Film Festivals and Netflix alike have a multitude of documentaries on offer, some of which are often most successfully received in these environments. Tackling subjects that we don’t see addressed often in the news or fictional films, documentaries appeal to critics and those interested in particular subjects alike, along with those with a healthy dose of natural curiosity. This sometimes means that they are lost along the way, with many audiences preferring fictional epics over factual works documenting real life.
But all is not lost. Whilst many documentaries do not get the cinematic release that they arguably deserve, these films are still out there as a source of both entertainment and information, and they are there for anyone wishing to seek them out to watch.
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
Bitcoin is still something of a mystery to many people, but to anyone who’s spent more than a bit of time on the internet in recent years, it’s something at least somewhat familiar. The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin is a feature documentary which saw its debut at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, giving insider knowledge and explaining this decentralised currency in ways that people will understand. Bitcoin is a unique currency in that it doesn’t rely on the big banks to make transactions, and many different types of companies have started using it, from hotels to iGaming websites. In fact, if you’re curious, you can even try a different kind of lotto which pays out solely in Bitcoin; with different pools to potentially win. Watching Nicholas Mross’ documentary could help you to understand a little more about how this invention can work as a currency, too.
If Bitcoin is to change the future of currency, there’s no arguing that one thing has already changed the way we consume media – and that’s being able to download. Downloaded tells the story of how file sharing exploded on the internet and changed the face of both the film and the music industry today. Alex Winter debuted this film at 2013’s SXSW in Texas, but it had been years in the making. He calls it a film about the “birth of the digital revolution”. He realised he couldn’t just tell one story when talking about such a prominent phenomenon, and so he interviewed countless individuals and there was a particular focus on Napster. While file sharing started as something controversial, it has inspired the way we do things today, now perfectly legally. And, in fact, in a fitting tribute – you can of course find it on Netflix.
We often hear of the world’s water crisis – but what if there was a positive solution? As mankind continues to advance, we will have to contend with mother nature and respect the earth in order to continue living on it. Quirky inventor Dean Kamen believes he has the solution with his water vapour compressing device, and SlingShot tells his story about the product he feels could change everything. Environmentalists seem positive, although they do have concerns about costs and mass-production capability. However, with partnerships from the likes of major brands and endorsements from high profile individuals, could it get its feet off the ground and save humanity? Watch it to see what you think!
Interested in film or your future? Then you’ll be interested in our documentaries for tech geeks. Give these films a watch, and then seek out new ones in our ever-changing world.