Truth is stranger than fiction, and often a lot more entertaining. Compelling stories about real life are everywhere, and documentary filmmakers know just where to look. Check out some of Brooklyn On Demand's indie docs, streaming 100% free online and on Roku.
MY NAME IS JONAH
Documentary, 1 hr 44 min. | Directed by Phil Healy and JB Sapienza
What is the secret origin of Brooklyn-born Jonah, a self-proclaimed 'real-life warrior, adventurer and musician'? How has he gained his tremendous cult following? Steel yourselves for a quest to explore how this enigmatic personality came to be and the powerful effect he has on all those he meets. Prepare to be amazed at just how ordinary your own life really is...
Documentary, 10 min. | Directed by Daniel Burity
A metaphor of faceless immigrants who work in the shadows of American society. The documentary blends social commentary with pop culture as it highlights an immigrant in a Hello Kitty costume. Official Selection: 2017 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
WARM BEER LOUSY FOOD
Documentary, 50 min.
Directed by Dena Greenbaum
Warm Beer, Lousy Food is the untold story of America's first comedy club, Brooklyn's "Crazy Country Club" and its founder (and self-proclaimed nut) Lou Burdo. The film includes rare footage of the club throughout its nearly 50-year history and testimonials from the founder, staff, and patrons, breathing life back into a storied institution that, despite having been shuttered long ago, continues to live on for the many people who were forever changed by this wonderful and crazy place.
Documentary, 42 min. | Directed by Zuzka Kurtz
Struggling financially, 5 NYC dancers respond to a Craigslist ad offering large amounts of money to women for shaving their heads. The film focuses on Cori, a dancer whose unusual childhood comes into play as the women's relationship with the men evolves with surprising results. The first film from NYC-based director Zuzka Kurtz, Blade #1 was produced, shot, and edited in Brooklyn. Cori Kresge, the main subject, is a Brooklynite as are most of the dancers featured. The film was produced by the Brooklyn studio, Oscillating Pictures using an entirely local, Brooklyn-based crew.
WINNER: Best Short Documentary - The 2015 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (World Premiere)