THE BEST Documentaries

Stripped (Trailer)

Stripped (Trailer)

A very promising looking documentary about comic strips. It will have over 90 interviews, including the first ever audio interview with Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson. Watch excerpts here.

Making Music for Movie Trailers

Making Music for Movie Trailers

A brief documentary by the SoundWorks Collection about composer Yoav Goren and his company Immediate Music, which makes scores for movie promotional materials such as trailers and TV spots.

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My Parents’ First Car

My Parents’ First Car

Another example of children giving back some of their parents’ youth by way of a special time machine: their old vehicles. This one’s about Joe and Bev Smith and their 1948 Plymouth.

The Zero F**ks Given RX-7

The Zero F**ks Given RX-7

19-year old Corbin Goodwin bought a beat up Mazda RX-7 and modded it in his parent’s garage, turning it into a beat up RX-7 that will annoy other people and kill its driver given half a chance.

This Is My Court

This Is My Court

An ode to the United States’ streetball culture and the locals who treat their concrete courts and chain link fences as home. Directed by TWiN and narrated by the awesome Michael Kenneth Williams.

Elephants Filming Tigers

Elephants Filming Tigers

An excerpt from Tiger – Spy in the Jungle, a BBC documentary that aired in 2008. It was shot partly by cameras strapped to the trunks and tusks of elephants, which are neither friend nor foe to tigers.

Time Machine

Time Machine

74-year old Venisio Pagani’s prized possession is a 1943 Peugeot. He and his brothers worked hard to restore the antique car, but the reward that they got at the end was beyond his wildest dreams.

Finding Vivian Maier (Trailer)

Finding Vivian Maier (Trailer)

A documentary about a secretive woman named Vivian Maier. In life, she was known as a mere nanny, but a chance discovery of her belongings revealed that she was a genius at photography.

Into The Mind (Teaser)

Into The Mind (Teaser)

Made by Sherpas Cinema, Into the Mind is about the “varying disciplines of skiing, snowboarding and other mountain pursuits that display the connectivity of Earth, mind, body and soul.” Coming 09/13.

The Pirate Bay Doc (Full)

The Pirate Bay Doc (Full)

Simon Klose’s TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard is now officially available on YouTube for free. You can also download it via a torrent client or purchase a digital copy or DVD.

Men in Suits (Trailer)

Men in Suits (Trailer)

Wyrd Studios is behind this documentary about the history of the talented, yet seldom seen performers who have taken on the surprisingly challenging roles of wearing creature costumes on screen.

Powwow Trail

Powwow Trail

Take 4:40 out of your day and expand your mind – check out Powwow Trail, part of The Ways, an ongoing series of stories on culture and language from Native communities around the Great Lakes.

Please Subscribe (Trailer)

Please Subscribe (Trailer)

Please Subscribe is a documentary about a new breed of celebrity – the YouTuber. Features interviews with insanely popular creators like Hannah Hart, Mystery Guitar Man and SeaNanners.

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Weapon of Mass Instruction

Weapon of Mass Instruction

We’ve seen a library on a pair of donkeys; here’s a tank that dispenses books instead of ammunition. Raul Lemesoff calls his roving library Arma De Instruccion Masiva (Weapon of Mass Instruction).

When The Zombies Come

When The Zombies Come

(NSFW: Language) A hilarious short about a hardware store crew whose love of The Walking Dead, hatred of rude customers along with mind-numbing boredom led him to plan for zombies.

I Like Adoption

I Like Adoption

A short documentary about the Dennehy household, home to 12 children. Nine of those children were given the gift of family, including YouTuber George Dennehy. A heartwarming film by I Like Giving.

I Beat Mike Tyson

I Beat Mike Tyson

(NSFW: Language) In 2005, boxer Kevin McBride beat Mike Tyson in the latter’s final match. But he was unable to sustain his success. Get ready to be bummed out by Joshua Weinstein’s sobering short.

The Pirate Bay Doc (Trailer)

The Pirate Bay Doc (Trailer)

The trailer for TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay – Away From Keyboard, a documentary about the infamous file sharing website. It will be released for free but a paid version with extras is also available.

56 Up (Trailer)

56 Up (Trailer)

The latest installment in the legendary Up documentary series, which has followed the lives of 14 British children since they were 7. Now they are 56 years old. Time to catch up. US play dates here.

Downloaded (Trailer)

Downloaded (Trailer)

A VH1 documentary about Napster: its founders, its rise and fall and its eye-opening impact. Directed by Alex Winter, Downloaded features interviews from Shawn Fanning, Sean Parker, musicians and more.

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Drop in With Zack Giffin

Drop in With Zack Giffin

A short film about Outdoor Research Skiing Ambassador Zack Giffin, who had a blast hiking up the peaks of Haines, Alaska then skiing back down. Awesome camera work by Sweetgrass Productions.

Alma Flamenca

Alma Flamenca

A wonderful short by Greek studio Deep Green Sea chronicling the 299 hours spent by expert guitar maker Vassilis Lazarides to make a single flamenco guitar. Music by Edsart Udo De Haes.

Finding Benjaman

Finding Benjaman

“Benjaman Kyle” woke up in 2004 with no ID and no recollection of who he is. There seems to be no one who knows anything about him. He is listed as missing despite his whereabouts being known.

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang

A documentary about a small video game studio and its insanely successful and creativity-inspiring game – is now available. You can get the film as a digital download or as a DVD.

A Simple Walk into Mordor

A Simple Walk into Mordor

Two fans of The Lord of the Rings walk from the set of Hobbiton to the mountain used as Mt. Doom in the movies. Boromir was right, but only because these two are easily distracted. Part 2 here.

Guardian of the Golden Gate

Guardian of the Golden Gate

A brief profile on California Highway Patrol officer Sgt. Kevin Briggs, who has saved countless people from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. A moving story about the power of caring.

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