Director Justin Tipping reveals his personal connection to new film 'Kicks'

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Every year, the Tribeca Film Festival screens over 100 films. And every year, a few indie films shine brighter than the rest of the competition. This year, everyone is talking about 'Kicks,' a coming-of-age film about an inner-city boy and his two friends who embark on a harrowing journey to retrieve his stolen sneakers.

Written and directed by Justin Tipping, the film is receiving critical acclaim since it made its international debut at Tribeca.

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AOL.com had a chance to talk to Tipping about his first Tribeca experience, how it feels to have a film debut and his personal connection to the movie's plot. Watch the video above to hear more!

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Actress Jennifer Morrison attends 'Taxi Driver' 40th Anniversary Celebration during 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at The Beacon Theatre on April 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Editor-in-chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour attends 'The First Monday In May' World Premiere during Opening Night of 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Abbie Cornish attends the LAVENDER World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2016 on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for LAVENDER)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Actress Sienna Miller attends the premiere of 'High-Rise' at SVA Theatre during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on April 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Actress Chloe Grace Moretz attends 'The First Monday In May' World Premiere during Opening Night of 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actress Zoey Deutch, shoe detail, attends the premiere of 'Vincent 'n' Roxxy' at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas during the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Actress Jessica Biel attends the 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: NEW YORK, NY: Actress Katie Holmes attends the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival After Party For 'All We Had' sponsored By Bai Beverages At Vandal on April 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for 2016 Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Actress/producer Nicole Kidman attends 'The Family Fang' Premiere during 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Viola Davis attends 'Custody' premiere during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Actress Rose Byrne attends the premiere of 'The Meddler' at Borough of Manhattan Community College during the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Actress Susan Sarandon attends the premiere of 'The Meddler' at Borough of Manhattan Community College during the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actress Zoe Kravitz attends the premiere of 'Vincent 'n' Roxxy' at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas during the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival on APRIL 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images,)
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