1. HOOP DREAMS (1994).
A film following the lives of two African-American boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional. Documentaries don’t come much better than this. Here we have a sincere, compelling look at the lives and ambition of two inner-city basketball hopefuls.
2. THE KING OF KONG (2007).
Diehard video game fans compete to break World Records on classic arcade games. What an unusually, brilliant look at the formidability of gaming nuts. I was hooked by the plight of Steve Wiebe, as he tries to break the world Donkey Kong record.
3. GRIZZLY MAN (2005).
A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. Straight off the bat…wow! I wouldn’t go as far as saying I am sympathetic towards Timothy Treadwell; however, his story and apparent ability to tame wild bears is enthralling. A must-see!
4. THE LAST WALTZ (1978).
A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band. Give me a concert, which features the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, etc., and which has Martin Scorsese at the helm, any day – truly enjoyable!
5. THE COVE (2009).
Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. If you have a weak stomach, I advise you not to watch this; if you can stomach the worst animal cruelty known to man, this is a riveting watch.
6. NIGHT AND FOG (1955).
The history of Nazi Germany’s death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. If you “enjoy” war films/documentaries as much as I do, and find man’s inhumanity towards other men intriguing, it doesn’t get better than this gem of a war documentary.
7. IMAGINE: JOHN LENNON (1988).
A biography of the rock music star. There is nothing more to say other than this being a biopic of a true, iconic legend.
8. FESTIVAL EXPRESS (2003).
The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour. If this film doesn’t make you want to buy a guitar, start a band, as well as live during this drug-fuelled bonanza, nothing ever will.
9. ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS… (2005).
A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall. This is a harrowing look at corruption like no other. It is amazing to believe they got away with it for so long.
10. BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE (2002).
Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America’s predilection for gun violence. Moore does what he does best; he focuses on an issue (gun crime) and blows the case wide open.
People of a Feather is an award winning documentary film about a unique Inuit culture that relies on birds for food and clothing, and the challenges they share adapting to changing sea ice ecosystems. Winner, Best BC Film of 2011, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Finalist, Direction & Cinematography, International TV and Film Awards, New York Festivals (Winner to be determined April 2012) Winner, Audience Choice, Best Environmental Film, Vancouver International Film Festival Winner, Top 10 Canadian Films, Vancouver International Film Festival
Video Rating: 5 / 5
Question by Carrie M: How do I change my career with no money?
I have a pretty good job now in corporate America, that I hate, but I’m basically living paycheck to paycheck. I’d like to start a career in documentary filmmaking but I’m afraid I can’t afford to. I already about $ 50,000 in student loans that I’m paying off each month and I can’t imagine being able to pay off any more than that in the future. I’ve looked at shorter 12-16 week programs that are cheaper but even then I couldn’t afford them without some sort of financial aid. Not to mention in order to go to something like that I’d have to quit my job, lose my source of income and what do I do for work when I get back?
Ideally I’d like to quit my current job, get a new job related to documentary filmmaking and learn through experience but I’m not sure that’s practical either. WHY IS THIS SO HARD? How do other people “achieve their dreams?” I have the desire to control my destiny but it seems like the obstacles are overwhelming!
Answer by arlena kim
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