Mondo Aficionado: Documentaries on Fandom

Documentary titles that look at diehard fans, cult followings, and conventions.

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1.
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary of the story behind Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. (106 mins.)
 
2.
Alien Encounters: Superior Fan Power Since 1979 (2014 Documentary)
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This entirely new ALIEN documentary is a tribute to the cast and crews of the Alien films by the audience themselves - the fans... (85 mins.)
 
3.
A Brony Tale (2014 Documentary)
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As voice actor Ashleigh Ball prepares to visit Bronycon, the unusual fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is explored. (79 mins.)
Director: Brent Hodge
 
4.
Who's Changing: An Adventure in Time with Fans (2014 Documentary)
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A documentary about the changing face of the fans of Doctor Who, the hit BBC science fiction drama series. (81 mins.)
 
5.
FANomenon (2013 Documentary)
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Fanomenon follows rural retail worker Suzie as she goes on a quest to meet her hero, a fictional space explorer... (51 mins.)
Director: Lynne Carter
 
6.
Legends of the Knight (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary about the power of storytelling to create positive change in our lives and around the world, expressed through the lens of one of the most popular stories of our time - the Batman. (76 mins.)
Director: Brett Culp
 
7.
My Other Me: A Film About Cosplayers (2013 Documentary)
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Teens and young adults discovering their true identities while dressing up as fictional characters. (85 mins.)
Director: Josh Laner
 
8.
Springsteen & I (2013 Documentary)
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For 40 years Bruce Springsteen has influenced fans from all over. His songs defined more than a generation. This film gives the fans just as much time as The Boss himself, with never shown footage and live performances from his last tour. (124 mins.)
Director: Baillie Walsh
 
9.
America's Parking Lot (2012 Documentary)
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Take a front row seat as Cy and Tiger, two die-hard fans of 'America's Team' and leaders of the legendary 'Gate 6' tailgate party... (70 mins.)
Director: Jonny Mars
 
10.
Backyard Blockbusters (2012 Documentary)
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Batman versus the Predator? It happened. Raiders of the Lost Ark remade by kids? It happened. For years... (95 mins.)
Director: John E. Hudgens
 
11.
Beast Wishes (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary about Bob and Kathy Burns, the goodwill ambassadors of science fiction film fandom. (63 mins.)
 
12.
Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony (2012 Documentary)
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Profiling the cross-demographic fanaticism for the ostensibly girl-orientated television series, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. (90 mins.)
 
13.
Get a Life! (2012 Documentary)
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An EPIX Original documentary directed by William Shatner, based on his hugely popular book, in which he examines the cultural phenomena of STAR TREK, its fan-following and his own role within it. In HD. (60 mins.)
Director: William Shatner
 
14.
American Juggalo (2011 Documentary)
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A look at the often mocked and misunderstood subculture of Juggalos, hardcore Insane Clown Posse fans, who meet once a year for 4 days at The Gathering of the Juggalos. (24 mins.)
Director: Sean Dunne
 
15.
Back to Space-Con (2011 Documentary)
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On February 22, 1975, Northern California's very first Star Trek convention was held at Lincoln High School in San Francisco... (74 mins.)
Director: Tom Wyrsch
 
16.
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011 Documentary)
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A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention. (88 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
 
17.
ComicCosplay (2011 Documentary)
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Documentary which follows the lives of "Cosplayers" from making their costumes, to attending the comic conventions. (118 mins.)
Director: Dave Edwards
 
18.
Cosplayers UK: The Movie (2011 Documentary)
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The movie followed a small selection of talented cos-players as they took part in May 2011 MCM Expo and showcased their costumes in the Masquerade. (83 mins.)
 
