Gimme the Loot

Synopsis & Film Details

Filmworks presents the American independent comedy that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune calls “a thousand-watt jolt of mischief – a spunky, funky, ebullient indie [packed] with cinematic exhilaration.” The film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival, follows Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teen graffiti artists from the Bronx. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they hatch a spectacular plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark. Over the course of two whirlwind, sun-soaked summer days, Malcolm and Sofia travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas, stolen sneakers, a high-stakes heist, and a girl whose necklace is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the city.

Director: Adam Leon
USA (2012) • 81 minutes • Not Rated

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Critic Reviews

“As it lopes along, the movie offers a warm but very sharp portrait of New York’s have-nots and their uneasy relationship with the haves.”

— Ty Burr, Boston Globe


“Adam Leon’s debut feature, “Gimme the Loot,” is a thousand-watt jolt of mischief, a spunky, funky, ebullient indie that packs its 81 minutes with cinematic exhilaration.”

— Colin Covert, Star Tribune


“In a feature debut that succeeded at Cannes after taking the best narrative prize at last year’s SXSW festival, Leon, who himself won Film Independent’s Someone to Watch award, has made a small-scale, warm-hearted film that is both upbeat and intimate.”

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times