Directed by Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan
2019, Documentary, USA, 110 min.
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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.
Director, Producer, Editor
Ivete Lucas is a film director, editor, and producer. She was born in Brazil and holds an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin. She started her career in Mexico with a grant from the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) to direct the short film ASMA, which was shortlisted for an Ariel (the Mexican equivalent of the Academy Award). Her short documentary THE SEND-OFF, co-directed with Patrick Bresnan, premiered at Sundance in 2016 and won jury awards at SXSW, AFI Fest, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. She directed ROADSIDE ATTRACTION, a documentary short that premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017. SKIP DAY, which she co-directed, premiered at Cannes and was awarded best short film. She co-directed, produced and edited PAHOKEE, which premiered in the Documentary Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. She is currently in production with her partner Patrick Bresnan on a new feature film about naturism in Central Florida.
Director, Producer, Cinematographer
Patrick Bresnan is a visual artist and filmmaker. He was born in New York and received his formal education working for notable Mission School artists Clare Rojas and Barry McGee (a.k.a. Twist). He co-directed THE SEND-OFF, which premiered at Sundance 2016 and received awards at SXSW, SFIFF, and AFI Fest. He directed THE RABBIT HUNT, which premiered in the United States at Sundance 2017 and in Europe at the Berlinale. The film has won 20 awards including the Cinema Eye Honor. In 2017, his short film ROADSIDE ATTRACTION, co-directed with Ivete Lucas, premiered in competition at TIFF. Patrick holds a masters degree in Sustainability from the University of Texas School of Architecture.
Featuring: Na’Kerria Nelson, Jocabed Martinez, Junior Walker, BJ Crawford
Directed and Produced by: Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan
Producer: Maida Lynn
Editor: Ivete Lucas
Cinematographer: Patrick Bresnan
Executive Producer: Linda Dodwell
Executive Producers for Topic: Ryan Heller, Lisa Leingang, Jihan Robinson
Co-Producers: PJ Raval, Laurence Reymond
Consulting Producers: Daniel Chalfen, Monique Walton, Jeff Seelbach
Sound Designer: Eric Friend
Colorist: Isabelle Julien