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Documentary ideasAre you searching for inspiration for your next documentary film project?

You've come to the right place!

More than 150 200 FREE ideas have been submitted below by visitors to this site.

The key to finding your perfect documentary idea involves a bit of ol' fashioned soul searching.

I love the quote by French film director, Robert Bresson: 

"Make visible what, without you, might
perhaps never have been seen.”

The point of that quote is to say that each one of us is a unique individual with a unique set of experiences and viewpoints. No one in the WHOLE world has exactly what you have.

So with that in mind, let’s go through some questions to help you pinpoint some ideas. 

  • What topics do you find yourself thinking about or talking about over and over again?

  • What topics or ideas make you tingle with excitement, frustration, anger or intrigue.

  • Is there something that completely fascinates you?

  • Are you completely baffled by why something is the way it is?

  • Is there an injustice happening in the world that you want to try and make right?

Make a list of all of these things.

Another way to find great documentary ideas is to pay attention to the news. Read your local newspaper, follow blogs in your areas of interest, follow thought leaders on Twitter. Keep an eye out for odd bits of information or a nuggets of a story that could lead to something bigger.

When looking for ideas (especially if this is your first project), look around you at the “low hanging fruit.” What are the great stories within your own family or community? Maybe the story is YOU, the lowest hanging fruit of all!

If you're still stumped for ideas, just browse below and you'll find dozens of ideas.


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The Truth About Death | Documentary Idea 
This is a suggestion, rather than a pitch. Death is something that happens to us all. There's no escaping it, yet we have so little information on …

The Animals Of Egypt | Documentary Idea 
Stray animals is a huge problem facing animals in Egypt. They are mistreated, hungry, and are in serious need of vets. Not many people know about this …

Prison Labor: A Success Story | Documentary Idea 
Recently there have been many films, articles and discussions about the use of prison labor in the USA (re: Whole Foods, etc.) and the criticism seems …

The Hands of Genius | Documentary Idea 
Known in the art world as "The Hands of Genius" for his miniature masterpieces. When described as the most talented artist in the world, alive today, he …

Dark Side of Thailand Tourism | Documentary Idea (Looking for collaborators) 
Posted: March 22, 2016 - I'm hoping the go ahead with this documentary over the summer and am looking for some people that might be up for help with …

Child Soldiers: Can Healing be Achieved | Documentary Idea 
During the brutal war in Sierra Leone children soldiers were used on all sides of the conflict. What happened to these young combatants? Many of them …

A Life Jacked: A Story About Gangstalking | Documentary Idea 
This story is about a 50+ African American woman in Los Angeles whose life has been taken over by mainly Latino gang members, because a family where she …

Firefighters Global Cycle | Documentary Idea 
I am a Fire Department Captain, cancer survivor and have been cycling around the world for five years fundraising for cancer research. I have covered 15 …

Death And Taxes | Documentary Idea 
I was arrested in 2006 trafficking in marijuana and sentenced to two years probation. I paid fines and served my probation without incident. Now ten …

In the Line of Duty | Documentary Idea 
My documentary idea is about an important topic. Its about our everyday heroes lost in the line of duty. Both police and firefighters. I was a volunteer …

A Mother's Silent Killer | Documentary Idea 
Posted July 23, 2015: Every day in this world a woman finds out she is pregnant and waits the journey of life begins. But what starts off as a beautiful …

Recycle It: Ways to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Stillwater | Documentary Idea 
Hi, my name is Kayla. I am a multimedia journalism major and I have always been interested in making documentaries, but I live in Oklahoma and there's …

Interracial Marriages - is society really ok with it | Documentary Idea 
I am the product of an African American, Irish, Spanish, English and American Indian father and a Caucasian Italian Mother. I am married to a Caucasian( …

The Last Metis | A Cultural Documentary In The Making 
I am a Metis from Canada. I was raised in a bit more of a traditional style mostly by my grandparents. I feel I have been distanced from my native heritage …

Do You Copy? Piracy on the Digital Seas | Documentary Idea 
Hello my name is Bill and I am an IT professional for over 20 years, member and officer of a local hackerspace called Interlock Rochester (www.interlockroc.org), …

Love Respect and Happiness | Documentary Idea 
Hi there, my name is Ricardo and I would like to share a quick idea with you about a Documentary that I would like to make but I need your help. The …

One Man and his Donkey | Documentary Idea 
To the majority of vistors to Spain it consists of beaches, cheap beer and sunburn - the famous "sun, sea and sangria". However, having lived in, and …

The Gift of Mental Illness | Documentary Idea 
Most documentaries I have seen regarding mental illness (at least in the Western world) have either been very negative or purely academic. Many doctors …

Documentary Idea | If it had happened in Texas, he'd be dead by now! 
Oct 1, 2014 - Someone please document the experience of victims and survivors during the upcoming trial of the (Colorado) Aurora theater shooter, James …

