In 2009 director Alex Gibney set out to film The Road Back, a documentary on cyclist Lance Armstrong's comeback year after a four-year retirement from the sport. Three years later, on October 2012, a doping investigation led to his lifetime ban from competition and the stripping of his seven Tour de France titles, and the documentary was shelved. On January 14, 2013, three hours after his appearance on Oprah, Armstrong went back to Gibney to set the record straight about his career.
The documentary starts with Steinbauer's obsession with a widely circulated viral video featuring outtakes from an RV commercial shoot, centered on a cantankerous pitchman who regularly becomes outraged and flustered, cursing in colorful mannerisms. Steinbauer researches the video, and discovers that it had been circulating on VHS long before it appeared on the Internet.
The film depicts the lives of people chasing the dream of high salaries in the North Dakota oil boom, only to discover that affordable housing is almost impossible to find. Much of the focus is on the efforts of local pastor Jay Reinke, who allowed over 1,000 different people to stay at his Williston, North Dakota church over a period of about two years.
An Oregon-based Tetris enthusiast by the name of Robin Mihara, longing to track down the best Tetris players in the nation for the purpose of organizing a competition, happens upon a website called Twin Galaxies which has been tracking video game world records since the 1980s. From this website he learns of record-holders and top scorers like Jonas Neubauer & Harry Hong (both of whom have maxed out with a high score of 999,999), Ben Mullen (world-record holder for most lines with 296), Dana Wilcox, and Jesse Kelkar. In addition, he seeks to reconnect with several of the top players from the heyday of NES and Tetris—competitors from 1990's Nintendo World Championships—Trey Harrison and Thor Aackerlund, the latter of whom claims to have reached Level 30. Little has been heard of Aackerlund since his rise to notoriety as the poster child for video gaming in the 1990s, and being successful at playing video games is described by Mihara in the film as "the cornerstone of a very difficult life [for Thor]." Regardless of his reluctance, Aackerlund is able to put the past behind him and agrees to participate. With the addition of competitors like Matt Buco and Bay area Tetris Grandmaster Alex Kerr, the stage is set to for the top eight competitors to go head-to-head in Los Angeles, vying for the title of Tetris Champion in the first ever Classic Tetris World Championship.
Un matin, Josh Fox reçoit une lettre d'une compagnie d'extraction de gaz qui lui propose 100 000 dollars contre le droit d'installer des puits de forage sur les dix hectares du terrain familial, dans la zone non incorporée de Milanville (Pennsylvanie). Méfiant, Fox se renseigne alors sur l'exploitation de la formation rocheuse des schistes de Marcellus qui parcourt la Pennsylvanie, l'État de New York, l'Ohio et la Virginie-Occidentale. Josh Fox visite d'abord Dimock (Pennsylvanie), dans une zone d'exploitation du gaz de schiste. Il y rencontre plusieurs familles dont l'eau du robinet peut prendre feu si l'on en approche un briquet. Les habitants y souffrent également de nombreux problèmes de santé et craignent que leur approvisionnement en eau soit contaminé.
Le film évoque la vie et le suicide du développeur, écrivain et cybermilitant américain Aaron Swartz. Le film est narré par des proches d'Aaron, notamment sa mère, ses frères et sa petite amie, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman.