Documentary films are one of the hottest genres in the world, and there are many to choose from. Many filmmakers are turning to cinema verite, a style that combines narrative and documentary filmmaking. Others are turning to more esoteric forms of nonfiction. These include the futurist tone poem Koyaanisqatsi, the surrealist parody of over-exoticized travelogues of the time, and the frank bio-doc on Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The Band is an all-star roots outfit, which supported Bob Dylan during his famed period. They play live concerts, but also invite viewers on stage to jam with them. During the late ’80s and early ’90s, Jordan helped create the superstar athlete genre. He was dominant on the basketball court. This documentary uses a mixture of archive clips and never-before-seen footage. It’s an engrossing watch.
A cult film, Koyaanisqatsi explores the symbiosis between humankind and nature. It’s a fascinating portrait of a mystical land, and it’s a riveting watch.
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Another cult favorite is a true crime TV series, Making a Murderer. Based on real events, it follows an unsolved murder from 1969 and links it to accusations against the priests at a local Catholic school. While the film is not flawless, it is certainly thought-provoking. In addition to the engrossing story, it’s the beautiful cinematography and attention to detail that makes it such a memorable work.
If you want to see the truth behind the infamous Bill Gates, you’ll enjoy the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation documentary. Although the film does not cover the entire story, it does give you a glimpse into the lives of Gates and his wife, Melinda.
Joe Exotic is the owner of a zoo in Oklahoma, where caged lions and tigers are often seen. His story is both intriguing and a bit troubling. You can tell he’s not just doing it for show. However, you have to wonder why he’s doing it.
There are a number of films about fracking, but the most compelling is The Overnighters, which explores the economic struggles of the town of Williston, North Dakota. Marc Singer spent three years filming the documentary and befriended several of the residents, who were all in search of jobs. Ultimately, it’s their stories that captivate the viewer, revealing a world of deceit and silence.
While some may find the film’s subject matter a bit too gruesome, it is certainly a compelling and thought-provoking watch. As a matter of fact, the documentary was filmed partly with an iPhone.
If you’re looking for a well-told, genuinely funny, and genuinely thought-provoking documentary, you’ll probably find plenty to love in Muscle Shoals. The movie is a great example of documentary filmmaking, with a great screenplay and excellent cinematography.
And if you’re looking for a more artistic, intimate view of the world, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in Dark Days. Director Marc Singer made the documentary to help homeless people, but he ended up capturing a very intimate and evocative view of the City.