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The Alchemist Cookbook2016. UVA. 82 min.
Director: Joel Potrykus Featuring: Ty Hickson, Amari Cheatom.
Setting out on alchemic pursuits, young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Contemptuous of authority, he’s holed up in the backwoods of West Michigan to escape a society that has no place for him. His only human contact is his friend Cortez, who delivers needed supplies and brings the judgment of the outside world that Sean is desperate to escape. When he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature’s secret, however, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous. VFF alumnus Joel Potrykus (Buzzard) premiered this film at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Discussion with director-producer Joel Potrykus and producer Bryan Reisberg, moderated by Wesley Harris (UVA)
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