“Damn near flawless:” THE RETRIEVAL starts Friday, April 11

In 1864 Texas, as the Civil War ravages the nation, on the outskirts of the conflict it’s business as usual for slave owners and traders. The Retrieval is the story of 13-year-old Will (Ashton Sanders), who works with his uncle Marcus (Keston John) under threat of death from a white bounty hunter Burrell (Bill Oberst Jr.). The pair gain the trust of runaway slaves, then turn them in to Burrell.

Keston John as Uncle Marcus and Ashton Sanders as Will in THE RETRIEVAL.

Keston John as Uncle Marcus and Ashton Sanders as Will in THE RETRIEVAL.

On a dangerous mission into the free North to find Nate (Tishuan Scott), a fugitive freedman, things go badly. Will and Nate find themselves on the run together.  As the bond between them unexpectedly grows, Will is consumed by conflicting emotions as he faces a gut-wrenching choice: turn Nate in, ensuring the older man’s death, or help him and get killed himself.

Tishuan Scott as Nate

Tishuan Scott as Nate

Thrilling, gorgeously filmed, and grounded in historical research, The Retrieval serves as a straight-up chase picture, an insight into the grey period between slavery and freedom, and an examination of a horrific moral dilemma.

The Retrieval starts Friday, April 11, check back for showtimes.
NR – 92 min – Tickets $7

“The production quality of The Retrieval is damn near flawless. Speaking of flawless, that just about describes Ashton Sanders, Keston John and Tishuan Scott’s performances as well.” – Film Threat


Indiewire: Thompson on Hollywood

 The Hollywood Reporter

Weds, April 16: 5:00 p.m.
Thurs, April 17: 7:15 p.m.,
9:15 p.m.
Fri, April 187:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
Sat, April 19: 5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Sun, April 205:00 p.m.
Mon, April 21:  7:30 p.m.
Tues, April 22:  7:30 p.m.
Thurs, April 24:  7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

6 replies »

  1. Didn’t think another film set in the slavery era would be made so soon after 12 YEARS A SLAVE, but this does look pretty interesting.


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