Seven Documentaries Every Advertising Creative Should See

Aug 27

Is Mad Men responsible for the rash of advertising documentaries coming out lately?

 

 

Advertising Documentaries



Art & Copy | 89 min | English (USA) | 2009
Genre: Documentary | Director: Doug Pray

Official Website:
http://www.artandcopyfilm.com/

IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1333631/

Screenings:
http://artandcopyfilm.org/screenings/

Trailer:

Interview with Dough Pray, Director




Beautiful Losers | 90 min | English (US) | 2008
Genre: Documentary | Directors: Aaron Rose & Joshua Leonard

Official Website:
http://www.beautifullosers.com/

IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430916/

Screenings:
http://www.beautifullosers.com/screenings.html

Trailer:




Objectified | 75 min | English (USA) | 2009
Genre: Documentary | Director: Gary Hustwit

Official Website:
http://www.objectifiedfilm.com/

IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1241325/

Screenings:
http://www.objectifiedfilm.com/screenings/

Trailer:

Clip:




Roadtrip Nation – The Open Road | 80 min | English (USA) 2001
Genre: Documentary

Official Website:
http://www.roadtripnation.com/

Watch full movie online:
http://www.theadclass.com/education/roadtrip-nation-the-open-road

Trailer:




Helvetica | 80 min | English (UK) | 2007
Genre: Documentary | Director: Gary Hustwit

Official Website:
http://www.helveticafilm.com/

IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0847817/

Trailer:




Lemonade | English (USA) | 2009
Genre: Documentary | Conceived by Erik Proulx, brought to you by Twitter (read full article here)

Official Website:
http://www.lemonademovie.com/

IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1340721/

Articles:
http://econsultancy.com/blog/4480-q-a-erik-proulx-on-his-documentary-lemonade-and-life-after-ad-layoffs
http://edwardboches.com/this-film-brought-to-you-by-twitter

Trailer:




Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight | 73 min | English (USA) | 2009
Genre: Documentary | Director: Wendy Keys

NY Tims Article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/22/movies/22glas.html

IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1275724/

Credits & Info:
http://www.arthousefilmsonline.com/2009/03/milton-glaser-to-inform-deligh.html

Trailer:

Screening Q&A with Director Wendy Keys:





What would you add to the list?




12 comments

  1. anil nakhasi /

    thanks for the valuable information !

    regards
    anil nakhasi ( India )

  2. Where do I get those documentals? Here in Madrid I haven’t heard a word of them! :(

  3. Tony Medrano /

    I would definitely add “Century of the Self” to the list http://bit.ly/J46Et

  4. Hey, great list, thanks!

  5. Great list, I especially found Helvetica and Objectified to be exceptional documentary films.

  6. Josh /

    Lemonade is so good. Tony is a genius, I watched Century of the Self, it is probably one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen if you like advertising and psychology…

  7. Michael R /

    I’d add ‘The Corporation’ to the list. Pushing cheeseburgers and shampoo isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s important to consider the societal impact of the products you’re shilling.

  8. Andrada /

    I’m glad i came across this list, one of the first things i thought about as i was googling documentaries on advertising was “there ought to be some sort of list somewhere”. Im no expert but i really think “Killing us softly 3″ should be on the list and maybe “The persuaders”

  9. Zvone /

    Also “Consuming Kids” (2008)

  10. cash- /

    Exit through the gift shop definitely!

  11. Bbeau /

    The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1743720/

  12. Nicky /

    Thank you so much; not only for the suggested documentaries, but also for all of the wonderful links. Never before have I seen a list of links, related to advertising, this comprehensive. This definitely made my day. Cheers :D

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