Yoni’s List of His Favorite Documentaries, Part 1

Yoni’s List of His Favorite Documentaries, Part 1

Tip Top Co-founder Yoni Reisman really likes documentaries. What started as an interest in concert films grew into curiosity about all kinds of topics. This list isn’t exhaustive by any means- Yoni’s original list had more than 6o titles! So I sat down with Tip Top’s resident documentary connoisseur to talk about a few of the films on his list.

So here’s Yoni’s list, in no particular order: 

Fantastic Fungi

Fantastic Fungi directed by Louie Schwartzberg

What Yoni Says: It’s about the Magic of Mushrooms.  
Where to Watch: Netflix

Once Were Brothers

Once Were Brothers directed by Daniel Roher

What Yoni Says: It’s about The Band. It's the whole story. They’re probably the most underrated band of all time. The Last Waltz is also about The Band and worth watching,  it’s probably the most classic concert film of all time. 
Where to watch: Hulu

Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense directed by Jonathan Demme

Yoni Says: It's more of a concert film than documentary but it's one of the best ever made. It's filmed over a four night run at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983. 
Where to watch: YouTube

FYRE: The Greatest Party that Never Happened

FYRE: The Greatest Party that Never Happened directed by Chris Smith

Yoni Says: When this story was unfolding, I was working in the music festival world and had some inside info on how much of a trainwreck this was, so watching a documentary about it was quite special. It’s about the scam of a music festival that Fyre Fest was in the Bahamas.
Where to Watch: Netflix


Marley directed by Kevin Macdonald

Yoni Says: It's long but it's the story of Bob Marley. I don't have too much to say about that one. We did end up naming our daughter Marley so I must have liked it. I'd always collected Tough Gong CDs.
Where to watch: Apple TV

Bittersweet Motel

Bittersweet Motel directed by Todd Phillips

What Yoni Says: Phish in the late 90s. Needs no further explanation. (Author note: Yoni has seen more than 210 Phish shows….)
Where to Watch: This is one you can’t stream, but you can purchase a hard copy of it on Amazon if you are so inclined.

Free Solo

Free Solo directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Yoni Says: It’s about Alex Honnold, a ridiculous rock climber that climbs without ropes. Wild! 
Where to watch: Disney+

The Devil & Daniel Johnston

The Devil & Daniel Johnston directed by Jeff Feuerzeig

Yoni Says: Daniel Johnston was a prolific singer songwriter in Austin who suffered from depression, bi-polar disorder, & schizophrenia. It's a ridiculously crazy story about his life. He had amazing raw talent. He'd record entire albums on tapes and hand them out to people. Kurt Cobain once wore a t-shirt with one of his designs on it.
Where to watch: $2.99 on YouTube

Oasis: Supersonic

Oasis: Supersonic directed by Mat Whitecross

Yoni Says: The story of Oasis and how these brothers hate each other. They got big so fast and then it ended. I think they always hated each other. I never got that into Oasis but it turns out they have some pretty good songs.
Where to watch: Hulu

Remastered: Devil at the Crossroads

Remastered: Devil at the Crossroads (A Robert Johnson Story) directed by Brian Oakes

Yoni Says: It’s the story of Blues guitarist Robert Johnson - he was considered one of the godfathers of blues and there was a myth that he sold his soul to the devil to be able to play that well.
Where to watch: Netflix

Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man directed by Malik Bendjelloul

Yoni Says: It's a story about an artist who randomly discovered that he was massively huge in South Africa.
Where to Watch: HBO Max

The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones directed by Allen Hughes

Yoni Says: It’s a series on HBO about Dr Dre and Jimmy Lovine and the story of their Beats partnership. Being in the music industry made me enjoy this one especially. Lots of lessons in marketing.
Where to Watch: HBO Max

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon directed by Mike Myers

Yoni Says: Mensch is the Yiddish word for being a nice person. It's about Shep Gordon, who managed Alice Cooper. He had an incredible life. He'd go to hotels and Jimmy Hendrix would be there, or Janice Joplin. It’s just the story of his epically cool life.
Where to Watch: Prime Video

Inventing David Geffen

Inventing David Geffen directed by Susan Lacy

Yoni Says: It’s a music industry insider documentary. He’s very entrepreneurial and did all kinds of cool things. 
Where to Watch: Netflix

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi directed by David Gelb

Yoni Says: A story about a master of sushi in Japan, someone who is so dedicated to their craft in a culture that takes things very seriously.
Where to watch: Netflix

Class Action Park

Class Action Park directed by Seth Porges and Chris Charles Scott

Yoni Says: It’s a hilarious documentary about a ridiculously unsafe water park just outside of NYC.
Where to watch: HBO

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