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Verso

Verso

Filmmaker Jesse Brass introduces us to Cayce Zavaglia, who creates amazing embroidered portraits of family and friends using cotton and wool thread. While the photorealistic fronts of her images are simply stunning, the chaotic reverse sides reveal the true nature of life.

The Road Movie (Trailer)

The Road Movie (Trailer)

In Russia, there’s a dashcam in just about every car these days. Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s intense documentary is assembled entirely from dashcam footage, which captured everything from a meteor crashing to Earth, to gas station fires, to some of the craziest road rage ever.

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Bobcat Goldthwait’s American Bigfoot

Bobcat Goldthwait’s American Bigfoot

Bobcat Goldthwait is best known for his insane comedy, but he’s also a talented director. His recently shot this documentary short about rural America’s fascination with Sasquatch, as he, Alexie Gilmore, and Bryce Johnson spent time at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference.

The Collection

The Collection

Adam Roffman’s award-winning short documentary introduces us to Marilyn Wagner and DJ Ginsberg, two friends who stumbled onto a cache of unique and wonderful motion picture memorabilia for $2000 back in 1999, now valued between $8 and $12 million.

Beatrice

Beatrice

“Before I lunge, I take a deep breath. And with that breath, everything becomes lighter.” Beatrice is a short documentary about Beatrice Vio, a champion wheelchair fencer. She lost all four limbs when she was 11, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her passion.

Banksy x Danny Boyle: The Alternativity

Banksy x Danny Boyle: The Alternativity

“The place where Christmas was invented now feels like a city under siege, and in serious need of some festive cheer.” This hour-long documentary is about how Banksy and director Danny Boyle created a satirical nativity play at Banksy’s hotel at the West Bank Barrier.

David Bowie: The Last 5 Years (Teaser)

David Bowie: The Last 5 Years (Teaser)

Our first look at HBO’s upcoming documentary about the final years of David Bowie’s illustrious life, a period which not only produced some of his most revealing and intimate work, but continued to show the world that he was a creative chameleon until the end.

Japan’s Love for Public Baths

Japan’s Love for Public Baths

Life Where I’m From created a brief history of Japan’s public baths. He also talked about why they remain popular despite bathtubs becoming commonplace, and an overview of onsens and other kinds of public baths that you might want to check out when you visit Japan.

The Piñata King

The Piñata King

Documentary filmmakers Tripod City introduce us to Francisco, whose family makes their living by making piñatas by hand. Despite knowing that their creations will be destroyed with a stick, he’s still dedicated to his craft, and hopes that some of them might remain unscathed.

Meet Mr. Dharam Singh

Meet Mr. Dharam Singh

In MEL Films‘ excellent short documentary, The Never-Ending Marathon of Mr. Dharam Singh, we’re introduced to the eponymous subject, a man who claims to be 119 years old, and who credits his longevity to yoga, meditation, and a profound enthusiasm for running.

Oddball

Oddball

Joshua Moore provides a wonderful profile of Stephen Parr, the man behind what is likely the world’s strangest archive film collection, Oddball Films. Sadly, Stephen recently passed away, but his family and staff plan to continue to run Oddball in his name.

Boomba: Peking to Paris

Boomba: Peking to Paris

Two drivers set off on an amazing adventure in a wonderful classic car. Their route? A 13,000 kilometer ride in the Peking to Paris Rally in a 1941 Chevrolet Business Coupe, nicknamed “Boomba.” Plus, they did it for a good cause, raising money for young womens’ education.

The Best Gravediggers in the World

The Best Gravediggers in the World

MEL Films introduces us to a group of professional gravediggers who participate in annual competition in Slovakia to see who can dig graves the fastest and with the best quality. It’s an unusual and morbid occupation, but an essential service that real people do every day.

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THE LOCAL: The Master Carver

THE LOCAL: The Master Carver

The pilot film for Royal Caribbean’s original series, The Local, follows Master carver and indigenous Alaskan artist Wayne Price as he creates fine art in the traditional style of the Tlingit people. Gorgeously shot and intimate.

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (Trailer)

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (Trailer)

Jim Carrey is a pretty enigmatic character so it’s no wonder that he was the perfect actor to portray the late absurdist comic Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon. Chris Smith’s documentary explores how Carrey thoroughly lost himself while playing the part. More here.

Agent of Connection

Agent of Connection

Sometimes the simplest acts can have a lasting impact. Ivan Cash’s Agent of Connection features William Cromartie, a BART station agent who finds great satisfaction in greeting his commuters. Hats off to you, William – it’s nice to have a friend in the cold, hard city.

