"Fishing Without Nets" (Short About Somali Pirates Told From Pirates' POV) Becoming A Feature + New Poster

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by Tambay A. Obenson
February 9, 2012 6:00 PM
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I was sorry to have missed this at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (which all seems like a distant memory to me now, with another festival looming, which I leave for a week from today). It was one of the films I really wanted to check out. The trailer definitely promised something worthwhile.

I still haven't seen it, and hope to soon enough. I've heard and read mixed reactions to it, so I want to see it for myself. I'm told the story is quite involved and meaty, and not necessarily what you might expect based on that one-sentence synopsis and the trailer; there's also been some *controversy* surrounding the film's production, but nothing I've been able to confim yet.

I just want to see it first :)

It won the top prize, the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking, and today I learned that Fishing Without Nets by director Cutter Hodierne - the story of pirates in Somalia, told from the perspective of the pirates themselves - is becoming a feature-length film, with plans to start shooting in South Africa this summer!

That was fast; then again, I suppose that may have always been the intent; and I'm sure the big win at Sundance only helped boost its profile, and maybe even helped it get that last bit of financing it needed to produce a feature from the 17-minute short.

I'll have more on this as I learn more. This might be a project we'll be chatting about some time next year.

I also nabbed the new poster for the award-winning short version of the film, and I kinda dig it; see it in full below.

First, here's the trailer again if you haven't yet seen it (poster underneath):

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