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Pint-sized Brandon is convinced that a pair of Air Jordan shoes will finally win him the respect of girls and his buddies. He manages to buy one at an unbelievable deal, but they are ripped away in a run-in with notorious gangster Flaco. Brandon recklessly takes off after him into one of the most dangerous cities in the US – but how much is he willing to put on the line for those sweet kicks?

Winner of the Best Cinematography Award at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, Kicks is a visceral odyssey that is as gripping as it is poetic. Visually breathtaking, it is an unpatronising yet sentimental look at growing up in tough inner-city neighbourhoods – where raw machismo fuelled by guns means that life or death is just a trigger away.


  • web-6-kicks-director Justin Tipping is a screenwriter and director based in Oakland, California. He holds a MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory, and has won numerous awards for his short film, Nani (2011), including a Student Academy Award. Kicks is his first feature film.
  • David Kaplan, Adele Romanski, Mike Covino, Joshua Astrachan, Geoffrey Quan, Erik Rommesmo
  • Justin Tipping
  • Jahking Guillory, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Christopher Meyer
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