Ape (2012 film)

Ape is a 2012 American independent film written and directed by Joel Potrykus, starring Joshua Burge as Trevor Newandyke.[1] The film was a precursor to Potrykus's later film, Buzzard, which also starred Burge.

Directed byJoel Potrykus
Produced byJoel Potrykus
Ashley Young
Michael Saunders
Kevin Clancy
Screenplay byJoel Potrykus
StarringJoshua Burge
Distributed byFactory 25
Release date
  • 2012 (2012)
Running time
86 min
CountryUnited States


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.[2] His anger hits the streets after making a deal with a man dressed as the Devil.[3]


  • Joshua Burge as Trevor Newandyke


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.[4] It went on to make its North American premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival,[5] and US premiere at AFI Fest in Hollywood.[6] The film received a theatrical release through Factory 25.[7]


Ape has received generally favorable reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 100%, based on 5 reviews.[8]


  1. Rechtshaffen, Michael (9 November 2012). "Ape: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. Vimercati, Giovanni. "Film Comment Review: Ape". Film Comment. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  3. "IndieLisboa Film Festival: Ape". IndieLisboa. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  4. "Deadline.com:Locarno Award Announcement". Deadline. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  5. "Ape". VIFF. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  6. "AFI Fest:Ape". AFI. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  7. "Factory 25 Acquires Joel Potrykus' 'Ape'". Deadline. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  8. "Ape". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
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