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November 7–10, 2016

Chicago Theatrical

The Alchemist Cookbook

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Film still: The Alchemist Cookbook Film still: The Alchemist Cookbook


"[Director Joel Potrykus is] one of the most interesting and unusual new voices in American independent film"
  —AV Club
"Thrillingly unclassifiable"
  —Paste Magazine
"Funny and distinctive... it will surely delight and surprise those who can grok its idiosyncratic content"
"Few working filmmakers are as in tune with the curious predicament of being young and capable yet too lazy to bother fighting an uphill financial battle, and still fewer that manage to casually assert their cine-literacy without making a show of it"
  —Slant Magazine

Young outcast Sean (Ty Hickson) has isolated himself in a trailer in the Michigan backwoods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Suffering from delusions of fortune, while filled with disdain for authority, he has fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack an ancient mystery, he rouses a malevolent force that threatens to dismantle his otherworldly goals, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous.

Directed by Joel Potrykus, U. S.A., 2016, 82 mins.


  • Mon.–Thurs., Nov. 7–10 at 6:30 & 8:15 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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