If you weren’t among the 125,000 attendees at Comic-Con this past weekend, or if you were there and already miss the crowds of costumed fanboys and fangirls, indieWIRE at Hulu Docs – iW‘s regular curation of Hulu’s Documentaries page – presents a selection of comic book and pop culture related non-fiction projects to bring you back to San Diego.
DeZ Vylenz delves into “The Mindscape of Alan Moore,” arguably the most influential Western comic book author of the past thirty or so years, associated with titles like “Swamp Thing,” “The Watchmen,” “V for Vendetta,” “From Hell,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” and “Marvelman” (or “Miracleman” for US audiences). Beyond Moore’s genre re-defining work, the doc also explores the eccentric creator’s thoughts on magic, sex, storytelling, and human existence.
Also offering an in-depth appreciation and exploration of another legendary comic book writer, Patrick Meaney’s “Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods” focuses on the charismatic Glaswegian, known for original work such as “The Invisibles” and “We3,” as well as acclaimed runs on “New X-Men,” “Animal Man,” “Batman,” “JLA,” and “All-Star Superman.” Like his fellow UK writer Moore, Morrison is also a magic practitioner, and has written about his experimentation with hallucinogens and other substances, which have influenced his work.
Moving from those that write about super heroes and other fictional characters to those who apparently embody such figures in real life, we find Arturo Perez Torres’ “Super Amigos.” Super Gay, Super Barrio, Super Animal, Fray Tormenta, and Ecologista Universal patrol the streets of Mexico City in full super hero/wrestling outfits, fighting against, respectively homophobia, gentrification, bullfighting, poverty, and environmental abuses.
The subjects of Matthew Ogens’ “Confessions of a Superhero” don’t see themselves as actual super-heroes, but they portray them in public. Actors playing Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, and the Hulk on Hollywood Boulevard open up about their hopes and dreams, revealing the lengths to which people will go to achieve fame and success.
Finally, pop culture meets cartooning in Ron Mann’s “Tales of the Rat Fink.” The film profiles Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, whose titular cartoon rodent, monster T-shirts, and custom car designs made him an underground star in the Southern Californian hot rod movement of the 1960s.
EDITOR’S NOTE: “indieWIRE @ Hulu Docs” is a regular column spotlighting the iW-curated selections on Hulu’s Documentaries page, a unique collaboration between the two sites. iW selections typically appear in the carousel at the top of the page and under “Featured Content” in the center. Be sure to check out the great non-fiction projects available to watch free of charge.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Basil Tsiokos is a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for Sundance and a consultant to documentary filmmakers and festivals. Follow him on Twitter (@1basil1) and visit his blog (what (not) to doc).