Video: The Avon Barksdale Story (Trailer)

Here’s a trailer for the DVD release of a new documentary that details the life and times of real life Baltimore kingpin Avon Barksdale, the man on whom the infamous character from The Wire was based.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

(New York, NY)- E1 Music is excited to announce the release of The Avon Barksdale Story- Legends Of The Unwired – in March 2010. This gripping film won Best Docudrama at this year’s NY International Independent Film & Video Festival and reveals the raw truth about death, drugs, and violence in the streets of Baltimore, MD. In The Avon Barksdale Story, the real Nathan Avon “Bodie” Barksdale tells all to actor Wood Harris, who played his on screen character in HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire.

The Wire was based on the lives of real gangsters. The Avon Barksdale Story is the first to chronicle the actual lives of these real people. Barksdale’s real name, Nathan Avon Barksdale, and his nickname, “Bodie,” were both used in the series as composite characters. Avon Barksdale was The Wire’s first season’s central character. The storyline focused on the Barksdale clan and their ruthless hold on Baltimore’s underworld and the intense efforts of law enforcement to stop them. Barksdale was a real crime figure in Baltimore.

Barksdale says he consulted David Simon, the creator of The Wire, during the early filming of the highly successful mini-series. He says, “The Wire was one long commercial for this!”

During the drug wars of the ‘80s, long before The Wire’s drug kingpin Avon Barksdale entered the mind of David Simon, a young man (named Nathan Avon “Bodie” Barksdale) was in the belly of one of the most violent neighborhoods on Baltimore’s Westside. The Lexington Terrace Projects was one of the most notorious areas in the city making it the perfect backdrop for HBO’s The Wire. But unlike David Simon, an admitted outsider, this story possesses the intimate detailing which can only come from an insider’s view. The real Barksdale brings the riveting fact-filled account of his world now known as The Avon Barksdale Story – Legends of the Unwired. A must see story for all true fans of The Wire!

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33 Responses to “Video: The Avon Barksdale Story (Trailer)”

  1. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    u need to find a flash player for the html code and change the properties to autoplay
    ^
    Ummmm ok, never mind.

  2. Ghost Writer Says:

    D_Block_4_Life Says:

    January 5th, 2010 at 1:54 pm
    u need to find a flash player for the html code and change the properties to autoplay
    ^
    Ummmm ok, never mind.

    ^
    Lol

  3. Frank Says:

    The Wire>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Too much heart, the shit that got Bodie popped (c) Styles P

  4. why? Says:

    HBO when you don’t have to pay for the first few months >>>

  5. Ghost Writer Says:

    A must watch

  6. landlord Says:

    *daps everybody*

  7. Rick aka KING OF DA BOOM BAP BOMB STRAPPED TO MY CHEST ASKIN WHERE YA GOONZ AT Says:

    that buck track goes hard. i don’t care how many people think that beef is old as shit, i’ll still listen to it.

  8. b-ease Says:

    *daps land* Yo, I just heard the Thank You this morn. Good music my dude.

    I knew the Barksdales were a real “crime family” in Bmore, but I didnt know there was an acutal Avon.

  9. Ghost Writer Says:

    landlord Says:

    January 5th, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    *daps everybody*

    ^
    *daps him*

  10. Dewill Says:

    I knew the Barksdales were a real “crime family” in Bmore, but I didnt know there was an acutal Avon.

    ^^^^
    Avon ladies are everywhere…. Don’t u see a lot of those pink cadillacs rollin around???

  11. why? Says:

    landlord Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    *daps everybody*

    ^
    *Daps back*

    My bad on the comment yesterday when somebody typed a verse from your Thank You. I heard that shit later and it was pretty good.

  12. TheCo!!inB Says:

    *puts RIP Bodie shirt in the wash for this week*

  13. landlord Says:

    thanks b-ease …

    that means alot coming from someone such as yourself, who puts in real booth work …

  14. Cashmere Cavalli aka The Debonair Cavalier Says:

    # TheCo!!inB Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    *puts RIP Bodie shirt in the wash for this week*

    ^^^^^^

    Bodie deserved to get laid down….he was talking reckless and he knows the rules

  15. S.W. Says:

    Im more interested in the fag that got bodied in the bodega….

  16. Munch Says:

    FUCK Avon Barksdale & people like him.

    People like Avon Barksdale are devil worshiping bastards who should be in prison for the rest of their earthly life.

    People who want to be like Avon Barksdale or support his wicked life style are dumb asses.

    We create our reality, so why create one that makes life difficult for yourself and others?

    Love yourself, others & community.

    GODS WAY IS GREAT THE GREAT WAY!

  17. Avon Lady Says:

    This looks horrible. What a joke. Wood Harris needs to realize he’s an ACTOR!!!

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    That is one of the worst trailers I have ever seen. and that d-grade voice over guy deserves to be featured as Keith Olberman’s “world’s worst person” right before the REAL avon barksdale.

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    Is this a parody? A joke? Hows the voice over – get a budget mother fuckers…

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    Shit looks like a cheap music video for 50 cent pre-breakthrough

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    Why? Jokers like this dude have added nothing to the history of our people why waste your time and energy with this bullshit story?

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  32. be_real Says:

    i think it’s out now:

    stream: http://www.letmewatchthis.com/watch-27581-The-Avon-Barksdale-Story-Legends-Of-The-Unwired-

  33. cashco_inc Says:

    I like the part where he threatens David Simon.

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