THE BEST Documentaries

The Real Thing

The Real Thing

A brief documentary about custom hot rod builder Bodie Stroud and one of his latest masterpieces: a ’69 Mustang fitted with the 777hp engine used in racing legend Mario Andretti’s ’69 Can-Am car.

Nat Geo: Alex Honnold

Nat Geo: Alex Honnold

National Geographic’s short profile on the sensational free solo climber Alex Honnold. While he’s talented and brave, we have to applaud the people behind the camera for the awesome shots.

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The Self-Taught Engineer

The Self-Taught Engineer

15-year-old Kelvin Doe is a completely self-taught engineering whiz. He used discarded spare parts to make batteries, generators and transmitters, enabling him to run his own radio station.

Most Significant Cars of All Time

Most Significant Cars of All Time

Car and Driver lists their 12 most significant cars of all time, whether because of design, engineering or inventing a new vehicle class (minivans, eesh.) Hosted by Epic Meal Time’s Harley Morenstein.

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina

(NSFW) A documentary by Seth C. Brown about bike builder Jack Churchill and one of his prized creations, a motorcycle that looks like it was built by Mad Max using parts from hell’s junkyard.

Tourette’s Sufferers on a Roadtrip

Tourette’s Sufferers on a Roadtrip

(NSFW: Language) From National Geographic’s Strange Behaviours. It’s hard not to laugh at the odd tics of these men with Tourette’s, but it puts into perspective just how hard life can be for them.

Ponte Tower

Ponte Tower

Originally built for high-income residents, South Africa’s Ponte City Apartments was an icon of decadence that turned into a symbol of decay. Now it’s a metaphor for social and economic inequality.

When Outrageous Was Possible

When Outrageous Was Possible

A short profile of a car owner and his Lamborghini Countach – the poster boy of supercars, an origami of metal that doesn’t care about anything except for one thing: looking good. Made by Petrolicious.

The Worst Football Team in Britain

The Worst Football Team in Britain

Madron FC made headlines in 2010 when they lost 55-0 in a sport where 5-0 is considered a trashing. But they don’t let such setbacks get in the way of having fun. Also: dreams do come true.

Flight of the Butterflies (Trailer)

Flight of the Butterflies (Trailer)

Dr. Fred Urquhart tracked Monarch Butterfly migration for 40 years to find their secret hideaway. Now we can all enjoy the magic of discovering a forest teeming with millions in IMAX.

The Sound of Dust

The Sound of Dust

A short film about the work of Tim Stamps, a surfboard shaper based in Huntington Beach. His soft voice and relaxed demeanor can’t mask his attention to detail and passion for his craft.

Split of a Second

Split of a Second

A documentary about wingsuit flyer Espen Fadnes, whose love for the outdoors led him to the sport. We’ll never get tired of listening to the sound he creates as he speeds to the ground.

BiblioBurro

BiblioBurro

Luis Soriano started the BiblioBurro (“Library Donkey”) in Colombia during the late 90s. Soriano and his donkeys Alfa and Beto travel for hours to share books to anyone who wants to borrow them.

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The Birth of a Barrel

The Birth of a Barrel

A short documentary by Arnold Worldwide that shows how the Brown-Forman Cooperage makes the barrels that house the world-famous Tennessee whiskey of its sister company – Jack Daniels.

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

A short profile by Etsy on Carolina Fontoura Alzaga, a seller who manifests her passion for recycling and the environment by making chandeliers and light fixtures out of used bicycle parts.

The Birth of a Tool

The Birth of a Tool

John Neeman Tools is a small Latvian-based team that specializes in making woodworking tools and knives by hand. This video shows how they make an axe. The song is Holocene by Bon Iver.

Everything Is Incredible

Everything Is Incredible

This is the story of an old man trying to make a helicopter from scrap. And if you’ve ever tried to build something – an object, an idea, a relationship – then this is your story as well.

The Cigar Shop

The Cigar Shop

The latest episode of Made by Hand is about Martinez Cigars, a cigar shop in New York where customers are free to sit and watch employees make cigars, or just chill and talk with patrons.

How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague

A trailer for David France’s documentary How to Survive a Plague, an inside look at the struggle and campaign by ACT UP and TAG to force the US government to work on finding anti-AIDS medicine.

Mitch Was a Writer

Mitch Was a Writer

(NSFW: Language) Mitch Hedberg’s delivery was so natural that some people think that he just made them up as he went along. His wife Lynn Shawcroft shares his writing process in this video.

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There is a City

There is a City

Very brief but touching footage of citizens of Warsaw, Poland. Every August 1st, the citizens pause for a minute to remember the fallen soldiers and victims of the tragic Warsaw Uprising.

Reincarnated (Trailer)

Reincarnated (Trailer)

(NSFW: Language) Snoop Dogg went to Jamaica to record a new album with Diplo, but he ended up doing much more, rebooting his style from the experience. Hear Snoop Lion’s first single here.

The Rise and Fall of The Clash

The Rise and Fall of The Clash

(NSFW: Language) A documentary about the wild and short-lived career of one of the pioneers of punk rock. Features unseen footage of the band and interviews with its members.

Side by Side (Trailer)

Side by Side (Trailer)

Keanu Reeves interviews directors, actors and others in the movie industry in Side by Side, a documentary about the impact of the digital revolution on the art and business of film making.

Fight for Space (Trailer)

Fight for Space (Trailer)

A documentary about the dire state of the US space program. Featuring interviews with experts such as Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye and astronaut Leroy Chiao among others.

The Ambassador (Trailer)

The Ambassador (Trailer)

Controversial filmmaker Mads Brügger posed as a corrupt diplomat cum businessman and lived for a time in Central Africa to get closer to the blood diamond industry. More here and here.

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