Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we’ve got  an instructional video on making money in the drug trade, along with a look at the immigration effort, the economic juggernaut that is our modern prison system, and a documentary from the director of Hoop Dreams who has a thing to say about concussions as we head into the NFL’s opening weekend. 

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The world’s most famous film critic is having a documentary made about him by some of the most famous filmmakers around. Documentarian Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) have optioned the rights to Ebert’s 2011 memoir, Life Itself. Martin Scorsese will executive produce. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Sundance 2011: ‘The Interrupters’ Trailer

One of the high profile documentaries set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is Steve JamesThe Interrupters. You might not recognize James by name, but he is the filmmaker responsible for the documentary classic Hoop Dreams. The movie takes a focus on the violence in Chicago, particularly a recent brutal beating of a Chicago Public School student caught on videotape. James has released an extended four and a half minute trailer in anticipation of the Sundance premiere. Watch the trailer (and see the poster) after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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