With temperatures falling, we’re all spending more time Netflixing and Chilling. Wondering what to watch next? We’re a little bit obsessed with the three documentaries below—which were all created or shot by KitSplitters!

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One of Us

In the wake of trauma and abuse, three Hasidic Jews face ostracism, anxiety and danger as they attempt to leave their ultra-Orthodox community. One of Us was directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady who previously directed the Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp,” and who presented a short film at our March event with Video Consortium. The film was primarily shot by Jenni Morello and Alex Takats, with additional cinematography by Emmy award-winning cinematographer and longterm KitSplitter Matt Porwoll—read more about Matt in his KitSplit Member Spotlight. One of Us has been getting rave reviews, and it’s available to stream on Netflix.


Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles in this intimate documentary directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne. In one critic’s words, the film is “a fond and appreciative portrait of one of American journalism’s superstars.” It was shot in part by documentary cinematographer & KitSplitter Thorsten Thielow! Check out Thorsten’s member spotlight and gear, and watch the full film on Netflix.


We Became Fragments: A Short Documentary About Finding Home

We Became Fragments is a short documentary that follows a displaced Syrian teenager named Ibraheem. Sarhan coming of age in Winnipeg, Canada. This one is still in process, but we love the teaser (see below). And Louise is currently running a Kickstarter to finish the film—check it out and consider contributing! Luisa Conlon (Co-Director) is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer and KitSplitter based in Los Angeles.


*Cover Photo by Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash