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Gimme The Loot

Directed by Adam Leon, 2013, 81 minutes, Unrated

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O Cinema Wynwood

90 NW 29th Street, Miami (305) 571-9970

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General Admission $10.50, Student/ Senior $9.00, Members $7.50. General admission tickets available online and at the door. Student and Senior tickets only available at the door. ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCHANGES. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, 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 wire heist, and a beautiful, rich girl’s necklace that is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City.

Slinging pot and tagging walls high above the city, Gotham graffiti artists Malcolm and Sofia begin Adam Leon’s “Gimme the Loot” as miscreants and end it as heroes — not in the epic sense they envisioned, but simply for etching their names on our hearts along the way. 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, kicking off a likely healthy fest run with SXSW’s jury prize.

“Does it sound patronizing to call a slice-of-life film about teenage Bronx graffiti artists adorable? It’s not meant to.” – Hollywood Reporter

“The stakes may be low, but the experience is authentic …” – Variety

“Gimme the Loot’s off-the-cuff bravado perfectly captures the texture of youthful high energy.” – Los Angeles Times 

“Want a bracing alternative to the usual Hollywood swill? Try Gimme The Loot a fresh, funky jolt of filmmaking joy.” – Rolling Stone

“A simple, meandering, slice-of-life indie film that feels more authentic than most “gritty” New York films with infinitely larger budgets.” Roger Ebert

“Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson are terrific in the main roles. So is Zoë Lescaze as Ginnie, a spoiled white kid who teaches the taggers a thing or two about drift and being dissolute.” – Wall Street Journal

“A warm and wonderfully discursive slice-of-life story, with an emphasis on language and local color and a great feel for the longings of working-class adolescents.” – NPR

“Sofia is intense and unsmiling, while Malcolm is a charming, goofy chatterbox, and they make a vivid impression, even without spray paint.” – New York Times

“Director Adam Leon, 31, has slyly and reverentially crafted a perfect New York movie, including the class tensions, relentless hustling and spontaneous connections that best define the exuberant strain of the city.” – New York Daily News