While surfing today, I came upon an interesting trailer over at The Documentary Blog. Emmy winner for Thug Life in D.C., Marc Levin, is putting together a similarly-themed documentary called Mr. Untouchable, said to come out this autumn. The film is about the rise and fall of Nicky Barnes, a black man in Harlem who became the biggest heroin distributor in the country some decades ago. If the trailer is anything to go by, this'll be a doc to check out. It's smooth, with decent music and an energy to it. There's commentary from both sides of the law, great music and archival footage, but what really makes it pop -- there's footage with Barnes himself, who sat down with Levin last summer to chat about his life.

If you're not up on your decades-old heroin busts, I'll give you the scoop. Barnes was a heroin addict in his early twenties who became a huge drug dealer, taking the product away from the Italian mafia. He was the head of the "Council of Seven," a group of dealers in Harlem who created legit businesses to protect their illegal cash, and they lived under the oath: "Treat my brother as I treat myself." He got picked up for a traffic violation, and when they figured out who he was, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Barnes says that the council was backstabbing him, not paying lawyer fees and sleeping with his wife, so he became an informant. Still, he stayed in jail for 30 years, getting released in 2003.