A boy is riding his bicycle on the road while repeating a mantra in his head: “Everything’s stupid.” Garbage, trees… even rocks are stupid. 13-year-old Dayveon is a teenager that has yet to overcome the brutal death of his older brother, fatally shot. “Stupid, stupid, stupid,” he thinks to himself as he rides. His sister Kim, along with her boyfriend Bryan, tries to take care of Dayveon, but their good intentions are not enough to keep him away from the Bloods gang. With his buddy Brayden, Dayveon is initiated by the Bloods, and both get caught up in a place where innocence and sweetness strangely blend with corruption and violence.
Amman Abbasi writes, directs, edits and composes the music of his debut feature, which premiered at last year’s edition of Sundance. At 28 years old, Abbasi has become an internationally famed musician and has worked with well-known directors such as David Gordon Green, James Schamus and Lisa Muskat. In 2016, Filmmaker Magazine featured Abbasi in its ‘Twenty Five New Faces of Independent Film’. This year, Dayveon is nominated for the prestigious John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards, an honour dedicated to low-budget films, thanks to its director’s unique vision and its documentary-like precision, at the same time that it addresses a sensitive matter such as organised crime in rural Arkansas.
2017: Sundance Film Festival
2017: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated John Cassavetes Award
Runtime: 75 min
Direction: Amman Abbasi
Screenplay: Amman Abbasi, Steven Reneau
Cinematography: Dustin Lane
OST: Amman Abbasi
Cast: Devin Blackmon, Dontrell Bright, Lachion Buckingham
Subtitles: Antti Savinen
Contact: Visit Films