Some creative professions are harder than others, and then there’s magic, which requires a leap of faith as much as genuine talent. Conor and Tyler Byrne’s new comedic short film “Loudini” examines the life of a magician and its unique struggle. Commission by Ray Ban, the film follows a down-on-his luck magician (Henry Zebrowski) who loses his rabbit and struggles to keep his act together. “Loudini” also stars Allyn Rachel (“Million Dollar Arm”), Robert Michael Lee (“The Astronaut Farmer”), and Jakob Verweij in his screen debut. It also features an exclusive musical performance by the band Car Seat Headrest, performing their original song “Does It Feel Good?” Watch the short below.
Conor Byrne has written and directed six previous short films. Some of these films include “Foureyes,” about a ten-year-old boy who receives eye glasses and is thrust into the world of puberty, “First Mate,” a screwball comedy involving a beach-house gardener and an oblivious trophy wife, and “Merry,” about an off-season Santa Claus trying to find his way. He also designed the titles for Jeremy Saulnier’s 2013 thriller “Blue Ruin.” Meanwhile, Henry Zebrowski is best known for his role as Sea Otter in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” He also appeared in the “Heroes” reboot, the romantic comedy sitcom “A to Z,” and the films “Dirty Grandpa” and “The D Train.”
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The band Car Seat Headrest is fronted by Will Toledo. It began as a solo project where Toledo would self-release his own lo-fi work; during this period, he released eight albums. In 2015, Toledo signed a deal with Matador and released a compilation album “Teens of Style,” a set of re-recorded tracks from his early years. His latest album “Teens of Denial” has garnered widespread critical acclaim.