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Documentaries about a particular musical time and place?

Looking to watch music documentaries in context. Not just a single band. [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Apr 30, 2014 - 29 answers

Rock Out With Your Doc Out

If you guys were my real friends, you would have told me about Heavy Metal Parking Lot before now. Back in the day, I used to hear about great documentary films through the grapevine. I guess the best example of this is the Evening with Kevin Smith series. But I never seem to hear about these any more. Heavy Metal Parking Lot looks awesome. What else am I missing? Parameter: nothing really sad. Hands on a Hard Body was kind of a bummer to me, but it's still the sort of thing I'm looking for. Anything about, say, the Holocaust, is out of this league. Thanks, MeFites!
posted by Jane Austen on Mar 6, 2014 - 108 answers

Documentary TV Series like Wild China

We (the royal we) have been watching Wild China recently. It's a 6 part nature documentary that's also a bit of a travelogue. What we like about it--they go to a place not usually covered by Public TV nature docs and mix in explorations of the human culture there as well as geographic and biological subjects. What else is like this? What should we watch next? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Still and meditative HD films of the rainforest?

I love the NRK's Bergensbanen film - a contemplative, hours-long view of snowy Norwegian railway routes. It's perfect as a kind of gorgeous video wallpaper. I'm looking for something similar but from warmer climates - jungle, rainforest, etc. Not even trains, per se - it could just be stationary, HD tripod footage from the deep jungle. Most nature documentaries are too full of cuts and story: I just want something still and beautiful, but full of greenery and birds. Any ideas?
posted by Marquis on Sep 3, 2013 - 5 answers

New Zealand films/TV shows

Please recommend to me some movies or TV shows set in or filmed in New Zealand! [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jul 11, 2013 - 35 answers

Does the filmmaker need us to sign a release?

For several years in the past I worked closely with someone who was well known, and very well regarded, in his industry. At the time, a relative of his would occasionally show up at the workplace to shoot film and video. Mostly of the well known person, but since it was at work, and we worked closely, I know that I am in a great deal of this footage. As this person's relative is a filmmaker, my assumption has always been that some sort of film would surface. Recently I have heard that the filmmaker is, in fact, pulling footage together for some sort of documentary film. I have not heard from the filmmaker, but would not be surprised if he contacted me. I am very uneasy about that possibility because I have, over the years, become extremely distrustful of the filmmaker. I know that the filmmaker could edit the film anyway he wishes, but if he wanted to include me (and several others) does he need us to sign some sort of a release?
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Roger & Me & who else?

What are the best movies about class struggles? [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Apr 4, 2013 - 51 answers

Share your favourite documentary films/series here

I watched Nina Conti: A Ventriloquist's Story - Her Master's Voice yesterday and it was so amazing I forgot how long it's been since I saw a really good documentary. I've watched everything Herzog has done in the past 6-7, Being Elmo, Carl Sagan's Cosmos, the 7 Up films and Jarvis Cocker's Outsider Art series. What are your favourite documentary films/series? (except nature docs? I can never get into them). I'm happy to watch films from any english-speaking country - but will also give it a go if they're subtitled.
posted by abbagoochie on Mar 22, 2013 - 36 answers

Can you recommend some fashion docs for lazy weekend watching?

I'm interested in watching more documentaries or miniseries about the fashion/clothing industry. Three I've rented recently were Valentino:The Last Emperor, The September Issue, and Signé Chanel. I especially enjoyed the last two as they really showed a lot behind the scenes about how stuff is made (both the media and the couture dressmaking sides). [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Mar 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"?

Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"? [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Oct 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Family Secrets on Film

Documentaries about ordinary people, their secrets and inner lives. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Sep 21, 2012 - 36 answers

What films about informal settlements would you recommend?

