HUNTER GATHERER

Ashley Douglas thinks everything should fall into place when he's released after three years in prison. His friends should come to his welcome home party. (They don't.) His girlfriend, Linda, should greet him with open arms and open legs. (She doesn't.) So Ashley, a forty-something African-American, 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 he buried in his back yard, and a nostalgic and deeply ingrained need to be with Linda--his one, true love. That is, until he meets a new friend, Jeremy, and things start to turn around.
Director: 
Joshua Locy
Cast: 
Andre Royo, Jeannetta Arnette, Kellee Stewart
Screenplay: 
Joshua Locy
Screening Date: 
Nov 19, 2016
Studio: 
UNBUNDLED UNDERGROUND/MAMA BEAR STUDIOS
Running Time: 
90 minutes
Rating: 
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
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13.5% 13.5% 16.2% 35.1% 21.6%
“Extremely bizarre but I was totally incased in it.”
“Pointless!”
“Reminds me of THELMA AND LOUISE. End got sadder and sadder.”
“Confused!”
“Skype was great, thanks for setting that up. Josh was very informative, and helped a lot with putting a challenging film into perspepctive.”
“A beautiful sad film. There are just some people who don’t fit in whose personalities are such that they are mavericks or who can’t live by society’s rules.”
“I liked this film a lot. It was a simple clear look at a man struggling to find his way after release from prison. It was heartbreaking reality. I came to feel a great empathy for this character and feel as well a frustration at the stumbling blocks he was unable to overcome.”
“Small time hustler returns from prison. He may never have had much of a grip on reality, but the film’s departure from reality is subtle at first. The ending is not confusing for those who don’t try to take it literally.”
“Ashley and Jeremy are very appealing characters. I had trouble distinguishing between reality and metaphors. Unfortunately it was an obstacle to my being able to understand the plot. Fortunately the skype interview helped my understanding. Thank you!”
“Interesting film, not everyone will get it!”
“Inner city, no drugs, not a single curse word. That alone makes it extraordinary. And for a first-time filmmaker that’s remarkable.”
“Why did this white guy write a story using inner city L.A. black characters? I didn’t like it. Too slow moving. Sorry but I don’t get it, except for idea of search for connections and unrealistic attachments. There must be young black writers/ film makers who are doing better work!”
“I think HUNTER GATHERER is a thoughtful and poignant study of human lives and in stripping away the story to its basics, it forces audiences to resist cliché thinking and judgments. So we know Ashley is a former prisoner, but we don’t know it so we can’t judge. A very eloquent narrative of Ashley and Jeremy trying to turn useless things and beings into meaningful ones.”
“What was the meaning of this film? Too slow and boring.”
“This is the definition of avnte-garde filmmaking, yet with a very real, gritty inner-city look and feel. So much to discuss/process: patches and pain, refrigerators and resperators, swimming lessons and Santa. I woud love to have a second viewing.”

If you'd like to know more about the film...

There were five very important questions the director was once asked about the film. Click on the link below to find out what they are. http://filmmakermagazine.com/97595-sxsw-five-questions-for-hunter-gather... Want to know why Josh Locy considers this the time to make small movies? Click on the link below to find out why. http://filmmakermagazine.com/97595-sxsw-five-questions-for-hunter-gather... Want to see what Andre Royo thought when John Locy first approached him? Click on the link below. http://moveablefest.com/moveable_fest/2016/03/josh-locy-hunter-gatherer.... Want to know what the director of photography thought about shooting the film? Click on the link below to find out. http://filmmakermagazine.com/97623-sxsw-hunter-gatherer-dp-jon-aguirresa... Want to know what award winning actor Andre Royo thought about the film? Click on the link below. http://whattowatch.aol.com/video/56eb23fae4b02e1351f5ee65/