Some Documentaries I Reccomend:

Matt Austin Don't You Forget about Me
Don’t You Forget About Me / The Work of John Hughes

A group of filmmakers go on a quest to meet the maker of films such as Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Breakfast Club. Watch the trailer here.

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Food Inc.
Food Inc.

In the classes I teach, we try to start by figuring out a research question so we can enter into hot pursuit for answers.  This documentary offers a great example of the research question:  Where does my food come from?  Under what conditions was it produced?  Watch the trailer here.

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Trouble the Water.  An Inside Look at Hurricane Katrina.
Trouble the Water. An Inside Look at Hurricane Katrina.

An inside look at Hurricane Katrina from two who survived the storm.  Watch the trailer here.

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Maxed Out
If you want to know what the credit card companies are up to, watch MAXED OUT

Whoa!  Some of the folks in this film–the bill collectors–are some nasty people.  Watch the trailer here.

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No Impact Man
No Impact Man

Here’s a radical experiment by a Manhattan family who works toward leaving a minimal environmental footprint.  Watch the trailer here.

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The Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff

Not sure this is quite a documentary.  More like an important lecture about all that stuff we feel like we have to buy.  Watch the trailer here.

The Impact and Absence of John Hughes > Don’t You Forget About Me : A Documentary B

“Don’t You Forget About Me” is a documentary worth seeing if you’re a product of the eighties, especially a fan of the romantic comedy.  We watched it at my house via Netflix on demand for nothing.  Here’s a little excerpt from the filmmakers blog:

It was never our intention to be in the film. After our first year of making the film and getting nowhere with trying to get the exclusive interview with the ellusive Hughes, we simply gave up. We focused on the people who worked with him or were influenced by him. It’s not just that he hasn’t given “an” interview since 1999. When Time magazine wanted to do an article with him, he said no. When the Biography channel wanted to do an interview with him, he said no. When MTV was giving him an award, he didn’t show up. When his old high school wanted to give him an award, he didn’t accept. When they dug up an idea Hughes wrote down on a napkin in the 80s (Drillbit Taylor)and Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow wanted to meet with him, he said no.

via The Impact and Absence of John Hughes > Don’t You Forget About Me : A Documentary B.

This is a good example of some storytellers pressing on even though there were some roadblocks in the way of this getting out.  It was good to see Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Kevin Smith up there on the screen.

Here’s the trailer

Your favorite Hughes film?