JANE (Trailer)

JANE (Trailer)

Brett Morgen’s critically-acclaimed documentary about chimpanzee expert Dame Jane Goodall. JANE is based on over 100 hours of footage shot by Goodall’s ex-husband Hugo van Lawick, and is narrated by the scientist herself. Premieres 10/20/17.

Kart Kids

Kart Kids

Nowness presents an excerpt from Christopher Kippenberger’s upcoming documentary Kart Kids. The film, which Kippenberger has been shooting for the past decade, follows three kids in Germany’s go-kart racing scene. We can’t wait to see more of it.

Happy Happy Joy Joy (Trailer)

Happy Happy Joy Joy (Trailer)

An upcoming documentary about the artists behind the brilliantly insane 1990’s animated series Ren and Stimpy. The film will include interviews with some of the show’s creators, celebrity fans, rare behind the scenes footage, and new animations to complement the story.

HBO: Spielberg (Trailer)

HBO: Spielberg (Trailer)

“I realized that this is what I was gonna do, what I was going to die trying.” HBO and critically-acclaimed producer Susan Lacy (American Masters) present “an intimate portrait” of one of the most talented and prolific directors of all time – Steven Spielberg. Premieres 10/7/17.

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I Just Do Eyes

I Just Do Eyes

Super Deluxe introduces us to Eric Lindsey of Prosthetic Artists, Inc. to go inside the artistry of creating prosthetic eyes for people who have lost theirs. Each eye must not only be perfectly fitted, but must be precisely painted to match the patient’s natural eye characteristics.

Street Racers (Short Film)

Street Racers (Short Film)

If you’ve never seen anything simultaneously dreamy and gritty, take nine minutes to watch New York-based Aurélien Heilbronn’s Street Racers, a short film documenting the highly dangerous and illegal motorbiking culture in the Dominican Republic. Beautifully shot.

Bury Me with the Lo On

Bury Me with the Lo On

(PG-13: Language) Lo Life was an ’80s New York City gang obsessed with Polo clothing. Pop culture caught on and spread the craze worldwide. This retrospective from Lo Lifes’ Thirstin Howl and photographer Tom Gould is a teaser for their eponymous book.

Ronnie Fieg & Kith: Store, Brand, Empire.

Ronnie Fieg & Kith: Store, Brand, Empire.

“Some things aren’t meant to scale.” Kith owner Ronnie Fieg is a divisive figure in the streetwear scene, mainly because he comes from a well off and well connected family. But in his Complex Blueprint feature, you’ll see his story is all about being his own man.

A Stop-Motion Master

A Stop-Motion Master

Great Big Story spent some time with stop-motion animator Phil Tippett, who worked on films like Star Wars, RoboCop, and Jurassic Park. For the last 30+ years, Phil has also been working on his passion project, Mad God, a film which he acknowledges he may never finish.

The Story of Jon Burgerman

The Story of Jon Burgerman

While shooting pics to promote illustrator Jon Burgerman’s new book It’s Great to Create, photographer Bas Berkhout decided to turn some of the leftovers into a wonderful documentary about the inspiration behind his whimsical, googly-eyed style.

Unrest (Trailer)

Unrest (Trailer)

Jennifer Brea was an avid traveler and academic. Then she was struck with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – a mysterious disorder that is only recently being taken seriously. With no cure or even sympathy in sight, she reached out to fellow victims to raise awareness about CFS.

The Aria of Babyface Cauliflower Brown

The Aria of Babyface Cauliflower Brown

“It’s not a fake sport… It’s a real story that we’re telling.” Director Tim Grant introduces us to pro wrestler Cauliflower Chase Brown, who reminds us the action we see on stage is backed up by a desire to entertain and satisfy an audience with a heroes tale for the underdog.

Documentary for the Recently Deceased

Documentary for the Recently Deceased

Director Fred China and his team are currently raising funds for a documentary about the creation of Tim Burton’s 1988 classic Beetlejuice, which features amazing, never before seen archive footage of production of the film’s clever visuals. (Thanks John!)

The Last Peaceful Place on Earth

The Last Peaceful Place on Earth

Director Skylar Nielsen and cinematographers Josh Fletcher and Lance Clayton of Vita Brevis Films shot this awesome documentary short about the diehard automotive fanatics who turn out each year for Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats, in the isolated Utah desert.

Todd McFarlane: Business Serving Art

Todd McFarlane: Business Serving Art

Todd McFarlane reinvented Spider-Man, created Spawn, and helped revolutionize the comics industry by co-founding Image Comics. Now he has a toy empire. He sat down with Complex to share tons of practical tips for success based on his passion and experience.

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