By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 14, 2012 at 5:50PM
The 2012 SXSW FIlm Festival bestowed jury awards to Adam Leon's New York City-based "Gimme the Loot" and Jay Bulger's rock biopic "Beware Mr. Baker." Review roundup and clips for both winners show what to expect from these two naturalistic, unexpected films.
"Gimme the Loot" follows two teens embarking on an urban adventure throughout the New York City. (Trailer posted below.) Peter Debruge, Variety writes: "feeding on the energy of its non-pro cast, this indelible slice-of-life follows the two teens on a freewheeling journey through the streets. The stakes may be low, but the experience is authentic."
Eric Kohn of Indiewire writes: "Gimme the Loot" is "a stitched-together combo of outlaw energy and bittersweet romance that gives the impression of Little Rascals in the big city. Like the graffiti art it documents, it's a lovingly handmade affair."
Vanessa Martinez of Shadow and Act writes: "It's ultimately engaging enough throughout, especially due to Washington’s performance as the streetwise heroine."
Documentary jury winner "Beware Mr. Baker" shows writer and director Jay Bulger's relentless attempts to understand the unpredictable, antisocial Cream/Blind Faith drummer, Ginger Baker. Bulger's adventures yielded a broken nose, thousands of dollars of debt, and two trips to South Africa, chronicled here in this Washington Post profile. Clips show interviews with an assorted whos-who of the rock world including Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and Johnny Rotten.
Jone DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, writes: "One of rock's underheralded pioneers gets his due in "Beware of Mr. Baker," an affectionate but unfawning portrait that finds the drummer of Cream still keeping the beat despite hardships both institutional and self-inflicted."