97-year old Hal Lasko makes very detailed digital paintings using Microsoft Paint, which was introduced to him in the late 90s. Despite being partially blind and deaf, Hal still paints up to 10 hours a day. Buy his prints here.
A documentary about Jesse Heiman, aka the World’s Greatest Extra. The film is about Jesse’s unusual claim to fame, and the biggest question of his career: should a professional nobody try and become somebody?
Joel Allen Schroeder’s Dear Mr. Watterson explores the legacy and the influence of Bill Watterson and his comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, not just with his readers but with fellow cartoonists and artists as well.
Dan McComb’s short profile on coffinmaker Marcus Daly, who began making coffins due to a tragic personal incident. This moved him to treat his profession as a meditative and deeply personal experience. Vote for it here.
PBS Off Book talked to a variety of experts about one of mankind’s most exciting and frightening endeavors: developing artificial intelligence. Watch the video to find out some of its challenges, rewards and risks.
Tim Harris has Down Syndrome. He’s also a restaurant owner and an accomplished athlete. You can often find him at his restaurant, Tim’s Place Albuquerque, mingling with customers and giving away free hugs.
The documentary I Know That Voice features a who’s who of voice actors, including Tara Strong, Nolan North, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill. The movie is already finished; check its Facebook page for the release date.
A promotional documentary about Ernie Adams and his collection of dwarf cars. The cars are street legal and modeled after classic cruisers. Ernie built all seven cars by hand and helped start a dwarf car racing scene.
A film about the Solar System by Stephen van Vuuren. In Saturn’s Rings was made by stitching together over one million photographs taken by various satellites as well as from spacecraft, observatories and more. Best watched in HD.
An educational primer on tabletop RPGs – from its militaristic origins to its offshoots and effects on pop culture. Even if you don’t play tabletops RPGs, if you enjoy fantasy fiction or games, you owe it to yourself to watch this video.
An Oscar-winning documentary by Bert Haanstra, Glas is about the glass industry in the Netherlands during the 50s. It forgoes narration, opting instead to augment footage with music and quick camera cuts. A masterpiece.
The street fashion scene flourished as a reaction to the rise of supermodels. But it’s becoming a parody of itself, threatening to turn into an endless echo, where people yearn to be seen, and bloggers become each others models.
After reading contradictory press coverage about Williston’s oil boom, Colin Archdeacon and Skyler Swezy journeyed to North Dakota to find out what’s really happening. Good mix of interviews and befitting cinematography.
“I don’t call ’em cats. They’re little people.” Do you consider yourself a cat lover? Filmmaker Andrew Lang would like you to meet a few people. These folks really love cats. And they don’t care if the feeling isn’t mutual.
17-year-old Tim Doner is a hyper-polyglot: he can speak nearly 20 languages, and is said to be the youngest person to achieve such a feat. How did he do it? Through good old hard work. And by watching TV.
Like millions of other moms around the world, YouTuber Mike’s mother works hard to provide for her family. In 2004 she had to sell her house as money became tight. Mike vowed to set things right some day.
Polygon’s short feature on Ger Tysk. Tysk immersed herself in cosplaying, from making props to dressing up and now documenting the culture. She reminds us to respect everyone’s right to self-expression.
Motor Trend’sEpic Drive show takes a trip to a Caribbean museum of 1950s American cars – Cuba. Even if you’re not a gearhead, it’s still worth watching, because it meanders and looks at the culture of the island nation.
Is being a backup singer a stepping stone or a black hole that aspiring stars should avoid? Morgan Neville presents “the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.”