THE BEST Documentaries

The Life of a Pro Fingerboarder

The Life of a Pro Fingerboarder

Twenty three-year-old Mike Schneider founded FlatFace Fingerboards when he was 9, believing he could do better than the popular Tech Deck fingerboards. He spoke with Great Big Story about his love for the sport and what goes into fingerboard tournaments.

John Green Helps a Pro Soccer Team

John Green Helps a Pro Soccer Team

“So I play FIFA, and I upload the videos to Youtube. I get ad money, and I want to give you that ad money.” Right now there’s a fairy tale story unfolding at England’s top soccer league. But two leagues below that is an equally heartwarming and a very modern tale.

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De Palma (Trailer)

De Palma (Trailer)

Brian De Palma is the man behind great films like Scarface, Carrie, and The Untouchables, but his approach has always laughed in the face of Hollywood’s norms. Noam Baumback and Jake Paltrow’s documentary takes us inside the mind of this cinematic maestro – in his own words.

Making Stop-Motion Puppets

Making Stop-Motion Puppets

Georgina Hayns is a Creative Supervisor at Laika, the animation studio behind Boxtrolls, Coraline and more. She recently spoke with The Oscars about how they bring a stop-motion puppet to life, a process that takes up to 6 months per puppet.

D&D: Lessons from a Media Panic

D&D: Lessons from a Media Panic

Retro Report tells the triumphant tale of the pioneering tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Ironically, D&D achieved mainstream success because mass media demonized it, similar to how video games and social media are treated today.

A Change of Heart

A Change of Heart

Retro Report chronicles the continuing development of the artificial heart. Today, the life-saving device serves as a stopgap while patients wait for a donor heart, but experts continue to work on a surrogate heart that can be used permanently.

Alfa Romeo: A Common Thread

Alfa Romeo: A Common Thread

Brothers Howard and David Swig showcase two of their favorite cars: a 1959 Alfa Romeo Veloce Zagato, and a 1960 Giulietta Sprint Veloce. The siblings inherited their love for classic cars from their dad, and continue to bond over it as adults. Another awesome Petrolicious short.

Devin Williams: 10,000 Hours

Devin Williams: 10,000 Hours

An injury derailed Devin Williams’ dream of playing high level college hoops, and he ended up in an art university. End of story? Nope. A class assignment unlocked his eye for filmmaking and teaching. Now he’s a YouTube star who has positively impacted many lives.

Ice Music

Ice Music

Ice Music is an annual performance in Luleå, Sweden where the instruments and the concert hall are mainly made of ice. Ice sculptor Tim Linhart started it more than 20 years ago when he realized that the upright bass he carved was actually playable.

The Birth of a Wooden House

The Birth of a Wooden House

After showing the craftsmanship that goes into handmade tools, John Neeman Tools built an entire home from hand-felled trees, locally sourced stones, and mostly using hand tools. The frame and roof were made with wood joints and pegs, with no nails, screws or hardware.

MissMe: The Artful Vandal

MissMe: The Artful Vandal

(PG-13) Montreal artist MissMe had a successful career working at one of the world’s top ad agencies, but she quit her job to become an underground street artist, creating provocative works of public art which rebel against the objectification of women in advertising.

High Chaparral

High Chaparral

MEL Films’ brilliant documentary looks at a group of Syrian refugees who have turned a Wild West style theme park in the middle of a snowy Swedish forest into their home. It’s a fascinating and odd setting that has provided a safe (but temporary) haven for hundreds.

Noisey Ep.1: Bompton

Noisey Ep.1: Bompton

(PG-13) The first episode of Viceland’s music documentary series Noisey focuses on Kendrick Lamar and Compton, where everyone has the same dreams as the rest of America, but the paths they take are twisted by poverty and violence.

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From Degenerate to Celebrity

From Degenerate to Celebrity

(PG-13: Language) Stevie Williams’ ambition and love for skateboarding drove him to run away from home to become a pro skater. He went through years of hardship, but now that he’s successful, Stevie admits missing having nothing but that fire in his belly.

The Terminator & the Washing Machine

The Terminator & the Washing Machine

“Every time a computer does some narrow thing there’s a temptation to think that it’s all over for us.” Breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence are often met with a hint of dread. Retro Report talked to scientists to ask if we should fear our creations.

Matt Mingay: Stuntin’ Sydney

Matt Mingay: Stuntin’ Sydney

Aussie daredevil Matt Mingay takes us on a ride-along on his flaming Hot Wheels stunt bike, giving us an up-close perspective on his crazy tricks, and just a tiny taste of how much it hurts when he crashes. Stick around til the end for some awesome car drifting action.

Infrastructure Observatory

Infrastructure Observatory

In 2012, just for the heck of it, Tim Hwang fooled a nuclear plant into giving him a tour by setting up a fake organization called Infrastructure Observatory. Tim eventually turned it into a real group that organizes tours for his fellow infrastructure enthusiasts.

Rookie/Vet Ep.2

Rookie/Vet Ep.2

In the second episode of The Players’ Tribune’s season-long series about the Phoenix Suns’ Tyson Chandler and Devin Booker, the rookie talks about learning to take care of his body, while the vet says to value wins over stats.

X-Ray Audio

X-Ray Audio

In the late ’40s, the USSR’s citizens were forbidden from listening to foreign-made music. This gave birth to a black market of “bones records” or “ribs” – bootlegs copied on used X-ray film. This documentary is a spinoff of Stephen Coates’ eponymous book.

BrolyLegs: The Fighter

BrolyLegs: The Fighter

Mike “BrolyLegs” Begum was born with arthrogryposis, which makes his hands and feet practically unusable. But that didn’t stop him from being a pro Street Fighter gamer and trainer. He is currently the best Chun Li player in Ultra Street Fighter IV.

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John Lasseter on 30 Years of Pixar

John Lasseter on 30 Years of Pixar

“…the art challenges the technology and the technology inspires the art.” As Pixar celebrates its 30th year, Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter looks back on the company’s origin and growth, its films’ effect on audiences and its guiding principle: story is king.

Light Rider

Light Rider

Ritte Cycles co-founder Spencer Canon spoke to Petrolicious about his customized fourth generation Lotus Esprit. It was in a horrible state when he got it, but accepting that he couldn’t fully restore it gave him the freedom to personalize the car.

Rookie/Vet Ep. 1

Rookie/Vet Ep. 1

A season-long series by The Players’ Tribune. It’s about the passing of wisdom between Phoenix Suns’ 33-year old center Tyson Chandler, a 15-year veteran, NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist, and his teammate Devin Booker, the 19-year old sharpshooting rookie.

Cutting Loose

Cutting Loose

(PG-13 Language) A moving documentary about a prison hairdressing competition in Scotland, and its current champion Francis Duffy, who’s about to be released. The skills and recognition he’s acquired give him hope that his future is still in his hands.

Xiong Di

Xiong Di

A glimpse at the life of Qu Maomao, who works and lives at a factory in China. His friends, his girlfriend and kickboxing help him endure his mind-numbing daily routine. Häns’ brief documentary stretches itself a bit too thin, but is still a treat to watch. Mirror here.

The DJ Khaled Documentary

The DJ Khaled Documentary

h3h3Productions dives into the mysterious disappearance of record producer and Snapchat mogul DJ Khaled, whose positive aphorisms taught us that if you repeat something often enough, it you will become a catchphrase.

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