I'm a fan of documentary films. The ones that are well done are fantastic, and since I create a fair bit of video in the course of my work at Google, I know how much work these things can be. In some ways, they're harder than "regular" film (that is, movies that tell a story) because documentaries have to also tell a story, yet simultaneously be truthful. (Yes, I realize that documentaries come with a built-in viewpoint, but that's not my point--it is just that sometimes a story + reality is a difficult thing to swing, especially in a world where so many people are reluctant to speak on-camera.)
In any case, the problem with documentaries is that they're often released for a short time into a few theatres, then vanish into some kind of archival abyss... They become difficult to find--at least at reasonable cost.
That's the challenge for today: Find a RENTAL copy of the documentary "American Tongues" (1988) that doesn't cost an arm-and-a-leg to rent. (For the purposes of this problem, if you can get it for less than $40, that's an acceptable answer.)
Minor rant: Many documentaries seem to be rentable for $85. I don't understand that pricing at all. I suspect that there's a market for documentary video rentals that's reasonably-priced, and not exorbitant. Does anyone understand the economics here?