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FEATURE NARRATIVE 90 Minutes World Premiere

"Drifter" rhymes with "grifter" in Jay Alaimo's gritty drama about two career criminals (David Arquette and Balthazar Getty) who look to seduce and then steal from a succession of high-toned suburban "hockey moms." It's late winter in tony Fairfield, Connecticut (a milieu the director knows well; he grew up nearby). Kids are playing ice hockey. Well-preserved mothers watch from the stands, while their high-earner husbands are off diddling their mistresses or drowning their sorrows in a hotel bar somewhere on one of their endless business trips. Enter Ash (Arquette) and Taylor (Getty), a pair of enterprising, if somewhat dim, crooks who hatch a scheme to get their freak on and score some WASP-sized bling in one fell swoop. Face man Taylor works his magic on bored Karen (Julianna Margulies), while the more unsavory Ash cleans up with her best friend (Joely Fisher). Plans appear to be proceeding apace, until Karen's equally jaded Ivy-educated daughter April (Thora Birch) enters the picture. Desperate to avoid being sucked into the empty life her mother is living, April-somewhat paradoxically-forms a bond with her lover. It's the kind of bond that could as easily end up a liberating escape or a violent demise, and it brings the simmering tensions between Ash and his partner irreversibly to the fore. Alaimo directs with a sure hand, while Arquette delivers a memorable performance full of menace and amorality. Slingshot offers a portrait of the unpleasant underbelly of suburban life moviegoers won't soon forget.

About the Director(s)

Slingshot is Jay Alaimo's first feature film. His previous work includes Pretzel, a short film with Sam Rockwell, Will McCormack and Sarita Choudury. He won an award for writing and directing the short film, Star Trash, with his comedy troupe, Rancid Liquid. After making a living as a P.A. and grip, he shot and directed footage for numerous skateboard companies, MTV, NASCAR, the Baja 1000, and various fashion companies. Alaimo has been involved with filmmaking in many countries, including Kuwait, where in 2000 he met Slingshot cinematographer Paul Daley. The two forged a long-lasting relationship while filming amid land mines on an uninhabitable island demolished in the Gulf War and under constant surveillance. In 2001, on the back of a bar napkin, he co-founded the NYC-based production company Mercer Films with writing/producing partner and fellow Italian-American Matt Fiorello. Upcoming projects include Mercer Films production Chlorine, starring Ray Liotta.

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