The coming-of-age movie is a tired and true staple of independent film, but every once in awhile a movie comes along to shatter genre conventions and make you experience something familiar in a brand new way. Justin Tipping’s directorial debut “Kicks” is one of those movies. The film hits DVD today, and IndieWire is celebrating by giving five readers the chance to win a copy of the film, plus a $25.00 gift certificate to Foot Locker.
“Kicks” stars the breakout Jahking Guillory as Brandon, a bullied 15-year-old street kid who dreams about a fresh pair of sneakers. Working hard to get them, his kicks are soon stolen, prompting Brandon on a coming-of-age odyssey to get them back. It’s a simple story rendered with infectious creativity and some serious human spirit.
In his review, IndieWire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn called the film a major discovery, adding, “[Tipping] constructs a lyrical atmosphere that suggests Terrence Malick for the hip-hop set, with cinematographer Michael Ragen’s roaming camera capturing its young lead as he wanders about the neighborhood streets, while addressing the audience in a plaintive voiceover.”
“Kicks” was also featured as our Indie VOD Pick of the week back in October, and it’s a definite must see if you haven’t check it out already. To enter the “Kicks” sweepstakes, enter your name and email address in the entry form below, plus follow our social media accounts. Readers have until Friday, December 9 at noon ET to enter. Five winners will be notified that day no later than 4pm ET via the registered email address.