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Trailer Watch: Finding Vivian Maier

Holy wow. This is a really interesting story — a woman named Vivian Maier worked as a nanny in Chicago for about 40 years. In that time, she took about 100,000 photos, which even people close to her never saw. At one point, she became poor and a storage locker of her stuff had been auctioned off, discovered by art historian John Maloof. He identified her eventually (she took a few self-portaits) but didn’t manage to track her down until coming across her obituary in 2009.

None of this would matter, of course, if her photographs weren’t beautiful, and they are, and they’ve become something of a hit on the art scene. Anyway. Check out the trailer, and check out more of her stuff at

The documentary about Maloof and her work was directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel; it will be released “sometime” in 2013.

Trailer Watch: Margaret Atwood’s Payback

From Zeitgeist Films and director Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) comes a documentary “adaptation” of Margaret Atwood’s non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth — abbreviated to, simply, Payback for the film — a rumination on the various ideas and forms of debt in the world.

As both a pinko and an enormous fan of Margaret Atwood (she is the namesake for Jason Atwood, after all), I’m definitely in, and I hope the film turns out to be more than a superficial glance at so many very deep and troubling subjects. The film will hit a handful of theaters on April 25, 2012, but most of us will have to wait for video, I expect.

The official synopsis follows:

Trailer Watch: Page One: Inside the New York Times

Andrew Rossi’s documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times chronicles a year in the life of the New York Times in one of the most turbulent periods ever for the news industry. The film seems to track Times writers Brian Stelter, Tim Arango and David Carr in particular, and sets out to make a case for the continued relevance of more rigorous reporting the news industry offers in the age of the Internet.

You can also check out an interview with the filmmakers over at Take Part, and if you’re really curious, check out a few reviews from its Sundance premiere.

Page One hits theaters on June 24, thanks to Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media.

Trailer Watch: General Orders No. 9

/Film compared the trailer for Robert Persons’ upcoming film General Orders No. 9 to Terrence Malick, and I think it’s a pretty apt comparison. Ostensibly, it’s a documentary “told entirely with images, poetry, and music” about “the signs of loss and change in the American South,” and you can sort of see how that might reveal itself in the longer film, but just looking at it on its own, all I know is, it’s hypnotically beautiful.

Some people — not here, necessarily — will say it looks pretentious, but there are ideas bigger than plain language can contain, sometimes.

The film is only slated to play in one theater for a week later this month, as of this writing, but hopefully we can all check it out sooner rather than later.

You can watch the trailer in HD over at Apple, or read more about the film at the official website. The full synopsis follows after the jump: