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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Crowd-sourced music documentaries are hardly new. Many a rock doc over the years has included fan-shot footage, and the Beastie Boys made their own explicitly fan-shot film, Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!, released back in 2006. Now Canadian filmmakers Bruce McDonald and Don McKellar, who collaborated in the past on the very fun Highway 61 and occasionally sublime television show Twitch City, are looking for the help of regular folks to assemble a movie featuring acclaimed Toronto indie band Broken Social Scene. The film, called This Movie is Broken, will have a dramatic story written by McKellar that centers around a couple who attend a Broken Social Scene show, but it will be set in summertime Toronto, as partially shot by fans. Read More »