PATM (People Are Allergic To Me) Is It Real? | Documentary Idea 
For more than 30 years I have been suffering from an illness that was coined in 2007 by someone who thought that people were allergic to them. Well this …

The Truth About Homelessness in America | Documentary Idea 
I advocate for the homeless after previously being homeless. I want to tell the story about what has happened in the last 80-90 years to the homeless. …

Soberjunkie: Heroin Addiction and Recovery | Documentary Idea 
I'm interested in packing my things, traveling across 25 states (about 50% of our country,) and interviewing about 5 actively using heroin addicts, and …

Mind, Body and Spirit | Documentary Idea 
I was thinking of maybe someone creating a documentary on the subject of mind, body and spirit. Exploring each stage of what makes a human on earth. …

My Fight In Advanced Heart Disease Help Tell My Story | Documentary Idea 
Submitted May 30, 2014 - I am 39 years old. I have 4 teenagers. I had a massive heart attack at 32. Doctors say I am a living miracle. In 7 years I have …

Dental Tourism | Documentary Idea 
Have you ever seen a story on Dental Tourism? Americans are traveling to other countries to seek out affordable dental care. I'm about to head back to …

Why Factories Shutdown | Documentary In Development 
Hi guys, my name is Bruce Hyde and I currently own and manage a successful business and I was a victim of a factory shutdown (Canadian General Electric). …

Broken Horse, Saving A Lost Soul | Documentary Idea 
Horses are a burden in America today. Thousands of horses are sold to slaughter where they are used for glue or food. Unbroke horses, abused horses, neglected …

The Future | Documentary Idea 
Many of the documentaries I have seen are about the past. Why not make a doco about the future? After all, that's how great businesses started, by using …

Journey Of A Lifetime | Documentary Idea 
When you were a kid, I assume that you, like me dreamed big. Some wanted to be firefighters, astronauts, doctors, actors... You get the point. Well the …

Open Letter to Help The People Of The Philippines | Documentary Idea 
This letter is to anyone who can help me get involved in helping out in the Philippines. I have a great idea to get a hand full of people like me who are …

Wonder Woman | Documentary In Progress 
November 5, 2013 - "Wonder Woman" (working title) Documentary in progress: Åsa, soon forty, has been competing at the elite level for 10 years in both …

Illegal Immigration in the UK | Documentary Idea 
Question : I am a first year university student from England living in Canada. For some time now I have been intrigued into making a documentary about …

Dirty Deals | Documentary Idea 
A friend of mine and her husband were sent to jail several years ago for a crime which they did not commit. The entire ordeal was conspiratorial in a small …

Death Row Dogs | Documentary Idea 
We are a network of normal, working people - most with families and full time jobs. We spend most of our spare time and money on fostering, training and …

Helping Ferima: A Story of Autism | Documentary Idea 
My daughter Ferima was diagnosed with the autism syndrome when she was about three years old. She turned eighteen this year, but she does not do any types …

The Nomad Trip | Documentary Idea (In Production) 
The Nomad Trip is a documentary in production focusing on leaving the corporate rat-race. The vehicle is a sailboat on a circumnavigation. It's really …

Stable Studios | Reality TV Series Pitch 
Here's a pitch for a reality series about the music & entertainment industry, with a twist. My family and I own a small recording studio and music venue …

Unemployed America | Documentary Idea 
Inspiration: Our very first trip to Nevada opened our eyes to what freedom feels like out there. We camped at the Mojave reserves, Lake Meade, and enjoyed …

The Devil's Logic | Documentary Idea 
In 2005, John Couey, a borderline mentally retarded career criminal and pedophile, strolled approximately the length of a football field to the trailer …

12 Months and A Dream | Documentary Idea 
For children born in the west, Dreams, Money and Success are never far away. The potential given to each individual child is immense but very few realize …

Way Of Life | Documentary Idea 
I am spiritual person but not religious. I always wanted to do a documentary on something which I am extremely passionate about (religion). As I have …

Invisible Pain | Documentary Idea 
There are so many people walking around in the US living a double life of pain and suffering of chronic illness and diseases, that they end up being referred …

Warriors Locked Up | Documentary Idea 
My name is Daryl Talbot and I am 23 years old. I was in the army and then ended up serving time in prison for a violent offence. I want to make a documentary …

Last Time To The Islands | Documentary Idea 
I live in SW Florida and just north of the fabled 10.000 Islands and the Everglades. I have camped there several times by kayak. All gear, food and water …

My Father Is An Alcoholic | Documentary Idea 
I want to make a documentary about my 45 year old father. He is a serious alcoholic and has been homeless most of his life. Living on the streets and out …

Series of Rare Medical Cases | Documentary Idea 
Hi i live in Nepali, I am lit bit poor in English so i cant explain all but ma be pictures explain you, i have many ideas -interesting topics from Nepal, …

Just How Closely is Big Brother Watching Us? 
Documentary Idea : Huge data miners are tracking our every move, just how closely are we being watched? I think it would be interesting to begin with …

