Weekend Watching: Five Short Documentaries

This weekend check out a selection of five excellent short documentary films that we found on Showyou. They all appeared at film festivals like SXSW and Sundance over the last few years.

The Other Dave – “Super Dave” Manning was on his way to a pro golf career when lightning struck and permanently changed his perception of reality.

The Roper – The true story of Kendrick, a young calf roper in Louisiana who dreams of one day making it to the Las Vegas rodeo finals.

A Brief History of John Baldessari – The epic life of a world-class artist, jammed into six minutes. Narrated by Tom Waits.

Satan Since 2003 – A film about The Hell’s Satans, Richmond, Virginia’s premier moped gang.

Aquadettes from California is a place. on Vimeo.


The Best Longform Videos of the Week

It’s Sunday! Fire up that iPad and catch up on the must-see longform videos that we found on Showyou this week.

J Dilla’s Vinyl Collection – Crate Diggers – All about the prolific producer of The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Janet Jackson and more. From the Fuse channel.

Every Woody Allen Stammer From Every Woody Allen Movie – Why does this exist and why it is so captivating? From the Huffington Post.

Two great documentaries from VICE took off on Showyou this week. Check out In Saddam’s Shadow: Baghdad 10 Years After the Invasion, and 3D Printed Guns below is a must-see.


This Week’s Best Longform Video – from Space, Mexico, Machu Picchu and Oakland

Two great new videos from VICE – Internet Scamming in West Africa and Exploring Mexican Narco Cinema.

A walk around Machu Picchu with 3D binaural headphones. Wowza.

Vladimir Nabokov: Life and Works – This 60 minute BBC documentary looks at the controversial author of Lolita.

One Day Builds: Adam Savage Makes Something Wonderful from Scratch – Adam spends a day in the woodshop, narrates as he designs and builds a custom carrying case.

I Didn’t Do Anything – The Fight for Alan Blueford – A family fights for justice for their son killed by a police officer in Oakland, CA in 2012.

Inside Story Americas: The cost of America’s Prison Industry – US Federal Prisons are 39% over capacity. Are private, for-profit prisons the answer? This piece from Al Jezeera takes a look.

Interviews in Space – The Canadian commander notes the International Space Station is bigger than “five hockey rinks.” Also: FLOATING MICROPHONE. Not kidding.