HBO has been in the non-fiction game for a long time, supporting everything from the great “Paradise Lost” trilogy to Spike Lee’s searing Hurricane Katrina documentary, “When The Levees Broke.” The cable network’s long and storied tradition continues with Nick Broomfield’s “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” and the film’s first trailer has arrived online.
Running just under a minute, the trailer quickly sets up the launching pad for the documentary: for over two decades, a serial killer has haunted South Central LA, preying on African-American women as the city’s police force turned a blind eye. What follows is an often frustrating look at how a neighborhood can be ravaged over time. We caught the film at Telluride and were mightily impressed by Broomfield’s latest.
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper” ends a small awards-qualifying run in Los Angeles tonight at the Laemmle Playhouse 7, and has an air date sometime next year on HBO. Watch the trailer below.