Concrete In The Suburbs | Documentary Idea 
With a history of drugs, violence and prostitution since the early 1980s, this community has been named “One of the worst neighborhoods in America” by …

Hunger Game | Documentary Idea 
"Hunger Game" Documentary Synopsis: Unemployment is a terrible reality of the current unstable economy. The goal of the documentary is to shine light on …

Wildlife Warning? The Story Behind The Los Angeles Earthquake Farm | Documentary Proposal 
Documentary synopsis: "Wildlife Warning? Nature Leaving Los Angeles and the story behind The Los Angeles Earthquake Farm." Scientists and geologists …

Delving into the Plantagenet Bloodline | Documentary Idea 
THIS TOPIC NOW CLOSED I have been working on my family tree and found I am a direct decendeant of the plantagenet blood line. I find it extremely …

"Unlocking Tobago" Documentary Proposal 
The objective of Unlocking Tobago is to identify new and existing small and medium-sized businesses that create value for their customers, owners, workers …

"Gang War In The Ghetto" Documentary 
As a product of gun violence, for years the words why, how, and what were always at war in my head. Then, a while after I start studying my estimation …

Water Scarcity | Documentary Idea 
My documentary idea focuses on regions in Maharashtra where due to water scarcity, farmers are committing suicide, and even there is lot of problem with …

Living On Amazon.com | Documentary Idea 
This documentary would show how a family could live solely off of Amazon.com. Besides normal utility bills and fuel, a family would never have to go to …

Adam and Me | Documentary Idea 
Adam is my best friend, and has been for 10 years now. I know him like the back of my hand. we met in the spring of 2002 when we we're both 12 years old; …

Ace Youth | Documentary Idea 
I discovered my asexuality in June of 2011. I spent most of my life wondering what was wrong with me, and convincing myself that I was just a late bloomer. …

Amy Snowdens Life | Documentary Idea - Help! 
Here is the documentary I put together. IT IS a true story about my life as a stand up comic.. I think I could make it better, but just don't have money …

Children of Woodlands | Documentary Idea 
This is a documentary that must be made. It's the story of the Woodlands School in BC, Canada -- where it's reported that unimaginable acts were made …

Pittsburgh-Dublin Amateur Boxing Tournament | Documentary Idea 
I am involved with local amateur boxing here in Pittsburgh and our gym has put together an interesting international event that I strongly feel is worthy …

Baptised in Blood: Saint Manche Masemola | Documentary Idea 
This cathartic, thought-provoking human interest story is a heart-rending one about a 14 year-old girl killed by her own parents for converting to the …

Dompas: The Stinker We Loved to Hate | Documentary Idea 
This is a documentary idea based on, and inspired by, the pass book or reference book, which only Africans had to carry as an identity document during …

Streets of India | Need Documentary Idea 
I'm a student and we have to make a documentary on the streets of our city... so for that we have to select an area to explore.. eg: one of my classmates …

GA state law makes it unconstitutional for GA cities to adopt "chronic nuisance property ordinances"  
Documentary Idea: The urban core of Augusta, Georgia like many Georgia cities has become blighted because of "Known Drug Houses". Augusta citizens have …

Shelter Life across America; behind the scenes tragedy 
I would love to see a documentary get out to the public on how animal shelters really work. Expose the horrible things that really happen to the animals …

Steve 
A documentary I have.. Ok, not sure about the title yet. Steve is my dad. He is seriously a left field guy, I am pretty sure he has aspergers. He is …

Leclaire Courts: The history of a community in public housing 
Documentary idea: Leclaire Courts was a public housing development which was completely torn down over the past 5 months. Half of this development was …

Brandon's Window: Reversing the Symptoms of Autism Using Natural Treatments 
We are reversing the symptoms of autism using natural treatments. This documentary will show how using a natural diet, natural supplementation, programming, …

Is Facebook dangerous? 
I was thinking maybe a documentary on the dangers on facebook. A lot of people have their profiles so that anybody can see who they are and what their …

80 proof: Moonshining goes mainstream 
Documentary Idea Can you think of someting that is perfectly legal to buy, own, sell, and consume... but is illegal for anyone to make in their own …

"December holidays in South Africa" - Documentary Idea 
I want to let other people from various countries know how we spend or enjoy our December holidays in South Africa. And how we as South Africans enjoy …

"Sounds of Heritage: The Mejorana" Documentary Idea 
This is a documentary about the mejorana, a folkloric guitar and a dance from Panama, the thinnest country in Central America. The mejorana is the …

Documentary Idea -- "Horses, hairspray and hysterics: exploring the world of children and show-ponies" 
Children from 3 years up are paraded round on overfed, inbred, artificially kept ponies wearing make-up (the ponies AND the kids) in order to win that …

Europe's Forgotten Mountains - Documentary Idea 
Snowboarding is a worldwide phenomenon that was born out of rejection from mainstream society....sounds dramatic but it's true! Snowboarders were demonised …

