Michel Parbot's The Empire Strikes Back documentary has been somewhat of a Star Wars urban legend. His behind-the-scenes footage was believed to have been lost — until now. Almost 40 years an auction sale later, the entire film has surfaced and it was worth the wait. The video offers nearly a full hour of on-set clips, interviews, and some of the vintage special effects work that brought the movie to life.
Love them or hate them, Coldplay has earned their place in music history. The British band rose to fame with their single "Yellow" and have been selling out arenas ever since. In this documentary, director Mat Whitecross goes back to the very start at the University College London where a brace-faced Chris Martin met up with Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion and follows their entire 20-year career. The film will be in theaters for one day on November 14th and then will stream on Amazon Prime starting November 16, 2018.
Along with The Jinx and Serial, Making a Murderer jumpstarted the true crime genre. The docuseries followed Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey as they underwent the investigation and trial for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Now, nearly three years after its initial release, Netflix is releasing the highly anticipated follow-up. The additional ten episodes will catch up with the pair to document the aftermath that followed their convictions. Season 2 is set to air October 19, 2018.
For four years, Sir David Attenborough traveled across the globe to document the world's five greatest dynasties. Rather than showcasing royal families, these are the clans that rule the animal kingdom. Unfortunately, their legacies are all in danger. The five-part series will follow their fight for survival when it premieres on BBC Earth in 2019.
Born in the small village of Thame, Nepal, Apa Sherpa has lived in the shadows of Mount Everest his whole life. He began working as a porter for mountaineering groups at 12 and until May 2018, he held the record for the most ascents of the iconic mountain, reaching its summit 21 times. After retiring from Everest, the mountaineer and his family moved to Utah but he hasn't forgotten about the people he left behind. Through the Apa Sherpa Foundation, he continues to work to help improve the education and futures of the children of Nepal.
Sam is 27 years old, in a popular punk band, a practicing Buddhist — and mute for the majority of the time. Two operations on his vocal chords have been largely unsuccessful, and Sam is on vocal rest to help with the pain of his condition. Despite this, Sam is a conversationalist, using notes and gestures to communicate with the people around him.
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One of the greatest directors in the history of film, Orson Welles faced a struggle in the last decade of his life. Welles wanted to return to Hollywood, and pinned his hopes on a radical film that would be the perfect bookend to his career, a film that would pick up where his classic Citizen Kane left off. Directed by Academy Award winner 20 Feet From Stardom's Morgan Neville, They'll Love Me When I'm Dead is a look at Welles' last years, told by the people that were there.
Fifth generation scissor maker and Master blacksmith Yasuhiro Hirakawa has been honing his craft for the last 50 years. Using ancient methods, he's the last traditional scissor maker left in Japan. HIs pieces are used for anything from food to crafting Bonsai and can take over a week to create — four times longer than a knife — giving his tools a price tag of up to $35,000.
The Greatest of All Time. From Louisville, Kentucky, to the pinnacle of sports, Muhammad Ali was one of the most inspiring and polarizing figures in American history. From his success in the boxing ring to his stance on politics and racial injustice, Ali left no question as to where he stood and had no regrets about his place in public life. HBO's two-part documentary on the Champ, What's My Name, is coming early in 2019.
From crashing weddings to tending your local bar, Bill Murray has a knack for showing up at random events. The actor's habit of unexpected meet-and-greets has spawned somewhat of an urban legend leaving a slew of fans with a story to tell. In this documentary, director Tommy Avallone has compiled those tall tales along with interviews and never-before-seen footage to try to find the root of these strange-yet-magical encounters. The film will be in select theaters and on-demand October 26, 2018.
On June 3, 2017, Alex Honnold made history. The rock climber became the first person to make a free solo ascent of El Capitan. He climbed the 3,200-foot granite monster in just under four hours and he did it all without a rope. The incredible feat and the days of preparation leading up to it were documented by fellow climber Jimmy Chin and will be shown in select theaters this fall.
The neon signs that illuminate the streets of Hong Kong are as iconic as any landmark in the city. At the hands of craftsmen like Master Wu, the vibrant cityscape has been featured in films like Blade Runner and Chungking Express. Sadly, the rise of LEDs has brought the end of an era as Hong Kong's signature glow slowly begins to fade.
On July 29, 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was founded by an act of Congress during the Eisenhower administration. In a unique move, NASA was established as a civilian agency outside of military control and was tasked with exploring space as a human, not military, endeavor. In this short documentary, NASA shows how it all began, from explosions on the launchpad to reaching out to the stars.
To most of us, he was the face of the Face and Furious franchise. But to his friends, family, and castmates, Paul Walker was much more. Paramount Network goes behind the camera to showcase the life of legacy of the actor, father, and humanitarian for their "I Am" series. Featuring vintage recordings, movie clips, and interviews with the people that knew him best, the documentary will air August 11, 2018.
Vague Watch Co.'s Grey Fade Submariner gets its name from the dark grey bezel insert, meant to mimic the sought-after "ghost bezel" effect found on the faded black bezels of well-worn vintage sport watches. Adding to the vintage look are intentional but subtle distressing marks of the case sides. It's built with an automatic movement, meaning you'll never have to change a battery, as the watch is powered by the movement of your arm during wear. With a stainless steel case, a screw-down back, and a 100-meter depth rating, the watch is also rugged enough to handle some serious time in the water. On top of that, it ships with a sharp military-inspired case, watch tool, and a classic nylon NATO strap to switch out with the stainless oyster band.
