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Don't fire until you see the whites of their iPods.

What are some good, informative, and accurate documentaries and/or podcasts covering the various American presidencies? [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast on Apr 19, 2010 - 4 answers

 

I need a happy ending!

Please recommend some uplifting, inspiring, happy, fun movies/documentaries that will restore one's faith in humanity. The tone of Pixar's UP is perfect, though it need not be animated.
posted by desjardins on Mar 16, 2010 - 85 answers

Highlife Documentary Recommendations?

Where can I find documentaries on the Nigerian Highlife musical movement? [more inside]
posted by CharlesV42 on Mar 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Best B-movie docs

What are the best documentaries about b-movies, fandoms, and weird or niche interests which often involve a widespread community, such as zombies? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Dec 23, 2009 - 22 answers

What movies or documentaries about motorcycles would my boyfriend like?

What movies or documentaries about motorcycles would my boyfriend like? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Dec 16, 2009 - 29 answers

Good books / Documentaries on the Middle East?

Good books or documentaries about the middle east [more inside]
posted by happydude123 on Dec 12, 2009 - 12 answers

Documentaries on the Israel/Palestine conflict?

Documentaries on the Israel/Palestine conflict? [more inside]
posted by tybeet on Dec 1, 2009 - 15 answers

Recommend some douchebag documentaries

Please recommend some documentaries about douchebags. [more inside]
posted by pollex on Nov 28, 2009 - 46 answers

Help a workaholic have a productive break.

I am working on a PhD in music theory and cognition. I hate wasting time, but sometimes my brain needs a break from reading/writing/listening/analyzing. Help me create a list of films and documentaries that relate in some way to my field so that I can stare at a screen sometimes and still feel like I'm feeding my unquenchable desire to learn about music and mind. [more inside]
posted by nosila on Nov 1, 2009 - 15 answers

Quien Es Mas Macha?

While on my nice, safe treadmill at the pleasant, well-lit gym, I like to watch dramatic, character-driven documentaries like Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, and Carrier. Any suggestions for other nonfiction TV shows like that, with women in the starring roles? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 29, 2009 - 10 answers

Documentaries for fledgeling documentarians?

Which documentaries to watch? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Aug 8, 2009 - 47 answers

What is the Name of This Tornado Doc?

Inspired by this thread, I am trying to remember the name of a tornado special that aired, I think, on HBO several years ago. [more inside]
posted by LeeJay on Jul 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Documentastic!

Free, _downloadable_, science documentaries? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Apr 27, 2009 - 11 answers

Shine on, you crazy diamonds!

Favourite psychedelic / drug / shaman / consciousness related books? My brother met a shaman in South American and has given me his credit card and asked me to order him a bunch of books. Think Terence McKenna, Alex Grey, Alexander Shulgin, Carlos Castaneda, DMT, Ayahuasca... *Documentary/DVD recommendations welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by mjao on Mar 10, 2009 - 36 answers

Where's best on the net to get information about new documentaries (in order to interview their makers)?

Where are the best places on the web for news, information — and, if available — streaming versions/trailers of new indie documentaries? (I'm interested in interviewing their directors on the radio and thus promote the films.) [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Feb 11, 2009 - 4 answers

What documentaries should I "Watch Instantly" on Netflix?

What are some of the best documentaries available to watch instantly on Netflix? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Dec 7, 2008 - 44 answers

Is there anything like Salt or Duke's Center for Doc Studies in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Is there anything like Salt or Duke's Center for Doc Studies in the Mid-Atlantic region?
posted by melodykramer on Nov 10, 2008 - 2 answers

Documentary equivelants of informative history/science books?

Looking for good documentaries that are truly informative (i.e. a kind of textbook in movie format). What are the best documentaries you've seen that left you much more informed about basic history and human knowledge? [more inside]
posted by the other side on Oct 28, 2008 - 28 answers

Giving back to directors who need it?

I often download documentaries, and generally love them, and frequently feel like I want to give back to the director. Monetarily-wise, that is, as perhaps I didn't pay for them. What do you think of a service that allowed for paypal or such donation to individual directors? Could it work? Alternately, directors of small films could set up a link on their websites, and one could spread the idea memetically. I'm not looking to cash in on this, just to get feedback on an idea of how to assuage my guilt and help support those who make films worthy of support.
posted by aschwa5 on Aug 1, 2008 - 13 answers

War Room?

ID this (Bill) Clinton campaign official in the documentary The War Room? [more inside]
posted by jca on Mar 30, 2008 - 15 answers

Books about Down Under

Can anyone reccomend good books, or documentaries, about Australia (history, culture, politics) written by people from outside Australia? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Feb 7, 2008 - 11 answers

DocumentaryFilter: In search of BBC's "What is Religion?"

