See How the First Moon Photos Are Being Recovered In an Old McDonald's

Earlier this year, the internet was collectively tickled at the reports of how NASA was conducting the recovery of some of the first photos of the moon inside an abandoned McDonald's. This new video takes a closer look at how this surreal research lab came to be. » 7/15/14 4:27pm 7/15/14 4:27pm

Behind the Scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey

The short documentary, 2001 A Space Odyssey: A Look Behind the Future is a fascinating artifact of film history. As the folks at Coudal Partners point out, it might be a little "cornball" at times, but it still serves to give context for thoughts around space exploration from technical experts and artists in the late… » 6/14/14 7:00pm 6/14/14 7:00pm

This Movie About the Grandfather of Debunkery Looks Amazing

"No matter how smart or well-educated you are, you can be deceived," says James Randi in the trailer for the new film An Honest Liar. If you're at all familiar with his work, I can bet you're pretty damn excited to see a new documentary devoted to this man who knows a thing or two about deception. But does James "The… » 6/14/14 3:00pm 6/14/14 3:00pm

Meet the men who are seriously building time machines

Everyone wants to go back into time and see historical events or jump ahead to experience the future. It's human nature to wonder about tomorrow and reminisce about yesterday. We can't help it. But even though DeLoreans and Victorian open carriages and hot tubs have helped us imagine time travel, most of us are… » 5/07/14 9:22pm 5/07/14 9:22pm

Attenborough's Next Amazing Nature Documentary Will Play on Oculus Rift

Sir David Attenborough is the grand master behind epic nature documentaries like Planet Earth and Blue Planet. His productions take us deep into entirely new worlds that few humans have ever visited. His next project will do that even more convincingly, powered by the amazing virtual reality powers of Oculus Rift. » 4/12/14 9:00am 4/12/14 9:00am

Meet the guys who store humans at freezing temperatures for the future

We Will Live Again is a fascinating documentary on the Cryonics Institute, the place where 99 dead human bodies are stored at freezing temperatures in hopes that they'll be able to be revived and live again in another life. It's crazy and bizarre and eerie in all the right ways. » 4/08/14 9:29pm 4/08/14 9:29pm

Slomo: Why You See a Retired Doctor Skating Around San Diego Every Day

If you visit Pacific Beach in San Diego, you might spy an older dude skating in slow motion along the boardwalk. Known as "Slomo," man's been mistaken for many things through the years—homeless, insane, etc.—but he's actually there very much on purpose. This short New York Times doc is his strange, inspiring story. » 4/01/14 9:00pm 4/01/14 9:00pm

Take a Fascinating Tour Behind the Scenes of The Shining

What was it like working on the set of legendary film director Stanley Kubrick as he adapted The Shining, Stephen King's bestselling horror story, to the silver screen? If these cast and crew interviews from the new documentary Staircases to Nowhere, are any indication, the answer is: pretty dang awesome. » 3/16/14 9:00pm 3/16/14 9:00pm

The Kids and Adults Inside of Us Can't Wait For This Imagineering Doc

Even if you think Disneyland and Walt Disney World are too artificial, too sappy, too cutesy, you still have to admit they completely redefined the idea of a theme park. Visiting them makes you feel like you're entered another world, and all of the 'magic' responsible for that feeling comes from the hardworking… » 8/20/13 3:40pm 8/20/13 3:40pm

Watch the Entire Pirate Bay Documentary TPB AFK Right Here for Free

Fittingly, The Pirate Bay documentary TPB AFK (which stands for The Pirate Bay—Away From Keyboard) is available to watch online for free. It's not piracy though! The filmmakers put it on YouTube, made it available on The Pirate Bay for torrenters and has offered it as a digital download too. Makes total sense,… » 2/08/13 7:00pm 2/08/13 7:00pm

PBS's Silicon Valley Gives You an Inside Look At the Startup World…

Silicon Valley wasn't always the buzzword-flinging, startup-sprouting tech Mecca it is today. And PBS's latest installment of the "American Experience" series looks back 10 years before the phrase "Silicon Valley" had even been coined, when eight young physicists decided to shed their corporate shackles and found the… » 2/05/13 2:40pm 2/05/13 2:40pm

How Napster Brought the Recording Industry to Its Knees

Just over thirteen years ago, a novel file sharing service called Napster sent the recording industry into a tizzy. Suddenly nobody had to pay for music anymore thanks to the Internet. Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker pretty much single-handedly spearheaded the file-sharing revolution that the… » 12/10/12 10:47am 12/10/12 10:47am

Every Making Of Indiana Jones Documentary: These Belong in a Museum

Everyone loves Indiana Jones. That's just science. But you've also probably seen all of them a hundred dozen times. You could go through and watch all of the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles on Netflix (actually, yeah, do that too). Or you could take a night and watch all of these wonderful documentaries about how the… » 9/14/12 8:00pm 9/14/12 8:00pm

Never Underestimate the Power of a Strong Title Sequence

An amazing opening-credit sequence can really immerse an audience, setting the tone for the entire film. PBS's Off Book series showcases the designers behind such films as Seven, Blue Valentine, and Mad Men. Watch the video to hear their approach to such a specific, but important, aspect of filmmaking. [YouTube / PBS » 4/24/12 1:00pm 4/24/12 1:00pm