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

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by Sophia Savage
February 14, 2013 1:40 PM
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"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.
 

2 Comments

  • Deej | February 14, 2013 1:59 PMReply

    Here's hoping that Demme lent his eyes -- and wisdom -- for a re-cut or re-shoot. This was a mediocre film (and that's being generous) at best; another "inner city" rendition by a cultural outsider. But, the film proves, once again the disingenuousness of film culture, criticism and shallow attempts at exoticizing "the other" as self-serving and self-congratulatory gesture. Easy to pull off with nonactors. Curious what seasoned vets of color -- Viola Davis, Sam Jackson, Spike and others -- would react to something like this.

  • randy | February 14, 2013 4:06 PM

    couldn't agree more, This movie is probably one of the most overrated of the year. I can't believe a film with such poor acting ended up at cannes et sxsw...

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