An act of civil obedience.
Kids with cameras drive the speed limit en masse, thereby blocking traffic and raising questions not only about the difference between de facto and de jure speed limits, but also about how incredibly pissed I'd be had I been behind them. [via]
posted by Sticherbeast
on Mar 1, 2006 -
A Blinding Flash of the Obvious
"The city is too beautiful of a city to be known around the world as the capital of exclusion and intolerance." He was right.
Now, a 22-minute film documents the successful fight to repeal an anti-gay ordinance in Cincinnati last year. The campaign was successful because it was honest, and because it included people of faith
posted by tizzie
on Feb 16, 2006 -
is Donald Sutherland's latest film documentary being hosted by PBS. Like his previous film
on PBS, this one too is a tough but real story of American life. It focuses on the coming of age of two boys in rural Kentucky. You can watch the full program
online (the third part will be released tomorrow).
posted by allkindsoftime
on Jan 11, 2006 -
A one hour analysis of 9/11 and how it is more likely than not that the government was actually behind the attacks. A documentary analyzing the footage and presenting an alternative view to the official version.
posted by zeerobots
on Nov 11, 2005 -
This award winning CBC radio series incorporates interviews, music and sound to explore the impact of electricity on music, from Edison to Caruso to Les Paul to Bjork. Exhaustively researched and beautifully produced, it's somewhere between a documentary, a remix and a music show. The home site has excerpts, playlists, and the remix from each show, but you can listen
to all eight episodes in their entirely at PRX (you'll need to login
posted by Turtles all the way down
on Oct 21, 2005 -
Capitalism and other kids stuff
Four UK based socialists produced this hour long documentary in which some of the problems of capitalism are presented in a simplified, kindergarten model. Tought provoking, incomplete but NOT derailing into bipartisan hate for a change ..an hour well spent IMHO.
You can also DL it with Bittorrent
program.. a good reason to install it (5 minutes ) and witness how a distributed cooperative program such as Bittorrent can do wonders.
posted by elpapacito
on May 30, 2005 -
Whole: A Documentary
Currently airing on the Sundance Channel
, Whole is a documentary about people
who either have or want to become voluntary amputees
(concept previously discussed here
.) Director Melody Gilbert examines the condition and its implications in interviews with doctors, amputees and "wannabes" like Baz, who froze his own leg with dry ice to make himself feel whole. Gilbert also directed the documentary
about even crazier people: people who want to get married at the Mall of America.
posted by dios
on May 9, 2005 -
Hello to the Krilcic family. Ten years after we last saw you we are alive and well. And I hope you are. We would like to hear from you and see you. Goodbye.
In each episode of Videoletters
, two former neighbors, friends or colleagues separated by the Bosnian war exchange video messages. Since 1999, two filmmakers
have been helping people from across the former Yugoslavia find and reconnect with one another in this way, often with heart-breaking results. Watch a sample episode here
about two young men, Vlada (a Serb) and Ivica (a Croat), whose families were close friends when the war began. [Bit more inside]
posted by Ljubljana
on Apr 29, 2005 -
A few of you may have seen this trailer
on Kottke's site
yesterday, but its just to wonderful to miss. "Mad Hot Ballroom" is a new Paramount Classics documentary about a junior competitive ballroom dancing circuit up north. To state the completely obvious, its like a "Spellbound
" with the kids dancing instead of spelling.
posted by JPowers
on Apr 6, 2005 -
Big Fun in the Big Town
Incredible German-produced documentary on hip hop and NY street culture from 1986. Features interviews and performances from Grandmaster Flash, Doug E Fresh, Run DMC, Roxanne Shante & Biz Markie, Schoolly D, and more.
