Full Trailer for Street Magician Indie Film 'Sleight' from Sundance 2016
"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:
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.
Looks good. He should be looking for that "pengest munch"~~~~~~~~~.
DAVIDPD on Jan 12, 2017
When you live a tough life, you need extra powers, that's for sure. I'm interested where's this going ...
shiboleth on Jan 12, 2017
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 ...
shiboleth on Jan 12, 2017
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...
shiboleth on Jan 14, 2017
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.
shiboleth on Jan 15, 2017
Yup, see you later Bo, with another film (where we can continue our conversation with other subject). Cheers ...
shiboleth on Jan 15, 2017
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