THE BEST Documentaries

Urban Outlaw (Trailer)

Urban Outlaw (Trailer)

A loyal fan of the Porsche 911, Magnus Walker has collected all but one version of his favorite car. He funds his obsession by building one-off cars made from 911 parts grafted into vintage frames.

The Imposter (Trailer)

The Imposter (Trailer)

Bart Layton’s docu-thriller about the infamous case of Nicholas Barclay, who vanished in 1994, only to be found 3 years later. He returned to his family, but something was clearly amiss.

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Moses (Trailer)

Moses (Trailer)

The story of Moses Corbins, who’s been homeless for the past 20 years. In 2008, he caught the public’s eye after appearing in a short film, but has his life actually changed for the better?

ESPN 30 for 30: Volume II

ESPN 30 for 30: Volume II

ESPN’s award-winning documentary series 30 for 30 returns with more stories about sports and athletes both famous and unknown, successful and defeated, such as Ben Johnson and Bo Jackson.

Ken Burns: On Story

Ken Burns: On Story

Legendary director Ken Burns shares some of his perspectives on making documentaries: the angles in real stories, the manipulation of the audience and why documentaries are so popular.

Icon Bronco

Icon Bronco

A brief documentary by William Bradford about Icon’s eyepopping revival of the Bronco, Ford’s classic off-road turned sport utility vehicle. Featuring Icon CEO and founder Jonathan Ward.

Samsara (Trailer)

Samsara (Trailer)

A masterpiece from director/cinematographer Ron Fricke, known for Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi. Shot in the course of 5 years and across 25 countries, Samsara is a feast for the eyes and mind.

The Man Who Quit Money

The Man Who Quit Money

Daniel Suelo quit money in 2000. He lives in caves, harvests food and dumpster dives. But he didn’t quit on life and is still an active member of his community. Made by David Eckenrode for the BBC.

In Bed with Invader

In Bed with Invader

Raphael Haddad spent a night with street artist Invader in the winter of 2011, filming the urban artist as he plastered his trademark pixel art all over Paris. Music by ToBy Screamer.

Mansome

Mansome

With insight from exec. producers Jason Bateman and Will Arnett (among others), Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary is a funny look at how male identity is defined through grooming habits.

The Art of Rap (Trailer)

The Art of Rap (Trailer)

Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap is a documentary about hip hop directed by Ice-T. The Grandfather of Gangsta Rap talks with the legends of the game to muse on the revolutionary folk art.

I Know That Voice (Trailer)

I Know That Voice (Trailer)

A documentary about voice actors, the unsung heroes behind our beloved animated characters. Features interviews with top actors and other professionals in the voice acting industry.

The Hands of Hollywood

The Hands of Hollywood

If you grew up during the 80s you probably saw a lot of Steve Hershon on TV, but his face or name won’t ring any bells. Steve was a hand insert model, hired only for close up shots of hands.

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Henry and His Music

Henry and His Music

Music & Memory is a non-profit organization focused on providing personalized music to the elderly and infirm because of its ability to reanimate and reinforce senses of identity.

Cured

Cured

A profile on Allan Benton, owner of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, famous for its cured meats. A passionate man who loves eating his products as much as he likes making ’em.

Kenny: A Documentary in G

Kenny: A Documentary in G

Help Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst make a documentary about an artist who is as loved as he is deplored for his music. Rewards include having Kenny G perform for you in an elevator.

100 Yen (Trailer)

100 Yen (Trailer)

Gamers rejoice, this project is coming closer to life: 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience, Brad Crawford’s historical documentary about the evolution and culture of Japanese arcades.

Sunshine

Sunshine

A documentary by Doug Nichol about John Benet, an American ad man working in Shanghai, whose empty gaze betrays the price of his lucrative job. A bit like Lost in Translation meets Mad Men.

The Pagani Huayra Story

The Pagani Huayra Story

All about Pagani’s latest car. It’s worth watching just to hear how “Huayra” is actually pronounced. How hilarious would it be if low-end cars like the Smart Fortwo had pompous making-of videos?

Winter of Wells

Winter of Wells

A documentary by Tim Pierce about pro freeskier Jossi Wells and his “ski-obsessed” family. The camera work is as mesmerizing as the Wells’ skills and the scenery. Song is Jet Plane by The Checks.

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All In: The Poker Movie

All In: The Poker Movie

A documentary that takes a look at the unbelievable resurgence of poker and the troubles it attracted in the process. Features interviews with pros like Phil Hellmuth and Howard Lederer.

Bully (Trailer)

Bully (Trailer)

Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen made Bully to provide “an honest, gutsy film” and speak up for kids who are being bullied. Learn more about the film or join the Bully Project on their website.

The Periodic Table Table

The Periodic Table Table

We’ve seen a periodic table of tables, but this one’s more impressive. Wolfram Research co-founder Theodore Gray made this wooden table and filled each drawer (and his office) with element samples.

This Is My Home

This Is My Home

Departure Arrival Films came upon what seemed to be an antique shop, only to find out that it was actually one man’s home, and that the trinkets inside are not his greatest treasures.

Marley (Trailer)

Marley (Trailer)

A documentary by Academy Award-winning director Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) about the legendary musician Bob Marley. Drops 4/20, but you already knew that.

Everything is a Remix: Part 4

Everything is a Remix: Part 4

The final installment of Kirby Ferguson’s excellent documentary series covers the sickening mutation of copyrights and patents into an abomination that threatens creativity and stifles growth.

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