The Area...Amazing and powerful work from the good folks behind "The Grid" project, based out of Chicago. Dont know who did what on this one, but Brian Ashby who did scrappers was one of the people involved. So gritty and real, and I love the style and the voices that are featured, definitely check this out...https://vimeo.com/59895906
This is a topic where you can say which documentary has really impressed you, and why people should see it. Can be a recent one or an all-time favourite. Can't be your own though, sorry...
We also have a Documentary Films topic for our Professionals where the debate is private and possibly more controversial. This topic here is for recommendations to the documentary-interested public.
This topic is for praising the work of others, not your own. If you want to beat the drum for your own documentary, please don't do it here. Enthusiasts use our Public Classifieds, and Professionals have their own Shameless Self-Promotion topic.
wow John, thanks so much for posting the "Landfill Harmonic" trailer. Incredibly inspiring.
The Act of Killing which I saw on Sunday at NDND is excellent filmmaking though I have major qualms about giving voice to the perpetrators without any voices of the victims. In a way, it felt like propaganda for the victors with only a few moments that reveal the insanity, e.g. the scene with the talk show host.
Here is a full set of links to the seminal 70's BBC series of John Berger's "Ways of Seeing", directed by Mike Dibb.
In reply to Robert Goodman's post on Tue 26 Mar 2013 :
Word around the campfire says, that they will start production off part two soon... the victim's point of view
Not sure that's true. Given this was 7 years in process and it's still not safe there for victims. I think the thought is there to do something.
Fascinating film about American Roma, more commonly refereed to as "Gypsies". There are quite a few documentaries about Roma including Roma in America, but this is perhaps the only one made by a Roma filmmaker.
You can see the full version at www.vimeo.com/ondemand/4thnail
Here's a classic for anyone who loves the movies: Angela Christlieb & Stephen Kijak's CINEMANIA
Don't just take my word for it:
We loved it! These characters in Cinemania, have clearly crossed over some line and can no longer be considered normal or sane. After watching your film, we are ready to cross that line ourselves. (D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus)
It's for free on Vimeo, but if you enjoy it please make a contribution to their tip jar
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More great freebies from Doc Alliance – Dutch master Bert Haanstra
If you haven't seen American Movie (1999), then check it out. It is hilarious! You can find the trailer at the top of this page: http://www.jakevanvuuren.com/docs.html
I have 10 favorite docs on my site. Not my Top 10, just docs that's worthy of checking out!
A classic short now made available online by the Criterion Collection, Alain Resnais' 1956 Toute la mémoire du monde
It's a film many here on The D-Word appreciate. Why would you recommend it?
I'd recommend it because it's damn interesting. The filmmaker actually enlisted homeless subjects and trained them to use the camera equipment. It's set in the "Freedom Tunnel",which in this context is an ironic name. There was a whole underground subculture down there. You haven't seen it yet? Or you just wanted my opinion?
Well the purpose of this Public Topic is to recommend films to a wider public so it's of interest to hear why a particular film has been chosen. As it happens, it's been on my watch list for years but I've yet to see it.
Go watch it then what are you waiting for? Movies don't age like wine. They don't go bad either.
It comes with the territory.
Meanwhile, another great offer from Doc Alliance – a clutch of films streaming for free by French master filmmaker Nicolas Philibert – including the celebrated ”Etre et Avoir”
In reply to Jake van Vuuren's post on Thu 30 May 2013 : interesting list. are those actually your favorites, or ones you think are important for reasons other than watchability or enjoyment?
I am seeking recommendations/suggestions for biographical (better) or autobiographical documentaries about people in a SCIENTIFIC discipline.
Perfect suggestions would be films made by other people about a scientist after their death. ((Astronauts, Engineers, Mathematicians, Physicists, Chemists, etc...))
The Day After Trinity, about Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, prod/dir Jon Else.
This sounds like fun: How two Iranian brothers created one of the world's first travel documentaries
"ELENA, a film by Petra Costa" – This documentary is getting a lot of attention here in Brazil. It's the most watched documentary of the year over here (> 50.000 viewers).
I met Petra at the Tribeca Film Festival a little over a year ago and first heard about it there. Sounded fascinating. Hope it finds its way to the U.S. (and NY City).
Doug, the NY Premiere of Elena will happen this next saturday: August 10, 8:00PM @ Rooftop Films Summer Series – http://rooftopfilms.ticketleap.com/rooftop-films-elena/
Was blown away and very moved by Wim Wenders' doc "Pina" about brilliant choreographer Pina Bausch and her dance company: http://www.pina-film.de/en/trailer.html
In reply to Elizabeth Yoffe 's post on Tue 13 Aug 2013 :
Me too! Such a beautiful film!
Here's my list – I can't believe it's from 2009 – seems like I wrote it yesterday – that's what working on movies will do – the year goes a way and instead of the Jurassic or Mesozoic era it's this firm or that film's era.
Here's my quick list, especially for anyone nervous or hesitant to give documentaries a try (favorites and 'must-sees'): http://www.theextraordinarilyordinary.com/2013/03/13/watch-these-docs/
There has never been a straight forward fact based presentation in either movies or documentaries on Combat PTSD. I attempted to air one on public television in Arizona and it was pulled for reasons of to much factual content?????????? Anyways, I live in Virginia now I am going to put together another one, is there anyone out there that would like to help? Thank you. I just joined The D Word today and I hope to meet some of you incredible folks in order to learn more about the business.
Good to hear from you, David. As this Topic is primarily to recommend films that have impressed you, your request would probably have been better placed in Introduce Yourself Topic, but as it's here now we'll leave it.
More docs streaming for free on the excellent Doc Alliance site – the current offer includes the highly entertaining "Broadway Black Sea" by Vitaly Mansky
Krzysztof Kieslowski's second film Urzad / Office made when he was still at film school
In reply to John Burgan's post on Thu 5 Dec 2013 :
Brilliant. And, his voice in the beginning is so clear and rich-sounding.
In reply to John Burgan's post on Thu 5 Dec 2013 :
the slate says that little doc was directed by Peter Wintonick.
This is the true story of Kendrick, a young, black calf roper grafting through the local, all-white rodeo circuits in the southern United States. He practices and competes relentlessly, with dreams of one day making it to the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas.
Winner of "Best Documentary" and "Best Cinematography" at the One Club One Screen Awards. Official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, 2013 SXSW Film Festival, and the 2013 True/False Film Festival.
The film is currently being developed into the feature documentary "Rookie" (working title).
Film by Indian filmmaker Supriyo Sen on the curious rituals of the Wagah border ceremony
In reply to John Burgan's post on Thu 6 Feb 2014 :
Fascinating--thanks for posting that.