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EXCLUSIVE CANNES CLIP: Bronx Taggers in Adam Leon's 'Gimme the Loot'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 18, 2012 at 8:17AM

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.
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"Gimme the Loot"
"Gimme the Loot"

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.