Ty Hickson

Gimme the Loot

To find something as simple as Gimme The Loot in amongst the grand-standing, self-consciously important films at Cannes is a rare thing this year, but that isn’t to say that the slightness of Adam Leon‘s debut feature should in any way be construed as a criticism. His day in the life, gentle teenage caper flick is heartfelt and hugely charming, and the fact that it was made with a near zero budget, and has already walked away with the Narrative Grand Jury Prize at SXSW back in March is a major achievement. Inspired by a local-access cable TV show’s suggestion of the NY Mets homerun apple as a worthy target for any graffiti artists (or “bombers” in the language of the film) looking to make a name for themselves, two Bronx teenagers - Malcolm or “Shakes” (Ty Hickson) and Sofia (Tashiana Washington) set about achieving the feat that has defied everyone for the past twenty years. Malcolm knows a man inside at Citi Fields who can get them access before the Mets return from an away game, but the only issue is the $500 finders fee and the fact that both the teens’ pockets are empty.

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