Meet the People Who Dream of Building a Space Elevator

In his 1979 novel Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke described an impossibly tall tower that would ferry humans from the Earth’s surface into orbit. Nearly forty years later, space elevators still have the ring of science fiction. But against all odds, a small community of engineers is pushing the idea closer to… »11/20/15 10:30am11/20/15 10:30am


This Documentary Uses Science to See Who Loves the Hardest

Six adults (and one kid), one fMRI machine, five minutes to love someone (or something) as hard as possible. In The Love Competition, a short documentary first featured in McSweeney’s Wholphin #15, filmmaker Brent Hoff and Stanford University neuroscientists try to see which type of love makes the brain most active. »6/19/15 1:01pm6/19/15 1:01pm

Video: The fascinating world of kite fighting for sport

All my life, I’ve been flying kites for fun. Little did I know that there was a sport of fighting kites that I could have playing instead! This fascinating short documentary by Victory Journal explores the kite fighters of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and shows how kids and adults participate in the sport. It looks fun and… »4/21/15 11:40am4/21/15 11:40am

How Charlie Hebdo created the cover that made them a terrorist target

Back in 2006, Jérôme Lambert and Philippe Picard made this short documentary showing the creative process behind the first cover that made the fanatics to target Charlie Hebdo, a magazine that I used to read when I was a student in France. A unique look into a creative process that will surprise many Americans. »1/12/15 8:40pm1/12/15 8:40pm

Terrifying documentary on the fire bombs roaming America's railroads

Boom is a terrifying documentary on a problem that you may not be aware of: America has been invaded by hundred of thousands of moving fire bombs—freight trains with old, cheap tanker cars designed to transport corn oil filled with dangerous flammable oil. Logically, accidents are happening, people are dying, and oil… »12/15/14 8:06am12/15/14 8:06am

Watch two hours of deleted scenes from the original Star Wars Trilogy

If you're looking for two hours of deleted scenes and alternate footage from the original Star Wars Trilogy and hoping that they'd be masterfully edited together documentary-style, well, here you go. Garrett Gilchrist put together all this Star Wars footage you probably never seen before in Star Wars: Deleted Magic. »11/25/14 11:29pm11/25/14 11:29pm

Top photographers explain what modern photography is really about

Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Tyrone Lebon created this neat documentary showing the state of the art of modern photography. The film features some of the world's best contemporary photographers talking about their creative process, inspiration, and ultimately, what modern photography is about. »10/31/14 11:14pm10/31/14 11:14pm