Shteyngart and Felix brave Brooklyn in this new book trailer.
Gary Shteyngart has taken the art of the book trailer to a whole new level–with a sequel! Remember Shteyngart’s hilarious book trailer for Super Sad True Love Story, featuring a cameo by the ubiquitous James Franco and an amazing performance by a former PW staffer? Well, the paperback for the book is out, and Shteyngart is back with another super funny video, this time featuring an extended performance by none other than Paul Giamatti starring as Shteyngart’s roommate. There’s also a brilliant performance by Felix the Dog. The hapless trio make a trip into the wilds of Brooklyn, where the illiterate Shteyngart has been asked to speak at a book club in one of Brooklyn’s famous “brownhouses.” The book itself makes only the briefest appearance.
This stunning short film/ book trailer for If You Knew Then What I Know Now, an essay collection by Ryan Van Meter, published by Sarabande books, is just beautiful and arresting, at least as far as this blogger can see. It was made by filmmaker Tucker Capps with Van Meter doing the voice over, and it’s just a lovely example of how a text can interact with film to create something that’s not merely a commercial for the book, but a piece of art in itself. Wish more book trailers were like this, instead of cheesy attempts at movie previews.