Coming of age film tackles friendship, graffiti
FORT WAYNE—Cinema Center recently announced the opening of “Gimme the Loot,” a film directed by Adam Leon and starring Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson, on Friday, May 17.
“Gimme the Loot” was an official film selection for the Cannes International Film Festival and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the South By Southwest Film Festival.
Malcolm and Sofia are the most determined teenage graffiti-writers in the Bronx. But when a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they hatch a plan to get their revenge by planning the ultimate graffiti tag—to “bomb” the Mets’ home run apple. The only hitch is that 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 stakes heist and a beautiful, stoned girl whose necklace is literally their key to fame.
“A uniquely fresh, affectionate and downright huggable debut feature, ‘Gimme The Loot’ is the charming, funny, daring story of two taggers that will do anything to become the biggest writers in the city,” raved Mark Olsen of LA Weekly.
“A remarkably natural and unaffected film about friendship between two high-spirited graffiti artists in the Bronx, who create a replica of the Met’s apple trademark. Recommended,” said Roger Ebert.
“The most enjoyable film I saw at South By Southwest. A funny, smart-mouthed, high-energy comedy in the doomed caper tradition of ‘Big Deal on Madonna Street,’” said Art Info’s J. Hoberman.
“Gimme the Loot” is scheduled to screen for one week at Cinema Center, located in downtown Fort Wayne at 437 East Berry St. Admission to Cinema Center is $8 for general admission and $6.50 for students and seniors.
For more information, go to www.cinemacenter.org.
This article originally appeared in our May 8, 2013 issue.