The Migrant Workers of Plant City - An American success story? 
Documentary idea: I work as an employment counselor in Plant City, Fl. I am employed by a government agency (Hillsborough County). My agency is Department …

Home Economics: How the Meltdown Affects All of Us 
I want to direct a documentary about the individuals affected by the economic crisis. We know that many U.S. citizens believe the bank bailout was not …

The Interrogator | Documentary Idea 
I am a psychologist, age 63, mostly working with the elderly. In 1997, I met a man in one of my nursing homes. After our brief professional interaction, …

Transitioning Veterans | Documentary Idea 
Hey everyone, my name is Austin Hunt and I am very new to this whole documentary scene. I served in the Marine Corps for 5 years before getting out in …

(Another) Idiot Abroad | Documentary Idea 
One of my favorite shows of all time is "An Idiot Abroad". This is a travel documentary presented by Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant. These men send …

Falsely Accused in Sweden | Documentary Idea 
September 2014 - Hello, I am an 53 Englishman who has a story to tell. I am looking for someone who might be interested in making a documentary on the …

A Chronic Pain Journey, then a solution that could help many. 
Such a story to tell. I'd like to find someone to collaborate on a documentary film. I'm a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) survivor, but not from the …

Fast Track to the Olympics | Documentary Idea 
It has been said that around 70% of the UK population believe that if you train in a sport every single day for a year, you would be good enough at whatever …

Mount Everest + Rhinos | Documentary Idea 
I have two passions in life; animal awareness and the dream and aspiration to climb Everest. My idea for a documentary is to climb Mt. Everest in 2016 …

Glimpse | Documentary Idea 
Glimpse is a documentary idea for a series of short real life scenes from the perspective of various characters typifying the different lives of people …

Brainstorming Documentary Ideas (Am I Alone?) 
I was contemplating a documentary on overcoming depression and how to find yourself with significant others, family, friends, careers, and religion. Just …

Beyond The Fence Line | Documentary Idea 
March 31, 2013 - Due to the current climate and the emphasis on promoting the British armed forces, recent documentaries have shown how life is in the …

Going The Distance: Journey of Recovery | Documentary Proposal 
OBJECTIVE: This documentary "Going The Distance: Journey of Recovery" is focusing on cancer patients and/or survivors, men, women and young people, through …

Sex Crimes: Surviving the System | Documentary Idea 
I propose a documentary project whereby several subjects related to the field of sex crimes prosecutions are interviewed and followed-to a degree allowable …

My Real Boobs Have To Go | Documentary Idea 
My 20 year old daughter has to have both breasts removed in the coming months to reduce her risk of breast cancer from an inherited gene she has. A second …

A Child's Mind | Documentary Idea 
This documentary idea involves a unique treatment method for youth and children who are experiencing family problems. The idea is a half-hour program which …

Planet Asperger | Documentary Idea 
My documentary idea involves ravelling inside the minds and points of view of three different autistic-asperger's syndrom people... in search of answers …

Guitar Brothers Trio | Documentary Idea 
It fascinates me to make my first documental film. I have a passion for the classical guitar music, and want to make my documental about that matter. …

Rough Justice | Documentary Proposal 
Here is my proposal for a documentary/video series about the Trinidad and Tobago Police Services Recruitment process. The project will focus on presenting …

Are you drinking your neighbor's meth lab? | Documentary Idea 
If a filmmaker is looking for a good documentary idea, here's one. Backflow Prevention Assemblies are designed to allow water flow one direction and not …

Trucking TV Series or Documentary Idea 
Hallo my name is Georgi Metodiev Nikolov. I think I have a great idea for tv show and tv series with tow standart units (tow standart lorries) and 4 hgv …

Target Targa Newfoundland Documentary Idea 
This documentary idea is about a father/daughter race car driving team launching out on an adventure. Watch as Douglas, the beat up old stock car dad …

Life Stories of Dementia Sufferers Told With Their Own Photos | Documentary Idea 
I have compiled DVDs: combining clients' own photos, 2 dimensional memorabilia and their choice of music. Here is my documentary idea capture the life …

London Pub Culture | Documentary Idea 
I am a student from India currently living in London and I wanted to make a documentary about the London pub culture. The only problem is that I don't …

Occupied America | Documentary Idea 
We need to move on this documentary idea now while the Occupied Movement is happening in American cities. Go to these protests with a real soapbox and …

A Rim Without a Net | Documentary Idea 
My documentary idea is based on a guy I grew up watching play basketball and everyone around here, including local College and former NBA players said …

"Narmada Parikrama" Documentary Idea 
I want to make a documentary on a spiritual journey. It is called Narmada parikrama. It is to circumambulate the entire river Narmada which is filled …

Traditional Rice Farming Methods and Practices of the Igorot Aplai Tribes of Sagada, Mountain Privince, Philippines  
Documentary Idea: Nestled about 5,000 ft above sea level, Sagada is located 150 kilometers from Baguio City, north of Manila, Philippines. It is one …

Afghan Refugees Schools in Pakistan 
I want to make a documentary about Refugees Education Program (REP) in Pakistan. There are 15 schools located at different areas in Khyber Pukhtoon Khwa, …

gay pride 
Please help! I want to do a documentary on gay pride but i'm having a hard time thinking of what to focus on.

