As one of the most beloved films to premiere on the festival circuit last year, Adam Leon’s Gimme the Loot won over audiences with its youthful charm and genuine tale of adventure and intimate friendship. In his feature-length directorial debut, Leon tells a fresh and energetic story of two young graffiti artists from the Bronx who embark on their own plan to tag the New York Mets’ Home Run Apple after being buffed by a rival crew in Queens.
Using the streets of New York as his playground, Leon showcases the talents of non-professional actors to create a film that’s both authentic and nuanced, feeling right at home among our favorite tales of dynamic teenage life, in a style that’s direct and fun, harkening back to such masters of the territory as Richard Linklater. And after winning the Grand Jury prize at SXSW and becoming an official selection at Cannes, IFC will finally be giving the film its theatrical run starting today.
And in our interview with Leon, he spoke to what sparked his interest in crafting this story, telling us:
I was very interested in that there were these kids I knew growing up and kids I was working with that are working class kids, they have these vivid lives, they come from tough neighborhoods and have in many ways, difficult challenging lives, but aren’t necessarily miserable people. So that’s the kids, for the most part—there were some others that were going through some deeper, deeper stuff—but there was a lot of kids that I knew that were just like that. So when the kids in Superbad steal booze it’s like, oh kids are kids, and they are and that’s great and that’s fun, or stealing a keg in Dazed and Confused, it’s the same thing. And I was like, why do kids in Dazed and Confused and Superbad get to have all the fun when there are kids in New York that do have tough lives but they still have fun?
And today, we’re pleased to share the latest poster for the film that echoes the spirited aspect of Leon’s film and plays like a welcome breath of fresh air on our screens.
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