Documentary Short


FIRST NIGHT IN AMERICA (11 minutes, 2017)

Posted on May 4th, by admin in Environment, Family, Politics. No Comments

The United States has a long, complicated history of accepting refugees from around the world. However, few of us are familiar with the intricacies of how relocation and resettlement works. Back in 2006, after reading an article about an airport hotel that shelters refugees awaiting their connections to far-flung corners of this country, we found ourselves wondering about their very first night here. How did these newcomers navigate that foreign, if quintessentially American environment?

By the end of 2011, the wars in the Middle East had precipitated a global refugee crisis, and we decided to make a film about that first night in America for those families who made it here. As we filmed family after family passing through a hotel near New York, we were struck by the universality of the experience of landing in a new place after a … Read More »



Where is Planet Earth? Inside the Galaxy Supercluster ‘Laniakea’ (4 minutes, 2014)

Posted on May 2nd, by admin in Environment, Nature. No Comments

Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space. Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, they redefine our home supercluster and name it Laniakea, which means ‘immeasurable heaven’ in Hawaiian. (Source: Nature Video)



PERFECTLY NORMAL (12 minutes, 2017)

Posted on March 15th, by admin in Biography, Health, Mental Illness. No Comments

I was introduced to Jordan, the effervescent subject of this Op-Doc, by a mutual friend; we met for lunch at his favorite deli in Los Angeles, where we live. That day, we waded through a getting-to-know-you conversation that somehow felt both more awkward and less awkward than most of its kind. Jordan has Asperger’s syndrome, and so he often gets pulled into his own world, one that can seem chaotic and isolated from ours. But he has learned to make deliberate choices to stay present in reality.

I found myself pleasantly surprised by the quick-witted middle-aged man having lunch across from me. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of music and movies, and a strikingly clever sense of humor. So I was intrigued. The lunch became the first of many meetings we shared over the course of many months, before we started … Read More »



Jim Greco’s “Year 13” Film (22 minutes, 2017)

Posted on February 28th, by admin in Skateboarding. No Comments

A new cinematic offering from the captivating mind of Jim Greco, with guest appearances from Jeremy Klein, Chris Pastras, Jason Lee, and Danny Sargent. Shot by Tobin Yelland and Joey Sinko. (Source: Thrasher Magazine)



Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X (2 minutes, 2017)

Posted on February 21st, by admin in Biography, Civil Rights, Crime. No Comments

The civil rights leader Malcolm X was killed Feb. 21, 1965, at a rally in New York City. Hear from a witness and visit the site of the assassination — in the past, present, and in 360 video. (Source: The New York Times)



Is Trump a Populist Authoritarian? (4 minutes, 2017)

Posted on February 9th, by admin in History, Politics. No Comments

It’s a good time to be a populist authoritarian—in the Western world, politicians who pledge to govern this way are gaining strength, and Donald Trump is hardly an exception. So, what kinds of populist and authoritarian leanings does he have? Atlantic staff writer Uri Friedman goes through the checklist in this video. Claiming to exclusively embody the will of the people rather than the establishment? Trump does that. Favoring harsh measures to protect the homeland against external threats? He does that, too. However, the United States is one of the oldest democracies in the world. Will the nation’s … Read More »



TEN METER TOWER (16 minutes, 2016)

Posted on January 31st, by admin in Philosophy, Sports. No Comments

Our objective in making this film was something of a psychology experiment: We sought to capture people facing a difficult situation, to make a portrait of humans in doubt. We’ve all seen actors playing doubt in fiction films, but we have few true images of the feeling in documentaries. To make them, we decided to put people in a situation powerful enough not to need any classic narrative framework. A high dive seemed like the perfect scenario.

Through an online advertisement, we found 67 people who had never been on a 10-meter (about 33 feet) diving tower before, and had never jumped from that high. We paid each of them the equivalent of about $30 to participate — which meant climbing up to the diving board and walking to its edge. We were as interested in the people who decided to … Read More »



James Toback vs. Norman Mailer: The Incident (6 minutes, 2016)

Posted on January 25th, by admin in Biography, Comedy, Sports, Writers. No Comments

A short documentary shot in a New York City diner about a feud movie writer James Toback got into with legendary novelist Norman Mailer.



Making the World’s First Male Sex Doll (17 minutes, 2016)

Posted on January 20th, by admin in Business, Sex. No Comments

In Slutever, VICE’s resident sexpert Karley Sciortino explores the mysterious labyrinth of human sexuality and checks out the various ways that people around the world like to get off. In the premiere episode of Slutever’s brand new season, Karley finds herself in the world of life-like custom male sex dolls and meets the team pioneering the perfect plastic fuck buddy for women. (Source: VICE)



Terminal Bar Documentary (22 minutes, 2002)

Posted on January 10th, by admin in Business, Drugs, History. No Comments

This 2003 Sundance Jury Prize winner for short film explores the customers who frequented the Terminal Bar, a down-and-out watering hole in Times Square across the street from the Port Authority. Sheldon Nadelman, the bartender, shot over 1,500 black and white portraits during his ten year stint there from 1972-1982. The bar was owned by Murray Goldman, Sheldon’s father-in-law. (Source: Terminal Pictures)