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BUZZARD  

By Joel Potrykus 

Awards & Festivals:
In competition - Filmmakers of the Present (Locarno IFF)
Special Mention from the Independent Juries and Prices at Locarno Film Festival!
BEST FEATURE at Lausanne Underground Film Festival!
Fipresci Prize at Ljubljana Film Festival!
Selected in “Bright Future” section at Rotterdam Int’l Film Festival!  

Genre: Dark Comedy, Drama

Highlight: The director, Joel Potrykus, won Best Emerging director and Special Mention for Best First Feature at Locarno 2012 for his film “Ape”. BUZZARD, his second feature, will play in the Filmmakers of the Present competition at Locarno 2014.

Synopsis:
Marty is a bored temp at a mortgage office, out to get what he feels he deserves in life. He is a small-time con artist drifting from one scam to the next. When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting growing paranoia forces him to hide out in his co-worker's basement for a week. Marty’s anxiety is mixed with juvenile basement parties that eventually trigger him to flee to Detroit and spend his nights either at a derelict motel, or a place of luxury, depending on what’s in his pocket at the time. Marty’s misdirected paranoia reaches a nihilistic state. He is now quite literally a man willing to draw blood from those he sees as the bloodsuckers. 

Cast:
Joshua Burge: Marty Jackitansky
Joel Potrykus: Derek  

Director Biography:
American director Joel Potrykus resides in Grand Rapids, MI USA where he attended a film school. BUZZARD (SXSW, 2014) is the final installment in his Animal Trilogy, following the 2010 Super 8 short COYOTE, and the 2012 feature film APE (winner of Best “Emerging Director” and Special Mention for Best First Feature, Locarno Film Festival). Along with production, Joel is a film critic for an annual publication. 

Director Statement:
“I want audiences not so much to root for the protagonist, but to question his behavior and motivations. They will know that the truth is being told, even if that truth doesn’t come from the mouth of the protagonist.” 

Cast Biography:
Joshua Burge
Joshua briefly studied film in college, while writing and performing music as Chance Jones. After much exposure and accolades, and still calling Michigan home, he returned to film as an actor. His first major role was in 2012’s APE.  

Crew:
Director: Joel Potrykus
Scriptwriter: Joel Potrykus
Director Of Photography: Adam J. Minnick
Editor: Joel Potrykus
Sound: Peter Fox
Costume Design: Joel Potrykus
Music: Honduran & Bog Rot
Associated Producer: Kevin Clancy, Tim Saunders
Executive Producer: Joel Potrykus
Producer: Michael Saunders, Ashley Young
Production Companies: Sob Noisse 


Technical Information:
Original Title: Camera: 5d mkiii / HD / HD / 1.77 / Color / 97 min / Stereo / English / DCP & HDCam / USA 2014 World Premiere: SXSW 2014 Intl Premiere: Locarno Film Festival 2014  


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