'Gimme the Loot' Director Adam Leon Talks His Indie Bronx Adventure, Meryl Streep and 'Barry Lyndon'

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by Sophia Savage
March 28, 2013 4:17 PM
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"Gimme the Loot"
What was your budget and length of shoot?

Our production budget was $65K, our total budget was about $100K more than that. We shot for 21 days and a couple reshoot days.

Biggest challenge of getting this film made?

Casting. We have all these non-professional teenage actors, and they're amazing, but finding them was tricky, in particular finding Sofia.

Do you want to continue to make independent films, or are you hungry to work with bigger budgets in the studio system?

I want to tell stories that thrill and excite and audience and work with excellent, dedicated, smart people who are on the same page as me. I think that can be possible at various levels and with various types of stories, but it's a challenge to pull it together no matter what. I do love that challenge though.

How do you think "indie" filmmaking has evolved over the past five years? The festival scene? And do you think those changes are positive?

I guess the digital revolution is the key thing, not just in terms of keeping film costs down, but also the ability to shoot in so many places with a small crew. I think of "Frances Ha" and the Paris or "visit home" sequence, or even the recent Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky videos shot there where you can just take a few people and go jump on a plane and do it.

If you could only watch one movie over and over again for the rest of your life, which would it be?

"Barry Lyndon"

You're directing a silent black and white film; which two living actors do you cast?

I would cast Meryl Streep. That's really all you need, she can play both parts.

Best advice you've ever received? And the worst?

I would say the best advice I received was, "Go make Gimme the Loot" and the worst was, "Don't make Gimme the Loot, it won't work." I'm glad I listened to the former because at least for us, we're proud of this movie, it's what we wanted to make and we're so excited that some people seem to agree.



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