Design/Art Documentaries

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Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011 Documentary)
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The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers... (85 mins.)
 
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Objectified (2009 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. (75 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
 
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Bauhaus: The Face of the 20th Century (1994 Documentary)
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(50 mins.)
 
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Helvetica (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture. (80 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
 
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Welcome to Macintosh (2008 Documentary)
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Filmmakers Robert Baca and Josh Rizzo offer an entertaining look into the world and history of Apple, Inc. (90 mins.)
 
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Design & Thinking (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on design thinking and its impact on society and businesses. (74 mins.)
Director: Mu-Ming Tsai
 
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Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
 
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The Cool School (2008 Documentary)
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How LA Learned to Love Modern Art. A lesson in how a few renegade artists built an art scene from scratch. (86 mins.)
Director: Morgan Neville
 
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Art & Copy (2009 Documentary)
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ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE... (89 mins.)
Director: Doug Pray
 
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Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (2008 Documentary)
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Profiles Milton Glaser (1929- ), America's foremost graphic designer: designer of the iconic "I [heart] N.Y." logo... (73 mins.)
Director: Wendy Keys
 
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Bomb It (2007 Documentary)
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Tells the story of contemporary graffiti, tracing its roots in ancient rock paintings through Picasso to its place in hip-hop culture in 1970's New York City. (93 mins.)
Director: Jon Reiss
 
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Beautiful Losers (2008 Documentary)
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This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world. (90 mins.)
 
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How to Draw a Bunny (2002 Documentary)
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Interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, James Rosenquist and others help illuminate the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson. (90 mins.)
Director: John Walter
 
14.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
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Painters Painting (1973 Documentary)
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The definitive documentary on the New York School Painters. Featuring footage of all the major figures of the New York Art Scene between 1940-1970, showing many of the artists before they became famous. (116 mins.)
 
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Between the Folds (2008 Documentary)
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Depicts a cast of fine artists and eccentric scientists (from MIT and NASA) who have devoted their lives to the unlikely medium of modern origami... (56 mins.)
Director: Vanessa Gould
 
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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010 Documentary)
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Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast... (88 mins.)
Director: Tamra Davis
 
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The Art of the Steal (2009 Documentary)
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Documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art. (101 mins.)
Director: Don Argott
 
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The September Issue (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue. (90 mins.)
Director: R.J. Cutler
 
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Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001 Documentary)
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Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature. (90 mins.)
 
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Herb & Dorothy (2008 Documentary)
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Herb and Dorothy Vogel redefine what it means to be an art collector. (87 mins.)
Director: Megumi Sasaki
 
22.
The Universe of Keith Haring (2008 Documentary)
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A portrait of New York artist Keith Haring. (90 mins.)
 
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Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary on the relationship between curator Sam Wagstaff, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and musician/poet Patti Smith. (77 mins.)
Director: James Crump