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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

Are there any George Nakashima documentaries online?

Are there any documentaries about George Nakashima available to view online? I would like to know more about his life and his work. I am particularly interested in the architecture of his studio.
posted by Infernarl on Feb 25, 2013 - 1 answer

Shooting incident involving poachers and film crew?

I'm trying to recall a shooting incident involving a documentary film or news crew, a conservationist/conservation group, and some wildlife poachers in Africa. [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Feb 18, 2013 - 2 answers

MLK Day Documentary

What age-appropriate documentary should I watch with my 10yo daughter to help her understand the civil rights movement and MLK's place in it? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Jan 17, 2013 - 9 answers

What was this music (Athens?) documentary?

My friend insists that she saw a documentary in which people were interviewed who lived in a house with Jeff Mangum. She thought that it was about the Elephant 6 Collective, but since we can't find any reference to that, she thinks that it might be about the Athens music scene. Do you know what it is? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Jan 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Planet Earth-esque documentaries focusing on cities, etc.?

I love Planet Earth, Life, and other documentaries that David Attenborough is associated with -- as much for the educational value as for the beautiful cinematography and show-not-tell approach. They're works of art in and of themselves. Are there any documentaries in a similar vein that focus on cities, architecture, landmarks, and other human creations? For example, it would be incredible to explore Tokyo through the same lens!
posted by archagon on Jan 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Japanese documentaries: help me find more!

Japanese documentaries: help me find more! [more inside]
posted by ninjew on Dec 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Interesting documentary films about video game graphics?

What are the most interesting documentary films about the history of video games? I am especially interested in anything that discusses the history of game graphics.
posted by mortaddams on Dec 5, 2012 - 7 answers

The World of Mosses

Tell me about the quietest, mellowest, most relaxing nature documentaries that you know. I have the Planet Earth and Blue Planet series, and they're both amazing, but I'm looking for something slower paced and with less carnivorous ripping things apart. I'd watch the World of Mosses, if such a thing existed. Little birds building nests. Beetles roaming about, beetling. The lives of fungi. [more inside]
posted by bepe on Dec 4, 2012 - 34 answers

What to bite next?

Food, food, food! Please recommend all the best food documentaries, similar to "A bite of China". [more inside]
posted by Ender's Friend on Nov 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Documentaries on Art/Artists and Innovation

Please recommend some documentaries online on art, artists (of any/all kinds) and innovation (in a wider sense, perhaps especially including technological innovation and entrepreneurship) that I can show to a class. [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Nov 23, 2012 - 7 answers

What are your favourite short Canadian radio stories?

What are your favourite short Canadian radio stories? [more inside]
posted by JPDD on Nov 21, 2012 - 15 answers

Need help finding specific science documentary

Looking for the name of a science/cosmos documentary from the early/mid-90s that compared medieval cathedrals to super colliders. [more inside]
posted by l2p on Nov 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Any Seattle history documentaries?

Does anyone know of any good documentary films about Seattle history? I'm interested in its founding up to the 90s. Not looking for stuff about grunge. Would love it if there were something in a Ken Burns, but I don't expect miracles. Thanks!
posted by letstrythis on Nov 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Nature documentaries for young children

What are some of the best nature and science documentaries for young children? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Oct 29, 2012 - 17 answers

story-oriented video editing resources

I'm looking for some really good how-to guides on making videos, especially on documentary style and story-oriented pieces. [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on Oct 22, 2012 - 2 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

More How It's Made

I want to watch more shows like How It's Made. I like that it's dry and information dense. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by gregr on Oct 14, 2012 - 18 answers

Tell me a story about what it was like...

Documentary Recommendations: I don't know what this is called but I've noticed in two recent Ken Burns documentaries. In The West, there are some very old Native Americans who talk about their experiences and memories. And in his one about the Brooklyn Bridge, there is a man is over 100 years old taking about how he was a water boy when he was about 10 years when the bridge was being built. I want more of these types of interviews where they have pictures of the past along with people who were there talking about it. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Sep 23, 2012 - 10 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

WW1 Documentaries and Books

Care to recommend some in-depth documentaries (and books, or anything online) about World War One? [more inside]
posted by nfg on Aug 14, 2012 - 10 answers

I like Chris Marker movies, especially Sans Soleil. What other movies would I like?

What other people have done stuff like Chris Marker's documentaries? Is there a movie anywhere that's even a little bit like Sans Soleil?
posted by insteadofapricots on Jul 29, 2012 - 13 answers

The Real World: Post-Apocalyptic Hellscape

Help me track down this Cube-esque, straight-to-video nuclear bomb shelter paranoia film (with a shocking twist!). [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 19, 2012 - 8 answers

this is my shot at an emmy. Don't fuck it up.

What is gonna be my best mac based workflow for editing this documentary I'm working on? details inside [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Jul 18, 2012 - 2 answers

All citizens have a right to know the workings of their courts.

According to this story in the Guardian, a BBC documentary about the London riots has been banned by a judge in England. However, the judgement also forbids revealing the judge's name, place or sitting, or more importantly, reasons for the banning. Can you help me find a leak of the judgement or any additional information, as I would like to know why it has been banned.
posted by Jehan on Jul 17, 2012 - 7 answers

What are some great documentaries about entrepreneurs and startups?