19.
Out of the Crowd (2011 Documentary)
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Interweaves the stories of three music fans, representing different generations and genres. These fans... (28 mins.)
Director: Anna Gilpatrick
 
20.
Jedi Junkies (2010 Documentary)
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A film about the world's most dedicated Star Wars fans. From lightsaber wielding martial arts academies... (75 mins.)
Director: Mark Edlitz
 
21.
The People vs. George Lucas (2010 Documentary)
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An examination of the widespread fan disenchantment with George Lucas. (93 mins.)
 
22.
Trek Nation (2010 Documentary)
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The son of the creator of "Star Trek" explores his father's famous creation and how it has effected people. (88 mins.)
Director: Scott Colthorp
 
23.
The Way He Makes Them Feel: A Michael Jackson Fan Documentary (2010 Documentary)
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Documentary chronicling the lives of Michael Jackson fans, and how one man impacted the world in so many unexpected ways. (75 mins.)
 
24.
The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans (2009 Documentary)
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The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans by director Eddie Chung, follows the intertwining lives and sub-culture of "Achievers," fans of "The Big Lebowski." (70 mins.)
Director: Eddie Chung
 
25.
Ladies in Blue (2009 Documentary)
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In the 1960s, young women fainted during the shows of Quebec crooner Michel Louvain, who has been a heartthrob for 52 years... (88 mins.)
Director: Claude Demers
 
26.
Lost in Fansubs (2009 Documentary)
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Documenting the growing trend in American Cosplay (Costume Play). (60 mins.)
 
27.
Macheads (2009 Documentary)
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A exploration of the fanaticism that surrounds the Apple brand, featuring interviews with Mac evangelists and members of the Mac community. (54 mins.)
Director: Kobi Shely
 
28.
Indyfans and the Quest for Fortune and Glory (2008 Documentary)
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The definitive look at the legacy left behind by everyone's favorite Archaeologist, Indiana Jones. (79 mins.)
Director: Brandon Kleyla
 
29.
It's Only Rock'n Roll (But I Like Keith) (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary about adults behaving like teenagers. Two years of shooting for a film dedicated to passion/obsession... (68 mins.)
Director: Piergiorgio Gay
 
30.
The Posters Came from the Walls (2008 Documentary)
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Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and collaborator Nicholas Abrahams explore the trans formative power of music through stories of faith and devotion from Depeche Mode fans across the globe. (72 mins.)
 
31.
The Secret World of Superfans (2008 Documentary)
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A documentary on people obsessed with pop-culture heroes. (89 mins.)
Director: Sam Okun
 
32.
Song Sung Blue (2008 Documentary)
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An inspiring account of Milwaukee's Neil Diamond tribute band/husband and wife singing duo, Lightning & Thunder, and their tragic love story. (85 mins.)
Director: Greg Kohs
 
33.
We Are Wizards (2008 Documentary)
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This documentary looks at Harry Potter fans and the musical acts inspired by the novels. (79 mins.)
Director: Josh Koury
 
34.
The Wizard Rockumentary: A Movie About Rocking and Rowling (2008 Documentary)
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Banding together to enjoy Harry Potter and promote literacy and indie music, these young musicians perform across the U.S.... (92 mins.)
 
35.
Heart of an Empire (2007 Documentary)
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"Heart Of An Empire" is a documentary about the global Star Wars fan group and Stormtrooper costume enthusiasts known as the "501st". (113 mins.)
Director: Jay Thompson
 
36.
IRL (In Real Life) (2007 Documentary)
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The first feature-length documentary to take on the subject of online relationships, IRL (In Real Life) chronicles the life... (55 mins.)
 
37.
Mathematically Alive: A Story of Fandom (2007 Documentary)
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Mathematically Alive - A Story of Fandom Joseph Coburn & Katherine Foronjy This engaging documentary... (94 mins.)
 
38.
Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of 'Firefly' and 'Serenity' (2006 Documentary)
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Firefly and Serenity have grown beyond the genius of Joss Whedon. The words Firefly and Browncoat have come to symbolize a sense of community... (79 mins.)
 
