Full Trailer for Street Magician Indie Film 'Sleight' from Sundance 2016

January 12, 2017
Source: YouTube

Sleight Trailer

"I can do something no one else can…" Blumhouse Tilt has released a brand new, full-length official trailer for an indie film titled Sleight, which premiered in the ultra-low budget Nexst section of the Sundance Film Festival last year. Sleight is about a street magician in Los Angeles who gives himself superpowers and takes on a local drug dealer to save his sister. Jacob Latimore plays Bo, with a full cast featuring Seychelle Gabriel, Dulé Hill, Storm Reid, Sasheer Zamata, Michael Villar, Brandon Johnson & Cameron Esposito. I wrote in my review "it's a fairly simple story, but the film is still awesome." I highly recommend seeing this film, mostly to support talented young directors and shoestring budget filmmaking. Check it out.

Here's the new full-length trailer (+ new poster) for J.D. Dillard's Sleight, direct from YouTube:

You can still see the first teaser trailer for Sleight here, to compare footage from these trailers.

Sleight Poster

A young street magician is left to take care of his little sister after his mother's passing and turns to drug dealing in the Los Angeles party scene to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets into trouble with his supplier, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to rely on both his sleight of hand and brilliant mind to save her. Sleight is both written and directed by young filmmaker J.D. Dillard, making his feature directorial debut after working in the kitchen at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot. The screenplay is by Alex Theurer and J.D. Dillard. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2016. BH Tilt will be releasing Sleight in select theaters starting J.D. Dillard's April 7th, 2017 next spring. Highly recommend seeing this.

