This Documentary Explains the Crazy Reality of Living on Mars

Do you want to go to space? Of course you do, and the fun thing is you (probably) can—if you have a shitload of money. The good news is that space tourism is getting cheaper and easier, so it's entirely likely that you might be able to afford it one day. But you probably don't want to say goodbye to Earth quite yet. » 10/30/14 3:51pm 10/30/14 3:51pm

The Incredible Unseen Film Archives Of D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus

D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus are documentary filmmakers who've recorded 60 years' worth of memorable folks in some of history's most culturally significant moments. Reels upon reels of their footage, tons of which hasn't been seen in decades, is stored in a Cold War-era limestone mine. » 10/29/14 3:48pm 10/29/14 3:48pm

Whatever You Think of Edward Snowden, Go See Citizenfour Now

I have mixed feelings about Snowden. After spending more than a year reporting on the whistleblower patriot traitor spy skinny guy from North Carolina, I've gone from lauding his regard for American civil liberties to deeply distrusting his intentions and methods for exposing state secrets. But last night, I saw … » 10/24/14 12:47pm 10/24/14 12:47pm

A Short About the Challenge and Beauty of Large Format Photography

It takes a special kind of masochist to carry around the behemoth that is a large format camera. One such person is Joseph Allen Freeman, a photographer working in the 8 x 10 format. In the short film Through the Ground Glass, by Nick Bolton and Taylor Hawkins, we hear Freeman ruminate about the trials and romanticism… » 10/16/14 10:03am 10/16/14 10:03am

Watch a Man Direct Marble Quarry Excavators With Subtle Hand Gestures

At the Monte Bettolgi quarry in the northern Italian alps, industrial excavators crack massive blocks of marble out of the mountain. The sheer scale of the operation is impressive; even more so considering that one shirtless man orchestrates their movement with super simple hand gestures (minus a few fingertips). » 10/14/14 5:15pm 10/14/14 5:15pm

Waltz With Bashir: An Animated Documentary About War and Memory

Why would a veteran and filmmaker, attempting to piece together his lost memories of a brutal war, turn to animation to tell his story? For many, animation is still cloaked in the cultural stigma of cartoons—of inconsequential entertainment. So the decision to render a film about war and psychology in animated form is… » 10/13/14 8:00pm 10/13/14 8:00pm

The Concise, Complex Art Of A Successful Creative Brief

Before the creative project there is: the brief. It's a concise communication nugget developed between a client and an artist, or an architect, or a designer, that clearly lays out the mission for the task at hand. Briefly is a short doc that explores the complexity of this short form through the perspective of six… » 9/30/14 8:41pm 9/30/14 8:41pm

An Artist Whose Career Is Based Entirely On Other People's Photographs

Why take photos when millions upon millions of people are taking billions upon billions of them every single day, of every subject imaginable? Artist Joachim Schmid has been obsessed with other people's photos for years, collecting and re-packaging them as art objects. This great video from the Carnegie Museum of… » 9/24/14 11:32am 9/24/14 11:32am

Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger Get Pumped in His Prime

You haven't lived until you've seen the man who would become governor of California talk about "the pump." In the now legendary 1977 documentary Pumping Iron, a 28-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger describes the feeling in memorable terms. Put more bluntly, the Terminator likens lifting weights to having an orgasm. » 9/11/14 8:00pm 9/11/14 8:00pm

Bid Farewell To The Great Joan Rivers With Her Perfect Documentary

Oh no, not Joan. The legend died today at 81 after complications from vocal chord surgery, a fantastically unfair finale for one of the world's most irrepressible personalities. Tonight, honor her legacy and be awed by her trailblazing five-decade career with her 2010 documentary, A Piece of Work. » 9/04/14 8:00pm 9/04/14 8:00pm

How a country that has no new bike parts fixes its bicycles

What happens if you live in Cuba and your bike breaks down? It's not like you can hop on the Internet and get two day shipping for a new bike. In fact, it's pretty much impossible to score new bike parts. What you have to do is find a guy who knows another guy who might have some parts of the part you need. » 9/03/14 9:01pm 9/03/14 9:01pm

A Look At the Sub That Took James Cameron To the Bottom of the Sea

James Cameron showed us new worlds in films like Avatar and The Abyss. So it's no wonder that the filmmaker would want to explore the one we actually live in. Deepsea Challenge 3D chronicles his journey to the greatest depths of the ocean—thanks to an incredible sub that Gizmodo recently had a chance to see up close. » 8/08/14 4:38pm 8/08/14 4:38pm

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