Ape (2012 film)

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Directed by Joel Potrykus
Produced by Joel Potrykus
Ashley Young
Michael Saunders
Kevin Clancy
Screenplay by Joel Potrykus
Starring Joshua Burge
Distributed by Factory 25
Release date
  • 2012 (2012)
Running time
86 min
Country United States
Language English

Ape is a 2012 American independent film written and directed by Joel Potrykus, starring Joshua Burge as Trevor Newandyke.[1] The film is notable for reigniting the American indie slacker niche of the mid '90s, both in aesthetic and voice.[2]


A black comedy and rage fantasy, the film follows failing stand-up comic Trevor as he suffers one humiliation after another, both on stage and off. His only outlet is a secret pyromania on display at home and in public.[3] His anger hits the streets after making a deal with a man dressed as the Devil.[4]



Ape made its world premiere at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival, where it won Best New Director and Best First Feature Special Mention at the festival.[5] It went on to make its North American premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival,[6] and US premiere at AFI Fest in Hollywood.[7] The film received a theatrical release through Factory 25.[8]


Ape has received generally favorable reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 100%, based on 5 reviews.[9]


  1. ^ Rechtshaffen, Michael (9 November 2012). "Ape: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  2. ^ "'Ape' at PHI Centre: the strangest slacker comedy to hit the big screen". Nightlife.ca. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Vimercati, Giovanni. "Film Comment Review: Ape". Film Comment. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "IndieLisboa Film Festival: Ape". IndieLisboa. Retrieved 24 April 2013. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Deadline.com:Locarno Award Announcement". Deadline. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ape". VIFF. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "AFI Fest:Ape". AFI. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Factory 25 Acquires Joel Potrykus’ ‘Ape’". Deadline. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ape". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

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