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?
I want to make documentary films. What kind of video-camera should I get? [more inside]
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.
Why do they make the subjects of A&E's Intervention spell their name out loud? [more inside]
What music played during the Stanley Kubrick's Boxes documentary? [more inside]
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]
What's the rock band seen briefly in the documentary Lake of Fire? [more inside]
What was the name of this BBC documentary? It was broadcast sometime around 2000. It was about how Britain has changed post-WWII, dwelling on rail closures due to the Beeching Axe, the construction of the motorways, and the subsequent death of the 'traditional' rural Britain. Its tone was pretty melancholic, and it was (to me) quite a moving piece. [more inside]
Looking for the name of a BBC documentary involving people performing interpretive dances which portray the lives/mating rituals of insects. [more inside]
Friends and I saw Darkon this weekend. Given that many of us (not me) are historians, the question was, "What happened next?" (spoilers) [more inside]
Can anyone help me find a great blog of smart, interesting video links that I had bookmarked and lost? [more inside]
Investigative TV journalism : I'm obsessed and now I want more. [more inside]
How can I contact John Cleese for an on-camera interview? [more inside]
Help me find the title of this documentary with pirated, never-seen tv clips. [more inside]
I'm looking to watch/rent/buy two particular PBS series that I can't for the life of me find online. [more inside]
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?
Asking for a friend: "A few years ago I saw a documentary about an African Muslim tribe. They were notable because the men cover their faces while the women do not. The only other thing I remember is that the men participate in a ceremony where they adorn themselves to the extreme (paint, beads etc) and line up for the women to chose. There is also apparently a custom where men will abduct wives from another tribe. The location might have been Mali but I'm really not sure. Can anyone identify this group?"
I am looking for documentaries dealing with online culture, the Internet, video games and the like. [more inside]
Help me help my friend remember the title of a movie. (Or documentary?) It starts out with a voiceover over a dark screen - and the voiceover is interrupted by someone saying that voiceovers are lame (or something) and they should cut it out. And the voiceover-over-dark-screen ends. The movie (or documentary?) then progresses in a similar manner, being "edited" in that way, as they go along. Some well-known actors or director was involved. Also, it may have been filmed by a cast or crew member the same time they were filming some big-budget movie. Er, and that's about all I know.
[high-school-debate-filter] "Resolved" is a documentary by One Potato Productions about high school debate. Where can I find/see this? The trailer is available on One Potato's web site but I can find no information on where to see the movie itself. Help!
How can I find and approach supporters of one of the Democratic candidates in a medium sized town in Ohio (about 25,000 people) in order to interview and possibly film them? [more inside]
Can anyone identify a specific documentary that details a film maker's work with wolves? [more inside]
I like to learn stuff by watching videos. Please recommend informative documentaries or educational videos that can be found on-line. [more inside]
What are some good and/or insightful and/or illuminating business-related documentaries? [more inside]
in '97 or so I saw a documentary about the crew that was stranded aboard MIR when the big political change in Russia occurred around 1990. It was titled something like 'Man out of time,' may have been made by a Czech director, and had as its' central thesis the idea that the guy who was stuck up there while the Soviet Union became Russia was a time traveler. What the hell is the exact name of this flick?
UK documentary t.v. filter.. Can anyone point me to a place where I can buy / rent / download / view a copy of Donal Macintyre's Report on Care homes?? [more inside]
"Quiet" documentary recommendations. [more inside]
I am a Maine university student looking to borrow/buy/download a copy of the 1993 video program "Death: The Trip of a Lifetime". [more inside]
A question for camcorder experts: Tell me what camcorder has these precise characteristics... [more inside]
What I should buy for $1,000 in the way of equipment to make a decent-quality documentary film? [more inside]
In a hundred years, they'll be looking for people who had something, anything, to do with Beanie Babies.
Where can I find people who have some relationship to convict-leasing in the southern United States? Are there historical societies (African American or otherwise) that can direct me to older people who can talk about what it was like? Where else can I look? [more inside]
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?
Help me find the name of a relatively famous/successful documentary filmmaker I met in a plane a few months ago! [more inside]
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]
What are some small film/documentary companies that have put their films online for pay download? [more inside]
What was the name of that football (gridiron) documentary series, possibly shown on MTV, that featured an episode on a Hawaiian team living in one of the poorest parts of Hawaii? [more inside]
We just watched the documentary "A Well-Founded Fear" as part of an immigration law class. It's excellent, and highly recommended. It does not, however, show how all of the cases were resolved. Do you know of anywhere we might find this information? [more inside]
Looking for agent of Peter Davis, made Vietnam documentary "Hearts and Minds" in the 70s. [more inside]
I love podcasts, but it very difficult to find new, quality programs. I am looking for broadcasted material on a range of topics - including philosophy, the mind, avantgarde arts and lectures by creative, original thinkers (see my list of current podcasts for detail)... Can you help? [more inside]
Any good books/movies/etc. about the immigration experience for Mexicans in America, particularly southern California? [more inside]
I work for a small Canadian documentary company. We're interested in selling our films via direct download. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
Where can I find good quality free video footage of the "war on terror" for use as b-roll in a documentary? [more inside]
Looking for examples of two types of found footage film/ compilation video. [more inside]
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]
Who holds copyright to Hearts of Darkness^, and why did they block inclusion of the documentary in the recently-released Apocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier DVD set?
I am looking for some good documentaries about outsider artists. Anything you've seen that you've enjoyed or were fascinated by - long and small pieces, pieces about the art and pieces about the artist, old and new. Specifically of artists that are still living and who are interesting characters. Thanks, MeFi.
What is this documentary?: High flying advertising executive tragically becomes a homeless due to mental illness. [more inside]
Where can I find more information about bands and the writing of albums in the studio. [more inside]
How big a deal is it to shoot a documentary in LA and New York without permits? (overseas tv crew) [more inside]