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Jonathan Demme Will Present Adam Leon's Stellar Debut and SXSW Winner 'Gimme the Loot'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 14, 2013 at 1:40PM

Director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") will present Adam Leon's "Gimme the Loot."
"Gimme the Loot"
"Gimme the Loot"

Director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") will present Adam Leon's "Gimme the Loot." The film will be released by IFC Films/Sundance Selects on March 22 at IFC Center and on-demand, followed by a national rollout. Check out the synopsis and trailer below:

Demme states;

“Knowing that 'Gimme the Loot' is -- astonishingly -- Adam Leon's first feature most certainly adds to the film's extraordinary sense of achievement, but the sheer entertainment value of this very smart, hilarious, and heartfelt movie made by young filmmakers about contemporary young people, filmed and played with great freshness and originality, is what makes 'Gimme the Loot' a truly thrilling experience -- this is really one crazily accomplished American motion picture debut.”

"Gimme the Loot" won Best Narrative Feature at SXSW last year. It also screened in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section as well as at New Directors/New Films, Seattle International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Leon is nominated for the Indie Spirits' Best First Film, and is the winner of their Someone to Watch award.

GIMME THE LOOT features Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, who are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but they need to raise $500 to pull off their spectacular scheme. 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 beautiful, stoned girl whose necklace is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City.

This article is related to: Gimme the Loot, Jonathan Demme, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), News, News

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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.