documentaries

Going On A Road Trip With A Large Format Camera And Glass Negatives

A fair number of artists disillusioned with digital are turning to various types of analogue photography these days. In this video produced by Element Skateboards, photographer Brian Gaberman explores the East Coast with some antiquated equipment that produce beautiful results.


This Documentary Explains The Crazy Reality Of Living On Mars

Do you want to go to space? Of course you do, and the fun thing is you (probably) can — if you have lots of money. The good news is that space tourism is getting cheaper and easier, so it’s entirely likely that you might be able to afford it one day. But you probably don’t want to say goodbye to Earth quite yet.


The Incredible Unseen Film Archives Of D.A. Pennebaker And Chris Hegedus

D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus are documentary filmmakers who have recorded 60 years’ worth of memorable folks in some of history’s most culturally significant moments. Reels upon reels of their footage, heaps of which hasn’t been seen in decades, is stored in a Cold War-era limestone mine.


A Short About The Challenge And Beauty Of Large Format Photography

It takes a special kind of masochist to carry around the behemoth that is a large format camera. One such person is Joseph Allen Freeman, a photographer working in the 8 x 10 format. In the short film Through the Ground Glass, by Nick Bolton and Taylor Hawkins, we hear Freeman ruminate about the trials and romanticism of the age-old process.


The Most Famous Drum Machine Ever Made Gets Its Own Documentary

If you’re a fan of hip hop or electronic music, you’ve heard that sick, signature beat of the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. Heck, if you’re a fan of music in general you’ve probably heard it, because the 808 is the most famous drum machine ever made. And now it has its own documentary.


Watch A Man Direct Marble Quarry Excavators With Subtle Hand Gestures

At the Monte Bettolgi quarry in the northern Italian alps, industrial excavators crack massive blocks of marble out of the mountain. The sheer scale of the operation is impressive; even more so considering that one shirtless man orchestrates their movement with super simple hand gestures (minus a few fingertips).


The Concise, Complex Art Of A Successful Creative Brief

Before the creative project there is: the brief. It’s a concise communication nugget developed between a client and an artist, or an architect, or a designer, that clearly lays out the mission for the task at hand. Briefly is a short doc that explores the complexity of this short form through the perspective of six big name professionals.


An Artist Whose Career Is Based Entirely On Other People's Photographs

Why take photos when millions upon millions of people are taking billions upon billions of them every single day, of every subject imaginable? Artist Joachim Schmid has been obsessed with other people’s photos for years, collecting and re-packaging them as art objects. This great video from the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Invisible Photograph series takes a look at Schmid’s odd practice.


How A Country That Has No New Bike Parts Fixes Its Bicycles

What happens if you live in Cuba and your bike breaks down? It’s not like you can hop on the Internet and get two day shipping for a new bike. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible to score new bike parts. What you have to do is find a guy who knows another guy who might have some parts of the part you need.


How A Documentary About Eskimos Explains Our Stupid Reality TV Obsession

We can trace the world’s obsession with curvaceous humanoids like Kim Kardashian and mannequin dolls named after cities and hotel chains back to the first documentary ever made: Nanook of the North. It was a documentary that faked the life of eskimos to entertain people.