Serving Life (TV Movie 2011): Actor Forest Whitaker narrates the story of a group of inmate volunteers who staff their own hospice inside a maximum security prison in Louisiana where the average sentence is more than 90 years. Moved me to tears! Available on Netflix.
Schooled: The Price of College Sports- One of the most fascinating pieces on how college sports in America became a billion dollar enterprise, all built on the backs of unpaid athletes. Available on Netflix.
The Elephant in the Living Room- takes viewers on a journey inside the buying and keeping of exoctic animals as pets in American households and what that means for the animals & their owners. Available on Netflix.
Bill Cunningham New York- One of the most fascinating films I have seen on a New York street photographer and the people who dress fashionably on the streets of NYC, "just for Bill." Available on Netflix.
One of the most fascinating and heart-wrenching documentaries I have ever seen on killer whales that are kept in captivity and how these orca whales can react to not being in their ocean home. Available on Netflix.
The Short Game is a FANTASTIC family-friendly documentary on 8 junior golfers that tee off for a world championship in North Carolina. It is a very moving story of truly determined kids, parents, & coaches and what it takes to be a potential future professional golfer! (Available for streaming on Netflix)
Nature: My Life as a Turkey- A fantastic family film about a naturalist who became a "mother" to 16 wild turkeys and cares for them for eighteen months. A perfect family film that your kids will love! (On Netflix)
Indie Game: The Movie- This one is not for the kids, but offers an extremely captivating story of several independent game designers and how they hope to develop their own indie games into a successful business. Incredible story of resilience, determination, and the competitiveness of the gaming industry.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi- An AMAZING documentary about an 85-year-old sushi master who has become a legacy in Tokyo for creating the world's most perfect sushi and is training his son to take over his legacy when he retires. Inspiring story that would be great for a family documentary night!
This film follows a group of talented young jazz musicians as they make their way through the Essentially Ellington high school jazz band competition. Despite being wildly talented, these kids go head to head in a competition against the nation's best young jazz musicians. This is a fantastic documentary for kids and your whole family will be rooting for this group of underdogs as they compete for the title in this amazing story!
This documentary is family-friendly and so fun to watch. Weaving in the history of the actual board game along with a worldwide Monopoly Board Game competition, kids and adults will flip for this one. Fans of Wordplay, Word Wars, or Spellbound will especially love this documentary!
Told from the perspective of two 11 year-old girls, this documentary explores the politics of food in America. These sweet girls interview everyone from farmers to school officials to chefs to ordinary people to find out how food is grown & how the choices we make impact our bodies and other Americans. A great balance of illustrated segments with thoughtful commentary. This one lead to a great discussion on making better choices about where our food comes from. (on Netflix Instant Stream)
Our whole family fell in love with this documentary about Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind the beloved Elmo. A feel good story of how Kevin never gave up on his dreams of working as a puppeteer even when his peers made fun of him. This has a wonderful message for children that if you work hard your dreams really can come true. Can't say enough about how great this one is (available for Instant Streaming on Netflix)
Who knew that the art of paper folding was so dang interesting? Our entire family was sucked into this mesmerizing world where artists & scientists use origami to create delicate bodies of work as well as model mathematical theories. You will not only appreciate the artistry, but the history that goes behind this ancient art form. (Available on Instant Stream on Netflix)
Two totally different men. Both overweight. Both on heavy doses of prescription medication. Both heading towards early death. What if they pledged 60 days to only drinking juice made from fruits & vegetables? How would that transform their lives? How would that transform their hearts? Absolutely eye-opening about the power of real food. (Available on Instant Stream on Netflix)
Wasteful Americans that we are, this documentary brings to light the unbelievably ridiculous amounts of food we throw away while millions go hungry. This movie chronicles those who live off of some of this perfectly good food and how grocers need to change their ways about what they consider trash. (Available for Instant Stream on Netflix)
Who would have ever thought arm wrestling could be so darn fascinating? John Brzenk travels the globe to find anyone who can beat him as the undisputed arm wrestling king. When worthy competitors come into play, John has to decide whether to retire or take on these new challengers. (Available for Instant Stream on Netflix)