Leslie is a West Texas single mother struggling to provide for her son when she wins the lottery and a chance at a good life. But a few short years later, the money is gone and Leslie is on her own, living hard and fast at the bottom of a bottle as she runs from the world of heartbreak she left behind.
With her charm running out and nowhere to go, Leslie returns home. Unwelcome and unwanted by those she wronged, it’s Sweeney, a lonely motel clerk, who takes a chance when no one else will. With his support, Leslie comes face to face with the consequences of her actions, a life of regret, and a second chance to make a good life for herself and her son.
“I wanted to tell a story and present a character in a way that would give the audience no choice but to share intimacy with someone who might be outside of their sphere. Someone who behaves the way she behaves because that’s the way she is, not so that you or I or anyone else might like her. I wanted to get to a place of intimacy with Leslie, where the camera is an extension of her world. It’s experiencing the same things as she does, it’s breathing the same air.
In TO LESLIE I wanted to present a whole person, her flaws and her strengths. All of her. I wanted the camera to find those small moments, those tiny glances that have the power to transform us. I equate filmmaking with empathy, and in creating characters and telling stories on film I hope to increase, even in a small way, the amount of empathy in the world”.