Meet the People Who Dream of Building a Space Elevator

In his 1979 novel Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke described an impossibly tall tower that would ferry humans from the Earth’s surface into orbit. Nearly forty years later, space elevators still have the ring of science fiction. But against all odds, a small community of engineers is pushing the idea closer to… »Friday 1:50pm11/20/15 1:50pm


Watch the Trailer for a Documentary About the Star Wars Actors Whose Faces You Never Saw

There have been Star Wars documentaries on almost everything. The history, the fans, the merchandise and more. But a new one, Elstree 1976, takes a different spin. It focuses on actors who played what they thought were going to be blink-and-you-miss-it characters. Then it became Star Wars. »10/30/15 2:15pm10/30/15 2:15pm

I Touched All Your Stuff Documentary Trailer Suggests True Crime at its Truly Weirdest

Chris Kirk is an American imprisoned for drug smuggling in Brazil. How he got there isn’t explained in the enigmatic trailer for Maíra Bühler and Matias Mariani’s documentary I Touched All Your Stuff, but reviews mention a “Hitchcockian chance-encounter with a femme fatale” and “Pablo Escobar’s hippos.” »9/01/15 8:00pm9/01/15 8:00pm

One of New York's Dirtiest Cops Ever Weighs In on Today's NYPD

A handful of New York City cops have contended for the dubious crown of most corrupt ever in the 170-year history of the NYPD. There was Charles H. Becker, who met the electric chair in 1915 after he successfully ordered a hit on a gambler who had threatened to expose him as crooked. Or Louis Eppolito and Stephen… »5/15/15 2:35pm5/15/15 2:35pm

Documentary On Biggs Darklighter, A Character Mostly Cut From A New Hope

Biggs Darklighter was Luke Skywalker’s best friend in the first Star Wars movie, but most of his scenes were cut from the final version of the film. In this installment of Jamie Benning’s Filmumentaries, Garrick Hagon, who played Biggs, talks about his experience on the Star Wars set and his feelings about the movie. »5/13/15 2:00pm5/13/15 2:00pm

Dark Star Offers A Melancholy, Intimate Portrait Of Artist H.R. Giger

There’s a sadness running through Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World — a portrait of the Swiss artist whose most famous creation was the title character in Alien. It comes from knowing that its subject died last year. But the mood suits this appreciative study of a man who counted fear and death among his muses. »5/08/15 11:00am5/08/15 11:00am

View A Trailer For A Doc On The Real-Life Heavenly Creatures Murderers

Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures dramatized one of New Zealand’s most shocking murders, in which a pair of teen girls brutally killed one of their mothers. Director Alexander Roman’s documentary, Reflections of the Past, uses interviews, vintage images, and reenactments to further explore the story. »4/30/15 6:00pm4/30/15 6:00pm

A Forensic Photographer Explains The Fine Art Of Capturing A Crime Scene

Forensic photographer Nick Marsh discusses his 20-year career in David Beazley's five-minute documentary. Among the revelations: lighting, composition, and keeping an open mind are of utmost importance — and technology has actually harmed his profession by flooding the field with undertrained shutterbugs. »4/16/15 9:00pm4/16/15 9:00pm

Like Marty, a Back to the Future Documentary Will Arrive in October 2015

Back In Time, a documentary that started life as a small film about Back to the Future from the point of view of the Delorean, has expanded far beyond its original brief. Just from the trailer you can see just how perfect a celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of Back to the Future the documentary is. »3/11/15 5:30am3/11/15 5:30am

A Haunting Animated Documentary About Rediscovery Of An Extinct Insect

Dryococelus australis, known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect or tree lobster was thought to be extinct by 1920, but in 2001, a small population of the species was rediscovered. This fantastic animated documentary traces that rediscovery and the species and the attempts to bring it back from the brink of… »1/12/15 7:40pm1/12/15 7:40pm

You Must Watch This Documentary About Making 1970s B-Movie Demon Lover

Demon Lover Diary is sort of like American Movie and Blair Witch Project rolled into one, amazing cinematic experience. In 1975, filmmaker Joel DeMott went with her boyfriend Jeff Kreines to Michigan, to help a young Donald G. Jackson (of Rollerblade notoriety) film his first feature, Demon Lover. The results are… »9/29/14 7:40pm9/29/14 7:40pm