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First Trailer for ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ Doc on Admissions Scandal

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First Trailer for ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ Doc on Admissions Scandal

by Alex Billington
March 1, 2021
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“It truly is amazing what people will say on the phone when they don’t know the feds are listening.” Netflix has unveiled a trailer for a documentary called Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal, the latest from acclaimed doc filmmaker Chris Smith (of American Movie, Home Movie, The Yes Men, Jim & Andy, Fyre). Smith knows how to make great docs. Everything you’ve heard is true. But you haven’t heard everything. Using real conversations recreated from FBI wiretaps – the film has recreations and sequences starring Matthew Modine as Rick Singer. An examination that goes beyond the celebrity-driven headlines and dives into the methods used by Rick Singer, the man at the center of the shocking 2019 college admissions scandal, to persuade his wealthy clients to cheat an educational system already designed to benefit the privileged. This is such a wildly upsetting, insidious story and I’m glad it’s being told this way.

Here’s the first trailer for Chris Smith’s doc Operation Varsity Blues, from Netflix’s YouTube:

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An examination that goes beyond the celebrity-driven headlines and dives into the methods used by Rick Singer, at the center of the shocking 2019 college admissions scandal, to persuade his wealthy clients to cheat an educational system already designed to benefit the privileged. Using an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Rick Singer and his clients, the documentary Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into many elite colleges, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality. Operation Varsity Blues is directed by acclaimed American doc producer / filmmaker Chris Smith, director of the doc films American Movie, Home Movie, The Yes Men, Collapse, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, and Fyre previously. Netflix will release Operation Varsity Blues streaming starting on March 17th, 2021 later this month. Interested?

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