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Local Director Series: Ape

Local Director Series: Ape
Jul 24, 2018, 8:00 pm

Local Director Series: Ape Film Still

Local Director Series: Ape
Director: Joel Potrykus

07/24 | 8:00 PM

UICA Members: $4
Public: $8

Movie tickets can be purchased at the Guest Services desk beginning at 12 noon on the date of each screening.

UICA’s Local Director Series is a recurring event that showcases feature-length films by independent directors who live and work in Grand Rapids, MI. The Local Director Series is a premier forum for directors to share their work publicly and the event acts as a vital resource for the advancement of the West Michigan film community by increasing public awareness about independent filmmaking and the impressive film industry established right here in Grand Rapids.

About the Film

Trevor Newandyke is a struggling comedian. Not only does he bomb on stage, but he bombs in everyday life. To him, it's the little things that matter most. He's fed up with the threats from the cable company, 7-11 raising the price of the Slurpee, and all the jerks who think they can push him around. All he wants is a break, and for someone to get him. Not everyone, just someone. But instead of taking a breath and getting himself together or taking his anger to the stage, he turns to the loud din of his headphones and the crackling glow of fire to ease his mind. He's not only a lousy comic, but a pyromaniac, as well.

Directed By: Joel Potrykus
Genre: Drama | Comedy
Run Time: 86 min
MPAA Rating: NR
Origin: USA
Distributor: Factory 25

Local Director Series: Joel Potrykus Headshot

About the Filmmaker

Joel Potrykus is an independent filmmaker and assistant instructor in the department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. His feature film work has screened at the Lincoln Center for the Arts, the MoMA, the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, Cinémathèque Française in Paris, the Gartenbaukino in Vienna, and the Munich Film Museum. 

His latest film, Relaxer, made its world premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. Other feature films include The Alchemist Cookbook (2016), Buzzard (2014), and Ape (2012). Honors include Best New Director at the Locarno Film Festival, the FIPRESI Prize at the Ljubliana International Film Festival, Films en cours award at the Festival Belfort Entrevue in France, and his screenplay for Buzzard is part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science Permanent Collection. He’s been the subject of retrospectives at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Valdivia Film Festival in Chile, and the Black Canvas Film Festival in Mexico City.  

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at (616) 454-7000 x11 or at least 72 hours in advance.

Earlier Event: July 20
The King
Later Event: July 27
Under the Tree