This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. [more inside]
This documentary traces the meteoric rise and precipitous fall of football star Johnny Manziel via interviews with friends, coaches and Manziel himself. [more inside]
Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones adapts The 1619 Project (previously, previously) for a limited Hulu series. [more inside]
Soul Power is a 2008 documentary film about the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa, featuring James Brown, B.B. King, Celia Cruz, Miriam Makeba, and Bill Withers (and more, including many Zairean artists) which accompanied the Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight boxing championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in October 1974. The film was made from archival footage; other footage shot at the time focusing on the fight was edited to form the film When We Were Kings. [more inside]
A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now (or circa 2001, anyway), the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl. [more inside]
Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more. [more inside]
Documentary following singer Madonna on her controversial Blond Ambition tour in 1990. [more inside]
David Markey's documentary of life on the road with Sonic Youth and Nirvana during their tour of Europe in late 1991. Also featuring live performances by Dinosaur Jr, Babes In Toyland, The Ramones, and Gumball. [more inside]
A 2016 documentary about the world of show chickens and the people who love them. Three participants breed, raise, and care for many varieties of chickens as they prepare to compete in a US national poultry show.
Recounted mostly through animation to protect his identity, Amin looks back over his past as a child refugee from Afghanistan as he grapples with a secret he's kept hidden for 20 years. [more inside]
"Traces the roots and history of this iconic musical legend with rare live and studio performances of Beefheart, interspersed with contributions from virtually all members of The Magic Band along with a panel of esteemed experts." - Amazon description
A career retrospective of British punk band The Clash, featuring exclusive interviews with the entire band. - IMDB
This film is a documentary about the personalities in, and the music of, the early 1980's Los Angeles punk band X. - IMDB
A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby. - IMDB
"A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded."
The making of Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours in 1976 - 77.
"The tale of the formation, journey and end of the seminal Punk/Reggae band The Slits." - IMDB
An in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band's musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the '70s to their current heavy rock style.
A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
A behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world. Official site, trailer. Trailer on YouTube. Streaming on Amazon Prime and elsewhere. [more inside]
Is anyone interested in talking about an Adam Curtis documentary? (In related questions: does anyone know a way for me to watch parts two and three of All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace? I am willing to pay!) I have been working my way through his catalog (which, taken all in a row, is pretty intense) and would be interested in talking about some of his movies. All Watched Over is my strongest contender, if I can find the other parts. But also The Way of All Flesh, or his film about Nick Leeson, or the Century of the Self... I'm flexible!
Burden of Dreams is a 1982 "making-of" documentary film directed by Les Blank, shot during and about the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, and filmed on location in the jungles of South America. [more inside]
Behind the scenes chronicle of how clash of vision, bad creative decisions, lack of interest and really bad weather plagued the disastrous production of the 1996 adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Arthur Agee and Will Gates, two of Chicago's top high school basketball prospects, face pressure on and off the court in this iconic documentary about sports, family and race. [more inside]
The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung casting director Marion Dougherty, an iconoclast whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood. [more inside]
A documentary about legendary songwriter and 70's icon Paul Williams.