KICKS – Official Trailer – In Theaters September 2016

            

 

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Directed by Justin Tipping

Written by Justin Tipping & Joshua Beirne-Golden

Starring Jahking Guillory, Christopher Meyer, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Kofi Siriboe, and Mahershala Ali

**Opening Night Competition Film – Tribeca Film Festival 2016**

**Los Angeles Film Festival 2016**

**WINNER – Tribeca Film Festival 2016, Best Cinematography**

“Rooted in an authentic sense of place….its silky blend of lyricism with urban grit marks it as a promising debut.”

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

 

“Tipping constructs a lyrical atmosphere that suggests Terrence Malick for the hip-hop set”

Eric Kohn, Indiewire

 

An arresting visual experience, KICKS has style to spare”

Andrew Barker, Variety

 

Feels fresh, thanks to the vibrancy of its performances and the complexity of its themes.”

Steven Zeitchik, LA Times

 

 

Synopsis

In Justin Tipping’s feature debut Kicks, nothing is as simple as it seems. Fifteen-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy; assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex and picked on by everyone — even his best friends. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by local hood, Flaco. Seemingly the embodiment of menace, Flaco harbors complexities of his own that will be revealed when Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers with his two best friends in tow.

 

Boasting a strong ensemble cast and featuring a memorable lead performance by newcomer Jahking Guillory, the film transcends a deceptively traditional hero’s journey to deliver an entertaining and sobering look at the realities of inner-city life, the concept of manhood and the fetishization of sneaker culture. Visually and thematically rich, with an amazing soundtrack of both hip-hop classics and Bay Area favorites, Kicks creates an authentic and original portrait of a young man drowning in the expectations of machismo.

 

TRT: 80 mins

Country: USA

Language: English

Distributor: Focus World

Director: Justin Tipping

Writers: Justin Tipping & Joshua Beirne-Golden

Cast: Jahking Guillory, Christopher Meyer, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Kofi Siriboe, and Mahershala Ali

 

 

OPENING IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 9