A Certain Kind of Death – One of the great mysteries that exists today is what happens to our bodies after we die. In “A Certain Kind of Death,” filmmakers Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh ask a much simpler question: what literally happens to a deceased person’s body if they have no next of kin?
Madness in the Fast Lane – In 2008, BBC documentary cameras captured two Swedish sisters, Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, as they willingly leapt in front of cars barreling down the M6 motorway in the UK. The vitality of the news clip resulted in an examination of the incident where filmmakers delved into a little known phenomenon called folie à deux (shared psychosis) where delusional behaviors are transmitted from one person to another.
Capturing the Friedmans – From filmmaker Anthony Jarecki (“The Jinx”), “Capturing the Friedmans“ was initially supposed to be an examination of various child entertainers and titled “Just a Clown” – focusing on popular New York City entertainer, David Friedman, who assumed the clown moniker, “Silly Billy.” However, during filming, Jarecki uncovered the fact that both Friedman’s brother, Jesse, and his father, Arnold, had pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse.
Wisconsin Death Trip – Based on the book of the same name by Michael Lesy, “Wisconsin Death Trip” uses old photographs and vintage documents to tell the bizarre story of a series of strange events that took place in a small Wisconsin town, Black River Falls, in the 1890s.
This is the Zodiac Speaking – The Zodiac killings are one of the most infamous and high-profile string of unsolved murders in history which has resulted in countless theories and a David Fincher film. Yet there is still no answer for who was responsible for the seven murders that occurred in California between December 1968-October 1969.
A Murder In The Family – In 2002, a British businessman was killed in his sleep in the Philippines. In “A Murder In the Family,” the mother of the victim, Margaret Davis, attempts to prove that her daughter-in-law, Evelyn, was the one responsible for his death.
The Woman Who Wasn’t There – With the anniversary of 9/11 having just passed, the tragedy continues to rely on firsthand accounts to chronicle that fateful day in American history. One such account by Tania Head, who lost a husband in the attack — and who herself was injured but still managed to walk down 78 floors with her right arm dangling — was particularly harrowing. The only problem was Tania Head wasn’t a real person and she didn’t have a husband in the Twin Towers.
The Bridge – In addition to being one of the true architectural wonders of the world, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most popular suicide locations. In “The Bridge,” filmmaker Eric Steel used 10,000 hours of footage to capture the last moments of 23 people who all stepped over the guard rail and plunged into the San Francisco bay.
Walking the Tracks: The Summer of “Stand by Me” – Divided into four different parts, this documentary explores the filmmaking process and origins of Stephen King’s short story, “The Body” which was used as the basis for the seminal coming-of-age film, “Stand by Me.”
The Family that Walks on All Fours – This BBC Two documentary chronicles a Kurdish family in Turkey who all move with a gait that suggests that evolution can actually go backwards.
See the complete list at Highsnobiety.
Receive all of today’s stories in one email every morning. Sign up for DocumentaryNews Daily.