Director-Screenwriter Justin Tipping debuts resoundingly with the story of a young boy marginalised even within his black community. Things start looking dramatically better when he swaps his raggedy sneakers out for the freshest kicks around. With the social success immediately realised, the kicks make him an easy target for local hood Flaco. It gets darker and more twisted with inner-city complexities that unfold as he and his two best friends go on a hunt for his snatched shoes.
“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.”