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Austin Vesely's first feature is 'Slice,' the pizza-murder flick featuring Chance the Rapper

Austin Vesely's first feature is 'Slice,' the pizza-murder flick featuring Chance the Rapper

Austin Vesely knows the path he’s charted in the film world is hardly a traditional one.

At 28, he saw the trailer for his first feature film, “Slice,” become the most-viewed on iTunes, and with his film being released by A24 — arguably the hottest independent film studio of the moment, having released Academy Award-winners “Moonlight” and “Lady Bird” in consecutive years — it’s the type of rocket-shot career trajectory that finds his filmmaker peers telling him: “You know this is a crazy scenario, right? This is madness!”

Sure, Vesely knows it helps that one of his closest friends and collaborators is Chance the Rapper, who after befriending the filmmaker in 2012 and then...

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