I’ve come across three documentary trailers recently that are worth sharing—though I haven’t seen the documentaries yet, the trailers are amusing and/or intriguing enough on their own to be worth a watch.
Latter Day Jew
Directed by Reality of Reality podcast host Aliza Rosen, the film “follows H. Alan Scott, a gay former Mormon/converted Jew/cancer survivor/writer-comedian, as he finds his spiritual path and prepares for his Bar Mitzvah.” The film is still in production and fundraising, but I can’t wait to see it based on this trailer alone.
As an aside, its star was recently a guest on the great podcast Bad with Money, and his story is worth a listen.
Laura Poitras—the documentary filmmaker who documented Edward Snowden’s release of material about illegal wiretapping by the NSA—is back with a potentially even more controversial subject: Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who’s now hiding in an embassy in London but played a role in the 2016 presidential election.
It’s clear Poitras has incredible access to Assange, and says in the trailer, “sometimes I can’t believe what Julian allows me to film.” But what will it reveal? Will it be sympathetic or antagonistic? We’ll find out when Showtime airs it this summer.
The stray cats of Istanbul are the stars of this documentary, which tells the stories of seven of the cats, who are introduced in the trailer. Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild, just wrote on Facebook that it’s “the most beautiful, true, profound movie” and “I couldn’t have loved it more.”
Directed by Ceyda Torun, it’s been screening at theatres across the United States since February.