Can magic really be considered cool? If ‘Sleight’ director J.D. Dillard has it his way, that’s exactly what his film will do. Click inside to watch him explain!
J.D. Dillard wrote and directed Sleight, which premieres at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In this EXCLUSIVE interview, he shares how mixing magic with crime helped make it seem way cooler than just a few cheesy card tricks.
“I’ve been a magician since I was 11-ish, so magic has always been something super important, and weird, and sometimes secret because it’s so dorky,” J.D. told @hollywood on Friday, Jan. 22 in Park City, Utah. The director/writer was clearly very passionate about his film, Sleight, and he was joined by stars Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, and Dule Hill for the interview.
“We wanted to make a movie that sat somewhere in that world and kind of found a lot of these natural crossovers with crime,” J.D. continued. “We wanted to find a way to make magic look cool and not so stage-y and hoaky.” It sure seems like they succeeded!
Here’s the synopsis for Sleight, from IMDb:
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.
Jacob explained that he felt the script was “super different” and “weird in a good way,” which is what attracted him to Sleight. “You just want to be a part of something that you feel like is dope. I read the script over and over and just went in for the audition, just felt like it was pretty cool to just play this magician-slash-crime guy,” the actor shared.
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