shares the details.
Once a year, a crowd of hard-working and dedicated fans gather at the Tejano Super Show in Odessa, Texas to show off their low-riders with their crazy jacked up suspension systems. Director Ben Steinbauer’s slice of life documentary is basically the exact opposite of Petrolicious.
Shot in Galapagos, this excerpt from Planet Earth II sees a newly hatched marine iguana surrounded by racer snakes, which had already devoured most of the hatchling’s kin. Apparently, this is the first time that snakes have been seen hunting en masse. More here.
Atlantium is a tiny self-declared sovereign state about 4 hours from Sydney, Australia, with about 3000 citizens in its current ranks. It was formed in the interest of creating a place where people of all kinds from around the world are welcome, and that values freedom above all.
Check out some of the most jaw-dropping close ups, slow motion and tracking shots you’ll ever see in the extended trailer for BBC’s upcoming nature documentary Planet Earth II. Hans Zimmer made an original score for the film, so it will melt your eyes and ears at the same time.
The snowboard is based on the snurfer, an American invention from 1965. But Wrkshrt and Patagonia heard of Petran, a remote town in Turkey where snow surfing has been around for nearly 300 years. So they went there to check out the snowboard’s forgotten ancestor.
BBC’s chill and beautiful nature series returns. Filmed over the course of three years, Planet Earth II used the latest camera technologies to explore “the unique characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them.”
John McAfee rose to fame building anti-virus software, but the tech-savvy millionaire would go on to become a drug lord living off the grid in Belize, and somehow later would run for the U.S. presidency. Now learn about the bizarre path he chose in this Showtime documentary.
“We’re knowingly doing this.” In this documentary, actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio travels around the world to speak with politicians, scientists and fellow advocates and witness first hand the effects of climate change. Premieres 10/30/16 on Nat Geo.
Petrolicious introduces us to lifelong gearhead Hans-Michael Gerischer. He started with VW Beetles, then moved on to a Porsche 964 to try track racing. As he got better at driving, he would tweak his car to suit his needs. Now he restores 911s as a side gig.
Made by the NBA, Oculus and Missing Pieces for the Samsung Gear VR, Follow My Lead: The Story of the 2016 NBA Finals is a 25-minute virtual reality documentary that gives you an immersive look at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ road to their first title. More on Polygon.
NOWNESS and photographer Ian Derry visited freediver Johanna Nordblad, the woman who holds a world record for diving under ice. Her fascination with the frigid, yet peaceful conditions came after she was subjected to ice water treatments for a serious leg fracture.
A Netflix documentary about the Syrian Civil Defense, commonly known as White Helmets after their distinctive protective gear. They are unarmed volunteers that rescue civilians caught in bombing strikes. According to the BBC, they have saved 56,000 lives so far. Premieres 9/16.
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