Two teens in a small desert city earn cash standing on the side of the street holding signs for cheap loans. They make a game of it, spinning the signs like they’re doing skateboard tricks. “More tricks, more money, dawg,” says the baller white kid teaching a newbie the ropes of the street in a great, funny opening scene. Then we're introduced to a mother and a daughter selling guns and living out of her SUV. When the two spinning teens, sick of getting nailed by objects thrown out of cars, call on the homeless mother to check out her selection of heat, we start playing fast and loose. It’s a strange, jumpy ride, and it works because it’s constantly shifting, just like those spinning signs promising something for nothing. A darkly entertaining pulp short by Erik L. Barnes who gives us a very real American crises as a foundation and then tosses it aside for some old-fashioned crime suspense. -KA.
Directed by: Erik L. Barnes. Written by: Cami Delavigne. Starring Timothée Chalamet, Kristin Slaysman, Ify Nwadiwe.