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: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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I’m not sure if the poster for Ondi Timoner‘s documentary We Live in Public is the first poster to feature quotes from Twitter, but it’s definitely the first poster I’ve seen quoting @ names.

I screened this film at Sundance, but never got the chance to write a review at the time. You can read David Chen’s review and interview with Timoner here. Any techie will probably want to check this out. The film tells the story of Josh Harris, an Internet pioneer who was ahead of his time, and founded the Internet’s first television network. But most interesting is the section where you learn about this project Harris curated and funded in an underground bunker in NYC where 100 people lived together on camera for 30 days at the turn of the millennium.

Back to the poster, the quotes aren’t really from random twitter users (for the most part). For example, @aplusk and @mrskutcher are both quoted, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore respectively. Also on the poster are tweets from Trent Reznor and our friend Scott from WeAreMovieGeeks. You can check out a new movie trailer from the film which appeared today on MySpace. Check out the full poster and new trailer after the jump.
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angels and demons poster smallIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley dive into the season finale of Lost, evaluate the acting prowess of Chris Hemsworth, and lament the destruction of the IMAX brand. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from Film.com and Dan Trachtenberg joins us from the Totally Rad Show. Make sure you stay tuned after the episode to hear details on how to win a copy of The Art of Terminator Salvation from Titan Books!

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According to Ondi Timoner’s We Live in Public, Josh Harris is “the greatest internet pioneer you’ve never heard of.” Timoner’s documentary paints Harris as a man keenly attuned to the rapid advancements of the internet age, always one or two steps ahead of both the conventional wisdom as well as the prevailing technologies of his day. Harris made millions when he started internet data-analysis firm Jupiter Communications, then parlayed that money into other ventures, such as the short-lived internet TV studio Psuedo. Psuedo was launched before Hulu, revision3, justin.tv or uStream; hell, this was even before broadband was as widespread as it is today, making streaming, high-quality television a reality (Psuedo’s programs were a bit choppy).

After Pseudo, Harris launched perhaps his most ambitious project of all: an experimental community/art project called “Quiet: We Live in Public.” Harris rounded up over 100 artists into an underground bunker, offering free food, drink, and firing range access (with a huge of assault weapons to choose from, no joke). Using an intricate system of cameras, he recorded their every move and provided each of them a TV monitor so they could watch the activities of others. When FEMA shut down the bunker, Harris launched a different, more intimate version of “We Live in Public,” installing dozens of cameras and microphones inside his apartment to record the actions of himself and his girlfriend, Tonya. He then broadcast the results onto the internet, to the pleasure of many an internet chat room participant. As the second iteration of “We Live in Public” progressed, Harris found that constant internet surveillance had the ability to drastically affect his psychological condition and, perhaps, the course of his life.
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