Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

The Experimenters: Buckminster Fuller “The Geodesic Life”

“I must reorganize the environment of man by which then greater numbers of men can prosper”
– Buckminster Fuller as told to Studs Terkel during interviews recored in 1965 and 1970.

The Experimenters, from the creators of Blank on Blank:
Icons of science, innovation and technology on what spurred their creativity.

Director: Patrick Smith • Animator: Jennifer Yoo • Interviewer: Studs Terkel.

An Animated Lesson About The History Of Treadmill

“The constant thud underneath your feet. The constrained space. The monotony of going nowhere fast. Running on a treadmill can certainly feel like torture, but did you know it was originally used for that very purpose?

Conor Heffernan details the dark and twisted history of the treadmill.”

Lesson by Conor Heffernan • Narratation: Addison Anderson • Illustration & Animation: Yukai Du.

The Wisdom of Pessimism

How do you ensure contentment? A good pessimist knows just how.

All this is written & narrated by the great philosopher Alain de Botton • Direction: Claudio Salas.

What Is Light?

We are so used to some things that we stopped wondering about them.

Like light. What is light? Some kind of wavy thing, right? Kind of.

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

Space Rocks

There are lots of names associated with space rocks, so what is the difference? Join the Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers to find out.

They will also explore what space rocks can tell us about our very own planet Earth.

Directed by Amaël Isnard for Beakus, the animation is part-created with clay, and a lot of love.


In the woods of upstate New York, an Oak tree is turned into a traditional post and rung stool.

With Tom Bonamici & Derek Lasher.

Directed, Photographed & Edited by Adam Newport-Berra.

Location Sound: JR Skola • Sound Design & Music: Mark Henry Phillips.

The European Refugee Crisis & Syria Explained

Why is the refugee crisis all over the news? How is this related to Syria? Why should we care at all?

Kurzgesagt – a team of designers, journalists and musicians who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.

Lenny’s Garage

Lenny Shiller is a lifelong Brooklyn resident and classic car collector. He has amassed a staggering 58 rare classic cars, while he also owns hundreds of vintage bikes, motorcycles, and memorabilia. Lenny spends his time restoring and maintaining his collection, with the intention one day to pass them on to the next generation. The walls of his 12,000 sq ft garage in Gowanus are stacked with car parts he has collected over the years, the space resembling part working garage, part museum.

Filmed & edited by Peter Crosby • Music by Salomon Lighthelm.

Star Stuff: Inspired by The Work of Carl Sagan

Star Stuff” is a short and sweet film inspired by the life and work of Carl Sagan, one of the most famous scientists and science communicators of the 20th century.

What are the stars? In search of an answer to that seemingly simple question, Carl, a curious child, sets off on a great voyage of discovery.

Written & directed by Ratimir Rakuljic • Music by Kenley Kristofferson.

Things That Can Kill You // Death Spray Custom

‘Things that can kill you’ is a short documentary about the British artist Death Spray Custom… a man who’s iconic work has been seen on everything from motorbikes and helmets to racing cars and power tools.

Directed & Edited by Joe Marcantonio • Camera by Joe Marcantonio & Andrew Lawrence.