IN THIS SHORT FILM COLLABORATION WITH DOLCE & GABANNA, JOURI SMIT SHOWS A DARK SIDE TO HIGH LIFE. SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE URGES TO SHOP, AN ACCELERATED HEART RATE, AND ACUTE AWARENESS LEVELS
A long-short (18 minutes) with no dialogue, the fashion/art film's motivation is to raise awareness for an all-too common social issue, but most PSAs are not half as chic as this. A collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana, the L.A.-set narrative reads more like noir than docu-drama. Actor and D&G model Noah Mills is the fashionable producer Jack Smith, who begins his day with Adderall, espresso and a smoothie (a fresh start to a full day of negotiating, shopping, and drinks with girlfriend Amber, played by Roxy Olin). Beautifully shot and sparing no informative intention by nixing the spoken word (each perscription drug taken by Smith, including Xanax, Vicodin, and Viagra is tagged with its clinical description as hovering text), the film isn't as abrasive as it is suggestive. Even if you're not suffering from addiction, Candyland is an enjoyable, Drive-esque drama perfect for your lunch break—but if you or someone you know are, it may be the intervention that actually hits home.