-- The best hour on television, and the best documentaries produced today.
Frontline is this sites most recommended source for documentary films, it does not
disappoint. Frontline is a weekly one-hour series that airs on the Public
Broadcasting System, and that has, over the past two decades, provided over 300 long-form
documentaries on various subjects, including politics, society, and personal stories.
Many of the best documentaries ever made have come from Frontline. Frontline
is also innovative when it comes to its resources on the web. When you go to their
site you are provided with basic information on the programs, but each program has its own
unique site, that can be accessed from the main page. Frontline in recent years has
taken the step of showing a icon in the documentaries when more information on a
particular subject can be accessed on the web. Their sites are well designed and
provide even more valuable information on their film subjects, than is possible in its
-- NOVA, a science focused documentary series on PBS, represents how documentary programs
can be important to well being of a society. In a era where belief in the paranormal
is strong and growing, NOVA stands as a program that promotes the scientific method, and
solves the unexplained by searching for truth. Don't let the thoughts of high school
science classrooms turn you off to this series, because NOVA feels more like an adventure
then any classroom lecture. Whether it is addressing how the pyramids where made,
obscure mathematical formulas, or the extinction of the dinosaurs, NOVA makes the subjects
interesting, and yes, they make science interesting. Schedule. Past film sites listed by title and subject.
-- A summer series on PBS, P.O.V. shows documentaries that are produced entirely
independently, and not within the PBS system. This distinction allows for a
considerable number of diverse films to appear on PBS that would otherwise be unlikely to
find a audience on PBS or any other national audience broadcast. P.O.V. has shown
some of the best theatrical documentaries, such as Roger & Me and Hearts
of Darkness, but it primarily shows documentaries from independent filmmakers that
would otherwise not have the ability to get their films to a audience. Many of the
films are very personal in their focus, but most of the films will appeal to any fan of
documentaries. P.O.V. also has very interactive web site, and when the films are
showing in the summer season, discussion groups, among other features are offered over the
web. Filmmakers with a finished film should consider submitting it. Film Submission Information
Experience -- Since its debut in 1988, The American Experience, a PBS
historical documentary series, has shown the stories of the people and events that have
shaped this country. With its thirteenth season beginning in October, the series has
produced over 100 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. The series' web
site is most effective in complimenting and extending the program's themes, by having web
sites extensive web sites that deal with each program. These web sites are indexed,
and can be accessed Alphabetically,
Chronologically, or Thematically.
Sundance Channel -- A channel devoted to the spirit of the film festival of
the same name; The Sundance Channel is the TV network of independent film in the
U.S.. The Sundance Channel is part of the Showtime networks, and is available on all
major satellite providers. Sundance provides a number of great films that are
unlikely to be seen on other channels and this included documentary films. Every
Monday night they premiere a new documentary film. If you live in a area with
limited access to independent films, this Channel can be your belated life-line to the
world of documentary films. Highly recommend for all type of films including docs.
The Independent Film
Channel -- IFC shows a variety of independent films, but has a limited
library on which to draw. It shows several documentary films a month, but is better
at providing original programming that provides information on the independent film
industry. Since the channel is often bundled with other stations in the general
programming packages, if you happen to receive it, enjoy.
Beyond its documentary series, the Public Broadcasting System can be counted on to provide
a considerable number of additional documentaries each year. Examples include Ken
Burn's Civil War, Nerds 2.0.1, and a variety of other documentaries that usually deal with
subjects that are more historical than contemporary. Documentary Films .Net
provides scheduling information on these programs in our News page.
Cinemax - The Cinemax Reel Life series is an eclectic showcase of
distinctive, independent documentaries with a wide range of subject matter and styles.
They present many award winning independent films for the first time on television,
as well as providing funding for their own original productions.
Documentary Channel -- This site is big on promises, but limited in
content. It appears that they plan to role out a channel in the second quarter of
2000 devoted entirely to showing documentary films uncut, but the details are few.
No information is provided as to what cable stations or satellite services would carry the
channel. If this channel can succeed it would undoubtedly be an excellent chance for
all documentary fans to finally have access to documentaries that have previously been
unavailable or out of print. Any information will be provided as soon as we receive
The History Channel --