Starting over is never easy, but it sure helps if you’ve got a trusted friend and a (literally) cool business to keep you going. That’s the idea at the heart of Josh Locy’s feature debut (and SXSW world premiere), “Hunter Gatherer,” which follows the recently-released-from-prison Ashley (Andre Royo) as he tries to get his life back on the right track, all with the assistance of a new pal and a gig dumping discarded fridges (see, cool).
But can everything actually come together?
Per the film’s official synopsis: “Ashley Douglas thinks everything should fall into place when he’s released after three years in prison. When that doesn’t happen, he restarts his life with next to nothing: no friends, no lovers, no connections. All he has is a bedroom in his mom’s house, a box of treasures buried in his backyard, and a deeply ingrained need to be with Linda — his one, true love — who has moved on without him. Ashley sees an opportunity in the form of Jeremy, an eccentric loner. They start a two-man business of dumping unwanted refrigerators for cash, which Ashley hopes will get Linda back and Jeremy hopes will help his ailing grandfather. As their partnership takes hold, a friendship flourishes — though their fates are very much still up in the air. With ‘Hunter Gatherer,’ filmmaker Josh Locy (making his feature-length debut) crafts a bittersweet, darkly comic tale of seeking out one’s destiny — but discovering an unexpected fate along the way. Peppered with elements of the surreal and anchored by a brazen central performance by Andre Royo as Ashley and a breakthrough turn from newcomer George Sample III as Jeremy, ‘Hunter Gatherer’ defies expectation and will leave audiences curious long after they leave the theater.”
You can get an early taste of the film’s style and the burgeoning bond between Ashley and Jeremy in a brand new Indiewire exclusive poster for the feature below. Sound too serious? Don’t worry, we’ve also got a sneak peek at some very cool temporary tattoos that will only be available to SXSW attendees in the coming days, crafted by the filmmakers. Now that’s cool.
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The film will have its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on Saturday, March 12.