Top 10 Festival Films You Need To See Asap

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8. GIMME THE LOOT – Directed by Adam Leon

The Feature Grand Jury Prize at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival went to GIMME THE LOOT, the story of two taggers from the Bronx who need $500 to turn themselves into the biggest graffiti artists in New York City. Writer/director Adam Leon recently told Entertainment Weekly that his goal with the film was to make something “that wasn’t a social message piece, that was something that was just more of a celebration and fun.” The celebration moved from SXSW to back to New York City, where GIMME THE LOOT made its hometown premiere at New Directors / New Films. Acquired in Austin by Sundance Selects, the film will open soon; possibly sooner if you all scream “Gimme gimme gimme!” really loudly.

Author: Matt Singer

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searching_for_sugar_manMemorial Day is less than a month away and summer movie season is just around the corner.  But if super-heroes ain't your cup of cinematic tea, don't fret: there are some excellent independent films coming out in the weeks and months ahead, and no one wears tights in any of them.

In honor of the Tribeca Film Festival, which is rolling through New York City this week, here's a list of some of 2012 festival favorites -- from Tribeca, Sundance, South by Southwest, New Directors / New Films, and Cannes -- hitting art house screens in the near future.  With movies like these to keep you busy, it'll be Labor Day (and Oscar Season) before you know it.

Author: Matt Singer10. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD - Directed by Benh Zeitlin9. COSMOPOLIS - Directed by David Cronenberg8. GIMME THE LOOT - Directed by Adam Leon7. LOLA VERSUS - Directed by Daryl Wein6. MUD - Directed by Jeff Nichols5. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED - Directed by Colin Trevorrow
4. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN - Directed by Malik Bendjelloul3. TAKE THIS WALTZ - Directed by Sarah Polley2. 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK - Directed by Julie Delpy1. YOUR SISTER'S SISTER - Directed by Lynn Shelton