The Documentarian

Aggregating the best documentary films and free video content.

Underground, by Emile De Antonio, 1976 

A 1976 documentary film about the Weathermen, the militant faction of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) who fought to overthrow the U.S. government during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The film consists of interviews with members of the group after they went underground and footage of the anti-war and civil rights protests they participated in. Emile de Antonio was subpoenaed by the FBI in an attempt to confiscate the film footage in order to gain information that would help secure arrests.


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Hype! by Doug Pray , 1996

Excellent doco on Seattle and the early-nineties grunge scene. Feat. TAD, Mudhoney, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Coffin Break, The Gits, Love Battery, Flop, The Melvins, Mono Men, Supersuckers, Zipgun, Seaweed, Pearl Jam, 7 Year Bitch, Hovercraft, Gas Huffer and Fastbacks.


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Serbian Epics, by Paweł Pawlikowski, 1992
During the first Bosnian war, BBC documentary-maker Pawlikowski had intimate and  unprecedented access to the Serb nationalist leadership – including President of Republika Srpska  Radovan Karadžić and VRS Chief of Staff Ratko Mladić – as they laid seige to Sarajevo. The film he produced about the men who went on to be charged with hideous war crimes is slow and strange and totally haunting. It also does a brilliant job of illustrating quite how firmly Serbian nationalist identity is underpinned by ancient myth and folklore. Watch the full movie here.
Thanks again to Seb Ross.
 

Serbian Epics, by Paweł Pawlikowski, 1992

During the first Bosnian war, BBC documentary-maker Pawlikowski had intimate and  unprecedented access to the Serb nationalist leadership – including President of Republika Srpska  Radovan Karadžić and VRS Chief of Staff Ratko Mladić – as they laid seige to Sarajevo. The film he produced about the men who went on to be charged with hideous war crimes is slow and strange and totally haunting. It also does a brilliant job of illustrating quite how firmly Serbian nationalist identity is underpinned by ancient myth and folklore. Watch the full movie here.

Thanks again to Seb Ross.

 

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As I was Moving Ahead, Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty, by Jonas Mekas

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Teenage Diaries: In Bed With Chris Needham, via the BBC (1992)

Thrash Metal in Loughborough, 1992. One part depression; one part elation; one part lolzy.


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Groupies: The Film, by Ron Dorfman and Peter Nevard (1970)

A film about groupies. Simple as that.

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Portrait Werner Herzog, an autobiographical documentary by Werner Herzog, 1986

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Painters Painting, by Emile De Antonio, 1973 

Full movie HERE

"I was probably the only filmmaker in the world who could [have made Painters Painting] because I knew all those people, from the time that they were poor, and unsuccessful and had no money. I knew Warhol and Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns and Stella before they ever sold a painting, and so it was interesting to [do the film about them]. They appeared in the film along with de Kooning, whom I knew very well, and Barnett Newman, who is now dead. They talked to me in a way that they would never have talked to anybody else because they knew I knew the subject.” - Emile de Antonio


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Stranded in Canton, by William Egglestone, 1974 

Memphis and New Orleans with Egglestone and his Sony Porta-Pak. Richard Woodward called this a “demented home movie”. 50% sweet pastoral stuff; 50% hard-bitten drunks killing chickens for fun.

All thanks to Seb Ross


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Chulas Fronteras, by Les Blank, 1976 (part 1)

Les Blank on the conjunto music and itinerant labourers of the Texas/Mexico borderlands.



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