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SXSW Review Roundup and Clips for Winners 'Gimme the Loot' and 'Beware Mr. Baker'

Thompson on Hollywood 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.
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"Gimme the Loot"
"Gimme the Loot"

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."


This article is related to: SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), Documentary, Festivals


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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.