Starling murmurations as you've never heard before

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Starlings in flight are always beautiful, but what's most remarkable about The Art of Flying, a film by Jan van IJken about a massive flock of starlings, is the sound. Read the rest

Watch Warhol eat a Whopper

Andy Warhol eats a Whopper, from Jørgen Leth's 1982 documentary/art film "66 Scenes from America," a collection of moving "postcards" from the United States.

According to YouTube user Hidden Below, who posted this clip, Warhol eating the burger is "a classic ASMR trigger scene, so if you got ASMR you might wanna bookmark this video for a good time."

Noted.

(via Weird Universe)

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Documentary on North Korea's love of 3D photographs

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North Koreans have a fondness for lenticular postcards and stereoscopic keepsakes, and they granted Slovenian photographer Matjaž Tančič rare access to create a series of 3D photographs of North Korean daily life. Read the rest

Slenderman documentary

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Beware the Slenderman is a forthcoming HBO documentary about the latest incarnation of the bogeyman, including the 2014 story of the two 12-year-old girls who attempted to stab their friend to death as proxies of the faceless, lanky humanoid monster. First manifested on the Internet (and memetically spread into young peoples' nightmares) around 2011, Slendy is also set to star in his own horror film produced by Sony's Screen Gems division. (via The Daily Grail)

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Watch Before the Flood, an urgent call to arms about climate change

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National Geographic released Before the Flood over the weekend, and it is a calm but clear-eyed overview of the scope of the environmental crisis facing our planet. It also looks at pragmatic steps we can take right now to slow the damage. Read the rest

Watch BBC's Planet Earth II trailer

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Ten years after the original series, BBC's widely-acclaimed Planet Earth returns to television in the UK in November and in the US in January 2017.

The first episode, Islands, looks at how animals can become very large or very small in those conditions. This adorable swimming sloth looks worth watching the series all the way through:

Bonus video: extended trailer:

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HyperNormalisation takes a deep dive into our post-truth world

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Adam Curtis' latest mind-blowing project just dropped a trailer, and it's a doozy. HyperNormalisation uses a tale of two cities (New York City and Damascus) to trace how we got to Trump, among other post-truths. He goes in on everybody, with a special focus on bankers. Read the rest

Lovely short film about the joys of performing magic

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Denver-based street magician Edward Hammond is the subject of this charming short by John Allen that explores magic without focusing on the tricks themselves. Read the rest

Great Eames Office film on the Polaroid SX-70

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This great 11-minute 1972 film by Charles and Ray Eames highlights Polaroid's SX-70 model. They went on to create three more commissioned works for Polaroid. Read the rest

Oscar-winning Dutch short film on 1950s glassblowers

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Blending cool jazz and hot glass earned filmmaker Bert Haanstra the Academy Award for Best Short Documentary in 1959. It set the bar for short documentaries that work internationally. Read the rest

Werner Herzog blurbs a salt packet

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Omnivore Salt is apparently so delicious that filmmaker Werner Herzog not only did a blurb on the package, but he even narrated a mini-documentary about its creator, blacksmith Angelo Garro, in his classic style: Read the rest

Watch a fantastic documentary about psych pioneer Roky Erickson

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Roky Erickson is the founder of pioneering Texan psychedelic band the 13th Floor Elevators, an outfit that emerged in mid-1960s from Austin's underground scene and influenced bands ranging from ZZ Top and Primal Scream to The Flaming Lips and Queens of the Stone Age.

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Help Kickstart a documentary on professional Foosball

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"In the 1970s, Foosball was a top 10 professional sport in America," explains the narrator of this Kickstarter campaign. Now they want to make a documentary.

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Watch Jurassic Park, the delightful nature documentary

A feel-good film for the whole family. (Mashable)

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Documentary about Terry Gilliam's Brazil

"What is Brazil?" is a funny, insightful 1985 TV documentary about Terry Gilliam's classic film Brazil, a brilliant black comedy about a very bleak future.

(Thanks, UPSO!)

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Watch this film about living with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) by a filmmaker who has it

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Don't miss this amazing film.

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Watch the trailer for the new Daft Punk documentary!

Daft Punk Unchained, a French documentary by Hervé Martin Delpierre about the mysterious robot musicians, has just premiered in the UK with English subtitles. It looks killer and I hope it screens in the US soon!

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