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In August 2008, filmmaker Brian Fender posted an add on Craigslist to solicit volunteers for a documentary project. He invited "subjects" into his living room to strip down and reveal ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Fender
Saving Face (2008)
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On the surface, Matt Kern was a teenager that had everything. He was MVP on his high school football and basketball teams... elected class president... son of respected upper-middle class ... See full summary »

Director: H. James Gilmore
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Director: Tommy Davis
Stars: Wendy Maldonado
Reconvergence (2012)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Reconvergence offers an intriguing exploration of mortality, consciousness and identity in the modern age from the perspectives of four distinct characters: a naturalist, a neuroscientist, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Tyndall
Stars: Eustace Conway, Preston Estep III, S. Waite Rawls III
Documentary | Crime | Drama
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In 1991, Cameron Todd Willingham's three daughters died in a Corsicana, Texas house fire. Tried and convicted for their arson murders, Willingham was executed in February 2004 despite ... See full summary »

Directors: Joe Bailey Jr., Steve Mims
Documentary | Drama
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May 20, 2013--an EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, OK. The magnitude of devastation measured over eight times greater than the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima. As the world watched, one question continued to surface-Where Was God?

Director: Travis Palmer
Stars: Micah Brown, Rhett Burnett, Kari Carmona
The Last Word IV (2008)
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This documentary takes the "Innocent Man on Texas Death Row" tale to a dark corner feared by all - - proving that an innocent man has been executed by the State. A clash between good and ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Quackenbush
Big Like Me (2014)
Documentary | Comedy
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Big Like Me is the story of comedian Greg Bergman's obsessive quest to enlarge his penis. After a failed experiment using pills, pumps and other so-called methods, Bergman travels to a ... See full summary »

Directors: Greg Bergman, Aaron Freese
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The Death of Yugoslavia (TV Mini-Series 1995)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Stars: Blagoje Adzic, Jasushi Akashi, Milan Aksentijevic
Documentary | Biography | Crime

The discovery of the mutilated body of a mentally challenged young mother begins a journey into madness that is so unbelievable the mastermind behind the crime ultimately got away with ... See full summary »

Director: J. David Miles
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21 Up (1977)
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Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a seven-year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Bassett, Symon Basterfield
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Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Christy Lemire, Michael Renov
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The 50 Greatest Documentaries
13 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This countdown voted by the British public was a very interesting countdown. I had an idea of what might be number one, but I wasn't even close. Documentaries are a picture of real life in the lives of others. They had all sorts of things that were documented for TV and film. They had war, political, food issues, historical events, accidents, gun issues, and basically life. The documentaries that featured included: The Fog of War, Nanoon of the North, Driving School, The Human Body, The War Game, Spellbound (not Hitchcock's), The Power of Nightmares, Wife Swap, Around the World in 80 Days (with Michael Palin), Walking with Dinosaurs, Super Size Me, The Family, Farenheit 9/11, The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off, The World At War, Bowling for Columbine, Touching the Void and number one was Seven Up. With contributions by Michael Apted, Sir David Attenborough, Charles Dance, Pam Ferris, James King, Kevin Macdonald, Nell McAndrew, Michael Palin, Sir Jimmy Savile and Morgan Spurlock, and narrated by Zoë Wanamaker. Very good!


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