The Tribeca Film Festival Official selection Kicks, which stars Moonlight’s very own Mahershala Ali, has a trailer ahead of its digital-only release on May 22, it’s unique that’s for sure.

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The production which is inspired by a real-life incident is fused with hip-hop influences on the streets of an angry United States. A coming of age story with a gritty edge, the trailer quite surprisingly features absolutely no dialogue accept the lone lyrics of a track towards the end. Accompanied by a gentle yet menacing musical tone throughout as the events of the young Brandon’s troubled life unfold and his fight back begins despite the danger it places himself and his friends in.

Kicks Mahersala AliKicks is the feature debut of director Justin Tipping and Featuring stellar performances from breakout and rising stars including Jahking Guillory, Christopher Jordan Wallace (Notorious) and Academy Award winner  Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures).


KICKS will be available to download digitally from 22nd May 2017.

Kicks Official Synopsis

KICKS, inspired by a real-life incident, nothing is as simple as it seems. 15-year-old Brandon (Jahking Guillory) 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 the local hood, Flaco (Kofi Siriboe). Seemingly the embodiment of menace, Flaco harbours complexities of his own that will be revealed when Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers with his two best friends Rico (Christopher Meyer) and Albert (Christopher Jordan Wallace) in tow. Unable to heed the warnings of his streetwise relative (Mahersala Ali in another tour-de-force performance), Brandon charges head first on a journey toward a fateful, brutal conclusion.