In this experimental update of Jack and the Beanstalk (ital), a streetwise pot dealer is catapulted on a mystical adventure when he trades his father's gold watch for a pair of psychotropic seeds.





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Greg Harris ...
Jack (as Zia Harris)
Niall Padden ...
Dr. Petric
Deva Dalporto ...
Badja Djola ...
Pot Buyer


Based on the classic fable Jack and the Beanstalk, Slipdream follows a streetwise drug dealer caught in a struggle between self-discovery and self-destruction. When Jack trades his father's gold watch for a pair of mysterious seeds, he unleashes psychic forces that lead him to Maya, a beautiful but tormented violinist under the sadistic care of a pill-pushing psychiatrist. In his attempts to rescue her, Jack chases ever-elusive highs as he flees the descending monsters of his mind. Using cinematic devices that recall Chris Marker's La Jetée and the guerrilla-style filmmaking of David Lynch's Eraserhead, Slipdream employs a bold mix of experimental techniques including 35mm motion film, thousands of still photographs, digital video, and animation. With a soundscape of internal stream-of-consciousness voices set to an original musical score, this film puts the viewer directly in the protagonist's pulsing mind. Filmed entirely on location in contemporary Los Angeles, Slipdream is an ... Written by Matthew Spiegelman

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Very creative and enjoyable movie
20 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw "Slipdream" at the Mendocino Film Festival (May 2006) and really enjoyed it! The movie is very creative, using multiple media (such as still shots sequenced with streaming video) blended together into a seamless "stream of consciousness" experience. One of the most unusual movies I've ever seen. The acting is good, particularly Zia Harris as "Jack," but everything seems subservient and contributes to the overall psychedelic dream feeling of the movie. Loosely based on the children's "Jack and the Bean Stalk" tale, the story is updated into the modern age. The movie was shot in contemporary LA, which at times resembles a bombed out third world city...both in reality, and in the movie...but very nicely captured in the movie. At the showing, I talked with the producer, Sam Spiegel, who seemed like a very nice guy, and was enjoying the Mendocino Film Festival as much as we were enjoying his film!

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