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February 3–9, 2017

Chicago Theatrical

Hunter Gatherer

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Film still: Hunter Gatherer Film still: Hunter Gatherer
Special Jury Award
SXSW Film Fest
Critics' Pick "A sweet, shambling poem to the tenacity of hope and the sustaining power of friendship... this amiable look at life on the margins gradually accumulates a melancholy that punctures the drollness"
  —New York Times
"Warmly eccentric...amusing, authentic and works against expectation"
  —Los Angeles Times
"A warm-hearted movie which follows a diehard romantic but refuses to romanticize his plight... a tender portrait of the black America that you seldom see in the movies"
"A beguiling directing debut ...odd, occasionally mystifying but undeniably singular and imaginative work"
  —Chicago Tribune
Recommended "Whimsical and touching"
  —Chicago Reader

One of the more singular characters in recent indie film, Ashley Douglas, marvelously played by Andre Royo of The Wire, is a man of many contradictions. Despite being unemployed and living with his mother after a stint in prison, Ashley possesses a tireless self-assurance frequently bordering on self-delusion. He may be reformed after 3 years in prison, but he certainly has not gotten any more loveable. In fact, his friends and family seem have been trying to no longer think about him. His former girlfriend has a new fiancé, his mom has been trying to evict him out of her spare room, and none of his friends showed up to his homecoming party. His new friend Jeremy, who lives with his beloved grandpa and makes a living as a human lab rat, is about the only thing going for him. However, he does have a scheme to get back on his feet through a grey-market fridge disposal, but Ashley's daily struggle for survival in Hunter Gatherer is leavened through a series of hilarious, off-kilter interactions, moments of surreal lyricism and a wry affection for unlikely detail.

Director Joshua Locy's low-key style and fondness for these outsiders recall the work of Richard Linklater and Michel Gondry, yet his debut feature has a distinctive rhythm and visual style all its own. Wandering along at a leisurely pace, Hunter Gatherer is as craftily moving as it is funny, building surprising emotional resonance as a study of friendship and redemption.

Directed by Joshua Locy, U.S.A., 2015, 85 mins.


  • Fri., Feb. 3 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Feb. 4 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Feb. 5 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Feb. 6–9 at 7 & 9 pm
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