Documentaries are a weird breed of filmmaking. Documentaries used to have a very defined process in terms of structure and cinematography but new formats have emerged over the past couple of decades. Harmontown looks to be a bit of train wreck that crashes all documentary styles into one big Dan Harmon nerdfest.
In case you are wondering who this Dan Harmon fellow is, he’s the once-fired-then-hired-again show runner of Community, the nerd-loving outré-geek sitcom. Seriously, did that sentence have enough dashes in it, or what? In between being fired and then rehired as the show runner of Community, he went on the road and this documentary was filmed.
Here’s the trailer. It has a few f-bombs in it, and thus is not safe for work.
These types of docs have been popping up all over the place, and although I think the concept is actually kind of cool, they really seem like self-indulgent self-promotional glamour pieces. Only hardcore fans will find these films interesting, and maybe it's meant to be a think you to those fans in some cases, but Harmontown really just looks like a tool to help Dam Harmon get over the loss of his show. Personally, I will watch Harmontown but only because I loved his work on Community. I doubt I will ever watch another documentary of this ilk again afterward.