Loanshark is a 1999 black-and-white American crime film written and directed by Jay Jennings . The film is a notable forerunner in the digital filmmaking movement. [1]


An angry loan shark has a tendency of getting excessively violent with anyone who does not have his money. His mob boss disapproves of his actions, warning him to tone things down or else. As expected, things only get worse.


Produced for $ 10,000, Loanshark was made using handheld digital movie cameras and available light , with film look added in post-production . [2] The low-budget movie was shot guerrilla filmmaking style among old Hollywood buildings and streets. [3]


Loanshark screened at several film festivals in 2000, including Silver Lake [4] and Melbourne Underground Film Festival . [5] Movies In Review columnist David Del Valle called Loanshark “a gritty crime tale in the manner of Bad Lieutenant “. [6]


  1. Jump up^ Bernard, Ethan (2000-03-02). “A Life in the Movies: Beverly Hills director Jay Jennings shares secrets of his trade.” Beverly Hills Weekly . p. 8.
  2. Jump up^ Davidson, Ben (1999-09-10). “BH Resident’s New Film Unearths Seedy Life of Loanshark”. The Beverly Hills Courier . p. 1.
  3. Jump up^ Amiran, Eyal (2001-01-03). “Guerrilla Filmmaking”. Los Angeles Independent . p. 1.
  4. Jump up^ Amiran, Eyal (2000-09-20). “The Silver Screen comes to Silver Lake”. Los Angeles Independent . pp. 2-3.
  5. Jump up^ “Melbourne Underground Film Festival.” . 2000-07-22. Archived from the original on 2009-09-09 . Retrieved 2010-09-02 .
  6. Jump up^ Del Valle, David (2005-06-01). “Camp David: June 2005” . Films in Review . Retrieved 2010-09-02 .