Five Nerdy, Inspiring Documentaries You Should Watch Right Now
Four Days at Dragon Con
Clocking in at just under an hour, Four Days at Dragon*Con is short, but it gives an impressive overview of Atlanta's multi-genre fan convention.
Dragon*Con is massive and this public television documentary does a really good job at surveying the scope of the convention. There's something for just about every kind of fan here, whether you're in to LARP, cosplay or battling robots. But, Four Days at Dragon*Con does more than just show what the con has to offer. It explores the camaraderie that exists between super fans, regardless of what genre of entertainment gets their allegiance. Four Days at Dragon*Con is about creating communities and sharing experiences in ways that you never thought possible unless you were there.
You can watch Four Days at Dragon*Con for free through PBA's website.
The Sci-Fi Boys
There's a lot of information packed into The Sci-Fi Boys. Director Paul Davids moves through decades of science-fiction and monster movie fanaticism in less than an hour-and-a-half, but it's still a cohesive journey.
The Sci-Fi Boys focuses on filmmakers and special effects artists who grew up inspired by the B-movies of the mid 20th century. Inside this framework, there are tales about the moviemakers of the 1950s and '60s, as well as famed genre publications like Famous Monsters of Filmland. These side stories are all incredibly interesting on their own. Put together, though, you get an idea of the kind of big screen climate that inspired the likes of Peter Jackson (who is interviewed here). More importantly, though, there's a distinct message here, that it is absolutely possible to turn your childhood fan obsessions into your life's work.