I caught up with SXSW Narrative Grand Jury Prize-winner "Gimme the Loot" just before Cannes; it's playing in Un Certain Regard. What made this DIY film grab festival gatekeepers' attention? Well, it helps that director Adam Leon is the step-son of 42 West PR honcho Leslee Dart; but the guy's got chops. He has a good eye. Sundance Selects has acquired the film for summer release. See our exclusive clip below.
While some folks may beg for subtitles on the authentic lickety split dialogue from young newcomers Tysheeb Hickson and Tashiana R. Washington, Leon moves his camera with assurance and finds a quirky rhythym for this unromantic tale of two buddy taggers on the roam in The Bronx, trying to hang onto their money and their gear as they duck rival gangs and cops. My favorite bit: Hickson tries to score with a well-heeled young drug client who he also plans to rob. He fails to do both and takes off across the rooftops, then watches her from afar as she climbs a ladder to a rooftop cistern for a swim. Stunning.
Here's Shadow & Act's SXSW review.