Our Best Documentaries
This week we are proud to present a Collector’s Promotion on Our Best Documentaries. Here are three highlighted titles from this collection of extraordinary true stories.
Teri Horton, a retired truck driver from California, bought a painting for $5.00 from a thrift shop because she thought it was bright and cheery and would make a good gift. When it proved to be too big, she set it out to sell at a garage sale. A local art teacher spotted it and suggested it might possibly be painted by Jackson Pollock. The film follows Horton as she learns who the #$&% Jackson Pollock is and attempts to authenticate the painting. It offers an insightful look into the elitist, high-stakes world of art dealership as an average woman tries to take it on.
Billy Mitchell is the cocky, reigning champion in earning the highest recorded Donkey Kong score. Steve Wiebe is an unassuming opponent who submits a score that shatters Mitchell’s. What ensues is a story of scrutiny and clandestine revenge fueled by a deep-seated rivalry. The juxtaposition of something as low-stakes and unimportant as a video game score matched with such unwavering passion makes for an oddly entertaining and eye-opening story.
The New York City ball culture of the LGBT communities is front and center in this colorful look at the underground competition runway. Participants walk to win prizes at events known as Balls, competing categories ranging from dance skills, costumes and attitude, to “realness.” The fierceness of the competition transcends the class, gender and race of its participants. In 1995, responding to widespread criticism that it has ignored documentary films like Paris Is Burning, The Thin Blue Line and Roger and Me, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed the procedures under which feature-length documentary films are nominated for Academy Awards.
See the complete collection of Our Best Documentaries.