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FILMED LOCALLY IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI. Struggling comedian Trevor Newansyke not only bombs the stage, but he ignites bombs offstage as a pyromaniac frustrated with the cacophony of nuisances surrounding him. He's fed up with the threats from the cable company, 7-11 raising the price of Slurpees, and all the jerks who think they can push him around. He turns to the din of his headphones and the crackling glow of fire to ease his mind.
After a typical night dissappointing the crowd, Trevor finds that one of his jokes comes to life. A fruit salesman posing as the Devil, or vice versa, strikes a bargain with him: a golden apple for a joke.
A nihilistic fantasy of noise and anarchy follows.
Joel Potrykus Director Joel Potrykus launched his filmmaking career making low-budgets shorts in high school. He went on to pursue film in college where he received grants to shoot both 16mm and super 9 shorts. Still to this day, super 8 is his true love. After college he moved to Prague to soak up the Bohemian culture, returning to the US the following year to begin writing his first feature length screenplay, "Easton, Take a Bow." A stint as a stand-up comic in NYC eventually lead to the inspiration for "Ape." Along with writing scripts and bad jokes, Potrykus is a film critic for an annually published reference guide. The thriving film community of Grand Rapids, MI, is his home, where he shoots music, rides bicycles and launches bottle rockets.