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Interview: Cutter Hodierne (Fishing without Nets)

With a short film that shares a lot more DNA than simply the same title, the award-winning 2012 film essentially served as a working blueprint for what essentially would be a much larger canvas. Cutter Hodierne’s 2014 Best Directing award-winning Sundance  selected title doesn’t find much empathy from its set of players in what pans out to be this highly effective drama void of morality lessons. However, underneath it all, there is a little humanity to be found in this terrifying portion of the world.

A production that lasted 77 shooting days and spread out in back to back years, we had the chance to talk about the VICE folks: the producers who ended up spearheading the project and are now self distributing the title, we discussed the origins of title, khat – the drug of choice for many Somalians, and also highlighted the choice in protagonist portrayed by Abdikani Muktar – the fisherman stuck in a perennial catch 22 type situation. VICE releases Fishing Without Nets on Friday, October 3 in New York with a limited release to follow. Here’s my interview.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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