Prerelease screening with special guests: filmmaker Chris Eska and actor Tishuan Scott
Set during the Civil War, this powerful drama tells the story of what happens when a boy and his uncle are sent north by a bounty hunter to retrieve a wanted man (Tishuan Scott).
“Equal parts suspenseful road movie, persuasively detailed period drama and emotionally resonant coming-of-age story, The Retrieval is an outstanding example of regional independent filmmaking accomplished with limited resources and an abundance of skill. Writer-director Chris Eska’s (August Evening) Civil War-era drama about black freedmen pressed into service by white bounty hunters won Scott a Special Jury Prize at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival for his subtly calibrated performance.”
—Joe Leydon, Variety
Writer/director/editor 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 at the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Competition, Texas Filmmaker's Showcase, and film festivals worldwide. "Doki-Doki," his UCLA master's thesis film, premiered on the PBS series "Independent Lens" with an introduction by Susan Sarandon. His first feature, "August Evening," won the $50,000 Target Filmmaker Award and was nominated for two 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, where it took home the Cassavetes Award.
Actor Tishuan Scott was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he matriculated toward earning his bachelor of arts degree in drama and psychology. He then attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, where he received his master's degree in acting. He appears in the Andrew Bujalski film "Computer Chess," and he received SXSW 2013 Special Jury Recognition for his performance in "The Retrieval."