Nestled deep in the Australian Outback is the town of Larrimah and its 11 eccentric residents. When one of them mysteriously disappears into thin air, the remaining residents become suspects and a long history of infighting is unveiled. [more inside]
Beckham: Full Series Season 1, Ep 0
This four-episode documentary series follows the life and career of Mr. Posh Spice, David Beckham. Directed by Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit, Succession, and The Cove), it is an in-depth look at his life both on and off the pitch.
Faking It: All episodes Season 0, Ep 0
Faking It was an early British reality TV show. Its challenge was based on Shaw's Pygmalion: experts get a month to train a member of the public to the point where a panel of their peers would be unable to pick them from a group as an imposter. Often there might be a loose connection between the existing and new occupation of the candidate: "Sheep sheerer to hairdresser" or "Show girl to show jumper", for example. The trainee would live with the experts for the month and would usually undergo a makeover as well as training by actors. After their test - they would return home - either reluctantly or gratefully. [more inside]
Laurel Canyon: Part 2 Season 1, Ep 2
Part 2 of the MGM+ docuseries follows the residents of Laurel Canyon from the late 60s through the mid-70s as they write more political songs and start locking their doors for the first time after frightening neighborhood connections to the Manson Family murders. Footage and stories of Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Altamont, Little Feat, Linda Rondstadt (incl. her role helping start the Eagles), the Doors, Bonnie Raitt, an adorably young Jackson Browne, the love between Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash, the cocaine and ego battles that broke up CSN, and more.
Laurel Canyon: Part 1 Season 1, Ep 1
2-part MGM+ docuseries about the famous LA mountain neighborhood where Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, the Byrds, Love, Crosby/Stills/Nash/Young, the Monkees, the Turtles and many more found cheap housing and creative community in the mid-late 60s. With Mama Cass’s generosity and openness as a central ingredient, Lauren Canyon - above the smog, but also only a few minutes’ drive from the clubs on Sunset Strip - produced an amazing amount of psychedelic folk and rock music. Part 1. 100% on RT. [more inside]
A cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. [more inside]
"This documentary highlights the historical contexts that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have occupied in cinema history, and shows the evolution of the entertainment industry's role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures." Viewable in the US for free on Tubi. Includes a lot of film clips ranging from the earliest US films to the mid 1990s (one is a deleted scene from "Spartacus"!) and interviews with a bunch of writers, directors, actors, and producers.
This documentary tells the extraordinary story of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, of her relentless fight to recover following an assassination attempt in 2011, and her current work as one of the most effective activists in the battle against gun violence. [more inside]
Documentary about young South African Afrikaans trans masc nonbinary person, Miles Kean Cilliers Robinson. [more inside]
The Lady and the Dale: The Lady and the Dale Season 0, Ep 0
Elizabeth Carmichael, a larger-than-life entrepreneur rose to prominence with her promotion of a fuel-efficient, three-wheeled car known as The Dale.
Doglegs is a cheerfully iconoclastic underground scene where the disabled battle the able-bodied - all in the name of exploding stereotypes. When the disabled champ seeks life and love beyond the ring, his idol, the able-bodied organizer, tries to sabotage his bid for independence. In a battle of the human spirit, can the power of disability win our hero his dreamgirl? [more inside]
[TRAILER] At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal" influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. [more inside]
How to Become a Tyrant: Seize Power Season 1, Ep 1
The playbook for how to start a dictatorship and keep power begins with one of history's most brutal, Adolf Hitler.
This Oscar-nominated documentary interviews the men and women who were at Los Alamos during work on the first atomic bomb. Includes the secrecy, lab alcohol-fueled social scene ("their average age was 29"), footage of the bomb, the tense final preparations in a lightning storm, scientists talking about the pride, horror and/or regret they felt in both 1945 and 1981, and more. At Criterion Channel and free on YouTube. [more inside]
Drag performance artist Taylor Mac stages a monumental 24 hour marathon performance, examining the history of America through 24 decades of popular music, from a very queer and personal perspective. [more inside]
MerPeople: (all episodes) Season 1, Ep 1
A four part documentary on Netflix about professional mermaids working at Weeki Wachee Springs and elsewhere. Mermaids of all colors, shapes, sizes and locations (Arkansas!?)! Also involves auditions, tail making, a cruise ship, a pageant competition, and a mermaid reunion. [more inside]
Follows the life of beloved actor and advocate Michael J. Fox, exploring his personal and professional triumphs and travails, and what happens when an incurable optimist confronts an incurable disease. [more inside]
When childhood friends Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett start booking their gag strongman routine on unsuspecting morning news shows, their pranks end up going viral, landing them in federal court with a vengeful media conglomerate. [more inside]
Somerset, England, 2006. Young Oscar Harding's family discovers a mysterious VHS tape made by their neighbor Charles Carson, shutting it, alarmed, off just ten minutes in. Years later, Harding finds the tape and goes down an obsessive rabbit hole upon viewing its bizarre content, including scenes of Carson and his farm, explicit footage of calves being born, comic bits of horses stealing his hat, and footage of deceased loved ones. [more inside]
In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she’s pregnant, one of Andrew’s many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this documentary, a gift to the child. [more inside]
An intimate, all-access documentary that chronicles Lewis Capaldi's journey from a scrappy teen with a viral performance to a Grammy-nominated pop star.
