Documentary, Now! @ SCCLD

It is a testament to the lasting power of so many documentary films that producers Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, all from Saturday Night Live, have created Documentary Now!, a show that parodies famous documentaries.

Each hour long episode parodies a famous documentary and actually illuminates interesting aspects of the original film. While the high and low brow humor of the series stands on its own, the viewing experience is richer with knowledge of the source material.  The films referenced in the first season are worth checking out while we wait for the next episode of the show.
The "Sandy Passage" episode is a parody of
Grey Gardens.

Portrait of the relationship between Edith Bouvier Beale and her grown daughter, Little Edie, once an aspiring actress in New York who left her career to care for her aging mother in their East Hampton home, and never left again. The aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis feed their cats and raccoons and rehash their pasts behind the walls of their decaying mansion, Grey Gardens. 

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The "Kunuk Uncovered" episode is a parody of 
Nanook of the North.

Presents a documentary on the life of an Eskimo family pitting their strength against a vast and inhospitable Arctic. Juxtaposes their struggle for survival against the elements with the warmth of the little family as they go about their daily affairs. Often credited as the first feature length documentary film.
"The Eye Doesn't Lie" episode is a parody of
The Thin Blue Line

Filmmaker Errol Morris sets out to prove that a convicted hitchhiker did not kill a Dallas policeman in 1976 - and that the lowlife that fingered him did. Based on a true story. 
The "Gentle and Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee" episode is a parody of 
History of the Eagles

The story of the life and times of the super successful American soft-rock band, Eagles. Four hours of never before seen material from the past 40 years. 

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