39.
For the Love of Dolly (2006 Documentary)
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This documentary, filmed over the course of a year, focuses on the lives of five of Dolly Parton's biggest fans...
Director: Tai Uhlmann
 
40.
Galaxy's End: Revenge of the Myth (2006 Documentary)
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"Seven years ago, fans were giddy with anticipation for the Prequel trilogy, but now that there aren't any new theatrical films to look forward to... (72 mins.)
Director: Jeff Cioletti
 
41.
Ringers: Lord of the Fans (2005 Documentary)
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'Ringers: Lord of the Fans' is a feature-length documentary that explores how "The Lord of the Rings" has influenced Western popular culture over the past 50 years. (97 mins.)
Director: Carlene Cordova
 
42.
Star Wait (2005 Documentary)
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The new Star Wars film arrived on May 16 - so why not line up on the streets 6 weeks before? Hundreds of people in Hollywood did just that...
Director: Michael Rotman
 
43.
Kiss Loves You (2004 Documentary)
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Ten years in the making, KISS Loves You is a film that began back in 1994 when the band KISS was at... (73 mins.)
Director: Jim Heneghan
 
44.
Otaku Unite! (2004 Documentary)
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Otaku Unite! is a feature-length documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United... (70 mins.)
Director: Eric Bresler
 
45.
Trekkies 2 (2004 Documentary)
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Denise Crosby takes another look at the huge Star Trek fans and how the series from around the world has affected and shaped their lives. (93 mins.)
Director: Roger Nygard
 
46.
Cult Culture: The Poseidon Adventure (2003 Documentary)
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Well done documentary on the fans of The Poseidon Adventure. First half features the 30th anniversary... (60 mins.)
 
47.
Fanalysis (2002 Documentary)
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Actor/cult icon Bruce Campbell examines the world of fan conventions and what makes a fan into a fanatic. (20 mins.)
Director: Bruce Campbell
 
48.
Fans and Freaks: The Culture of Comics and Conventions (2002 Documentary)
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Fans and Freaks: The Culture of Comics and Conventions is a romp through the fantastic world of science fiction, anime, fantasy, and horror fandom. (80 mins.)
 
49.
The PhanDom Menace (2002 Documentary)
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The PhanDom Menace presents the definitive look at the most devoted fans on the planet. Follow the lives... (62 mins.)
 
50.
A Galaxy Far, Far Away (2001 Documentary)
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A cross country exploration into the forces that attracts so many to the Star Wars mythos. (62 mins.)
Director: Tariq Jalil
 
51.
Starwoids (2001 Documentary)
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Noah might have traveled for 40 days and nights in search of land, but did he ever wait 42 straight days and nights for a movie... (80 mins.)
Director: Dennis Przywara
 
52.
Tribute (2001 Documentary)
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Tribute is a feature rockumentary about music's strangest subculture: tribute bands. Tribute bands go... (90 mins.)
Director: Kris Curry, Rich Fox
 
53.
Millennium's End: The Fandom Menace (2000 Documentary)
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Millennium's End: The Fandom Menace is a documentary chronicling the anticipation for Star Wars, Episode...
Director: Jeff Cioletti
 
54.
A Regular Frankie Fan (2000 Documentary)
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The fans speak out about their favorite obsession. (72 mins.)
Director: Scott Mabbutt
 
55.
Trekkies (1997 Documentary)
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Denice Crosby takes a first look at the huge fans of Star Trek and how the series from around America has affected and shaped their lives. (86 mins.)
Director: Roger Nygard
 
56.
Tie-died: Rock 'n Roll's Most Deadicated Fans (1995 Documentary)
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Filmed during the Grateful Dead's 1994 summer tour, this film chronicles the lives of the "Deadheads"--... (80 mins.)
Director: Andrew Behar
 
57.
Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986 Documentary)
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A look at the wild scene outside a Judas Priest concert (17 mins.)
 
58.
The Rocky Horror Treatment (1981 Documentary)
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(22 mins.)
Director: Don Kline