“Gimme the Loot,” New Yorker Adam Leon’s tale of two Bronx teenage graffiti artists, won the grand jury prize for narrative feature at the South by Southwest film festival, organizers announced Tuesday.
Gimme the Loot, is playing at New Directors/New Films the weekend after next, and you really ought to see it. Loosely inspired, it would seem, by a 20-year-old public-access TV clip in which two graffiti artists challenge their peers to tag the Shea Stadium home run apple, the film follows two tagging teens over the course of a couple of summer days, as they try to hustle up some cash—Sophia (Tashiana Washington) reselling sneakers, paint cans and stolen cellphones in Bronx; Malcolm (Ty Hickson) on a weed run in the Village.
“Beware of Mr. Baker,” Jay Bulger’s examination of how Cream and Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker survived 50-plus years of drug abuse, took home the top prize in the documentary category.
Special jury awards for performance went to Jamie Chung in “Eden,” 85-year-old Besedka Johnson in “Starlet” and Nico Stone in “Booster.”
The festival in Austin, Texas, hosted a total of 132 features and 138 shorts this year, culled from more than 5,300 submissions.
About the Director
Adam Leon was born and raised in New York City. He has directed several short films and music videos, and his most recent short, Killer, premiered at the New Directors/New Films festival in 2009 and went on to play at festivals around the world. Gimme the Loot is his first feature film.