The documentary Dealt tells the story of 62-year-old Richard Turner who is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians He is also completely blind. In the documentary, Richard traces his journey from his troubled childhood, when he began losing his vision, to present day. He relentlessly pursues perfection while struggling with the reality that his biggest weakness might also be his greatest strength.

Before the film’s SXSW premiere, we asked director/ producer Luke Korem about the inspirational story and what attracted him to the project.

“Initially, it was the intrigue and excitement of the story.  Richard Turner’s life is a lot like Big Fish –  it sounds too good to be true. “

He went on to say he really wanted to find our how someone without vision can become one of the best musicians in the world.

“As we began filming I realized there was even more to the story.  The character arc became richer and more complex, and that’s what made the film complete.”

The Austinite attends the SXSW festival every year but this is the first time he’s worked on a film in the fest. So, of course, that’s what he’s most excited about.

Here’s what else he had to say about the Lone Star State.

What is your favorite movie and/or TV show shot in Texas?

Friday Night Lights.

Who is your favorite Texas musician?

Willie Nelson.  His voice is timeless.

What actor would you call “totally Texan?”

Matthew McConaughey.  However, an actor not from Texas but who often plays an actor who sounds “totally Texan” is Jeff Bridges.

What Texas food do you love eating in Austin?

I love the breakfast tacos and barbecue.

What advice do you have for Austinites looking to get into the biz?

There are a lot of talented people in this business, but two big determining factors are:  your work ethic, and surrounding yourself with talented people.

Featured photo of Richard Turner courtesy of Submarine Entertainment.