Film critic and filmmaker Joel Potrykus began making movies in high school. He attended film school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A graduate of Grand Valley State University’s film program. After a series of short films shot on 8mm and 16mm in college, Potrykus founded Sob Noisse Movies, which produced two larger-scale super 8 shorts, the neorealist zombie film “Gordon” and the minimalist werewolf film “Coyote.”
His first feature film, 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. It went on to make its North American premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and US premiere at AFI Fest in Hollywood. His second feature film Buzzard, again starring Joshua Burge, as an angry temp worker, made its world premiere at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, singled out by Janet Pierson as the stand-out in its field. It is the third film in his Animal Trilogy which includes Coyote and Ape.
Potrykus still resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, free from any interference.