Amidst the darkening backdrop of Delhi's apocalyptic air and escalating violence, two brothers devote their lives to protect one casualty of the turbulent times: the bird known as the Black Kite.
A kaleidoscopic and humanistic view of the Black community in Hale County, Alabama. (Streaming on Criterion)
Lorena: Lorena (2019) Season 1, Ep 0
Lorena Bobbitt became a household name in 1993 when she cut off her husband's penis. She became the butt of jokes as her story became a fixture on cable news. Twenty-five years after the case of Lorena and John Bobbitt, executive producer Jordan Peele reinvestigates the story that made headlines around the world. "Lorena" explores vital moral issues and the missed opportunity for a national discussion about domestic violence and sexual assault that surrounded the scandal. The four-part series, which looks back at the trial and the media coverage of it, includes interviews with the Bobbitts as they look back at the newsmaking incident a quarter-century earlier. Trailer. [more inside]
Cunk on Earth: The Beginnings Season 1, Ep 1
Philomena Cunk's epic 5-part essay on civilization, tracing humanity's journey from prehistory to the present day. [more inside]
Serviced explores touch based service businesses including cuddling, erotic massage, sex surrogacy and sex work. (NSFW: nudity [butts], talk of sex work) [more inside]
Follows events and characters surrounding the January 6th, 2021 insurrection of the U.S. Capital Building in the days preceding the attack. From Andrew Callaghan of Channel 5 and All Gas No Breaks. Available on HBO. (Trailer) [more inside]
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. [more inside]
A documentary about the experiences of black gay men living in the United States of America in the late 1980s. Trailer [more inside]
A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. Trailer. [more inside]
A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life in 1920s Moscow, Kharkiv, Kyiv and Odesa with dazzling invention. [more inside]
Kon Ichikawa examines the beauty and rich drama on display at the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo, creating a record of observations that range from the expansive to the intimate. Trailer. [more inside]
A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity, and the relationship between them. Trailer. [more inside]
A documentary following the former US Marine and world record weightlifter Janae Kroczaleski shortly after she is outed as transgender and loses her sponsors. Trailer. [more inside]
In 1993, 16-year-old Brandon Lee enrolled at Bearsden Academy, a secondary school in a well-to-do suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. What followed over the next two years would become the stuff of legend. [more inside]
Black gay prostitute Jason Holliday is rigorously interviewed on his story and character, revealing nuanced truths about life and art. Trailer. [more inside]
Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida. [more inside]
A feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not commit. [more inside]
A concert film for the rock group Talking Heads, filmed while on tour in 1983 to promote Speaking in Tongues. [more inside]
On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.
[TRAILER] An 1867 painting by Jean-Francois Millet inspired septuagenarian documentarian Agnes Varda to cross the French countryside to videotape people who scavenge. Taking everything from surplus in the fields, to rubbish in trashcans, to oysters washed up after a storm, the "gleaners" range from those sadly in need to those hoping to recreate the community activity of centuries past, and still others who use whatever they find to cobble together a rough art. Highlighted by Varda's amusing narration. [more inside]
[TRAILER] In the 1980s a bunch of underground cartoonists parodied a popular doll. The resulting commercial product tapped into the international kid zeitgeist. Celebrate their gross-out greatness with artist interviews, superfan collections, and more. [more inside]
[TRAILER] Favio Chavez guides the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. A documentary in Spanish by Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley. [more inside]
Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls (1995) was met by critics and audiences with near universal derision. You Don't Nomi traces the film's redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic, and maybe even masterpiece. [more inside]
[TRAILER] In a historical vegetable garden on a Dutch estate, the 85 year-old pruning master and the gardener tend to the espaliers. As they prune, the men chat about food, the weather, the world and they share their knowledge of horticulture. Fifteen years they have spent working on the pear arbour. Will it finally close over this year? [more inside]
[TRAILER] In the center of the story is the life of the indigenous people of the village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei in the Siberian Taiga. The camera follows the protagonists in the village over a period of a year. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions. A documentary film directed by Dmitry Vasyukov, with English narration written and voiced by Werner Herzog. [more inside]
With "sealfies" and social media, a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit is wading into the world of activism, using humor and reason to confront aggressive animal rights vitriol and defend their traditional hunting practices. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy. [more inside]
A documentary about the closure of General Motors' plant at Flint, Michigan, which resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of filmmaker Michael Moore to get an interview with GM CEO Roger Smith. [more inside]
The Found Footage Phenomenon is an independent documentary charting the origins of the found footage sub-genre, tracking it through to the technique's current form, and asking what the future is. [more inside]