Underground Film Journal

Streaming: Documentary

Great streaming documentary underground films.

All The Rage (Saved By Sarno)
This documentary profiles Dr. John E. Sarno, whose controversial approach to solving back pain has helped countless people, including comedian Larry David, radio personality Howard Stern and filmmaker Michael Galinksy. Directors: Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley, David Bellinson Starring: Dr. John E. Sarno, Larry David, Howard Stern, Tom Harkin, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Weil

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American Arab
Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi explores the nature of his own family’s dual sense of identity, the experiences of other Arab Americans and the depictions of Arabs in mainstream media.

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Plagues & Pleasures On The Salton Sea
This documentary reveals the troubled history of Salton Sea, which was once the site of a wonderful resort in the California desert, but soon turned into a fetid, largely abandoned area. Narrated by John Waters.

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Cul De Sac: A Suburban War Story
This documentary examines the causes and ramifications of when Shawn Nelson, a plumber, stole a National Guard tank and drove it around the suburban streets of San Diego, California.

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Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story
This documentary profiles William Castle — the horror movie producer and director of such as The Tingler, 13 Ghosts and House on Haunted Hill — and invented numerous theater experiences, like putting joy buzzers under audience seats and making ghosts fly overhead.

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I Am Divine
This documentary chronicles the rise to fame of the iconic drag queen, Divine, who starred in John Waters’s films like Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Hairspray and shone as a disco diva, inspiring outsider performers for generations.

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The Man Who Would Be Polka King
Documenting the true life story of Jan Lewan, a polka singing star who milked his fans for millions of dollars by involving them in a complicated Ponzi Scheme.

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Diamond Hearts
This documentary profiles two Minor League baseball legends: Max Patkin, the Clown Prince of Baseball; and Joe Buzas, the owner and operator of the Reading Phillies.

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Zero Killed
Ordinary people are asked to describe their fantasies about death and murder, then are given the opportunity to act their scenarios out in short films as either a victim or a murderer.

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Our Nixon
The Richard Nixon presidency is seen through home movies taken at the time by three top members of his staff: H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin.

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