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May 28, 2015 / Kelvin Jasperson

Documentary Wednesday, April 2015

We’ve decided to add trailers (if available) so interested people can watch them if the names and/or our descriptions sound interesting. Because Jilleun’s parents came at the beginning of the month, and Jilleun had finals then we went to Jamaica at the end, we only got to three documentaries this time.

  1. Please Subscribe (imdb)
  2. Hotline (imdb, wiki)
  3. Showrunners (imdb)


  1. Please Subscribe- I think I’d say most documentaries are interesting but if it is well made, it usually is more captivating! Although I don’t watch YouTube and didn’t know who any of these people were, it was still really interesting. Although I personally think the way a lot of them live is kind of lonely, it’s kind of awesome what the Internet can do to bring people together. 4/5
  2. Hotline- I was a little afraid to watch this one because it could be so emotional and sad. But it was really great! I think they covered a lot of things I wondered about with hotlines. I don’t necessarily agree with everything in the documentary (i.e. sex hotlines) but it was still a good broad spectrum of information. 5/5
  3. Showrunners- The thing that is cool about documentaries is for that hour to two hours you get to take a deep look into something that you might have never even thought about before. I had always wondered what it meant on shows when it said Created By ____, what that was really saying. Because let’s be honest it takes a ton a people to make a TV show work. I would recommend this to anyone who has loved a TV show, it was cool to see how things work. It was a really entertaining documentary with good reason, right? 5/5


  1. Please Subscribe- YouTube. Making a living off YouTube. This might be a bit cliche to say, but 10 years ago there is just no way this would be possible. Can you imagine? Working for yourself. Making videos about how to do makeup. Living comfortably! Some people, you can tell, make way more than others, I couldn’t tell you exactly why some people gain popularity while others don’t. I guess that’s just how the world works. Personally, I’d never heard of any of these YouTubers, but apparently they are famous enough to get millions of subscribers to watch their videos and hang on their every antic. From a completely outsiders perspective (I will watch YouTube if I’m looking for something specific or am linked something, but I don’t go trolling around YouTube to just kill time) I completely loved this documentary. I sat there, watching it, most of the time with my mouth hanging open. I just can’t believe the kinds of videos the people they interview made, and they make money! Pretty rad. Man I love the Internet. 5/5
  2. Hotline- I didn’t know this or think about this going into it, but it was actually a little bit depressing. Can’t have all fun and games every documentary, ya know! There were several different kinds of hotlines this documentary featured. Honestly, I didn’t even know they had homework hotlines! I don’t know if I would have called them when I was in school, but it’s really neat they are even available. It was touching at times, it was really funny at times, overall it was a good one. Highly interesting look at a subject you don’t think about that often. 4/5
  3. Showrunners- Okay, I thought this was incredible. I’m not one of those people that memorizes IMDB, and I’d say my interest level in all things TV is maybe a 5/10 but this was one of the most edutaining documentaries we’ve watched to date. If you didn’t watch the trailer, go do that now. If you watch TV it will make you at least partially interested in spending time to watch the whole thing. I didn’t realize what a showrunner was and the kind of work it was, but man it looks sweet. They get the chance to run this business, that is a TV show, and tell the story they want to tell, in the way they want to tell it. I thoroughly loved it. 5/5


  • Jilleun- Hotline
  • Kelvin- Showrunners
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