Pahokee

A film by: Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan

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.

Country: United States
Length: 112′
Completion: 01/2019
Genre: documentary
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: English, Spanish

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Festivals:

  1. Sundance Film Festival, United States (24 January – 3 February, 2019)
    U.S. Documentary Competition
  2. Miami Film Festival, United States (1 – 10 March, 2019)
    Feature Competition Won: Knight Made in MIA Award for Best Feature Film
  3. SXSW, United States (8 – 17 March, 2019)
    Festival Favorites
  4. Sarasota Film Festival, United State (5 – 14 April, 2019)
    Spotlight Films
  5. Visions du Réel, Switzerland (5 – 13 April, 2019)
    International Competition
  6. San Francisco Film Festival, United States (10 – 23 April, 2019)
    Golden Gate Award Documentary Competition
  7. Ashland Independent Film Festival, United States (11 – 15 April, 2019)
    Official Selection Won: Best Editing Award
  8. Florida Film Festival, United States (12 – 21 April, 2019)
    Florida Film
  9. DocLands, United States (2 – 5 May, 2019)
    Art of Impact
  10. Montclair Film Festival, United States (3 – 12 May, 2019)
    Documentary Feature Competition
  11. Bentonville Film Festival, United States (7 – 11 May, 2019)
    S. Documentary Competition

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