The course of true love never did run smooth, as demonstrated in many of the Valentine’s-inspired selections to Indiewire’s latest curation of Hulu’s Documentaries page. While not all of the featured films paint a negative picture of love and relationships, they all must contend with some difficulties, if not outright tragedies, along the way.
Hapless romantic Brian Herzlinger decides to follow through on his nearly lifelong crush on Drew Barrymore by tracking down the Hollywood star and getting her to agree to go out on a date. “My Date With Drew” is the entertaining and likeable result of what can happen when you take on an if not impossible, at least improbable, dream.
Another improbable love story is found in a most unlikely place in Jon Nealon’s “Goodbye Hungaria.” A Palestinian refugee and an American volunteer meet at a Hungarian refugee camp, and while wading through the quagmire of international politics, they unexpectedly fall in love.
The filmmaking duo behind “Out in the Silence,” Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer, long ago fell in love, but when they decide to place their wedding announcement in Joe’s rural hometown newspaper, the act stirs up homophobia and bullying that motivates a homecoming to try to find common ground.
After more than half a century together, Mike and Mina Block seemed to have a good marriage – at least that’s what filmmaker son Doug Block believed until, shortly after Mina’s death, Mike moved in with another woman. “51 Birch Street” explores their story, revealing family secrets, shifting conceptions of love and marriage, and the powerful bonds of family.
Nick Broomfield is on the hunt for darker, more lethal secrets in his controversial “Kurt and Courtney.” The filmmaker provocateur examines the death of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love, including allegations that Love may have had something to do with her husband’s death.
Finally, in “Pull Out,” director Jyllian Gunther takes stock of the sad history of her romantic life. Over the course of one summer, she revisits five significant relationships, seeking to understand what went wrong, revealing along the way how relationships can mean wildly different things to the people involved.
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. Indiewire 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. Disclosure: Some of the selections are titles provided to Hulu by SnagFilms, the parent company of Indiewire.
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).