Made from the same water-resistant polyurethane/polyester material as their signature raincoats, the Rains Backpack is the smart way to transport your stuff when everything is covered in snow or there's a downpour outside. Slender and minimal in design, the flap that covers the main compartment snaps into place with magnets, with a hook closure offering added security. Inside, there's a zippered pocket and a back pouch for laptops, while a separate zippered pocket on the back remains hidden, providing discreet and more secure storage for your phone, wallet, or other important items.
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Before Joan Jett had a number one hit with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and became a staple of MTV's first wave, she put her dues in leading The Runaways. During the halcyon days of 70s punk, Joan Jett was out to shatter glass ceilings and make her mark in the boys club of the hard rock scene. It wasn't easy, but she made it — and changed music forever. Bad Reputation comes the theaters and streaming services September 28, 2018.
Castle Rock, the mythical town that is the epicenter of so much of Stephen King's work, has elements of many real small towns throughout the United States. From a bustling main street to places that are whispered to have haunting connections, Castle Rock feels like home. In this short documentary, Hulu looks at the real-life places and events that inspired King's fictional town.
The Leatherman multi-tool seems ubiquitous now, but before it became a household name, creator Tim Leatherman thought he might never get it to the public. Years of design in Tim's garage and hundreds of rejections were almost enough to make him give up — but he didn't, and the Leatherman tool is now known the world over as a must-have for the outdoors, military, and everyday carry.
Scott Storch was one of the top producers in pop music and had a fall that was as meteoric as his rise. Born in Nova Scotia, Scott began his career playing keys in The Roots and would go on to produce platinum hits and have a few of his own. And then Hollywood happened. Director Rollo Jackson talks with the man himself for his own perspective on his life and work.
One of the most consequential companies to come out of Silicon Valley is one you've probably never heard of. The story of General Magic starts in 1989 at Apple, when Marc Porat convinced then-CEO John Scully that the future of computing was in a device that would marry communications, computers, and consumer electronics — the germ that would spawn the smartphones we know today. When Apple lost interest, General Magic was created by some of Apple's project members. Those people would go on to start some of the websites and design the devices we know today, like eBay, the iPod, and Blackberry. General Magic premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will have a broader release later this year.
Pale complexions, dark eye makeup, leather and metal — these are the well-known tropes of the goth subculture. Since its emergence in England in the early 80s, goths have been ostracized for being loners and keeping to themselves, wary of anyone outside of their ethos. This short documentary from NOWNESS explodes the notion of goth as a closed-off subculture and reveals it as one of the most inclusive subsets of society.
In 2014, Robin Williams' suicide took the world by surprise. A supremely gifted comedian and actor, Robin's struggles away from the stage finally came to light. He started using drugs in the 70s as a way to mitigate the stress of performing standup, but the constant fear of losing his edge would follow him throughout his career, despite massive success. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind looks at Robin's life and work through archival film and interviews with family and friends. The documentary airs July 16, 2018 on HBO.
For several generations of children, Fred Rogers was the epitome of kindness, showing that no matter how scary or difficult life could be, you always had a friend — and your imagination was your biggest asset. Directed by Acadamy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, Won't You Be My Neighbor takes an intimate look at the man behind the cardigan, with never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with cast and crew members. The film is set for limited release on June 8, 2018.
The world of sports had never seen anything like Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls of the 1990s. Arguably the greatest dynasty of all time, Jordan brought the NBA to a new level of popularity, wowing fans and non-fans alike and becoming the most well-known sports figure ever. ESPN and Netflix join together for The Last Dance, a 10-part documentary series that chronicles the rise of Jordan, the Bulls, and the NBA.
After a stream of legalization all over the country, marijuana is becoming a big business for many and these nuns want a piece of the action. They call themselves the Sisters of the Valley and after years of abuse, these women have come together to use their plants for the greater good. Directed by Rob Ryan, this documentary explores the world of cannabis farming and the hardships that go along with it. The film will debut at Cannes and is expected for release later this year.
People go on cruises for weeks or maybe even months — not for the rest of their lives. But Mario Salcedo lives his life on the boat. He's spent nearly 19 years cruising nonstop, and he has no plans of stopping until he stops. Mario bills himself as the happiest man in the world — or at least in his world.
One man's trash is another man's treasure. Nick DiMola reminds us how true that saying is. Over the last 30 years, the New Yorker has made a living out of picking up garbage but he's made a hobby out of collecting it. His assortment of trinkets includes anything from vintage toys and signs to a sugar cube corsage. Some may consider it hoarding and others might think it's an obsession, but according to DiMola, his collection is a passion for preserving the past.
In 2003, Brian Wells walked into a Pennsylvania bank with a home shotgun shaped like a cane and a bomb locked around his neck. This bizarre incident would trigger an investigation that would uncover one of the strangest heists in American history. Evil Genius tells the story of three co-conspirators and a plot to rob a bank to pay for a murder-for-hire that went terribly wrong. Evil Genius comes to Netflix May 11, 2018.
After moving to the United States from Taiwan, Chi-Tien Lui used his background in electronics to open his own shop in Manhattan in 1969. Artist, directors, and musicians flocked to his shop to test out the latest video equipment. Today, Lui uses his decade of knowledge to maintain and repair this vintage machinery to help preserve priceless art for museums like the Smithsonian and MoMA.