Follow My Money 
Something I've always wanted to do, follow my money for a year to see where it goes. Every two weeks I receive the amount of money from my employer. Each …

White Privilege, The Myth | Documentary Idea 
As a 5th generation American of Spanish, French, Mexican and many other nationalities, I find the entire subject of white privilege fascinating. Growing …

Los Angeles Ambulance Warriors of the 1980's | Documentary Idea 
The 1980's in Los Angeles were dangerous times for medical crews, culminating in the 1992 Rodney King riots. But what many do not know or understand are …

Heart of Gold | Documentary Idea 
Born with heart conditions, a young man arrives on the Earth. As he grows up, develops, he discovers that he also has a social behavioural neural disorder, …

Taekwondo Trip to Korea | Documentary Idea 
TITLE: The Korea Connection - Taekwondo Training in the Land of the Morning Calm. We own and operate a very successful taekwondo school, the Chosun …

Brothers of the Waves | Documentary Idea 
My documentary idea: A surf film documenting the early days of surf culture in Guatemala through the story of a small surf club located in a tiny village …

The Spanish Guy Down The Street | Documentary Idea 
A short documentary about an older man, who as of now is a mystery to me. I live in Brooklyn, NY and always see him standing outside. We wave hello to …

Epilepsy: The Shameful Misunderstanding | Documentary Idea 
I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 8 years old. Over the years, I was shunned and fell victim to stereotyping by many people in the close knit community …

UnderSize Me: Losing Weight and Improving Health By Eating McDonald's | Documentary Idea 
The documentary Super Size Me was very successful and popular, showing the dangerous effects that fast food can have in a short amount of time. …

FORD?/ CHEVY?/ DODGE? -American Pickup Truckin' Documentary Idea 
Are you a Ford Truck man? Or does Ford stand for Found On Road Dead to you? You say you love Chevrolet in the USA? And a Chevy truck is the only way to …

World Travel | Documentary Idea 
My family and I (myself, wife and girl of eight) are setting out on a backpacking trip through South East Asia down to Australia over a period seven months. …

Homeless Genius Kid | Documentary Idea 
My 22 year old son graduated high school with honors and 27 college credits in 2008. Because of history of abuse, ADHD, and family going through dramatic …

Bukowski With A Badge | Documentary Idea Pitch 
I am looking for someone to do a documentary film movie or short on a friend of mine who is an acclaimed poet. This individual is a retired homicide & …

Circling Samoa by Kayak Documentary Idea 
I aim to become the first white man to circumnavigate Samoa solo in a kayak. The kayak is rigged with a series of waterproof HD cameras, all I need is …

Avion - The Story Of My Life | Documentary Idea 
Avion – The story of my life documentary idea: This is a true story and memoirs of my life and are based on the numerous challenges and struggles with …

Is Life Too Short | Documentary Idea 
Getting old is something we all have to experience. The only people that view this first hand are the elderly themselves. This documentary would be a great …

The Opposite of Super Size Me | Documentary Idea 
Instead of starting off with a young healthy person who eats junk food to become unhealthy, this documentary will start off with a 70 year old former US …

60 years on - the little boy who ran away | Documentary Idea 
At 10 years old 'J' ran away from home. This was a practice run. As a young man he served time in the army rather than jail time for some trouble he …

What makes you happy | Documentary Idea 
In about 3 months I will be hiking the Appalachian Trail. This trail goes from Georgia to Maine which is equivalent to 2,181 miles. I am new to long distance …

The Last Testament (The Book of Man) | Documentary Idea 
What if I told you something so seemingly preposterous, although the truth, it questions the very fabric of mans existence. How do you convey something …

Suicide Bomber and Victim | Documentary Idea 
We read about, hear, and see stories almost every day about suicide bombings. While these stories are sad, they remain apart from our reality when we …

In Our Own Words, A Family Documentary | Documentary Idea 
This documentary project has been in the works for some time now. The entire premise of the storyline is based on the lives of my parents; Very Reverend …

Retired Boxers Foundation | Documentary Idea 
My documentary idea is based on a conversation I had with former professional boxer Alex Ramos and an article I published in WBAN (Women Boxing Archive …

What Will Happen To Us | Documentary Idea 
My documentary idea is for a film showing the issues with the fact that people are out-living their plans for retirement. My mother-in-law is now 94, my …

The Beis Din, The Jewish Court System 
In theory, The Beis Din, The Jewish Court System, is invested with legal powers, where its judgments hold varying degrees of authority. How often is …

Taxi drivers in Montreal from Haiti 
My documentary idea is to follow three taxi drivers in Montreal from Haiti and tell their stories. There are many taxi drivers in Montreal from Haiti. …

