I found a fantastic site today that I thought would be worth sharing (and considering how rarely I "share" on here, I think that should count for something
--right?). It's called [footnote]
. Basically, they make 25-minute episodes/shows, and they're shown on WGN
(it's a cable channel -- I'm not sure if I get it though, and anyway, they play at 2am).
Rather than try to explain what they do myself, I'll defer to them:
Every week on Footnote, we come up with a different subject and then we let different people tell their stories about that subject, and we keep those stories as creative and honest as we can. Each episode is a little like a documentary, but just documenting people's stories isn't enough for us. We want to explore these stories, with all the characters and emotions involved; stories that matter to us and make us see the world in a different way. They might be sad or funny, they might make us mad. They might give us hope. Mostly, stories that are, in the deepest sense, true.
And, even though we go to a lot of trouble to find rare and unique stories, we want stories that expose the things that tie us all together. The little things under the surface. The tiny truths that we sometimes forget to notice. The important things. The footnotes.
Really, it's great stuff. You can watch episodes online, and their first three are up. I just finished watching their latest, "NSFW
," which is all about porn -- a porn star, an ex-porn producer, Craig Gross (the pastor from xxxchurch.com
, who is (in)famous for his "Jesus Loves Porn Stars" Bibles/shirts and going to Porn Conventions, among other things), and even a study about the effects of porn. (The whole episode is fantastic, but I think the stories from the porn producer got to me the most--just incredibly sad.)
They have amazing production quality, great stories, and are impressively meaningful. And look at that, no need to pay. The docu-addict in me rejoices.[footnote]