‘Buzzard’ releases across US


"Buzzard" is a film in the "slacker-nightmare" genre. Photo via fb.com

A Grand Rapids indie film is being released nationally today.


“Buzzard” is an award-winning film with many local ties that's opening in 12 U.S. cities, including at the UICA in Grand Rapids, and via several digital platforms.  

The film was written and directed by Grand Rapids-native Joel Potrykus and stars Joshua Burge of Grand Rapids.

The film was shot in both Grand Rapids and Detroit and produced by a cast and crew almost entirely from Grand Rapids.

"Buzzard" has been described as a black-comedy drama in the "slacker-nightmare" genre.

“Buzzard” tells the story of "Marty," a "caustic, small-time con artist, drifting from one scam to the next," the film's website says.

"When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting paranoia forces him from his lousy small-town temp job to the desolate streets of Detroit, with nothing more than a pocket full of bogus checks, a dangerously altered Nintendo Power Glove and a bad temper," the site says.

The film currently has a 95-percent fresh rating on the film-review website Rotten Tomatoes.

Release points 

In addition to Grand Rapids, "Buzzard" will open today in major cities across the country: Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Cleveland, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio.

In Detroit, the film will be shown at Cinema Detroit, said Liz Lagno, head of publicity for New York-based Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Oscilloscope Laboratories, an indie film distributor that was headed up by the late Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys in 2008, is behind the release of the film, Lagno said.

Lagno added that most of the theaters involved will hold on to the film for at least about a week.

“Buzzard” will also be released on a number of digital platforms: cable VOD; Amazon; iTunes; Google Play; Xbox; PlayStation; Vudu and at the film’s website via VHX.

“We really believe in Joel, the director, and we really believe in his originality,” Lagno said. “The film aligned really well with our interest. We love the off-beat inside jokes of it.”

The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest film festival in 2014 and was screened internationally later that year at the Locarno Film Festival, receiving positive critical reviews.

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