The Family Law System: The Rights of a Good Father? 
I'm looking for someone to create a documentary about the family law system. I come more specifically from Ontario Canada but in my research I see that …

Personality Disorder: The Truth 
I am a personality disorder staff trainer. I would like to star in a documentary about The Truth about Personality Disorders. This is because the subject …

Unemployment: We want to work 
The documentary idea is to follow a group of long term unemployed through their everyday job hunting and things they do to get work etc. But also to line …

Olympic Dreams | Documentary Idea 
For many people particularly armchair athletes, participating in the Olympics is the ultimate dream. Most will never attain that dream. Although there …

The kids are alright... or are they? Documentary Idea 
Sadly, a lot of children are brought up these days by parents who, for a variety of reasons, are separated. The impact on the children can be massive but …

So Freaky | Documentary Idea 
Its a paranormal investigation show where 3 teenage boys try to disprove hauntings in the state of Colorado.

Romanian Gypsies | Documentary Idea 
This documentary does not want to denigrate the gypsies, romanians or europeans! Just wants to show the truth, reality and differences between romanians, …

The Divine Quest: Religion vs. Spirituality 
It is estimated that about 85% of the world population belongs to some kind of organised religious group. This percentage is decreasing rapidly as many …

Water Crises 
Two-thirds of the city's population resides on top of high mountains. As a result the struggle for water cannot be over emphasized. On this note I want …

The Suicide of My Father | Documentary Idea 
It has been 9 years, coming up on the 10th anniversary of my father's suicide. Okoboj, Iowa is a small town that gets eaten and over taken by tourists …

Genesis The Real Story | Documentary Idea 
35 years ago I became more than just interested in Genesis. I don't know why because I am not a particularly religious person. It just seemed to me that …

Cost of Living vs. People's Income Confusion | Documentary Idea 
After my engineering bachelor's degree, I started working in industry for a few years while paying for loans and debt. My family is having mortgage issues …

To Build Home is to Be Home | Documentary Idea 
Low- to middle-income families and individuals go through a process to get approved for a USDA loan to build their own house using "sweat equity". They …

The negative influences of the media on today’s youth | Documentary Idea 
This documentary will discuss the negative influences of the media on today’s youth. The video will open with shots of great American leaders, inventors …

3500 miles | Documentary Idea 
Is it possible to WALK from the pacific to the atlantic? I would try to walk from coast to coast as a camera crew followed me as I race a clock and meet …

GIGS | Documentary Idea 
My documentary idea involves 30 days of freestyle employment working gigs from craigslist. Everything from the mundane labor gigs to the creative; doing …

True lives of Catholic school teachers 
This documentary idea explores what it is really like to be a teacher in a Catholic school. Most people think that private school teachers get paid …

Powerball 
Powerball Documentary Idea: Most people have paid a dollar for the chance at becoming a multi-millionaire, but few actually win. Whatever happens to …

SIDES: Actor dialogue from their P.O.V. (Documentary Idea) 
This documentary would investigate the various methods that actors use to memorize dialogue, not only for auditions, but also for long scenes that are …

Working Class | Documentary Idea 
Hi my names Carl, im in a band called working class, we have been wanting to do a documentary on what we do as theres so much going on in the band, us …

Racing the Globe | Documentary Idea 
My documentary idea involves seven adventure races, seven continents, with at least a third place finish in each race. This typical, but at times a bit …

The Real Sassoon | Documentary Idea 
The real Sassoon story, how and why "Vidal Sassoon" stole the name from an actual living person who has first use of the name, first registered trade …

Volunteer Work in Kenya | Documentary Idea 
A documentary on a normal girl from America who goes out to work in Kenya for two weeks to help out and see what their life is like. It will give me the …

Certified or Normal: Stories from the Mentally Unstable 
i want to ask people about a time they think they went crazy; had a mental breakdown or a moment of insanity. i want to reconfirm to society that everyone …

now a days.. women deliver babies by caesarean more than normal delivery.. 
In my family everyone discusses mine and my sister's caesarean delivery.. older women of my family are not happy about it.. This is my documentary idea. …

The Secret? Really? 
My documentary would focus on not only the bs that is so very obvious to anyone who has ever met someone with delusions of grandeur, but will also explore …

inside vs outside 
My documentary idea: exploring obesity in children and how peoples ideas of fun affect their weight.

