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IFC Tags Grand Jury Prize Winner ‘Gimme the Loot’

Hot off the heels of a huge SXSW premiere and with a Grand Jury Prize win to boot, Adam Leon’s feature debut has been picked up by the folks at IFC and keeping with a stellar month of March, it’ll be highlighted at the New Directors/New Films festival which officially kicks off this week. While no release date has been mentioned, we expect Gimme the Loot to show this summer with, if lucky, an international premiere at a sidebar such as Cannes Critics’ Week.

Gist: Described by Variety as “compulsively watchable, brimming with enough details to make this modest film grow large in the memory,” this tales the story of Malcolm and Sofia’s latest graffiti masterpiece is buffed by a rival gang, these two tough Bronx teens must hustle, steal, and scheme to get spectacular revenge and become the biggest writers in the City.

Worth Noting: Leon got his start in the biz by working on a pair of Woody Allen films (Hollywood Ending, Melinda and Melinda) as production and office assistant.

Do We Care?: This belongs to a class of winners that include: Natural Selection (2011), Tiny Furniture (2010) and Made in China (2009).

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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