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 on PBS, at the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s Competition, the Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase, and at film festivals worldwide. Doki-Doki, his UCLA master’s thesis film, premiered on the national PBS series Independent Lens with an introduction by Susan Sarandon. His first feature, August Evening, won the $50,000 Target Filmmaker Award was nominated for two 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, where it took home the Cassavetes Award.
The Retrieval:The Movie: On the outskirts of the Civil War, The Retrieval follows a fatherless 13 year-old boy sent north by his bounty hunter gang on a dangerous mission to retrieve a wanted man under false pretense. During their journey towards the unwitting man’s reckoning, the initially distant pair develops unexpected bonds. As his feelings grow, the boy is consumed by conflicting emotions and a gut-wrenching ultimate decision: betray the father figure he’s finally found or risk being killed by his gang for insubordination.
April 8: The City of Suwanee Suwanee, GA
April 10: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Madison, GA
April 11: City of Hapeville Hapeville, GA
April 12: Banners At McNeese Lake Charles, LA
April 14: Vermillionville Living History Musuem Foundation, Inc. Lafayette, LA
April 15: Arts Council of Central Louisiana Alexandria, LA