by Taylor Russo
With documentaries beginning to dominate the realms of pop culture and social media it’s important for all film enthusiasts to stay up to date with the newest releases and most popular titles. If you’re a little behind on your documentary viewing, have no fear! We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 free documentaries that you just HAVE to see. All titles are streaming online at Snagfilms.com so feel free to binge watch!
After Porn Ends: After Porn Ends is the wildly popular documentary chronicling the lives of porn actors after they leave the industry. First hand accounts from some of the industry’s biggest names make this a must watch for anyone wondering what it truly takes to make it, and lose it, in adult entertainment.
Supersize Me: Super Size Me, from acclaimed director Morgan Spurlock, is a behind the scenes look at the fast food industry and it’s link to the obesity and health crisis facing America. Spurlock puts himself on the front line, eating nothing but McDonalds for a 30 day period to see what the consequences to his health may be. And, boy, are there consequences! This documentary is sure to get you thinking twice about the corporate marketing conglomerate that is McDonald’s.
Jesus Camp: Jesus Camp, a documentary chronicling a summer at Christian bible camp, is a look behind the veil of America’s most popular and secretive religion. Shocking, insightful, and downright weird, this documentary has been praised for it’s brutal honesty and incessant search for the truth behind modern fundamentalism in America.
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High: The Union is an inside look at the illegal marijuana industry. We meet everyone from pot advocating growers to anti-drug law enforcement officials. A must see for anyone with even a base interest in marijuana and the issue of legalization.
I Think We’re Alone Now: I Think We’re Alone Now is a biographical documentary telling the stories of two people obsessed with the 80s pop star Tiffany. Jeff, a man with aspergers in his 50s, and Kelly, an intersex woman in her mid 30s, serve as the subjects for this tale of what it takes to stalk your idol.
Wal-Mart The High Cost of Low Prices: Wal-Mart tells the real life stories of local store owners and retail employees dealing with the fallout from giant corporations looking to put them out of business. With issues spanning from the employment of illegal immigrants to the shocking lack of adequate health care provided to Wal-Mart employees, this documentary is sure to open your eyes to the truth about Wal-Mart and their monopoly of lies.
Children of Congo: From War to Witches: Children of Congo focuses on the devastation facing the children of the Democratic Republic of Congo post-war. Refugees, former child soldiers, and orphans all struggle to adapt and survive in the face of disease, violence, and starvation. This documentary chronicles the efforts being made in the region to rehabilitate these children and build a brighter future for all Congolese people. Can a difference truly be made by a handful of activists in a third world, war-torn country or is it all in vain?
Inspired: The Voices Against Prop 8: Inspired is the story of equal rights activists in the LGBT community who fought against prop 8. This documentary explores the political and personal implications of the bill by giving us an inside look at the gay community in Southern California and their continuing fight for equality.
Searching Siberia: Searching Siberia is a documentary that follows IMG Models Paris scouts Jeni and David on their annual trip across Russia to find the world’s next supermodel. This documentary illustrates the process from beginning to end; the cross country search throughout remote Russia for the right girl, the auditioning and screening process, and finally the selection of the “next supermodel.” There is no guarantee of success and this small town girl’s indoctrination into the big world of Paris fashion may end before it’s even begun.
National Geographic: Whales in Crisis: Whales in Crisis is a marine life documentary from National Geographic that travels the world interviewing activists and researching how human activity has negatively impacted the marine environment. Half way through, the film takes a startling turn as we watch a pod of whales become beached. Our activists try desperately to save the animals, and with so many calves in the group, the task is monumental.
All of our documentaries are free to stream online at Snagfilms.com where you can watch, comment on, grade, and share our films.
by Casey Meurer
New York Fashion Week is upon us! We have a few favorites this year, on and off the runway….
We couldn’t get enough of Vallance’s La Belle leather jacket last year, and her Friday show, titled “Ladies Man,” did not disappoint either. The Australian-born designer’s Fashion Week debut featured structured menswear-inspired pieces with feminine overtones – simply exquisite.
Can Peter Som design our entire closets? Som’s Friday show at Milk Studios featured pieces that were not only elegant but also wearable. The collection was full of unique prints, including a mysterious blurred floral pattern and leopard accents on many of the pieces. Also notable were his pea coats, inspired by Jane Birkin.
Jack McCoullough and Lazaro Hernandez, Proenza Schouler
These New York-based designers popped back on our radar at Sundance when stunning Brit Marling donned a Proenza Schouler black and gold pantsuit at the premiere of I Origins. Dubbed “the new establishment” by InStyle, we can’t wait to see their Fall collection on Wednesday.
Anna Wintour famously stated, “We all get dressed for Bill.” We’re sure to find this beloved New York fashion photographer all over the place this week, snapping photos from the front row, backstage, and on the street. You can also find him in this poignant documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, and learn a bit more about Manhattan’s fashion scene.
The folks over at DocGeeks favor The Invisible War and Searching for Sugar Man. Find out why.
I love film lists! Thank you Sasha Stone for putting this together.
If you are in Upstate New York this weekend, try to head over to this mecca of music history. A hollowed ground that once staged the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, The Grateful Dead, The Band, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin and many more has converted itself into a proving ground for aspiring and veteran filmmakers. Oh, and by the way, check out Faces in the Mirror by Boyd Tinsley and SnagFilms.