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This is a topic where you can say which documentary has really impressed you, and why people should see it. Can be a recent one or an all-time favourite. Can't be your own though, sorry...

This topic is for praising the work of others, not your own. If you want to beat the drum for your own documentary, please don't do it here. Fans use our Public Classifieds, and Professionals have their own Shameless Self-Promotion topic.

We also have a Documentary Films topic for our Professionals where the debate is private and possibly more controversial. This topic here is for recommendations to the documentary-interested public.

Niam Itani
Host

Yeah, same thing for me. I heard a lot about both but not really something I'd rush to see -even with all that hype. 

Andrew James
Pro

Hey everyone. I'm currently in post on my film, Street Fighting Man. We are nearing completion. We have three subjects and are still wrestling with the structure. I'm looking for recommendations of other docs with either three primary subjects or multiple subjects. Just needing some inspiration as we work toward the finishing line! Thanks. :)

Erica Ginsberg
Host

I recently saw TOCANDO LA LUZ at Full Frame which handled the structure and arc of three characters very effectively.  May be hard to see right now unless you are attending festivals, but MADE IN L.A. and THE HOMESTRETCH also come to mind.

William Slap
Fan

I just finished "No No: A Dockumentary". It's on netflix, and produced by Arts + Labor (out of Austin I think).  It's the story of Dock Ellis and his affect on the MLB. Ostensiblly it's about how he pitched a no hitter while on acid (which is a great story in and of itself: here) but elegantly expands outwards from that event to show Dock as the radical, influential player he was. 

John Burgan
Host

Congratulations William, but it appears that you have overlooked the purpose of this Topic, outlined at the top of the page:

This topic is for praising the work of others, not your own. If you want to beat the drum for your own documentary, please don't do it here. Enthusiasts use our Public Classifieds, and Professionals have their own Shameless Self-Promotion topic.

Sarah George
Pro

JB - I think William meant he just finished watching "No No: A Dockumentary" - the film was actually made by D-Worder Jeff Radice!

Doug Block
Host

Indeed.  Ten lashes for our overenthusiastic topic cop!

John Burgan
Host

Whoops! Better hand myself in for re-education.

Apologies, William.

Gretta Wing Miller
Pro

And because Wm. mentioned it, we watched it last night. Can't get enough baseball and the montages are great! Brings on a kind of wistful remembrance of times past and what pitching a no-hit game on acid must have been like.…
Unfortunately, it abruptly stopped at 100 min: too sleepy to wonder whose screw up that was. Netflix? Or our wifi?

Babette Hoogendoorn
Fan

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Doug Block
Host

Babette, we ask people not to double post on The D-Word and you asked this in the Mentoring Room, which is where it belongs.  This is for recommending documentaries.

Jason Osder
Pro

I think I mentioned this in the pros topic, but I am going to plug KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON here also. It has really stuck with me. GREAT characters. 

Mina Keshavarz
Pro

Hi Everyone

i would like to share my previous documentary film with all of you. " Unwelcome in Tehran" is a self-portrait documentaryon my decision to divorce. 

here is the link of this film : https://vimeo.com/115315458   and its password is : tehran89

John Burgan
Host

Mina - it's great to be able to see your work, but this is one of the very few topics where - as stated at the top - we ask that members share others' work here, but not their own. As such, your post belongs in either Public Classifieds or Shameless Self-Promotion

Jan-Willem Breure
Pro

Greek Crisis - Trillion Euro Secret (Recommended )

Alternative Title: Germany vs Greece

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John Burgan
Host

And furthermore, please read the title at the top - copied below.

This topic is for praising the work of others, not your own. If you want to beat the drum for your own documentary, please don't do it here. Enthusiasts use our Public Classifieds, and Professionals have their own Shameless Self-Promotion topic.

You're welcome to post the link in Public Classifieds, the one Topic where double posts are allowed.

Doug Block
Host

Actually, that would be Fans who use our Public Classifieds.  Enthusiasts is so 2013.

Alysa Nahmias
Pro

In reply to Erica Ginsberg's post on Fri 24 Apr 2015:

 I'm thrilled to see someone here admired TOCANDO LA LUZ! I served as a consulting producer on that film, but all creative credit goes to brilliant director/producer Jennifer Redfearn, producer/cinematographer Tim Metzger, and editor David Teague. TOCANDO LA LUZ is not only as well-structured as you describe, Erica, and a great lesson in weaving the stories of multiple characters in a fluid, uncontrived style, but its story offers a rare insight (pun intended; the characters are blind) into daily life in Cuba without falling into any of the usual stereotypes about politics or culture(s) on the island. It's a film that makes me miss Havana, and if you haven't been to Cuba, it will make you even more excited to check it out now that travel restrictions are looser for U.S. citizens. I hope more people will have the chance to watch TOCANDO LA LUZ at various upcoming festivals this year.

On another note, I had a chance to attend a private screening of MEET THE PATELS last week, and it's hilarious!! I was laughing out loud throughout the movie. The filmmakers used animation in creative ways, and I appreciated that they went deep into that stylistic choice, which was totally aligned with the film's tone. I believe it opens theatrically in LA and NY in early September, so keep your eyes open for it.


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