The always compelling documentarians at MEL Films visited Cuba to create a puff piece about the country’s rum production and its plans to repay an old international debt with booze. But things took a dark turn as they attempted to scratch beneath the surface of the story.
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They may have lost the war to video games, but we still love the tactile feel and gameplay of pinball machines. In this clip from Vox, a pinball expert gives us insight into some of the tricks of the trade that make it much more of a game of skill than you might think.
A look at how raw clay is pulled from the earth and transformed by hand into beautiful and intricate sculptures by artisans in Michoacan, Mexico. It’s a wonderful, all too brief look into artistic traditions from Mariano Rentería’s fantastic Mexican Handcraft Masters series.
Zion Clark was born without legs. As a child, he was put up for adoption and bounced from foster home to foster home growing up. But he fell in love with wrestling and used that as his outlet. This documentary follows his story in high school. Premieres 8/10/18 on Netflix.
“Dreams are maps. Let the best ones point the way.” The amazing documentary series Cosmos is getting a new season. In Cosmos: Possible Worlds, host Neil deGrasse Tyson will take us to hopeful explorations of both inner and outer space. Premieres Spring 2019 on FOX.
“This idea would prove more complicated than I initially imagined.” This documentary about founder Tim Leatherman looks at the inspiration behind the first Leatherman tool, Tim’s years of experimentation, failure, and rejection, and testimonials from satisfied Leatherman owners.
If you’re fascinated by studying failure, then you need to subscribe to Defunctland, a channel dedicated to theme parks and attractions that didn’t work out. In this episode, they look at one of the many poorly-executed attractions which Disney born out of the 1980s and 1990s.
Artificial intelligence isn’t just powering robots, it’s already making decisions about our credit, work, insurance, safety, and other important aspects of our lives. Dress Code and HPE interviewed experts about some of the issues raised when algorithms wield such power.
(PG-13: Language) Influential DJ, streetball legend and sneaker scholar Bobbito Garcia talks about his life and legacy in his upcoming documentary. Featuring interviews with Questlove, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and so many more. Support the production on Kickstarter.
“I have weapons everywhere, so my guests feel comfortable that they’re always armed.” Josh Brock has a very dark sense of humor and the aesthetic to go with. He’s spent decades outfitting his home with fierce weaponry, armor, and decor, much of which he made himself.
Chinese lion dancing is a beautiful and vibrant artform that has gradually been fading from existence. In this wonderful documentary by Law Chen, we meet Sara Lai, a dancer who has trained to become the head of the lion in the traditionally male-dominated performance.
Noisey introduces us to Tristan Shone, the musician behind Author & Punisher. His experience as a mechanical engineer led him to create unique tactile interfaces which he uses to create his distinctively analog industrial sound. There’s a great concert film here.
MEL Films traveled to the distant Arctic outpost of Longyearbyen, Norway, the Northernmost city on Earth. It’s known for its natural beauty, and also the notion the area’s thick permafrost layer holds organic matter that could come back to life after it thaws.
Along with Don Bluth, game designer Rick Dyer created 1980s classics like Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace. He would later design a radical (and expensive) game system called “Halcyon.” Polygon explores the tale of the failed console that foretold today’s voice-based AI systems.
(PG-13: Language) Judd Apatow’s HBO doc features interviews with Shandling’s friends and family, as they delve into the psyche of the late comedian, his self-deprecating humor, and his drive to always top his last show. If you never watched The Larry Sanders Show, you must.