Next time you’re in San Diego, which could be Comic-Con for many of you, keep an eye out for a group of Real Life Superheroes known as, “Xtreme Justice League.” Or maybe they’ll be keeping their eyes on you. Director Sheldon Candis has created a compelling short documentary, “The Subculture of Real Life Superheroes,” about this group of urban activists that you can see on Ashton Kutcher’s Thrash Lab, a YouTube Premium Channel. The short doc is part of Trash Lab’s popular web series, “Subculture Club.”
Be sure to see Candis’s LUV, which did well this year at the Sundance Film Festival. LUV is the story about a boy and his uncle during 24 hours on the mean streets of Baltimore. It is set for an exclusive run at AMC theaters starting on January 18.
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SHELDONCANDIS Teams up with Thrash Lab (Ashton Kutcher’s YouTube Premium Channel) for new short-doc The Subculture of Real Life Superheroes
Short Exploring San Diego-Based Xtreme Justice League Releases Today on Thrash Lab YouTube Channel As Part of Popular Web Series Subculture Club
December 12, 2012— Sheldon Candis has teamed up with Thrash Lab (Ashton Kutcher’s YouTube Premium Channel) for a new short-doc “The Subculture of Real Life Superheroes,” based on the real life superhero movement Xtreme Justice League in San Diego. The short is premiering today on Thrash Lab’s popular web series Subculture Club.
Thrash Lab’s Subculture Club series is – a documentary-style show that takes you on an exploration of lifestyles and communities that are not typically known or experienced by all. Subcultures are emerging into the mainstream in the digital age of connectivity. Thrash Lab excavates deep into the cultural divide between US and THEM and explores how and why the divides exist.
The Subculture of Real Life Superheroes follows the popular and inspiring real life superhero group called the “Xtreme Justice League,” which is led by Mr. Xtreme and members Urban Avenger, Grim, Vigilante Spider and Divine Force. The story chronicles their activism and everyday superhero duties of protecting society.
The Subculture of Real Life Superheroes was Written and Directed by Candis. Executive Produced by Ashton Kutcher and Anthony Batt (Creative Director). Brin Lukens and Karen Hart are co-Executive Producers with Joel Newton serving as Producer. Art Direction by Rachel Ma.
The Subculture of Real Life Superheroes can be viewed now by visiting http://bit.ly/TPp47s
and on ThrashLab.com.
“Superheroes are for both children and adults. With so many varying characters there is at least one superhero everyone can take a liking to. We heard about these guys that live their lives playing the role of superhero, but we didn’t really understand why they did it; if it was because of their love and appreciation for superheroes or to actually protect their communities. So with Candis’ help, we explored a community of Real Life Superheroes in San Diego and got a glimpse into their lives and the behaviors that make them superheroes in real life.” -‐ Thrash Lab -‐
“It’s an honor to work with the Xtreme Justice League, they are a special group of Activists who faithfully give of themselves to protect and guard the city of San Diego,” commented Sheldon Candis. “I’m excited for the world to experience the continued story of Mr. Xtreme and the Real Life Superheroes movement.”
The announcement comes in anticipation of Candis’s highly acclaimed Sundance film LUV, which is set to hit theatres nationwide on January 18.
Candis’s debut feature film LUV, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, is a gritty and touching portrait about a boy and his uncle set within 24 hours on the rough streets of Baltimore. The film is directed by Candis, written by Candis and Justin Wilson and stars Common, newcomer Michael Rainey Jr., Charles S. Dutton, Meagan Good, Marc John Jefferies, Lonette McKee, Michael Kenneth Williams, Tracey Heggins with Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover. LUV also features the music of Interscope recording artist Blaqstarr. LUV premieres on January 18 exclusively in AMC Theatres nationwide.
Candis’s creative movement ‘Cinephile Academy’ has created web content for Under Armour, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and infamous street artist Banksy.