Retrieval, The Directed
Chris Eska USA / 2013 / 91 minutes East Coast Premiere
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2007 WFF Alum and Maverick Award winner for Best Narrative Feature August Evening returns with a powerful period drama set on the outskirts of the Civil War. Moral boundaries are crossed as Will a young African-American bounty hunter, along with his uncle Marcus are contracted to cross Union lines and bring back freed slave and accused murderer Nate in an astounding performance by Tishuan Scott. During their odyssey, the Texas landscape comes to life as an essential character,
thanks to Yasu Tanida’s beautiful cinematography. Eska, meanwhile patiently crafts a brilliantly acted tour de force that foists tough ethical questions upon the viewer.
Chris Eska was raised in the village of Ottine, Texas (pop. 98). He studied sociology and art at Rice University before attending UCLA's MFA film directing program. His short films have screened on PBS, at the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Competition, the Texas Filmmaker's Showcase, and at film festivals worldwide. Doki-Doki, his UCLA master's thesis film, premiered on the national PBS series Independent Lens with an introduction by Susan Sarandon. His first feature, August Evening, won the $50,000 Target Filmmaker Award was nominated for two 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, where it took home the Cassavetes Award.
Cast/Featuring: Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott, Keston John, Bill Oberst Jr., Christine Horn, Alfonso Freeman, Raven Ledeatte, Jonathan Brooks
Executive Producer(s): Alan Berg, Tom Borders, Sibyl Avery Jackson
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