The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival is right around the corner, and so far we’ve received plenty of glimpses at what the event has to offer. A trailer for one of the selections, Deep Powder, was released, and based on the subject matter, the indie seems to fall in with a recurring theme in mainstream cinema.

We first heard about the film early last year when two young up-and-coming talents, Haley Bennett and Evil Dead star, Shiloh Fernandez, were cast as the leads. Directed by Mo Ogrodnik, the story follows a young loner and his preppy girlfriend as they embark on a dangerous drug run to South America. The good-kids-gone-bad route was explored in the recent release Spring Breakers, and will appear again in Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring; the fact that Deep Powder is based on true events matches it more closely with the latter, which dramatizes the real-life exploits of a notorious band of teen burglars. For more perspective, see the trailer and synopsis below.


Privileged and reckless boarding school senior Natasha Tabor (Haley Bennett) is tapped by her secret society to make its annual drug run to Ecuador. She in turn chooses a working-class local boy (Shiloh Fernandez) as her partner in crime, launching a journey with devastating outcomes for everyone involved. Inspired by true events from the early ’80s, Deep Powder is an intense and sexy drama that speaks to the character that is revealed when you find yourself trapped.

Deep Powder makes its world premiere in the Viewpoints section at Tribeca. The film has no distribution or release date yet.

Do you think Deep Powder is part of a larger trend? Does its real-life origin intrigue you?

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