Pahokee

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United States | 112' | 01/2019 | documentary

Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan paint a detailed and astonishing portrait of Pahokee, a rural village in the Everglades, Florida. Very close-knit, its inhabitants fight to face fragile financial situations and an uncertain future. Through a precise observational approach, the film captures the daily life of this city restoring a rich palette of nuances. From sporting events to beauty contests at school, filmmakers explore social and community rituals, and how gender and identity are portrayed as new stories are created. Going well beyond the teaching of Wiseman, which Lucas and Bresnan have perfectly integrated, the film seems to bathe in the singular atmosphere of a song of Gil Scott Heron, with lingering hints of rural blues tinged with urban echoes. A complex multi-faceted work that recalls both the raw social realism of the new American cinema and the neorealist style. Pahokee is the powerful portrait of a forgotten America, absent from the current political discourse.

“It is the quiet moments of genuine humanity and poignancy that the filmmakers capture that linger long after the credits.”
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“It is the quiet moments of genuine humanity and poignancy that the filmmakers capture that linger long after the credits.”
Square Eyes - Sundance - Laurel 2019
Square Eyes - Vivison du Reel - Laurel 2019
Square Eyes - SXSW - Laurel 2019

Patrick Bresnan

Biography

Patrick Bresnan (Director/Producer/Cinematographer) is a visual artist and filmmaker. He received his formal education working for prominent Mission School artists Barry McGee (aka TWIST) and Clare Rojas. He co-directed the short documentary THE SEND-OFF (2016) with his partner Ivete Lucas. He directed THE RABBIT HUNT, which premiered in the US at Sundance and in Europe at the Berlinale. The Film won 21 awards including the 2018 Cinema Eye Award for Best Documentary Short. ROADSIDE ATTRACTION, a documentary short he co-directed with Lucas, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017. His feature documentary, Pahokee, premiered at Sundance 2019. Patrick holds a master’s degree in Sustainability from the University of Texas School of Architecture.

Filmography

  • Pahokee – 2019 – feature documentary
  • Skip Day – 2018 – short documentary
  • Roadside Attraction – 2017 – short documentary
  • The Rabbit Hunt – 2017 – short documentary
  • The Send Off – 2016 – short documentary
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Ivete Lucas

Biography

Ivete Lucas (Director/Producer/Editor) was born in Brazil and started her career in Mexico with a grant from the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) to direct the short film ASMA, which was shortlisted for the Mexican Academy Awards. Her short documentary THE SEND-OFF premiered at Sundance in 2016 and won jury awards at SXSW, AFI Fest and the SFIFF. She also produced and edited the award-winning film THE RABBIT HUNT (2017). SKIP DAY, which she co-directed and co-produced with partner Patrick Bresnan, premiered at Directors’ Fortnight in 2018. She is the director, producer, and editor of Pahokee (Sundance 2019). The duo was named among Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2016.

Filmography

  • Pahokee – 2019 – feature documentary
  • Skip Day – 2018 – short documentary
  • Roadside Attraction – 2017 – short documentary
  • The Rabbit Hunt – 2017 – short documentary
  • The Send Off – 2016 – short documentary
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Crew

Director: Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
Producer: Maida Lynn, Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
Co-Producer: Laurence Reymond, PJ Raval
Executive Producers: Linda Dodwell, Ryan Heller, Lisa Leingang, Jihan Robinson
Cinematographer: Patrick Bresnan
Sound: Eric Friend
Editor: Ivete Lucas
Protagonists: Na’Kerria Nelson, Jocabed Martinez, Junior Walker, BJ Crawford

Festivals

  • Sundance Film Festival, United States (24 January – 3 February, 2019)
    US. Documentary Competition
  • Miami Film Festival, United States (1 – 10 March, 2019)
    Feature Competition Won: Knight Made in MIA Award for Best Feature Film
  • SXSW, United States (8 – 17 March, 2019)
    Festival Favorites
  • Sarasota Film Festival, United State (5 – 14 April, 2019)
    Spotlight Films
  • Visions du Réel, Switzerland (5 – 13 April, 2019)
    International Competition
  • San Francisco Film Festival, United States (10 – 23 April, 2019)
    Golden Gate Award Documentary Competition
  • Ashland Independent Film Festival, United States (11 – 15 April, 2019)
    Official Selection Won: Best Editing Award
  • Florida Film Festival, United States (12 – 21 April, 2019)
    Florida Film
  • DocLands, United States (2 – 5 May, 2019)
    Art of Impact
  • Montclair Film Festival, United States (3 – 12 May, 2019)
    Documentary Feature Competition Won: Junior Jury Special Jury Prize for Cinematography
  • Bentonville Film Festival, United States (7 – 11 May, 2019)
    S. Documentary Competition
  • Maryland Film Festival, United States (8 – 12 May, 2019)
    Official Documentary Selection
  • Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba Int’l Film Festival, Brazil (5 – 13 June, 2019)
    Other Views Competition
  • Oak Cliff Film Festival, United States (6 – 9 June, 2019)
    Official Selection
  • Champs-Élysées Film Festival, France (18 – 25 June, 2019)
    Official Competition Won: Le Prix du Jury du Film Américain Indépendant
  • Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, United States (31 July – 4 August, 2019)
    Official Selection
  • DokuFest International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo (2 – 10 August, 2019)
    Documentary Competition
  • Sidewalk Film Festival, United States (19 – 25 August, 2019)
    Documentary Competition
  • Lost Weekend Film Festival, United States (19 – 22 September, 2019)
  • Encounters Film Festival, United Kingdom (24 – 29 September, 2019)
    Short2Feature
  • IndieCork, Ireland (6 – 13 October, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Hamptons International Film Festival, United States (10 – 14 October, 2019)
    Competition
  • New Hampshire Film Festival, United Stated (17 – 20 October, 2019)
    Competition
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, United States (18 – 26 October, 2019)
    Official Selection
  • Virginia Film Festival, United States (23 – 27 October, 2019)
    Official Selection
  • Naples International Film Festival, United States (24 – 27 October, 2019)
    Documentary Selection
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit Film Festival, France (24 October – 1 November, 2019)
  • Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema, Brazil (30 October – 6 November, 2019)
    International Competition
  • Denver Film Festival, United States (30 October – 10 November, 2019)
    Competition
  • American Film Festival, Poland (5 – 11 November, 2019)
    American Docs Competition
  • DOC NYC, United States (6 – 15 November, 2019)
  • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany (12 – 17 November, 2019)
    Competition
  • Key West Film Festival, United States (20 – 24 November, 2019)
    Florida Feature Film
  • Porto/Post/Doc: Film & Media Festival, Portugal (23 November – 1 December, 2019)
    Teenage Competition
  • Hainan Island International Film Festival, China (1 – 8 December, 2019)
    Documentary Competition
  • GZDOC – Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China (9 – 12 December, 2019)
    Golden Kapok Award Competition 
  • W&M Global Film Festival, United States (30 January – 2 February, 2020)
  • Pendance Film Festival, Canada (20 – 23 February, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Portland International Film Festival, United States (6 – 15 March, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Visionär Film Festival Berlin, Germany (1 – 5 April, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Festival Der Neue Heimatfilm, Austria (26 – 30 August, 2020)
    Documentary Competition
  • Beldocs – International Documentary Film Festival, Serbia (3 – 10 September, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands (7 – 11 October, 2020)

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