What are some great documentaries about entrepreneurs and startups? (Think: Startup.com, E-Dreams) [more inside]
posted by petah on Jun 24, 2012 - 6 answers

The dos and don'ts of getting ambushed with a camera

I recently discovered that someone I dated a few years back (it ended badly) is the subject of a soon-to-be-filmed documentary in which he "gets back" at all the people who have romantically wronged him in the past. The production has a crew, a blog, and a fundraising page. The copy implies that the "getting back" will occur in-person. What is the best way to behave if one finds themselves ambushed by a documentary crew, possibly in a prank-like situation?
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 58 answers

Nazi Secrets Documentary

Documentary filter: MrK heard glowing description of a history documentary about Nazi propaganda in 1936 in Berlin. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on May 4, 2012 - 2 answers

Who owns problematic footage of 5-year-old me?

I just found some video footage of 5-year-old me on Youtube. It was definitely not posted by my parents. It also features nekkid hippies (I am dressed). Who owns that footage? [more inside]
posted by Nibbly Fang on Apr 28, 2012 - 10 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

Giraffe movie

Help me find a giraffe documentary I saw a few years back. [more inside]
posted by defenestrated on Apr 16, 2012 - 2 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

Chinese bootleg sensationalist dvd/vcd about 9/11

Does anyone know where to download any of these Chinese sensationalist pseudo-documentaries made of 9/11 that mix real news footage with clips from blockbuster films? They freely mix fact and fiction, using news footage and illegal clips from Hollywood films. There were three made, with the titles: 1) "The Century's Greatest Catastrophe" (I've also seen it called The Century's Great Catastrophe") and 2) "Surprise Attack on America" and 3) "America's Disaster: The Pearl Harbor of the Twenty-First Century"--all made in 2001. There is a report on them in an article that was in the New Yorker. Also mention of them made here. Since they are illegal mash-ups of existing source material, I don't mind if I have to download them from 'questionable' sites. But I'd really like to consult these films for a study I am writing, and would appreciate any pointers as to where to find them.
posted by cmp4Meta on Apr 4, 2012 - 1 answer

What questions should I ask at a panel discussion after a showing of "Inside Job"?

After showing the 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary Inside Job at a college, what questions would you ask a follow-on panel comprised of Occupy Wall Street activists, Ron Paul Republicans, economics/business professors, and business owners? [more inside]
posted by Roach on Mar 3, 2012 - 5 answers

I want to laugh while I get smarter

I've watched almost all of Terry Jones's history documentaries--what next? What I like about them and what I'm looking for is mainly the humor (enthusiastic but lighthearted, not taking itself too seriously) and the element of looking at things from a different angle. Many of Jones's docs look at the lives of "regular people" in periods of history where most people are familiar with the rich and famous, and others look at civilizations that are overlooked. Sort of the way Mythbusters approaches science, and I'm also a large fan of QI. Recommendations? (I'm looking especially but not exclusively for history.)
posted by sarahkeebs on Feb 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Fake Guru with Genuine Inquisition

Are there any satirical documentaries relating to religion like Kumare? I know there was a popular series on Atheism on BBC and several others like Religulous, The Root of All Evil, etc., and I am curious if there are others which, instead of taking a serious note on educating us what atheism/religion means, evoke laughter throughout dealing on these subjects?
posted by godugu on Feb 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Documentaries, books, I want it all!

Please give me some suggestions for documentaries and books I might like. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 22, 2012 - 23 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

Documentary about surveillance

What was this documentary? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Feb 13, 2012 - 3 answers

deep docs

Please recommend a documentary that goes deep into the detail of some item. For example clocks, trains , corn, skyscrapers, etc. Not about people, culture, places, history, etc.. (unless it's tied in with the item in question)
posted by parallax7d on Feb 7, 2012 - 23 answers

Educate me about (alternative) education!

Are there any good documentaries about homeschooling, unschooling, or the Sudbury Valley model? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 11, 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

What is the story of this Jazz story?

Somewhere in the Ken Burns documentary Jazz, a musician who played with John Coltrane remembers a story about Coltrane defending one of his musicians with violence in some way, and then ends the story with the punchline: "You have to be willing to Die for a motherfucker." Who was that speaking? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Documentary on the modern world made by native people

Documentary filter: Heard of a film where a group of native people were let loose into the "modern" world with a camera? [more inside]
posted by epiphinite on Nov 2, 2011 - 5 answers

AIDS Documentary

I'm looking for the name of an AIDS documentary I saw on PBS sometime in the late nineties. [more inside]
posted by Anders Levant on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for the name of a documentary which reunited Third Reich denouncers and their victims.

I'm looking for the name of a documentary which reunited Third Reich denouncers and their victims. I believe that I saw it in the late nineties, but I can't find any references to it on Google.
posted by klanawa on Oct 15, 2011 - 3 answers

"This lady makes me spastic."

What was the "old Danish TV skit" that Jacob and Simon were planning to perform in North Korea in the documentary The Red Chapel? Can I view it on YouTube (or anyplace else) with an English translation?
posted by Soliloquy on Oct 11, 2011 - 3 answers

I think I've identified 'my passion'. Now help me get out of my own momentum-killing way!

So, after almost a year of hunting for a full-time job, I've decided to put that aside and try to have a go at digital storytelling as a freelancer. I have a few places I'm getting myself stuck, and I would love some assistance/context in finding 'my people' [more inside]
posted by softlord on Sep 28, 2011 - 8 answers

Roland TR-808 documentary.

I'm looking for a video documentary from a couple years ago tracing the history of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Released only on the web, it's similar in tone to the Everything is a Remix series; dry delivery, well researched, touches on remix culture. The Newcleus track Jam On It is prominently featured as a signifier of the 808's transition from a not-so-hot replacement for a drummer to being used for the sounds unique to it. If I recall correctly, it's about 8 minutes in length. It's not The Shape of Things That Hum.
posted by Scoo on Sep 28, 2011 - 3 answers

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