50 Documentaries To See Before You Die

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 7.3  (103)

This five part television series aired on the now defunct Current TV Channel between August 2nd and August 30th, 2011. The acclaimed series presents clips and interviews concerning the making of 50 important documentaries produced during the past quarter of a century, films which the editors deemed most significant. The show covers such films as "March of the Penguins" by Luc Jacquet, "Gasland" by Josh Fox, "Food, Inc." by Robert Kenner, "Hoop Dreams" by Steve James, "The Fog of War" by Errol Morris, "Paris is Burning" by Jennie Livingston and "Roger & Me" by Michael Moore, along with many others.

50 Documentaries To See Before You Die
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Episode 5
5. Episode 5
August 30, 2011
After weeks spent traveling across America in search of modern documentary's most iconic directors and compelling subjects, Spurlock ends his journey in Illinois. There he meets Steve James, the director of "Hoop Dreams," along with the film's stars Arthur Agee and William Gates to talk about what made the documentary memorable. Notable interviewees include: Al Gore; Michael Moore; Errol Morris; D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; Tony Hawk and Jack Osbourne.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
August 23, 2011
As Spurlock travels across America in search of modern documentary's most compelling directors and iconic subjects, he heads to Pittsburgh to find out if the transvestite ball scene, so memorably captured in the 1990 cult film "Paris Is Burning" is still raging in all its voguing, pose-striking glory. Along the road, he interviews some of the countdown's top filmmakers and authors, including Nick Broomfield, Jared Leto, and Aisha Tyler.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
August 16, 2011
Spurlock reveals films number 30 through 21 as he kicks off this leg of his journey with Michael Moore, who talks about what drove him to make the box office hit "Fahrenheit 9/11." In Los Angeles, he finally meets up with mercurial Mr. Brainwash from Banksy's hit film "Exit Through the Gift Shop" (2010) all in an effort to find out whether he is real or an elaborate art hoax.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
August 9, 2011
"50 Documentaries to See Before You Die" presents a special interview with the director of the academy award winning documentary "One Day in September," Kevin MacDonald.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
August 2, 2011
50 Greatest Documentaries to See Before You Die presents a special interview with the director of "Roger & Me," Michael Moore.
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This five part television series aired on the now defunct Current TV Channel between August 2nd and August 30th, 2011. The acclaimed series presents clips and interviews concerning the making of 50 important documentaries produced during the past quarter of a century, films which the editors deemed most significant. The show covers such films as "March of the Penguins" by Luc Jacquet, "Gasland" by Josh Fox, "Food, Inc." by Robert Kenner, "Hoop Dreams" by Steve James, "The Fog of War" by Errol Morris, "Paris is Burning" by Jennie Livingston and "Roger & Me" by Michael Moore, along with many others.

  • Premiere Date
    August 2, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (103)