The acclaim of Breaking Bad and The Wire over the last decade have demonstrated that there is a devoted following that wants to see the inner workings of illegal drug trade. So of course it is Wire creator David Simon who concisely explains the allure of dealing in the new trailer for the documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs:
“Look around, this is the environment of post-industrial America. The work has gone away… The only factory that remains is the drug trade. And they’re hiring! They’re the only people hiring.”
If that’s too heady for you, director Matthew Cooke also interviews rappers 50 Cent and Eminem as well as actors Woody Harrelson and Susan Sarandon. However, Cooke’s best talking heads are the folks who actually earned their living in the drug market, including “Freeway” Rick Ross, who ran a drug empire in Los Angeles in the 1980s. How to Make Money Selling Drugs looks to be a slickly produced examination of a fascinating subject, so check out the trailer after the jump.
How to Make Money Selling Drugs offers a provocative glimpse into the lives of those on both sides of the “war on drugs,” delivering a diverse and unique perspective on the subject through interviews with 50 Cent, Eminem, The Wire producer David Simon, Arianna Huffington, Woody Harrelson, Eminem and Susan Sarandon, as well as infamous drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross. Presenting a step-by-step guide on how to go from street dealer to drug lord, the documentary reveals how public policy actually entices Americans into dealing drugs. Bert Marcus Productions was granted unprecedented access from top-ranking government officials, including U.S. Drug Czar to the Drug Enforcement Agency, all providing varied viewpoints on this controversial subject.