"Essentially a devastating coming of age odyssey, and a morally complex one built on painful lessons, the gripping “Kicks” deconstructs the desire to be a man in contrast to what true manhood actually requires. Moreover, Tipping’s bold and meditative drama with its reflective moods and streetwise grime has delivered one of the best feature-length debuts of 2016 and one of the best films of the year, period.

- THE PLAYLIST

"With Kicks, which hits theaters in September, a new class of Bay Area filmmakers is crystallizing for the first time in a long time. There hasn’t really been one to boast of since George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola followed the counterculture to San Francisco in 1969"
- The Daily Beast
When his hard-earned kicks get snatched by a local hood, fifteen-year old Brandon and his two best friends go on an ill-advised mission across the Bay Area to retrieve the stolen sneakers. Featuring a soundtrack packed with hip-hop classics, Justin Tipping's debut feature is an urban coming-of-age tale told with grit, humor - and surprising lyricism.

 "TIPPING CONSTRUCTS A LYRICAL ATMOSPHERE THAT SUGGESTS TERRENCE MALICK FOR THE HIP-HOP SET”- INDIE WIRE

"A debut of undeniable promise" - VARIETY

"its silky blend of lyricism with urban grit marks it as a promising debut" - Hollywood Reporter

"Its place as piece of artistic storytelling is unquestionable" - Bold As Love

“Kicks is a funny, touching and street-smart coming-of-age dramedy that oozes with style" - Film Pulse

"JOSEPH CAMPBELL MEETS DOPE IN JUSTIN TIPPING’S EXHILARATING DEBUT" - ROLLING STONE

"what Tipping masters perfectly in the film is the constant ebb and flow of humor, and darkness" SHADOW AND ACT