The Documentarian

Aggregating the best documentary films and free video content.

The Loser’s Club, by Nancy Kalow (1992)

The sequel to Kalow’s 1988 documentary Sadobabies: Runaways in San Fransisco, one of the first no-budget movies which followed a group of homeless teens living in a city punkhouse. TLC seeks the same kids out five years later.


Stoney Knows How, by Alan Govenar and Bruce “Pacho” Lane, 1981

This 1981 documentary looks at the life of Stoney St Claire –– a one-time carnie sword-swallower now circus tattoo artist afflicted with dwarfism and wheelchair bound by early-onset arthritis. Les Blank did the cinematography. Dream movie right here.


Room 666, Wim Wenders (1982)

Wenders set up a static camera in room 666 of the Hotel Martinez and provided selected film directors a list of questions to answer on the future of cinema.

Features Goddard, Fassbinder, Herzog, Wenders, Antonioni and Spielberg amongst others.

Kudos to Ben Reed


The Human Animal, Desmond Morris

A Personal View of the Human Species by Desmond Morris. This series focuses on the planet’s most advanced animal, beginning with a look at how man communicated before the evolution of language.

Via brainmeat


The Slog Movie, by Dave Markey, 1982

Seminal West-Coast Hardcore doco featuring Circle One, Sin 34, Symbol Six, The Cheifs, TSOL, Circle Jerks, Fear, Red Cross and one of Black Flag’s earliest gigs with Henry Rollins. This version has Dave Markey’s commentary, which is kind of interesting, but do please send over links to any clean versions you might know of.


Hell’s Angel, Christopher Hitchens on Mother Teresa, 1994

Via Darren Cullen


Laibach: Podeba Pod Suncem (Victory Under the Sun), by Goran Gajic (1988)

Propoganda documentary on Neue Slowenische Kunst’s musical wing, the martial-industrial band Laibach. The NY Times found this film “chilling stuff in light of the four subsequent Balkan wars of the 1990s” but obviously didn’t get the memo on Laibach’s elaborate, artsy jokes about totalitarianism. (Maybe they think Michael Clark – who makes a cameo – is just as into ethnic cleansing as he is interperative dance.) Way to be cultured, guys.

Laibach are about a million times more hardcore than you, eat factories for breakfast, and Rammstein totally bit their steez.


Poème électronique, score by Edward Varése, film by Le Corbusier, 1958

(Source: thedocumentarian, via thearchitrave)


Les Statues Meurent Aussi (Statues Also Die), by Alain Resnais and Chris Marker, 1953

On French colonial rule in Africa.


Destroy All Monsters. RIP Mike Kelley