Art Documentaries

Samurai Sword: Making of a Legend

One weapon has dominated the battlefields of Japan for over a thousand years. It’s known as the Samurai sword and it dates back to before the 10th Century.

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Madman of the Cathedral

There’s a small village on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain called Mejorada del Campo. It’s mostly an unknown location except for one resident who has been building a cathedral there for over fifty years.

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Johnny Physical Lives

Jonathan Adam Neuman began dreaming about becoming a rock star back in the days of the mix tapes. He loved listening to Buddy Holly’s songs.

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Babel Village

When he hit 42, Nikolay Polissky decided to change his life. He had been a very successful artist up until then, but he wanted to take his talent a step further.

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The AutistiX

What can happen when three young men decide to stop seeing their condition as a limitation and instead see it as a gift?

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Hollywood’s Greatest Trick

Visual effects artists work behind the scene creating some of the most iconic and mind-blowing effects in the movies we love.

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What is Kung Fu?

This short documentary film explores the diversity that is found within the Chinese martial art of Kung Fu. Seven practitioners and masters were interviewed for the film and each one described what the art means to him or her personally. 

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American Juggalo 2

You can’t describe what it means to be a Juggalo; it’s beyond comprehension and reasoning. This short film is a sequel to Sean Dunne’s popular first project (watch the first American Juggalo here) where he brought to light the subculture of the Juggalos.

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Dear Governor Cuomo

Ban Fracking Now

Hydraulic facturing, also known as fracking, raised more debate in New York City than any other issue in recent history.  Since 2005, gas companies started leasing land in New York to frack. 

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Hans Zimmer Revealed

There are only a few words that can accurately define Hans Zimmer. He is the nicest person around and he is a genius.

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Dance of the Little Swans

Thousands of dancers apply every year for admittance into the Vaganova Ballet Academy but only a few make it in because it’s difficult and it’s gruesome.

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Earthships

Self-Sustaining Homes for a Post-Apocalyptic US?

The State of New Mexico gave them two acres to do any kind of experimental architecture they wanted to, and so they started working on projects that wouldn’t normally be accepted by other counties.

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Thoth’s Pill: An Animated History of Writing

This animated film takes viewers on a journey back to the birth of writing. The trip begins all the way back in the early cave days and then brings us right into modern day writing. 

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Winner Takes it All

Pain and Gain of Russian Rhythmic Gymnasts

Rhythmic gymnastics competitions are a huge favorite among sports enthusiasts. The discipline originated in Russia, and this country continues setting the bar for excellence and creativity.

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Pussy Riot: The Movement

About six decades ago Rock and Roll changed the world with its dreams of love and peace. It gave artists the power to speak out with a message that was uncommon at the time.

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Blessed with Venom

Many years ago, during the time in which the Kingdom of Siam was in the middle of a two hundred year struggle with Burma and Cambodia, the Siamese military developed the art of Muay Thai.

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The Revelation of the Pyramids

The Discovery That Changed the World

This documentary by Jacques Grimault and Patrice Pooyard posts some disturbing questions and their unbelievable answers. The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one that is still standing today.

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Star Wars Begins

This final chapter of filmmaker Jamie Benning’s trilogy focuses on the first Star Wars film that was released in 1977. Star Wars Begins is an unofficial behind-the–scenes analysis of the creation of this classic movie from its conception until it hit movie theaters.

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Queen: Inside the Rhapsody

What makes a song great is when the listener can relate it to his or her own experience and feel it in his or her own life.

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That Damn Samba

Samba is the essence of Brazilian culture. It is the oldest and most important genre of music created in this South American country.

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The Story of Technoviking

If we could understand scientifically what it is that causes certain content to go viral, companies could deliberately design viral content that would result in billions of dollars in revenue.

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The Big Picture

This short film takes a look at an artist’s journey to turn an aging warehouse that was about to be demolished into possibly the world’s largest disposable camera.

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Tupac: So Many Years, So Many Tears

Tupac Shakur was undoubtedly one of the greatest rappers ever. His hardcore lyrics and the way in which he spoke the harsh truth made him larger than life.

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Adele: The Only Way is Up

When an ordinary teenaged girl from North London goes on to become an overnight sensation, the world sits up and pays attention.

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