SXSW 2013 Preview: First Trailer For 'Licks' (Man Returns to Oakland Neighborhood After Prison)

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by Vanessa Martinez
February 4, 2013 12:42 PM
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A directorial feature debut by Jonathan Singer-Vine, Licks will premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival.

A script penned by Singer-Vine and Justin "Hongry" Robinson, Licks revolves around a man named D and his struggles after returning to his Oakland neighborhood after a two-year stint in prison for arm robbery. 

The film stars Stanley "Doe" Hunt as Lil D, Koran Jenkins, John Stallings and Devon Libran.

Director Singer-Vine and Niko Philipides serve as producers.

Official syposis:

LICKS follows the story of a young man, D, as he returns to his Oakland neighborhood after two years served in prison for a robbery gone wrong. In the days after his release, we are taken into D's world while he navigates the harsh realities that plague his inner city community. His judgment is tested by the insidious influences around him, forcing D to decide what direction to take his life.

The film's first trailer has surfaced, and is embedded below. The 2013 SXSW Film Festival takes place from March 8 - 16:

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8 Comments

  • Brodie | February 4, 2013 9:46 PMReply

    If we are not going to wait til we actually watch the film, lets at least wait until we get a response from some critics post SXSW before we start arbitrarily formulating biased and ignorant opinions about it... until then lets try and be cognizant of the fact that SXSW does not accept just any film and is 1 of tha more reputable festivals there is...

  • Broskie | February 16, 2014 12:52 PM

    'Syp Brodie,

    I couldn't have said it better myself. I saw it last night and it was great. Great everything. And unique (in contrast to what some other people seem to be commenting based on the mere trailer).

    Deuces!

  • Brodie | February 4, 2013 9:44 PMReply

    Wassup with all the hating?!

  • Vann Digital Networks | February 4, 2013 4:14 PMReply

    a movie like this would get accepted into SXSW...

  • HUMAN BEING SR. | February 16, 2014 12:50 PM

    It is about dysfunction in the hood, but it's not *ANOTHER* dysfunction in the hood film.
    It was acted in by people in the community it takes place, was shot on location, and follows the lifestyle that is fairly distinct to Oakland that any film student could never have painted a picture of.

    I saw it last night and I recommend it. It has an authenticity that other "hood films" don't, and this was a big motivation for the filmmakers to produce this. It was an emotionally powerful film, and I don't say that about a lot of movies. There was a reason it got into SXSW.
    I highly recommend it.

  • Darkan | February 4, 2013 7:37 PM

    I was thinking the same thing. SMDH.

  • ao | February 4, 2013 3:53 PMReply

    Another Dysfunction- In-The- Hood film? Can we see something else? Deliver Us!

  • Human Being Sr. | February 16, 2014 12:49 PM

    It is about dysfunction in the hood, but it's not *ANOTHER* dysfunction in the hood film.
    It was acted in by people in the community it takes place, was shot on location, and follows the lifestyle that is fairly distinct to Oakland that any film student could never have painted a picture of.

    I saw it last night and I recommend it. It has an authenticity that other "hood films" don't, and this was a big motivation for the filmmakers to produce this. It was an emotionally powerful film, and I don't say that about a lot of movies. There was a reason it got into SXSW.
    I highly recommend it.

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