Posts tagged Documentary
Wu-Tang Clan: of Mics And Men

In this four-part docu-series, director Sacha Jenkins pays homage to Wu-Tang Clan. The documentary will go back to group's beginning in Staten Island and follow their over 25-year run with archival footage and interviews from members like Method Man, RZA, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah. After a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the series will be released on Showtime this year.

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10 Principles of Good Design

Dieter Rams established the foundation of good design. His "less is better" approach led to iconic products like the Braun ET 66 Calculator and the 606 Universal Shelving System for Vitsoe. Taken from the documentary Rams, Trollback & Co. illustrates the legendary designer's 10 principles using classic items conceived by the master himself.

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The Last Dance

 The world of sports had never seen anything like Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls of the 1990s. Arguably the greatest sporting dynasty of all time, Jordan brought the NBA to a new level of popularity, wowing fans and non-fans alike and becoming the most well-known sports figure ever. ESPN and Netflix join together for a 10-part documentary series that chronicles the rise of Jordan, the Bulls, and the NBA. The Last Dance will premiere on ESPN in 2020 and will be followed by a release on the steaming platform later that year.

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The Sky Piercer

Skier Sam Smoothy describes his style as “fast and loose with a good deal of risk,” which seems applicable to his objective to climb and ski the East Face of New Zealand’s Aoraki Mt. Cook. Directed by Jace Hancox and presented by Audi and The North Face, The Sky Piercer follows Sam and his team as they battle extreme weather and difficult conditions to achieve their unlikely goal.

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25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang

It's one of the greatest, most original, most influential hip-hop albums ever: The Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) has been smashing fans and inspiring artists well outside of the hip-hop genre for 25 years. For The Children: 25 Years of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is a short film that looks back at the group and the record with interviews of the members, family, and friends that were there during the creation of one of the best albums of all time.

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Shut Up and Dribble

There are plenty of documentaries that highlight great teams and scorers, but Shut Up and Dribble is more about what players are doing off the court. The three-part special explores how NBA icons have used their notoriety to bring about social change and voice their own political issues. Produced by LeBron James and narrated by Jemele Hill, the series will premiere on Showtime November 3, 2018.

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Earlies


Luke Hawkins’ career started in 1999 as a Graphic Designer before moving on to become an Art Director and these days, a Creative Director. He has worked in both Australia and the UK and has been fortunate enough to work with some great people on some of the world's most iconic brands including Mars, TEDx, Wrigley, Lion Nathan, GE and Toshiba.

This short documentary explores Luke's infatuation with early mornings, the local Bondi creative scene and how that impacts his work. Creating high end skate culture designs with the intention of showing his son work is never hard if it's something you love.

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Do or Die

It was the greatest shootout in NBA history… But the players were not on the same court.

The 1977-78 NBA scoring title came down to the final day of the season. Heading into their last games, San Antonio's silky-smooth forward George Gervin was averaging 26.8 points per game. High-flying Denver showman David Thompson was at 26.6. Thompson had the greatest game of his career, shattering Wilt Chamberlain's record for most points in a quarter. When Gervin took the court later in the day, he knew that he had to respond with a masterpiece of his own—or else risk losing the crown.

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The Fight to Save Europe’s Remaining Wild Rivers

Patagonia tend to be the ones towing the bandwagon that other companies jump on board, and legendary environmentalist/activist Yvon Chouinard’s Patagonia funding of projects that draw attention to the myriad of threats to the natural world is unparalleled in a company of its size. The latest of which, Blue Heart, is a wonderful piece of journalism that documents the struggle to save Europe’s remaining wild rivers from being turned into hydropower plants—a so-called renewable energy source that’s nowhere near as green as it’s been billed.

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The World's Most Remote Fashion Label

Stationed on a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland, Inis Meáin, founded in 1976, focuses on quality cold weather essentials that look as good as they feel, drawing inspiration from the landscape and heritage of their non-traditional home through centuries old traditions. 

Get to know the label and its founders through this intimate short film that does justice to an incredibly individual, and family oriented label. Head over to Mr. Porter here for the full story. 

