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)
To celebrate Capitol Wrestling's debut on BKOD, we put its co-creator in a headlock and asked him about his growing independent promotion.
How (and Why) did a guy from Sunset Park decide to start an independent wrestling promotion?
Pro wrestling has been a part of my life since I can remember, literally. Watching wrestling on Channel 9 is one of my earliest memories and is probably a key reason I am so passionate about this industry.
I've been in broadcasting in all possible roles for ten years, me and my partner wanted to create and develop a brand that fit the pro wrestling we loved with a slick and well-produced product fit for modern distribution.
What was the hardest part of getting Capitol Wrestling up and running?
Finding a building. Finding a home that represented out vision without breaking our budget, we were half right with our first home in Jersey city, but our partnership with HOPES, and Hoboken GRACE have been phenomenal so far.
Has the fan community welcomed Capitol Wrestling?
Wrestling fans can be fickle, and so-far I've yet to see complaints from people who've attended our events. People will always have critiques, and opinions, which we welcome, because Capitol Wrestling is built by our community and we want them to know their voices are heard.
How did you put together the team (both on-camera and crew?)
We have great friends. Honestly, we have a collection of people who trusted our vision, our ambitions, and our goals. When it came to our roster, it was all speaking to those we wanted to work with, we built a list, we hacked at it, and we built our roster, into what it is today... one of the best in wrestling.
Our production team is built on the backs of some of the most talented people we know from all walks of life. Our composer was my partner's college roommate, our lighting and visual team come from the world of wrestling, club promotion, traditional television, our production team who shoot our shows, produce and edit our content are some of the youngest and hungriest people I have ever worked with. A mix of industry professionals and college kids who believe in our ideals and want to make our programming and events the best looking in the business.
You also create original music for the show.
We produce our own music because, we are a television show, and we want to have the rights to air, distribute and sell our soundtrack. We feel it's important that we create something that exemplifies our roster instead of something that we randomly find on Spotify that "sounds cool."
You can find Capitol Wrestling's soundtrack, curated and created by Greg Massi, our composer, on Amazon Music, Spotify, and on CD!
What’s your goal for Capitol?
I want there to be a day where you can't go anywhere without there being Capitol content. Our goal is to make this a national brand, a place for people to grow, explore, develop, and find their best selves. Whether as a wrestler, manager, announcer, producer, director, any role that they can be their best self.
Will we see CW come to Brooklyn anytime soon?
If the New York State Athletic commission allows, we'd be there with bells on. We have a building we want to run, we have a community interested, and we have a crew, but the NYSAC makes it impossible for us to bring what we love to the place I love.
Capitol Wrestling on BKOD
Capitol Wrestling Official Website
Brooklyn On Demand has combined some of our most popular series into season-long videos, exclusively for our FREE Roku channel. Now you can just click on The Triplets of Kings County, Bumbloods and Labeled and let the whole season play in order.
"I don't think anyone could do Minshall justice without televising him live for a few decades, but the film comes close. I loved it!" — Trinidad Guardian
Filmmaker Dalton Narine's latest film, Mas Man (The Complete Work) is now available to stream worldwide exclusively on Brooklyn On Demand. The film was an Official Selection of the 2012 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and has won awards at festivals in Trinidad & Tobago, New York City, Las Vegas, Ohio, Los Angeles, Switzerland, Indonesia and South Africa. It has been screened on six continents – USA, Canada, Argentina, England, Wales, Ireland, Holland, Poland, Greece, India, China, Thailand, Africa, Australia.
Mas Man is a portrait of Trinidadian artist and designer Peter Minshall, who received Prince Claus and Emmy awards for a body of work that includes three decades of thought-provoking Caribbean Carnival presentations, as well as his artistic direction of Opening Ceremonies at Olympic Games in Barcelona, Atlanta and Salt Lake City.
The feature-length documentary can be rented and viewed online and on Roku.