Open Thread: Summer Documentaries

Preview this Summer's "must-see" documentaries...

How to Make Money Selling Drugs

Cheekily taking the angle of a instructional video, this doc (produced by Entourage's Adrian Grenier) explores the financial incentive for entering the drug trade (over, say, minimum wage employment). Director Matthew Cooke frames his story around a series of interviews with drug dealers and prison employees, as well as Woody Harrelson, Susan Sarandon, Eminem, The Wire's David Simon, 50 Cent, Russell Simons and Freeway Rick Ross.

Gideon's Army

This emotional flick provides numerous reasons why you don't want to be arrested in the United States. Attorney-turned-filmmaker Dawn Porter tracks the lives of young, underpaid public defenders as they balance the challenges of their profession – too many cases, too few resources – with their own personal woes.

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Maxim Pozdorovkin and Mike Lerner's tale of what happens when you stage a forty-second performance in a Russian Orthodox church is as much a story of activists told through their families as it is a take on the post-communist Russian Judicial System.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) tackles the subject of Wikileaks with a comprehensive take on Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and the upstart website that sent ripples across Washington. And if you find yourself itching for more debates on transparency, the pump will be primed for Benedict Cumberbatch's dramatization of Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, due out this fall.

Gasland Part II

In this follow-up to the game-changing, Academy Award-nominated Gasland, Josh Fox revisits one of today's most hotly debated environmental issues – fracking.

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