'Gimme the Loot' writer-director Adam Leon has a marvelous eye for blending staged dramatic sequences into documentary settings, which lets his actors work up their distinctive rhythms.
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I see so many independent movies that sometimes, when an indie movie comes along that really is independent – that is to say, when it offers up a fresh new way of seeing – I blink twice.
Writer-director Adam Leon’s feature debut, “Gimme the Loot,” which takes place in the Bronx over two hot summer days, is just such a film. It had good buzz at Cannes last year, and it’s been making the festival circuit to rightful acclaim. From the sound of it, it might be mistaken for yet another micro-budget gabfest about self-absorbed teenagers.
Sofia (Tashiana Washington) and Malcolm (Ty Hickson) are bickering buddies and fellow graffiti guerrillas. They want to one-up a rival gang of taggers by decorating (or defacing, depending on your point of view) the giant Home Run Apple that pops up at the New York Mets’ Citi Field whenever the home team knocks one out. To do this, they need to scrounge $500 to bribe their way inside the stadium (hence the film’s title).