List Friday: The 10 Best Documentaries of 2015

This article was entirely written by me and originally posted on Taste of Cinema, in January 2016. It is the result of the public feedback to the films, and a hint of personal preferences.

After a year full of so many documentaries about compelling topics, it is difficult to compile a list of the ten best documentaries of 2015, but there are certainly a few that stood out. While many of the films were biographical films of well-known personalities, there were also a few that succeeded in bringing forward powerful stories of ordinary people.

The power of documentary film is that of exploring situations and lifestories usually unavailable to the general public, a fact that has popularized documentary film more and more, year after year. What drives us towards documentaries is curiosity, borne from our thirst for knowledge, an immortal trait of humankind. The films on this list did the best job in provoking the viewers’ voyeuristic disposition.

10.Finders Keepers (Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel)

Finders Keepers

This is a highly entertaining film about what appears to be an ordinary American reality TV subject. Shannon Whisnant, amateur entrepreneur as he calls himself, buys a storage locker in which he finds a human foot, hidden in a grill. In his attempt to gain fame over this finding, the authorities intervene and they find the owner of the storage space, and the leg, John Wood.

The film is a tragicomedy exploring the life beyond the absurd debate of who is the proper owner of the foot. The foot becomes an obsession, and the film interestingly documents its importance to the parties involved. John Wood’s family is interviewed, revealing the history of hardships the family has had to face. Continue reading “List Friday: The 10 Best Documentaries of 2015”

Short film Sunday 31.01

“One Hoops” is a 15 minutes look into the life of Jenny Hill. In this case, I think the description of the video is the perfect explanation of what you are going to see:

Jenny Hill unleashes her imagination on Lancaster with some hula hoops and a little creativity. The final chapter of the Lancaster Trilogy tells the story of Jenny Hill, a circus-style, multi-hoop performer, as we follow her life for 6 months.

(source: https://vimeo.com/147947943)

She is an interesting character, and it is fascinating how she organizes her life daily and how her perspective on life influences her. I have highly enjoyed this short film, it’s only flaw being that it left me wanting to see more, as I think the character could have been “explored” further.

Enjoy, and have a great Sunday!

Jo

Short film Sunday 18/01

Simplicity at its best! – is the phrase that I would attribute to this beautifully shot, honest portrait interview of a man who has been in contact with boats his whole life, one way or another. Now, he’s occupying his time creating – taking inspiration from what he knows best.

Enjoy a glimpse into the life of a man with an interesting story!

Short film Sunday 10/01

The film I picked this week is, in short, a poem set to beautiful music and a beautiful eerie, poetic, inspiring montage. The images drag you into the world they portray and into the emotion of the poem. What better way to enjoy a Sunday evening than being inspired? Enjoy!

 


Happy New Year, everyone! May 2016 be filled with creativity, travelling, beautiful moments and memories!

 

Short film Sunday

We have to remind ourselves from time to time not to judge people based on their appearance, but rather on their actions. The short documentary I chose to show you this week is a reminder of just that. But beyond this message, the documentary wonderfully reveals a handful of interesting stories behind the characters presented, all wrapped up into a beautiful montage. The cinematography isn’t bad either! Overall, it’s a short, but enjoyable watch, sprinkled with some emotional moments as well.

Please watch it and tell me what you think in the comment section! I don’t want to analyze it too much so I don’t spoil the viewing, but I would love to talk more about the film with you guys in the comments!

Enjoy!

 

What do you think? Let me know in the comment section below!