FISHING WITHOUT NETS first appeared in 2012 as a short film by Cutter Hodierne and won the Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking at Sundance that year. Maryland Film Festival also presented it as part of our 2012 shorts program and, having been developed from a short at the great Sundance Labs, it premiered as a feature at Sundance 2014 this past weekend.
Shot in East Africa using Somali non-actors, FISHING WITHOUT NETS tells the story of Somali pirates from the Somali perspective.
Above, director Cutter Hodierne (left), cast members, and crew do Q & A.
Another noteworthy film, THE CASE AGAINST 8, follows the remarkable legal team led by Bush v. Gore opponents Ted Olson and David Boies as they moved through the court system to challenge Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriages in California. Shot over five years, this extraordinary film offers unprecedented insight into our justice system and the often mysterious process of taking a case to the Supreme Court. HBO will air the film in June.
Above, filmmaker and MFF alum Ryan White (right) with Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier, one of the couples involved in the Supreme Court challenge to California’s Prop 8.
– Jed Dietz, MFF Director