50 Documentaries to See Before You Die

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Renowned documentarian Morgan Spurlock hosts 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die, a celebration of the most remarkable and moving documentaries released in the past 25 years. It examines how the documentary feature has evolved into an increasingly popular genre, becoming a major box office draw and impacting contemporary American culture in ways never seen before.

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S1E3 - When Morgan Spurlock Met Mr. Brainwash

Spurlock reveals films number 30 through 21 as he kicks off this leg of his journey with Michael Moore, who talks about what drove him to make the box office hit "Fahrenheit 9/11." In Los Angeles, he finally meets up with mercurial Mr. Brainwash from Banksy's hit film "Exit Through the Gift Shop" (2010) all in an effort to find out whether he is real or an elaborate art hoax.

Air Date: 16 Aug 2011 20:00 (CDT)

S1E4 - When Morgan Spurlock Went to a Drag Ball

As Spurlock travels across America in search of modern documentary's most compelling directors and iconic subjects, he heads to Pittsburgh to find out if the transvestite ball scene, so memorably captured in the 1990 cult film "Paris Is Burning" is still raging in all its voguing, pose-striking glory. Along the road, he interviews some of the countdown's top filmmakers and authors, including Nick Broomfield, Jared Leto, and Aisha Tyler.

Air Date: 23 Aug 2011 20:00 (CDT)

S1E5 - Top 10 Docs to See Before You Die

After weeks spent traveling across America in search of modern documentary's most iconic directors and compelling subjects, Spurlock ends his journey in Illinois. There he meets Steve James, the director of "Hoop Dreams," along with the film's stars Arthur Agee and William Gates to talk about what made the documentary memorable. Notable interviewees include: Al Gore; Michael Moore; Errol Morris; D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; Tony Hawk and Jack Osbourne.

Air Date: 30 Aug 2011 20:00 (CDT)