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Tinker Hatfield's Creative Inspirations

Tinker Hatfield is a legend in the sneaker world. The pole vaulter turned architect turned Nike shoe designer Hatfield first made a name for himself working alongside Michael Jordan on the legendary Air Jordan sneaker line. In an in depth conversation with Colorblind, Tinker reflects back on everything from designing the Nike Air MAG's for Back to the Future II to how he uses motorcycling and music as part of his creative process. While at his Portland warehouse, Hatfield reminisces about some of his big career moments as well as the inspirations that fuel his creative process. 

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Hong Kong's Neon Glow

The neon signs that illuminate the streets of Hong Kong are as iconic as any landmark in the city. At the hands of craftsmen like Master Wu, who started making neon signs in the '80s and has been filling Hong Kong's streets with bright neon signs ever since., the vibrant cityscape has been featured in films like Blade Runner and Chungking Express. Sadly, the rise of LEDs has brought the end of an era as Hong Kong's signature glow slowly begins to fade.

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The Poetry Between the Lines

Quentin Tarantino is a cinephile of the highest order. With such a massive film library in his head, when his ideas come to the screen, there's a lot of history in each shot. But it isn't just what you see that Tarantino wants you to remember — it's the hidden subtext between each line, movement of the camera, or look from the actors. Now You See It dives deep into Tarantino's philosophy, all in his own words, from archival interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from his career as a director.

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The Fjordman Might be the Best Surf Film of the Year

According to Asher Pacey, the best surf trip of his life was a month being held against his will in a van, forced to eat hot dogs, circumnavigating Iceland, at the hands of a once prone madman – a barefoot, bearded, beer-swilling, shoe-hating south coaster, Ryan ‘Maddog’ Mattick. "The Fjordman" is the 20-plus minute documentation of this month-long Icelandic expedition/hostage situation. Watch the ensuring madness (or beauty, depending on which perspective you're looking at) above. 

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Meet the Incredibly Talented Blind Skateboarder - Dan Mancina

Prepare to be amazed, as Red Bull meets up with a skater who lost his vision, but never his passion. Imagine that one day, at a young age, you're told that something was wrong with your vision. Like a race against time, each day your vision deteriorates a little bit more until one day you wake up and, like that, your sight is gone. How does someone skate when they're blind? Simply put, at first, Mancina didn't. Grappling with the anxiety, fear and depression that accompanied his loss of vision, Mancina set aside his board, thinking that skating was part of his former life. He moved forward, doing everything he thought he should be doing as a blind person, but still felt a huge void. That all changed one day for Mancina though.

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Why Sport Sounds Better on TV

We don’t often think about audio when we watch sports on TV, but it’s a huge part of the overall experience. Vox spoke with several audio engineers who mix the sounds of sports to learn more about what it takes to capture the crack of the bat and the swish of the net. From the cadence of the quarterback to the sounds of skates on ice, audio mixers are tasked with getting microphones close enough to the action to gather the sounds but still out of the way of the players and the fans.

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Print Isn't Dead in the Papermaker

The Papermaker, a short documentary by Kings&Kongs, is about one of the last handcrafting papermakers in Europe and his immense love for paper. Gangolf Ulbricht makes unique tree- free papers by hand for international artists, conservators, photographers, printers and many more. He learned his uniqe craft in Germany, Japan, France and England. In this short film we see him producing his unique paper in his basement studio in the Arthouse Bethanien in Berlin-Kreuzberg. He talks about his love and dedication for this craft - and it ́s future. 

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Little Rats, a Short Film About Graffiti is a Tense 5 Minute Ride

There’s a few hobbies in this world that just aren’t for the faint-hearted.Spraying graffiti onto trains in foreign countries firmly falls into this category. In short film LITTLE RATS, directors Jesse Heath and Theodor Guelat went along for the ride as ‘XXXX’, a 21-year-old South American graffiti writer, travels and escapes the grips of authority (until eventually being arrested and deported to his home country) across Europe.

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‘The Normal People’ Takes You Inside the Race of Gentlemen

“The Normal People” is a short documentary by Daniel Soares about the men and women who gather on the sand for the Race of Gentlemen, an event held every year in Wildwood, New Jersey, in which guys and gals don old-timey outfits and race vintage bikes and cars up and down the beach. It’s a sight to behold. If you’ve never been lucky enough to stand on that beach and smell the grease and oil, this is the next best thing.

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