A man with Multiple Sclerosis must come to peace with the financial and emotional anxiety that come with being trapped in his own body.
Dennis Clemens can’t remember what it feels like to walk normally. He can’t remember what it feels like to work through a project without forgetting his goal or without his mind continually going blank. It’s been affecting his work for a while and finally, his boss decides it’s time to call him in. A dilemma surfaces. It’s time for Dennis to get a diagnosis... or lose his job.
While he fights to keep his life together, he grows closer with his coworker, Paul, and befriends a young girl named Linda. These friendships, in one form or another, follow him as he ages and serve both as the foil and glue of his sanity when everything around him threatens to collapse.
Doctors. Therapy. Money. Phonecalls. Card tricks. Dreams of something better. All Dennis wants is to know that his friends love him for who he is. All he wants is to feel, for once, that he is just as human as everyone else--and not a living, breathing disability.
Sleight is not about finding a cure. It is about facing the true horror that those with disability face every single day and discovering some way to lead a happy life despite the consequences that come with these handicaps. In our society, disability is treated like a secret. There are small miracles--Social Security, Medicare, family and friends with hearts large enough to take their loved ones in and care for them--that come at great costs. It is rare to meet someone who suffers with a disease such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s or Muscular Dystrophy (to name a few) who aren’t scraping pennies to get by. It’s rare to meet a person living this way who isn’t plagued by an isolation-induced loneliness that’s nearly impossible to overcome. Most of all, it’s rare to meet somebody outside of the disabled culture who has any hint of an understanding as to what this lifestyle entails, and not by their own fault. In order to build a supportive and nurturing community, it is imperative to spread this understanding as far as possible.
Sleight’s call to action is just that. As a sufferer of Autism who has grown up taking care of a mother with severe Multiple Sclerosis, clarity about all of this is of utmost importance. If you spot a man or woman confined to a wheelchair or, indeed, the prison of their own mind, it can be easy to forget that they are just like anyone else.
This feature film, at its core, is a touching story of friendship. Through those around us, we learn to smile. We learn what it means to be somebody special, to be happy, to be “okay.” This is a message that anyone can relate to because it is the very thing that every one of us chases each day of our lives. What Sleight can teach us all is that happiness isn’t a dream that cannot come true. It is not something that comes from money, from drugs, from other people. It is something residing in all of us... we just need to find it there.
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Sleight’s principle photography has been completed. It is now in the post-production stage, with fifty percent of the rough edit completed. With the picture lock finished, color and sound design applied and music and titles to seal the deal, Sleight will be complete--and ready to share a meaningful and powerful message. With a highly qualified editor, overcoming any unforeseen editing challenges will not be a problem with your help. Backup harddrives, collaborators specializing in different aspects of post and a lot of hard work will ensure that this film will come together beautifully.
Its projected path from there will be to saturate film festivals worldwide. The whole purpose here is to reach mass audiences through the artistic medium of film. Each new fest is a brand new audience. This will take time and endurance but if afforded will result in the direct exposure of everyone involved's hard work.
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