by Xavier Sanchez
The recently proclaimed “Spooky Season” is right around the corner and with that comes all the Halloween film classics. This year, Chicago filmmaker Austin Vesely combines horror and comedy in his debut film “Slice”.
“Slice” is set in Kingfisher, USA is a town of inhabited with not only humans but ghosts, werewolves, and witches. Corrupt Mayor Tracy recently designated the ghost their own section of the town to decrease the hauntings. Shortly after, pizza boys begin being murdered starting with Sean (played by Vesely). Astrid, Sean’s girlfriend, returns to Perfect Pizza Base in hopes of hunting down the killer.
This leads her to Dax, the werewolf, who recently returns because she believes him to be the murderer of Sean. Dax makes a point that he wanted to live his normal life and spoke about how he missed working for Yummy Yummy Chinese; the place which he worked before it closed in a similar situation. The hunt continues as police try to solve the crime. The Kingfisher Chronicle’s, Sadie Sheridan, alongside the paper’s photographer, Jackson, try to get to the bottom of the case.The clues lead them to Jack’s Perfect Pizza Base after they discover the truth.
This film features Austin Vesely was joined by mutual Chicagoan, Chance the Rapper as well as many more: FakeShoreDrive’s Andrew Barber, Hebru Brantley, Hannibal Buress, Rae Gray, and Paul Scheer. Casting Chicago talent was reminiscent of the Chicago Art Scene. He said, “Most of the folks that are in the movie are Chicago actors though, and it was a really eye-opening experience to have auditioned so much incredible Chicago talent.”
The addition of Chance The Rapper not only called attention to Chicago but as well as other actors and even a production company. In 2016, A24 joined the production of “Slice”. Vesely said, “I think the excitement around the prospect of his [Chance The Rapper] first movie and it being this weird thing with A24 helped draw some of the other principal cast.” The cast also includes Chris Parnell, Zazie Beetz, and Joey Keery. Getting SNL’s Chris Parnell was exciting for him. He called him on Twitter an “Absolute Legend.”
Last week, the film debuted in 21 cities across the country. Vesely was joined by cast members Chance The Rapper, Zazie Beetz, Rae Gray, and Paul Scheer in Chicago for a question-and-answer segment following the film. There are no official plans to show the film anywhere else at the moment.
“Slice” is available for streaming on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, XBox, FandangoNow, and Vudu.
Much is still to come for the “Slice” film but that is not stopping Vesely on starting on something new. When asked if he had something planned next and if he began writing, he said, “I have! Hoping to jump into another feature production as soon as I can.”