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    Looks good. He should be looking for that "pengest munch"~~~~~~~~~.
  • shiboleth
    When you live a tough life, you need extra powers, that's for sure. I'm interested where's this going ...
    • Bo
      I don't know, shiboleth. I thought the trailer was interesting until it left the magic and got into the cliche troubled growing up in the ghetto stuff we've seen over and over and then lost total interest with the intro of super natural stuff. It seems to me that humans these days are feeling so powerless and frightened that movies are made for them with characters with super duper strength and super duper powers beyond the human capabilities. There's too much of it for my taste(s), then again, one time is too much for me as I like realism...both in life and in creative endeavors. Cheers!
      • shiboleth
        Hey Bo. You're not far from where my thinking was placed. Like, another super powers film, really? I was on the verge to let it go, but, I thought of social and existential situations people find themselves in so, I thought, this might have some allegorical value. But then again, I'm afraid, you're right, film industry is overusing all those extra things in today's narratives. Escapism at its worst, these days, I agree. What really drives my thinking is the last part of your post and that is: whether true realism, as you wrote, is an answer to it? And that's quite a bit question since we live in time when a very small number people listen to anything that is realistically founded. Politics, media and even economy. All those areas deal with unrealistic projections of their success and with their unrealistic results these days, too. How can we expect from filmmakers, who have their share of responsibility for public opinion, to do better if those areas are fleeing more and more from anything that is real? Tough issue, in fact. I believe that we live in a very delicate times in that respect, since a lot of things are being unreal and yet accepted by too many people. None of us knows the consequences of that for future. I could write too much about that here, which would be overstretching an argument. But, in short, I am afraid that simple realism is not enough as the answer for a lot of things today. But what is the answer, I really don't know, since I also dislike that unrealistic alternative you're pointing out. Tough issue, indeed. Cheers Bo ...
        • Bo
          Very well said, shiboleth, as always. As far as 'an answer' to 'it' I think there is no such thing. I just prefer films, books, etc. to be grounded in the real world and all that that entails. You are certainly right on the mark in your observations of the world today. Ernest Becker's The Denial of Death is a great book that I've been reading again and again since 1974 when he got the Pulitzer Prize for it best details the problem of the human condition and what behavior results from attempting to deal with those problems. Unrealistic movies or the readily accepted 'escapism' favored by much of the herd mentality has never appealed to me...ever. In fact, when I subject myself to them,I find they depress me more with their unrealistic fantasy and attempts to escape the reality of life. Give me a very heavy and very realistic movie dealing with the human condition and instead of being bummed out by them I'm elated to see that at least artists are attempting to deal with the existential horror of always I'm in a minority here so it's good to converse with someone like you who possesses the perceptions and awareness I admire and cultivate within myself. Peace, my man.
          • shiboleth
            I can't stop thinking about this, Bo, since what bothers me for a long time is the fact that people who base their lives and their tastes, if you like, on fantasy or on unrealistic ideas, are doing that for real. In other words, a lot of imaginative and escapist narratives nowadays are in fact very real facts of life. We might call that some kind of delusional part of society, but there's much more at stake then denial of reality. I believe, a lot of people do take that as realism, fighting the reality by unrealistic means. Yeah, I know, that sounds peculiar and strange in its own right, but I think that films are using that situation for their own benefit, as we know it. My objection to making films these days, if you like, is the fact that they don't use their possibility to discern those nuances between real and its opposite, whatever its meaning. The nuance which reveals the other side of imaginative and, well, unreal aspiration of fantasy today. I hope you understand what I'm trying to say ... Cheers Bo...
          • Bo
            I understand completely what you are saying, shiboleth, and applaud you for your awareness. Remember, movies are generated by culture and culture's main purpose is the soothe the fears of the help them repress much of the world as it's too big and too frightening for the majority of people to deal with. That's why they, the people, anoint people to be leaders/Daddy figures to tell them everything is taken care of and it's alright. It's why they bow before celebrities as they think of them as 'other worldly' and like gods and the people then live vicariously thru them. I keep recommending Ernest Becker's Pulitzer Prize winning book from 1974 titled The Denial of Death. It's one of the best books I've ever written that details all that you and I are discussing here. Freud wrote in detail of how necessary it is for humans to repress because the world is just too much for them to bare. Emhart Tolle in his book A New Earth discusses the madness and dysfunction of the human condition and the need to spiritually evolve beyond the twisted and such human ego which is where the problem exists. Good stuff. Take it easy. Not much to be done about the masses. The most one can do is evolve themselves and do the necessary work required in order to to that and live a life in awareness rather than unconsciousness. Usually, evolving and transcending ego is painful and one suffers until the grace arrives and full awareness becomes one's reality. Take care, man. Peace. Think about checking out the two books I mention above...perhaps starting with Denial of Death. You sound ripe and open for the information within it.
          • shiboleth
            Thank you for this post, Bo! First of all, thank you for recommending those two books. To be honest, I found more interesting the first one, Ernest Becker's The Denial of Death (and especially, for the reasons of influence that helped him to articulate his views, one of them being that Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard from 19th century that I have strong respect for).However, the second one is probably also good, I believe in your choice. But I have also to add, I read a lot of things about those matters we are talking about here. And I like coming across many new and good book titles. So, yes, at some point, Ernest Decker's book is gonna find its place in my reading itinerary first and Tolle's one will have to wait for a while. As for my reading of the books, generally, I am writing the doctorate right now, so a lot of literature I read at this point has very determined purpose (and even films sometimes) and I choose very carefully these days what will I read. At a moment, it's Freud and his Interpretation of Dreams and works from French philosopher Paul Ricouer. Heavy stuff for some (or most) film lovers, I guess. But you can imagine that those people do tackle some of the things we discuss here. I really like what you are saying about the films. I mean, being in a film business and having such an awareness about the influence films have on the general population means that you have done very much about your sensibility, regarding cinematic and existential situation and that describes you in a good way, as expected, anyway. Which also makes one to appreciate more the living and creative situation you are working in are surrounded by. Or that's where you were, I guess. Yes, I am very, as you say, ripe for all those things, since those things define ourselves in many respects. And yes, I see a lot of people not being aware of those influential means of deception and I also am trying to do just the opposite. And, one more time, yes, I openly accept the awareness and I tend to think that being aware of cultural, social and historical environment is one of those substantial things I have to develop and work on (by the way, I write philosophical articles and lately, a book). Like you are doing that, I guess, from your perspective. Keep enjoying your life, Bo, it looks like you know what it means to be and what is there in it to have the meaning for you. Cheers.
          • Bo
            Love you reply, shiboleth. I think I forgot you are writing your doctorate and can understand you are no doubt fully engrossed in what you need to read and research in that regard. Yea, Becker's book is pretty heavy stuff and I love it. He writes a lot in the book about Freud and Kierkegaard (whom I share your strong respect for) and how both of them were giants in their work and thoughts regarding the human condition. He discusses how Freud was more grounded here in this world and Mr. K. was more involved in the 'invisible dimension' or spiritual world. I hesitate to even paraphrase Becker's work concerning both of these amazing men and his discussion of them, so please forgive me for simplifying Becker's take on them. Tolle's book is firmly in the spiritual world and the ego and the need to transcend the ego and the human condition. Two very different books from Becker and Tolle. Take care, man and I wish you well with your frustrations concerning movies today and their strong tendency to add to and help the masses with their repression mechanisms. I very rarely go out to see movies anymore. I prefer to stay at home and view them as they come around on cable on my 55" Flat Panel Samsung TV. Even then, most of them I find extremely flawed and not to my liking. I did like Elle, recently, and even went out to see it on a $6.00 day at this arthouse theatre. Interesting film and I've always very much liked Isabell Huppert's work and choice of films to be involved in. Later gator. Cheers!
          • shiboleth
            Yup, see you later Bo, with another film (where we can continue our conversation with other subject). Cheers ...




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