Performing magic isn’t really all that special to most people. It’s often regulated to cocktail parties or half-hearted demonstrations at children’s birthdays. But that’s not the case for Bo (played by rising star Jacob Latimore), the talented young high school protagonist of “Sleight,” who uses the craft of magic as a means of escaping the harsh realities of inner city life.
In J.D. Dillard’s debut feature, the young magician is forced to forgo college and support his younger sister, though he does so through his talented abilities in street magic. But these illusions and tricks aren’t used to impress pedestrians and onlookers for a few quarters and dimes; instead, young Bo is forced to use his sleight of hand skills as a means of peddling drugs for the local drug dealer, played by the Emmy-nominated Dulé Hill.
“Sleight” is slated to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23. Catch an exclusive clip of the flick above.