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.