MMA/UFC WORLD 30 city tour - looking for filmmaker 
Professional Documentary treatment/production outline already created by award winning director. Follow MMA/UFC champion fighters who put their lives …

How Losing My Stomach (literally) Made Me Hungry For Life | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
How Losing My Stomach (literally) Made Me Hungry For Life: A Story of Survival | Documentary Idea. At 17, I was sexually abused. At 18, my stomach …

Suicide Forest | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
I am interested in suicide forest in Japan. Also Japan states the rise in suicides in the forest resulted after Seicho Mastomto wrote the book c. The …

A Brother's Challenge | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
I am a 430lb 32 year old male. My brother is a 29 year old Recovering drug addict. 30 days ago, my brother hit his bottom. He came to me and asked …

The Beginning of MasterCard | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
My name is Sarah and I am 19 years old. When I was 11 years old my grandfather, Melvin Benovitz, died. It was at this time that I learned that my grandfather …

Uberman Ultra Triathalon "The Toughest On Earth" | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Seeking Filmmakers: The Uberman Ultra Triathlon, www.Uberman1.com, is the toughest physical challenge on the planet. It represents the future of endurance …

The Diagnosis and "Treatment" of Homosexuality: When Prejudice Is Masqueraded As Science | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Few people know the civil rights struggle of how the diagnosis of homosexuality evolved and was finally deleted from psychiatry's official nomenclature, …

Fear Of Flying - Cured! | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
May 2, 2016: Fear of flying documentary idea - For about 10 years now the mere mention of aeroplanes has been enough to see me break out into a clammy …

Dark Orange | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
A "making the album" type music documentary, set in the low country on Hilton Head Island SC, on an up and coming but struggling musician, who's beginning …

A Past Life Romantic Connection | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Hello, dear documentarians ... I am Edson Matus Navarrete, an unmarried man of 51 years old who lives in a medium city of Veracruz, Mexico. I search for …

Big Corruption In A Small Town | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Picture a small quaint southern town with cobblestone streets, a small Baptist university and all that goes with it. Everything is not as it appears. …

The Youngest Son Of A Millionaire | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
This documentary idea is based on my true life story and my book: The Youngest Son of a Millionaire . This is an emotionally charged memoir that recounts …

Matero: A City Within A City | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
I am an upcoming film maker and I would love to do a documentary on a township in my country called Matero. This is a place that people know to be …

Drunk Driving, My Story | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
My father and I were victims of a drunk driver. We were hit at 110 mph by a 23 year old with a BAC of .28. My father had bleeding on the brain, I had 5 …

Extreme Failures in the Veterans Health Care System | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Ever wonder why we hear more and more stories about veterans coming home from wars they fought in the name of the United States of America and just can't …

The Singer Who's Brain Forgot How To Sing | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
(July 26, 2015) Hi I am David Scott. I have been a professional singer most of my life. I have had some amazing experiences being signed to a major record …

India vs UK Elections | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Posted: July 15, 2015 - As UK is out of election zone, India will go through Bihar state election in next few months (September/October 2015). The idea …

Who Is My Doctor | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
I was born 1974 in Scarborough just outside of downtown Toronto. After talking and, more so, listening to some stories my doctor told while seeing him …

Dog Food - is this the next food scandal? | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
The majority of dry and wet dog foods are made by a small number of multinational manufacturers such as Mars and Nestle. We are recommended to use them …

What's Fare : The truth about UberX and Lyft | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
I have been in the transportation industry for 16 years. I started when I was 21 and old enough to rent a Taxi, since then I have been involved with strikes …

My Life With Debbie | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
: Hello, I have a story to tell…… my life ended on September 26, 2011 when my wife passed away with brain cancer glioblastoma multi-for brain cancer grade …

Self Exploration | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
December 30, 2014 - Hello My name is Neil Baumann. I am 23 years old and I will be successful. Here are my thoughts. I come from a suburb of Cleveland …

Food Factories Uncovered | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
I initially qualified as an Environmental Health Officer, then escaped Local government for something more exciting and spent 37 years in the food industry …

Getting Away With Racism | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Racism in the media is alive and well. While sitting down to watch TV the other night a show came on titled, "Black-ish". As I watched the show I couldn't …

Sustainable Living Experiment To Combat Poverty | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Sustainable living documentary idea: what would the standard north american lifestyle look like if we substituted and transitioned to only green products? …

Building a 30,000 sq. foot Homeless Shelter | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Oct. 2014 - This story follows a hand full of federal employees who decide to open up a much needed homeless shelter in St Mary’s County Maryland (Lexington …

Arandora Star Disaster | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Submitted October 3, 2014 - Next year is the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the internee ship the Arandora Star by a German U-boat. The Arandora Star …

The Day We Said No To War | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
SYRIA. On the 29th of August 2013 the social media and online newspaper comment pages went crazy. The country was angry. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and …

To Promote Israeli-Palestinian Understanding And Peace | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
MY HUMBLE PROPOSAL TO MOST POWERFULLY PROMOTE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI PEACE & UNDERSTANDING - IF NOT TODAY, TOMORROW. I, Mohan A. Hoskote, age 79 years, …

Two Minutes and Thirty Seconds: The New World of Competitive Cheer | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Invitation to documentary filmmakers: April 4, 2014 - Competitive cheer leading has become a multi-billion dollar industry with over 10,000 exclusively …

Is The Grass Greener On The Other Side? | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
With roughly 200,000 British people leaving Britain each year, I want to document the pro's and con's of traveling abroad. As me (Sam 28 y.o) and my brother …