Looking for films (fiction and documentary) that represent informal settlements (slums/favelas/etc), primarily in Latin America and India, but also in other regions. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by experiencing a significant gravitas shortfall on Apr 17, 2012 - 23 answers

Profiles of Artistic Courage

Do you know of any good art and/or documentary blogs that profile artists or filmmakers? [more inside]
posted by chara on Apr 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Docs that are Different

Docofi: Human Planet, One Giant Leap, Crossing the Bridge, Baraka, Playing for Change and the Qatsi trilogy are all great examples of documentaries that don't follow a traditional narrative. I'm looking for more documentaries that are neither investigative (Thin Blue Line, Capturing the Friedmans) nor quest/mission based (Catfish, 10 MPH), but rather paint a picture. If that's not clear enough, picture a nature documentary, but instead of animals the subject is "art" or "culture" or some kind of theme. Bombay Beach, The Gleaners and I and Dark Days are sort-of good examples.
posted by omnigut on Feb 15, 2012 - 13 answers

How to find a website template for an independent film, particularly Wordpress?

No no no, help ME pick a Wordpress Theme! For a documentary movie website. [more inside]
posted by mtgoldma on Dec 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Gratuitous Self Promotion

As a video editor, how can I best capitalize on a film's theatrical release? [more inside]
posted by rocco on Sep 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Documentary about crossing Greenland

Help me identify (and hopefully watch) a documentary about people walking/skiing across Greenland and visiting an abandoned DEW station on the way. [more inside]
posted by aesop on Aug 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Documentaries on religion and morality?

Suggestions, please, for provocative, informative, hilarious, and/or disturbing documentaries about religion and social/moral/ethical issues? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on May 27, 2011 - 24 answers

I have an idea for a documentary. Now I just need to see some similar ideas so I can figure out how to do it.

I'm thinking of putting my resources into a documentary on a small quirky themepark that went out of business a while ago. What I need are good examples of feature length documentaries on unusual places so I can see how one would be produced. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Apr 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me make a movie

I would like to make a short documentary. I want it to not suck. I know nothing. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Apr 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Unearthed Cellar Ecosystem Documentary?

I'm looking for the title of a nature documentary about an ecosystem unearthed under a cellar, full of blind white insects and spiders. [more inside]
posted by One Second Before Awakening on Jan 3, 2011 - 1 answer

Super Link Me

Film student seeking good online publications about documentary film. [more inside]
posted by Menomena on Nov 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Title of a documentary regarding Japanese appropriation of Western stuff

Looking for the title of an obscure documentary about the Japanese adaptations of Western products and traditions as they have been commodified in japan. [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Nov 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Can you identify this esoteric film/photography theory quote?

"The gunsight frames an image for destruction, whereas the camera's viewfinder frames one image for preservation, and all other possible images for destruction." Help me find the source of this paraphrased quote? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Oct 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Who makes documentary films like Frederick Wiseman?

Who are the artistic heirs to documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman? Which contemporary individuals/groups are making similar films, filming similar things, or documenting life in the U.S. (with or without film) in similar ways? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Sep 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Did a documentary inspire "Anchorman"?

Did a documentary inspire Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy? [more inside]
posted by kakakakarl on Jul 7, 2010 - 2 answers

hali burton little help out there?!

The Daily Show's "Moment of Zen" recently concluded with a clip from a 1951 Halliburton promotional film on oil.. I did a bit of searching, but no dice... Can anyone out there help me track this down?!
posted by markkraft on Jun 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Rise UP! Document the system! (Documentary How to?)

ActivistFilter: I'm done, I'm going rogue, I'm fighting the system, I'm doing it Guerrilla style, I'm 100% serious: Our first project is a documentary, but we don't know how to make a documentary. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jun 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Looking for a video about drugs

Looking for a video showing various common drugs, their appearance, how they're taken and their effects. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on May 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Can you help me identify movies about exercise?

