Adam Leon on "Gimmie the Loot"

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New York-based writer-director Adam Leon is going to have a tough time topping these past few weeks. At the recently wrapped SXSW film festival in Austin, the first-time feature filmmaker won the event's Narrative Grand Jury Prize for his debut, "Gimme the Loot." Shortly after the win, Sundance Selects announced they had acquired U.S. rights to the film. And now, less that two weeks after SXSW, Leon is back in New York screening his film at the New Directors/New Films festival to packed, enthusiastic audiences.

"Gimme the Loot" follows Malcolm (Tysheeb Hickson) and Sofia (Tashiana R. Washington), a pair of scrappy young graffiti artists trying to make their mark on the Bronx scene. "From the first scene, in which the duo awkwardly jack paint canisters from a store and hop into their getaway car, Leon establishes his characters as a pair of lawbreakers living on the fringes of society but remain essentially innocent, giggly children," wrote Eric Kohn in his review out of SXSW. "Inhabiting the same bubble of hip-hop attitude as 'Wild Style' did nearly 30 years earlier, Leon's movie resurrects the subculture with genre charm and low-budget appeal."

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