OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Two men who grew up in Oakland used their East Bay home as motivation for a new movie.
"Kicks" has already received rave reviews and it is coming to theaters on September 8.
On KTVU the 9 we were joined by director Justin Tipping and actor Mahershala Ali.
The story is about a young kid who is an outsider. He thinks a new pair of Jordans are going to change his social status. The day he got them he got jumped and they were taken away from him.
In the movie he travels the East Bay to search for his stolen shoes.
Tipping, who grew up in El Cerrito, said the inspiration behind this film was something that happened to him when he was 16 years old.
Tipping says he was jumped in Emeryville and his shoes were stolen. He was injured in the incident and wound up with two black eyes. Tipping talks to about when his brother came up to him and said 'It's all good, you're a man now.' He says, "It was really that moment that was the inspiration and (the idea of) why is violence always associated with being a man."
Ali spoke about the importance of his role in the movie and starting the discussion about why we collect things that are status symbols and how someone would put himself in the danger of death to attain something this is replaceable. Ali says, "This is a personal story. It hits really close to home. It takes place in the Bay Area where I'm from and I love the story in and of itself. It was simple and intimate and the opportunity to play a character very different form anything I've done professionally. I was just very excited to be part of this project for many reasons."