Director Iqbal Ahmed’s fascinating and beautifully filmed short documentary introduces us to Steven Kutcher, a man full self-aware of his quirks, who has found a way to make a living – and art, through his love for insects.
THE BEST Documentaries
Check out some of the most jaw-dropping close ups, slow motion and tracking shots you’ll ever see in the extended trailer for BBC’s upcoming nature documentary Planet Earth II. Hans Zimmer made an original score for the film, so it will melt your eyes and ears at the same time.
The snowboard is based on the snurfer, an American invention from 1965. But Wrkshrt and Patagonia heard of Petran, a remote town in Turkey where snow surfing has been around for nearly 300 years. So they went there to check out the snowboard’s forgotten ancestor.
BBC’s chill and beautiful nature series returns. Filmed over the course of three years, Planet Earth II used the latest camera technologies to explore “the unique characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them.”
John McAfee rose to fame building anti-virus software, but the tech-savvy millionaire would go on to become a drug lord living off the grid in Belize, and somehow later would run for the U.S. presidency. Now learn about the bizarre path he chose in this Showtime documentary.
“We’re knowingly doing this.” In this documentary, actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio travels around the world to speak with politicians, scientists and fellow advocates and witness first hand the effects of climate change. Premieres 10/30/16 on Nat Geo.
Petrolicious introduces us to lifelong gearhead Hans-Michael Gerischer. He started with VW Beetles, then moved on to a Porsche 964 to try track racing. As he got better at driving, he would tweak his car to suit his needs. Now he restores 911s as a side gig.
Made by the NBA, Oculus and Missing Pieces for the Samsung Gear VR, Follow My Lead: The Story of the 2016 NBA Finals is a 25-minute virtual reality documentary that gives you an immersive look at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ road to their first title. More on Polygon.
NOWNESS and photographer Ian Derry visited freediver Johanna Nordblad, the woman who holds a world record for diving under ice. Her fascination with the frigid, yet peaceful conditions came after she was subjected to ice water treatments for a serious leg fracture.
A Netflix documentary about the Syrian Civil Defense, commonly known as White Helmets after their distinctive protective gear. They are unarmed volunteers that rescue civilians caught in bombing strikes. According to the BBC, they have saved 56,000 lives so far. Premieres 9/16.
“I’m right here on the first floor. The doors are open. I’m ready for more.” Meet Ruben Pardo, who has worked for 40 years as an elevator operator at an iconic art deco tower in Los Angeles. Dress Code’s charming look at a man dedicated to his work and supporting his family.
Great Big Story takes us on a trip to Alnwick Castle’s Poison Garden, an oddity which grows only plants which are capable of causing major harm. The garden currently has about 100 varieties of deadly plant life. We’re guessing they don’t have any problems with vermin.
(PG-13: Language) A harrowing documentary about the conflict between Peru’s minorities and its government. In the early 2000s, Peru invited foreign companies to take advantage of the country’s natural resources, most of which lay in constitutionally-protected land.
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