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.
- Na’Kerria Nelson
- Jocabed Martinez
- Junior Walker
- BJ Crawford
- Patrick Bresnan
- Ivete Lucas
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The kids of PAHOKEE are so winning and the eye of directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan are so attune to the consequential aspects of teen life that it leaves you with several takeaways worthy of your time.
The notion that small-town life often revolves around the local high school, and in particular that school's football team, isn't a new revelation, but the absorbing documentary PAHOKEE captures that truism with a clear eye and stunning images.
It is the quiet moments of genuine humanity and poignancy that the filmmakers capture that linger long after the credits.
Told through observational techniques, PAHOKEE offers viewers a beautiful cinematic gift: the vicarious experience of the vivid lives of others.
PAHOKEE is also a worthwhile reminder for those who haven't faced similar challenges that things rarely come easy for those from modest circumstances.
Patrick Bresnan is a visual artist and filmmaker who holds a Masters Degree in Sustainability from the University of Texas at Austin. After a formative period 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. His short, THE RABBIT HUNT, world-premiered at Sundance in 2017 before competing at the Berlinale, and has won over 20 awards including The Cinema Eye Honor. In 2017, he and Lucas directed the short ROADSIDE ATTRACTION which premiered at TIFF. Their feature-length PAHOKEE premiered at Sundance.
Ivete Lucas is a director, producer, and editor based in Austin, Texas. She was born in Brazil and grew up in Mexico. For the past 10 years, she has been making video art and co-directing observational documentaries with her partner Patrick Bresnan. Their latest short film SKIP DAY won the Short Film Prize at the Directors Fortnight at Cannes. THE RABBIT HUNT, their previous film, won over 20 festival prizes and the Cinema Eye Honor. PAHOKEE, her first feature-length film, premiered at Sundance.