If you’re interested in filmmaking there are lots of movies worth watching for inspiration on Hulu but what if you’re looking for inspiration more directly concerned with filmmaking? The pickings aren’t quite so thick but there are still several hours worth of material to keep you busy.

Here are 7 of my favorites:

  • Project Greenlight: Looking a little dated now (the first of two seasons was released in 2001) but still interesting to see a contest winner given the chance to make their first movie through  Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore’s production house. As filmmakers I’m sure we all think we could do better but it does demonstrate a lot of the pitfalls of trying to make a low-budget feature within the Hollywood system.
  • 5 Broken Cameras: Amazing Oscar nominated documentary that describes what it is like to live in a West Bank village on the Israeli boarder from a local’s perspective.  You’ll never complain about your camera again after seeing how this filmmaker makes do with whatever SD camera he can beg or borrow.
  • American Grindhouse – a history of American exploitation film
  • RiP! A Remix Manifesto – the complexities of intellectual property in the era of peer-to-peer file sharing
  • Bergman Island – Ingmar Bergman discusses his work, his fears, his regrets, and his ongoing artistic passion
  • Touch The Sound – challenges the way we think about sound
  • Poultry In Motion: Truth Is Stranger Than Chicken – hilarious documentary that follows cult director Lloyd Kaufman as he tries to make a feature with no money.

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