Sundance Selects nabs SXSW ‘Loot’

Pic won grand jury prize for best narrative feature

Sundance Selects has nabbed North American and Latin American rights to Adam Leon’s feature helming bow “Gimme The Loot,” which won South By Southwest festival’s grand jury prize for best narrative feature at the annual event’s awards ceremony last week.

The deal, announced Monday afternoon, was negotiated by Sundance Selects/IFC Films senior vice-prexy of acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco and Submarine’s Josh Braun on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Loot,” which attracted serious buyer interest following its world premiere at SXSW Sat. Mar. 11, is an urban comedy starring newcomers Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson as pair of Bronx graffiti misfits on a weekend revenge mission.

Pic was produced by Natalie Difford, Dominic Buchanan and Jamund Washington, lensed by Jonathan Miller and edited by Morgan Faust, with music composed by Nicholas Britell.

Sundance Selects/IFC Films prexy Jonathan Sehring, noting the company’s tradition of winning SXSW pickups “Weekend,” “Tiny Furniture” and “Medicine for Melancholy,” said “Loot” introduces a major new talent.

“We all fell in love with this infectious, charming crowd pleaser,” Sehring said. “We’re excited to work with Adam Leon and his producers … and to introduce Tashiana Washington and Ty Hickson to audiences.”

“It’s extremely gratifying that our gang of misfits, all of whom took on tremendous sacrifices and poured their hearts into making this film, have found a home at such a prestigious company,” Leon commented. “We’re so excited to share this movie with a larger audience and are deeply thankful to everyone at Sundance Selects.”

“Loot” gets its Gotham preem soon at New Directors/New Films, which preemed Leon’s acclaimed short “Killer” last year.

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