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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Cutter Hodierne’s Fishing Without Nets

Our snobbish attitudes towards a certain Paul Greengress film principally has to do with us holding out for Cutter Hodierne’s Fishing Without Nets. The short film of the same name was featured at the 2012 edition and took home the big daddy prize of them all with the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking award. Our enthusiasm for the project is pretty high (check out our most anticipated for 2014 list back in 2013) and the VICE squad got behind this project fairly quickly, production began in September of 2012 and they were editing this this past summer.

Gist: Based on the strength of the short film, this is a story of pirates in Somalia, told from the perspective of the pirates and is cast entirely with Somali-refugees found on the streets of Mombasa, Kenya.

Production Co./Producers: THINK Media Studios’ Brian Glazen and Stephanie Pinola, Raphael Swann, John Hibey, and Hodierne along with Picture Farm’s Rupert Wyatt, Ben Freedman and Victor Shapiro.

Prediction: Sundance will net this and place it in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Rotterdam, Berlin will also be eying the international premiere.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available – WME Global

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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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