posted by svidrigailov23
on Feb 26, 2005 -
The Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Documentary
is going to be an interesting project. Filmmaker Eric Steel applied for a permit to film the Golden Gate Bridge
in San Francisco for a year, saying he was trying to "capture the grandeur" of the bridge. But what he actually ended up doing was capture 19 suicides and many attempts. He is now working on a feature-length documentary about these suicides, and has 100 hours of interviews with family members, psychiatrists, and some of the people who attempted suicide but didn't follow through. Now that he's revealed what his documentary is and what it will be about, a lot of people are pretty ticked off.
posted by jscott
on Feb 2, 2005 -
We Were All On That Train
If any adventurous film festival directors happen to be reading, a Spanish production company called Docus Madrid has just released a fine documentary
, comprising 24 short films, about the terrorist train attacks in March. The pressbook can be downloaded from the home page in MS Word, in English: otherwise, it's all in Spanish. Ticket money goes to relatives of the victims.
posted by Holly
on Feb 2, 2005 -
Into the realm of Henry Darger
When Henry Darger died in Chicago
on April 13, 1973, he was a destitute man whose final days were spent at a home for the elderly. Now, 30 years later, Darger ranks among the greatest outsider artists
America has ever seen
Found in the astounding clutter of Darger's one-room apartment was a 15,000-page fantasy epic, bound by hand in 15 volumes, titled "The Story of the Vivian Girls
, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion
." Along with this were three separate volumes filled with 300 drawings, including 87 multi-sheet horizontal panels
, some 12 feet long with drawings on both sides
The discovery of Darger's NSFW work
spawned numerous books, a play, a British rock band (the Vivian Girls
), and an excellent y2karl MetaFilter post
. And now there's also Jessica Yu's documentary
"In the Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger
," a portrait of the reclusive artist
that has been shortlisted for the upcoming Academy Award nominations
. Again, Darger's art can be disturbing and must be considered not safe for work (more inside)
posted by matteo
on Jan 14, 2005 -
The Choice: 2004
. Frontline documentary. First aired on PBS earlier this week, the full two-hours is now available online. Examines the lives of Sen. John Kerry and President Bush -- from their days at Yale through their military experience and the political world. NPR interview
about the show.
posted by stbalbach
on Oct 16, 2004 -
America at 10 MPH:
Josh Caldwell is riding a Segway from Seattle to Boston. He's already gone over 2800 miles. [This project is independent of Segway.]
posted by kirkaracha
on Oct 14, 2004 -
Bush Junta: A Field Guide to Corruption in Government
- A substantial visual document (200 pages of comics from Fantagraphics, fact-checked with an extensive bibliography; the link goes to a number of sample pages) on the Bush Dynasty, from its beginnings benefitting off of Hitler and WW2 (that entire piece, which is printed in english, is posted in its original dutch online here
), to the Bush's connection to Reagan's assassination, CIA and Iran-Contra, ending with the unsettling origins and profiles of the current administration. A great election primer, featuring comics and art by Steve Brodner, Ralph Steadman, Spain Rodriguez and many others. (Amazon link
provided for a better description)
posted by Peter H
on Oct 11, 2004 -
Normal for Us: The Millter Twins
This is a pretty amazing documentary, made by Eric Cain for Oregon Public Broadcasting, about twins Michelle and Mariya Miller and their family. The girls were born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and therefore have never been able to walk. The parents were determined to have their daughters live life and so developed unique motorized transports and a home that accomodates their needs. In a tiny town in Alaska. Talk about pulling the tears right out of their ducts!
posted by billsaysthis
on Sep 16, 2004 -
The Road to Tyranny
(Realvideo). A sensational and informative film by Alex Jones
. Ignore the presentation, or, consider it entertainment if you wish, but there's some pretty good content in there including some surprising news footage from the aftermath of the OKC bombing 19 minutes in.
posted by euphorb
on Jul 13, 2004 -
is a documentary about Oscar nominee/animator Ryan Larkin, who now panhandles on the streets of Montreal. A preview clip is at the far right of the photo gallery.
posted by disgruntled
on Jun 4, 2004 -