DocumentaryFilter: In search of BBC's "What is Religion?" [more inside]
posted by mjklin on Jan 17, 2008 - 3 answers

Looking for books, articles, podcasts and documentaries to prevent brain stagnation

In the spirit of this post, what have you read or seen lately (or not so lately) that has changed your mind? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jan 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Fistful of....fun documentaries?

I just watched King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters and loved it. Any other pop culture type documentaries out there I might like? [more inside]
posted by hiptobesquare on Nov 26, 2007 - 31 answers

wanted: source and wording of a quote. warm fuzzy feelings of helping someone as reward.

wanted: help with the source of and exact wording for a quote. [more inside]
posted by ancamp on Oct 28, 2007 - 3 answers

Can you reccomend documentaries about line cooks or kitchens?

I am looking for documentaries about line cooks or restaurant kitchens. [more inside]
posted by notchristopher on Oct 24, 2007 - 20 answers

How to get myself employed in NGC, Discovery, BBC documentary crews

How can a Indian software engineer join documentary/photography crew of National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, PBS or other similar production houses? What kind of jobs are available in these organizations? Are there similar jobs (outside of the documentary business) that can take me to such places and pay for it? Low salary not an issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2007 - 8 answers

YouTube for Serious People

Help me find issue-oriented video "backgrounders." [more inside]
posted by MarshallPoe on Jan 31, 2007 - 2 answers

Dolphin documentary

What is the best dolphin documentary you have seen? [more inside]
posted by mjao on Nov 23, 2006 - 4 answers

A surrealistic antartic mock-documentary?

Help remember the name of this this film, please. A surrealistic mock-documentary about an ill-fated antarctic expedition. [more inside]
posted by scottr on Sep 1, 2006 - 4 answers

Polish/Ukrainian Film Recommendations

I'd like recommendations for Polish or Ukrainian historical documentaries or fact-based films. [more inside]
posted by rinkjustice on Jul 19, 2006 - 6 answers

Man, I saw this awesome documentary four years ago...

Help me find documentaries that aired 3-6 years ago... [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on May 4, 2006 - 3 answers

Making-of documentaries

Does anyone know of any good articles or essays regarding 'making of' documentaries or non-fiction films about filmmaking? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 29, 2005 - 14 answers

Documentaries?

First, help me ID this one from my friend's description: it's this one done by this old man up in the northwest somewhere. he built his own cabin and lived there for something like 50 years by himself--completely by himself. All the camera work is done soley by him. the man is amazing. he does everything on his own. it's the most relaxing thing i ever watched Next, recommend your favorite interesting and well-made documentaries. I'll start with Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth and the PBS Evolution series.
posted by foraneagle2 on Apr 17, 2005 - 42 answers

In search of music documentaries

I am a fan of radio music documentaries, like the BBC's 6 Music Plays it Again or The Edge's The Ongoing History of New Music. Is there any place online where I can listen to such things? Some sort of archive is preferred so I can listen at the odd hours I keep rather than tuning in at a certain time. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Feb 27, 2005 - 4 answers

I need some cheesy newsreel music for my mockumentary

I'm making a documentary/mockumentry in old newsreel style, and I'm looking for old cheeseball educational film/newsreel music to use as a background soundtrack. Hints? Links? Free would be nice...Cheap OK.
posted by cccorlew on Feb 12, 2005 - 7 answers

Can anyone recommend any independent, niche oriented documentaries that I could buy/rent/download?

Can anyone recommend any independent, niche-oriented documentaries that I could buy/rent/download? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by armage on Dec 20, 2004 - 39 answers

Tell me all about documentaries

who what when where why how, the documentary edition [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Nov 18, 2004 - 4 answers

Help me find these faux Beatles

Faux-Beatlefilter: There are two Beatles tribute/impersonator related questions that I have been unable to find answers to thus far. One deals with remembering the title of a certain CD; the other, tracking down a documentary. More is inside. [more inside]
posted by adamkempa on Jul 13, 2004 - 8 answers

Books like Ken Burns

I'm a big fan of Ken Burns' documentaries (just finished up watching Baseball for the third time, for instance, and have seen The Civil War twice)... What I'm curious about is what books would you recommend that present history in a siimilar fashion (easily digestible, compellingly written, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jul 3, 2004 - 17 answers

I'm looking for Laurie Zimmer info

I recently saw Assault on Precinct 13 again and was smitten for some inexplicable reason by actress Laurie Zimmer who played the character Leigh.
Anyway she disappeared from acting and director Charlotte Szlovak made a documentary called Do You Remember Laurie Zimmer? which is about looking for here in L.A. I have been unable to find out what happens in the film Do you Remember.... or what happened from any other source. Anyone remember her or know where she is. I am prepared for the mundande truth.
posted by kenaman on May 20, 2004 - 0 answers

Give me tips on how to promote an independent documentary film

Does anyone have experience with promoting an independent documentary film? [no links to, or mention of the film itself... I'm not trying to be that guy -- more inside] [more inside]
posted by cadastral on Dec 18, 2003 - 10 answers

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