Malcolm and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they must hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark, but 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 wire heist, and a beautiful, rich girl’s necklace that is literally their key to becoming the biggest writers in the City. Director Adam Leon joins us for a conversation on his triumphant and touching look at youth in bloom.
“A celebration of outlaw creativity … [Leon] has an acute eye and ear for the sights and sounds of the real New York … and ‘Gimme the Loot’ has a lot to say about the contradictions of a place that is defined by both abundant opportunity and ferocious inequality.”– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“This exhilarating gift of a movie marks a stellar debut for writer-director Adam Leon.” – Rolling Stone
“Only enemies of joy can stop Gimme The Loot now.” – The A.V. Club