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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 (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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