The Retrieval follows Will, a 13 year-old boy, who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang who sends him to earn the trust of runaway slaves in order to lure them back to the South.

On a dangerous mission into the free North to find Nate, a fugitive freedman, things go wrong and Will and Nate find themselves on the run.  As the bond between them unexpectedly grows, Will becomes consumed by conflicting emotions as he faces a gut-wrenching final decision.

Thrilling, but grounded in historical research, The Retrieval serves as an insight into the grey period between slavery and freedom and the horrific moral dilemma that comes with being forced to betray your fellow man.


WINNER, Special Jury Prize for Acting, SXSW; NOMINATED, Someone To Watch Award, Independent Spirit Awards; WINNER, International Critics Prize, Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville; NOMINATED, Best Film, African Academy Awards; WINNER, Outstanding Independent Feature, Black Reel Awards; WINNER, Audience Award, Mill Valley Film Festival; WINNER, Audience Award, Phoenix Film Festival; WINNER, Audience Award, New Orleans Film Festival; WINNER, Audience Award, Omaha Film Festival; WINNER, Best Film, Ashland Independent Film Festival; WINNER, Best Director, Phoenix Film Festival; WINNER, Grand Jury Award, White Sands Film Festival; WINNER, Best Acting Ensemble, Phoenix Film Festival; WINNER, Best Film, Montreal International Black Film Festival; WINNER, Panavision Best Film Award, BronzeLens Film Festival; WINNER, Best Film, Twin Cities Black Film Festival; WINNER, Best Film, Santa Cruz Film Festival

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Chris Eska

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 and was nominated for two 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, where it took home the Cassavetes Award.

All from this director.