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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

Death As It Truly Happens

What documentaries accurately depict the dying process? [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated on Sep 24, 2011 - 11 answers

I really hope this awful documentary isn't real

Huge WTF: Is this real? Caution: 9/11 Trigger [more inside]
posted by msali on Sep 10, 2011 - 10 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

Anyone in Manila?

I need a contact for Viva Entertainment Inc. in the Philippines. [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe on Aug 4, 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

MTV documentary about one hit wonders from 1999?

Where can I find this one MTV documentary about one hit-wonders aired in 1999? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Jul 6, 2011 - 7 answers

RUSSIA

Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 1, 2011 - 27 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

Take me deep down

Loved Blue Planet, want more like it. Where to start? [more inside]
posted by Paragon on May 10, 2011 - 18 answers

How do I become an informed citizen of the world?

What's the best neutral, digestible, comprehensive primer to politics in the Middle East? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on May 3, 2011 - 13 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

How to create a raw footage library?

How can I organize all of these video clips from different sources (Flip cam, iPhone cam, etc) into some kind of database to make it usable? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Apr 11, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me identify this children's pastor!

I'm watching Jesus Camp, and there's a scene where a South African (I think) guy gets the kids to smash cups while talking about corrupt government. I've googled around, but can't figure out who this guy is. Does anyone know? (Link to a video under the cut.) [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Apr 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Which David Attenborough BBC film is best?

Which is better? LIFE or PLANET EARTH by David Attenborough? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 8, 2011 - 28 answers

Twits go mad in South America

I'm looking for the name of a documentary I saw many years (over 15) ago. A group of British upper class, university age people go trekking in South America. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Apr 3, 2011 - 1 answer

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

Documentary about a former Yugoslavian (?) soldier who cared for homeless dogs?

Documentary about a former Yugoslavian (?) soldier who cared for homeless dogs? The film was about a soldier (youngish, long dark hair) who served in the war in Yugoslavia -- my memory is that he was Serbian, but I am not sure. After the war, he went back to his city but his home and all of his family/friends were gone. He began to take care of all the homeless dogs around him and would travel by foot to care for more. He eventually built a compound where they lived together. [more inside]
posted by abigredchair on Mar 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Is there a DVD with classic jazz performances?

I'd like to show black-and-white footage of jazz performances during a party. Is there a DVD of classic jazz performances I can play, or is there some way I can make use of short youtube videos without having to sit at my computer and select different videos all night? [more inside]
posted by lilac girl on Mar 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me find this documentary on a Journey to the arctic

I am going crazy trying to find this documentary that I watched a couple of months ago. I don't remember the channel, but it is primarily about a man who drives a car (or 4WD of some sort) to an extremely cold place (Canadian north, Norway types). Details are after the jump. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jan 11, 2011 - 3 answers

Creating an internship for a small-budget documentary

I'm making a documentary in 40 cities in 10 months. We're travelling a lot, and need certain jobs done in many disciplines while we're away, which will be a large drag on our time. We would like to employ someone to help, but have no funds, other than to offer a slice of the end profits should the project become successful. So, an internship? A volunteer? How can I create one that's useful to the intern? [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Jan 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Sidney Crosby has quite a potty mouth.

What is your favorite behind-the-scenes sports documentary? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Jan 10, 2011 - 17 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

Help me find a TV documetnary on a self-building housing co-operative in the UK

I'm after a documentary I once saw about a self-building housing co-operative in the UK—or more information about the programmes. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Dec 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Name that 1970s documentary program!

The FPP about 'Connections' made me think of another documentary series that I remember from the late 70s... but only vaguely. Can you identify this program? [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk on Dec 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for a decent documentary on French history

I'm looking for a documentary on French history. Something similar to Simon Schamra's BBC series "A History of Britain". [more inside]
posted by xotis on Nov 30, 2010 - 5 answers

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

Website with top 50 documentaries of all time?

About a year or two ago, I saw this great website that provided a list of the top 50 influential documentaries ever made. (Including a video streaming of each documentary with a short written analysis of why it was so influential) Can you please help me find that site again? [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Nov 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Resources for budding documentarians?

What are some good resources to learn about the nuts and bolts of making a documentary? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Nov 1, 2010 - 6 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

Can anyone recommend an educational, documentary, fly on the wall or similar type video’s about running a design, ad or web agency?

I’m looking for any video’s relating to how to run a design, tech or ad business the more educational the better. I’m hoping somewhere in the world there’s been some sort of fly on the wall documentary showing the workings of any of these types of business’s from the inside. Help and recommendations appreciated.
posted by toocan on Sep 26, 2010 - 1 answer

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

I think I need a fixer

I'm interested in hearing experiences from others that have worked with "Fixers" when setting up or actually out on a shoot. I'm usually a loner when taking pictures, but there are so many situations that having someone around that could help with literal and figurative interpretations and setting things up that I'm thinking I need the extra eyes and local knowledge. [more inside]
posted by michswiss on Sep 6, 2010 - 3 answers

Looking for photos for Bob Forrest doc.

Looking for photos of exterior of Raji's, Cathay de Grande and Top Taco for documentary about Bob Forrest. (details) [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe on Aug 23, 2010 - 3 answers

I know J, K, L, but what's the shortcut key for Evolve?

How do I tell better stories with video? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Jul 26, 2010 - 6 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

How do I pitch a Documentary-style TV show?

What advice or resources do you have for someone about to pitch their first documentary-style TV show? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2010 - 3 answers

Online documentaries, non-US-only, no politics?

In bed, need some good documentaries that're available on-line. Not that interested in politics or nature. Must be viewable in Canada. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jun 29, 2010 - 16 answers

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