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49 Innovative Documentaries

From Bold HIV Awareness Campaigns to Edgy Urban Cycling Films

— April 25, 2014 — Pop Culture
This collection of innovative documentaries in honor of the 2014 Hot Docs Canadian international documentary film festival running from April 24th to May 4th in Toronto. Hot Docs selections will be playing at a number of different theaters across the city, and is the largest documentary film festival in North America. Like the human experiences this genre of film focuses on, the movie subject matter is varied.

Many innovative documentaries focus on a specific social issue the director and people behind the film would like to bring awareness to. This could be anything from a medical epidemic like AIDS to animal conservation. Others center around unusual lifestyles or subcultures within society and telling their stories. Some also take an in depth look at the making of something unique.
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Revamped Rasta Rap Stars
Revamped Rasta Rap Stars
The Snoop Lion Reincarnated Documentary Presents a New Snoop Dogg
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Cotnroversial Twitter-Driven Documentaries
Cotnroversial Twitter-Driven Documentaries
'Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry' is About Art and Information
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Embodied Dream Manifestation Videos
Embodied Dream Manifestation Videos
'In Dreams' Turns Your Head into Your Worst Nightmare
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Rowdy Rocker Documentaries
Rowdy Rocker Documentaries
The Rolling Stones Documentary Commemorates the Band’s 50th Anniv
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Post-Sporting Event Documentaries
Post-Sporting Event Documentaries
The Olympic City Explores Life in Host Cities After the Games
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Video Game Creation Films
Video Game Creation Films
The Rev3games Documentary Reveals Secrets to Making Audio
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Intimate Rapper Documentaries
Intimate Rapper Documentaries
The Barclay Center Documentary is Released on Jay-Z's Birthday
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Hot Sauce Documentaries
Hot Sauce Documentaries
Sriracha the Movie Answers Burning Questions About the Famous Sauce
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WWI-Cut Paper Documentaries
WWI-Cut Paper Documentaries
'And We Were Young' by Andy Smetanka Combines Beauty with Brutality
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Inspirational Confessional Films
Inspirational Confessional Films
Two London Filmmakers Ask Strangers Their Deepest Darkest Secrets
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Open Programming Documentary Series
Open Programming Documentary Series
'Hello World!' Explores Creative Options by Open Source Tools
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Sneaker Subculture Shorts
Sneaker Subculture Shorts
The Trashlab Documentary: Sneaker Collectors Explores Rare Shoe Finds
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Relationship Advising Documentaries
Relationship Advising Documentaries
52 Glue Films Reveals the Secrets of Successful Relationships
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Award-Winning Kickstarter-Funded Films
Award-Winning Kickstarter-Funded Films
The Inocente Documentary Short Wins an Oscar
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Olympic Sport Wildlife Commentary
Olympic Sport Wildlife Commentary
These Female Curlers Get Analyzed Like an Animal Documentary
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Historic Shoemaking Films
Historic Shoemaking Films
The Dustin Cohen the Shoemaker Documentary Looks at Catalfumo
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Transitionary Morale Documentaries
Transitionary Morale Documentaries
Documentary Shows POVs on Interacting with Artificial Life
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Olympic Consequence Videos
Olympic Consequence Videos
‘The Dark Side of the London Olympics’ Vice Documentary
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Radical Cyclist Films
Radical Cyclist Films
Get Geared Up for Red Bull Race the Place with This Epic Documentary
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Self-Image Beauty Films
Self-Image Beauty Films
Dove's Short Film ‘Selfie’ is Set to Debut at The Sundance Fil
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Album Art Creation Videos
Album Art Creation Videos
Danny Cook's Documentry Shows the Making of the John Mayer Album Artwork
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Minimalist Celebration Documentaries
Minimalist Celebration Documentaries
CRESTA Takes Pride in How Less is More
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Hometown Basketball Documentaries
Hometown Basketball Documentaries
This Jordan Brand Profile Looks at Carmelo Anthony's Hometown
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Code-Based Interactive Documentaries
Code-Based Interactive Documentaries
The CLOUDS Documentary Lets You Narrate Your Own Story
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Distruption-Causing Success Stories
Distruption-Causing Success Stories
Ondi Timoner’s Total Disruption Series Humanizes Success
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Reclusive Cartoonist Documentaries (UPDATE)
Reclusive Cartoonist Documentaries (UPDATE)
Dear Mr. Watterson Explores Calvin and Hobbes' Impact
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Balloon Artwork Documentaries (UPDATE)
Balloon Artwork Documentaries (UPDATE)
The RedBall Project Turns Heads In the UK
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Digital Progression Documentaries
Digital Progression Documentaries
PBS Off Book Tracks 'The Evolution of 8-Bit Art'
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Funny Entrepreneur Mockumentaries
Funny Entrepreneur Mockumentaries
Cadbury 'Meme Myself and I' Series Launches on MTV Australia
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Dilapidated Sea Documentaries
Dilapidated Sea Documentaries
The 'America's Dead Sea' Film Tracks the Salton Sea Decline
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Internet Survival Documentaries
Internet Survival Documentaries
Craigslist Joe is One Captivating Social Experiment
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Fashion House Documentaries
Fashion House Documentaries
Lady Dior Documentary Features Marion Cotillard and the Design Process
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Sushi-Centric Documentaries
Sushi-Centric Documentaries
'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' Follows World Renowned Sushi Chef Jiro Ono
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Riveting Internet Activist Documentaries
Riveting Internet Activist Documentaries
The Aaron Sawrts Documentary Captivates Audiences at SXSW
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Edgy Urban Cycling Films
Edgy Urban Cycling Films
The iBike Documentary Trailer Preps for the New Montreal Cyclist Film
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Dangerous Dancing Documentaries
Dangerous Dancing Documentaries
VICE Travel Series 'All the Wrong Places' Travels to Peru
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Celebratory NBA Films
Celebratory NBA Films
The Dream Team Documentary Commemorates the Olympic Team's 20th Anniversary
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Star Trek Fanatic Films
Star Trek Fanatic Films
The William Shatner Get A Life Documentary Boldly Goes Where No Other Has
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Powerful Baby Boomer Documentaries
Powerful Baby Boomer Documentaries
The Boomer Revolution Examines the Influential 60s Generation
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Bold HIV Awareness Campaigns
Bold HIV Awareness Campaigns
This Interactive Online Campaign Encourages Open Conversations on HIV
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Revolutionary Nature Documentaries
Revolutionary Nature Documentaries
Rob Stewart's Nature Documentary Predicts a Devastating Future
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Tribal Quest Documentaries
Tribal Quest Documentaries
This BBC Film Capture the Evolution of Tribal Life in Africa
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LEGO Artist Films
LEGO Artist Films
The LEGO Art Documentary is Informative and Captivating
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Busking Culture Documentaries
Busking Culture Documentaries
The Busk Documentary Explores the Underground World of Buskers
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Internet Ban Documentaries
Internet Ban Documentaries
'No Internet Week' Bans Digital Natives from Using the Internet
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Branded Documentary Films
Branded Documentary Films
Pilot PMR Creates a Tongue-in-Cheek Video to Connect with Clients
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Intimate Graffiti Documentaries
Intimate Graffiti Documentaries
The Raphael Haddad In Bed with Invader Video is a Street-Art Must
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3D Print Weaponry Documentaries
3D Print Weaponry Documentaries
The VICE Click.Print.Gun. Film Tracks the Future of Firearms
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