THE BEST Documentaries

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.

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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.

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.

Illustrations by Sophie Blackall

Illustrations by Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall paints images of loves lost and found. Her art can be found in New York’s subway trains, in her book Missed Connections inspired by Craigslist, or in poster form on Etsy.

Prime

Prime

The third installment in Ben Wu and David Usui’s This Must Be The Place documentary series takes a look at the employees of the Primeburger Restaurant, a famous burger joint in Manhattan.

To RP Salazar, with Love

To RP Salazar, with Love

Another touching gem from StoryCorps. Because of their initials, Ruben P. Salazar and Rachel P. Salazar ended up with similar email addresses. A mistakenly sent email brought them together.

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The City Dark

The City Dark

A documentary about the need for darkness. Ian Cheney’s The City Dark interviews scientists and philosophers on the overabundance of light, and its impact on humans and our environment.

Indie Game: The Movie (Trailer)

Indie Game: The Movie (Trailer)

(NSFW: Language) Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky’s video game documentary has garnered favorable reviews after its Sundance debut. HBO now has plans to make a series based on the film.

Born In

Born In

A documentary by Bart Saric, chronicling his son’s introduction to skateboarding from when he was a baby. Odin may not be as skilled as this little fella, but he’s learning and he’s having fun.

I Am Bruce Lee (Trailer)

I Am Bruce Lee (Trailer)

A new documentary about the legendary martial arts master. We’re hopeful I Am Bruce Lee isn’t just a VH1/MTV-style documentary, and will tell us something we didn’t already know about the man.

Where Do We Land?

Where Do We Land?

The Converse China skateboard team checks out the exotic locales of Mongolia, where they grind some tricky rails, ride some camels and get pelted with rocks. An entertaining short by Patrik Wallner.

Shut Up and Play the Hits (Trailer)

Shut Up and Play the Hits (Trailer)

A documentary about LCD Soundsystem’s final show  – aka “the best funeral ever” – with additional focus on frontman James Murphy, who was the one who decided to break up the band.

Why (Nikon D4 Video)

Why (Nikon D4 Video)

If you want to see what the Nikon D4 is capable of, check out this clip by Corey Rich shot using the new camera. Keep in mind that the video file was compressed when it was uploaded to Vimeo.

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The Sword Maker

The Sword Maker

Korehira Watanabe is a swordsmith, a dying breed of craftsmen. He has dedicated his life to his profession and passion and desperately hopes that the art of sword making will continue to live on.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

A video documenting daily life in Afghanistan by Augustin Pictures. It’s an enlightening – and necessary –  counterpoint to the scenes of war, drugs and poverty that we see in the news.

The Knife Maker

The Knife Maker

(NSFW: Language) Joel Bukiewicz is the owner and operator of Cut Brooklyn, a lucky and talented man who makes a living doing something he loves. From the new, awesome web series Made by Hand.

Shut Up Little Man!

Shut Up Little Man!

Think you have crazy neighbors? These guys moved in next to a pair of loudmouth, borderline insane men who fought all the time, and recorded the best arguments through their paper-thin walls.

I Believe I Can Fly (Trailer)

I Believe I Can Fly (Trailer)

The title could use some work, but other than that this documentary by Sebastien Montaz-Rosset seems like a winner. It’s about the Skyliners, thrill seekers who practice highlining and BASE jumping.

BURN

BURN

Step inside the blazing-hot and thankless world of fire-fighting in Detroit with this incredible POV footage shot with a Contour HD helmet camera. Help fund the completion of the documentary here.

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