Can you help me identify movies about exercise? About working out, exercise trends, aerobics, jazzercise, etc. Sort of in the vein of this SNL skit. To clarify, I am NOT looking for instructional videos [unless they are really funny or bizarre], documentaries are okay, but mostly I would like suggestions of movies...about exercising.
posted by rokabiri on Jan 26, 2010 - 22 answers

Mocking School Lunch in the Movies

When was the first time "school lunch" was ridiculed in a movie (most likely a teen flick) or a TV show? We're currently producing a documentary on school lunch, and we know that there was a cultural shift in how school lunch was perceived (great social achievement to grotesque laughingstock). If you can help us identify the first instance of this shift in popular culture, we'll give you a film credit.
posted by jacknose on Nov 18, 2009 - 17 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

Seeking documentary about every country.

Is there a documentary that contains basic info (+ maybe some cultural info) for every country in the world? [more inside]
posted by nnevvinn on Oct 16, 2009 - 5 answers

20th Century History of Berlin in Moving Pictures

If you were giving a crash course on the history of Berlin 1933-1990, and you were limited to just a couple films, which ones would you assign? Documentaries preferred, and they must have some kind of English language option. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 15, 2009 - 5 answers

cut to ECU of Dr Joyce Brothers

Name this 1960s NFB sex ed documentary! [more inside]
posted by Sys Rq on Sep 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Your suggestion could help establish a revolving credit line in the Himalayas!

Help me find good films on Nepal, for a high-school crowd. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf on Aug 23, 2009 - 2 answers

Looking for a documentary from the 1970s - "Glass India"

I keep hearing about a documentary from the 1970s called "Glass India" - about glass blowing in India. Does anyone know where to buy it or download it?
posted by abirae on Aug 19, 2009 - 3 answers

What are the best documentaries / movies on depression?

What are the best documentaries / movies on depression? [more inside]
posted by jfricke on May 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Assholes in documentaries for the win

The greatest a-holes to ever strut in front of a documentary film maker's camera? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Feb 4, 2009 - 70 answers

Help me name my documentary!

Please help me name my documentary on urban farming! [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Aug 20, 2008 - 25 answers

What to ask the Chinese populace?

I am leaving for Beijing in a few days. I am bringing a video camera and plan to interview English-speaking Chinese people on the street. My goal is to edit the footage together into an informative and insightful piece. If you could ask the people of China any question, what would it be?
posted by srkit on Aug 8, 2008 - 32 answers

What questions should I ask the subjects of my documentary on the Philippines porn industry?

I'm going to be filming a documentary in the Philippines about families supported by the pornography industry, and I'd like to hear any interesting questions you might have for the subjects. [more inside]
posted by premiumpolar on Jun 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Fleetwood Mac documentary?

I'm looking for a documentary about Fleetwood Mac that a friend had spoken highly of but which I can't seem to find. It might have been about the making of 'Rumours' but I only see a book about that on Amazon--no film. Anyone seen this?
posted by prior on Mar 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Canis obliviosus

Can anyone identify a specific documentary that details a film maker's work with wolves? [more inside]
posted by bonobo on Dec 30, 2007 - 9 answers

Doc recommendations

"Quiet" documentary recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry on Oct 21, 2007 - 24 answers

College Documentary!

What would be a good, compelling subject for a short (7-15 minute) documentary film on an (for all intents and purposes) average college campus that hasn't been done a million times before?
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Sep 5, 2007 - 20 answers

Which cameras and sound equipment are suitable?

Let's say I want to film an amateur, feature-length documentary. One can assume I'd use a digital camera for relative cheapness and expediency, but which cameras are good enough to do a professional-looking job? I'd be on a very tight budget. This does not take into account the sound equipment, but perhaps you could also comment on that? [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam on Aug 14, 2007 - 13 answers

Who has their films available for download on the net?

What are some small film/documentary companies that have put their films online for pay download? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Jul 24, 2007 - 2 answers

Finding Found Footage

Looking for examples of two types of found footage film/ compilation video. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jan 11, 2007 - 20 answers

Herzog's Lessons of Darkness

In Werner Herzog's Lessons of Darkness there are a few images toward the end of oilfield workers igniting uncapped oil wells. Presuming these are the same workers who had been working to put out the oil field fires (and I think they are), why are they igniting those wells? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jan 2, 2007 - 9 answers

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