Pizza Drivers of Myrtle Beach | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Pizza Drivers of Myrtle Beach Documentary Idea : Delivering pizzas in the heat of a Myrtle Beach summer presents many challenges to even the most experienced …

Inside Poppy | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
My documentary idea centers on the irony of a recovering heroin and morphine addict's discovery that Morphine, known as "God's Own Medicine", a compound …

Dissertation Hell | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
I am a professional dissertation coach, and I struggle daily to provide psychological, emotional, educational, statistical, and rhetorical help to clients …

Workout 9 to 5 | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Firstly, my names Paul Kerr, 24 from Dumbarton (Glasgow) and your valued time reading this is much appreciated. I’ve worked in a call centre dealing …

Via Timore: The Story of a Wandering Warrior | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
My name is Ricardo Casilimas, and I want to travel, have adventures, and fight in the 6 major continents of the world. You read that last one right. Fight. …

My Mandela Your Mandela Our Mandela: The Magic of Madiba | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
This documentary follows the journey of four people of different races over the last 30 years from the height of apartheid to the death of Nelson Mandela. …

International Inter-Cultural Arranged Marriage | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
I am an educated American man that is about to marry a girl from a rural village in Mexico and bring her back to the States. It's a semi-arranged marriage. …

Old Testament America | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
As an Atheist and as an outsider who lives in the birth place of a certain Thomas Payne in England I have always been fascinated by America's obsession …

Proana Lifestyle | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
So I know there is a bunch of documentaries about eating disorders and anorexia. I even know that there are documentaries about the "pro ana" lifestyle. …

From Victim To Survivor | Documentary Proposal Not rated yet
FROM VICTIM TO SURVIVOR My Documentary Television/Video Project Proposal Series On Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence By Avion Anderson …

Body Male | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
I am new to this field of making documentaries and planning to work on how masculinity gets defined in the society through our performing bodies. The documentary …

Paruresis | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Paruresis is a social phobia which affects up to 7% of the population. Sometimes called Shy Bladder, this condition is really not about shyness but is …

The Modern Man | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Modern Man documentary idea. Following the idea of what became of our concept of what a man is. What we consider manly today, and how it became that. …

Famous & Ordinary Film Auditions | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
My documentary idea is to see the difference between famous actors and actresses and ordinary people when it comes to getting and going through auditions …

Power of the Mind | Documentary Pitch and Video Trailer Not rated yet
Power of the Mind (Working Title). Here is my documentary idea: how words and autosuggestions can dramatically transform a person's life. The words we …

No Subject | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
[No Subject] Documentary Idea: A personal look at the compartmentalization of society and how our modern lives have turned our friends and families, …

Why Urban Kids Dismiss School | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Documentary idea . There is a huge debate raging in the USA right now about school reform. There are a lot of ideas being thrown around; merit pay for …

Nepal Raute | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
My name is Manoj Shahi, I'm a Nepalese resident currently in India who has led and facilitated journalists and broadcasters through Nepal's political transition …

Mirror Image: A Look At Mental Health In Trinidad And Tobago | Documentary Proposal Not rated yet
Title: "Mirror Image – A look at Mental Health in Trinidad and Tobago." Format: Feature-length Documentary Series Intended Audience: Educated …

First Graduating Class Documentary Idea Not rated yet
I am a high school senior. My high school just opened three years ago, and this year will be the first year of a graduation at our school. I was thinking …

Freshmen: The Voices of The Come Up | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
I want to give a voice to those artists who are neglected by the fast pace of society. Those Hip hop artist who are unheard, underpaid, and under appreciated. …

The Sons of Mogadishu | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Somali has been in civil war for over 20 years, efforts to stabilize the country from international and both local community in the process an alshabab …

Straight Edge Teenagers Documentary Idea Not rated yet
Here's my documentary idea pitch: a look into how straight edge teenagers fit in/don't fit into society. Teenagers are often given bad press and accused …

Los Barrio's Blues | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
My documentary idea focuses on local hispanic blues musicians and why they chose to play this type of music. Does it coincide with their life style? How …

Under The Rainbow | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
This documentary will tell the story of Cape Town and how it treats gay men and women. In a city that is considered the gay capital of South Africa, …

Will the rich always be with us | Documentary Idea Not rated yet
We know that here in Britain the government is scared to tax the super rich too high because there is a chance they might leave us and take their money …

Struggles in Laos during the war Not rated yet
My documentary idea is to explore the struggles in Laos during the war. I'd like to explore two primary questions: How long has this struggle been …

Help find my daughter's father?  Not rated yet
We only have a photo of him, not even a name. By the time mum realised she was pregnant he had left the country. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-me-find-this-Swiss …

The Life of Johnny Depp Not rated yet
Basically, this is a documentary talking about Johnny Depp's life and how he became who he is. Then later on, it will begin talking about the movies Johnny …



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