There was a point where I would roll my eyes at the thought of watching documentaries on purpose. Why be educational when I could be entertained? However, the quality of documentary film-making has really given other Hollywood films a challenge in the last few years. Maybe your new year’s resolution was to expand your mind and educate yourself, and the price tag of grad school was not in your budget. So, here are some of the best documentaries that I’ve discovered recently, all on Netflix Streaming and are easy to find.
Explores the accidental filming of the world of Los Angeles street-based artists and the elusive Banksy. Raises the timeless question, “what is considered art?”
A church in Texas goes balls-out every year creating a live-action performance “Haunted House” warning the community about the dangers of “sinning”, including drug use, homosexuality, suicide, abortion, among others. Why do they do it? Why do tens of thousands of people flock to it every year?
An artist creates a large-scale art installation by gathering an underground society of more than a 100 people and filming them 24-7. Why? Because he can, and because we all secretly love being voyeurs.
For every viral video you watch, there is a personal story behind its subject. Winnebego Man captures the search to find the subject of one of the first viral videos.
Because I can never get enough of Isaac Mizrahi yelling “Where’s the scrim? I need a scrim!” A hilarious behind the scenes look at fashion week, where everything seems life-or-death.
Documenting the struggles of a group of San Francisco exotic dancers who decide to unionize to gain better wages and sick pay. This film was where I learned most of what I know about bargaining units.
Chronicles the rise to cult status of the so-called worst movie ever made, Troll 2, and the lives of all of those involved with the movie. For anyone that loves a good bad movie.
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