The Rabbit Hunt

A small town in the federal state of Florida, at Lake Okeechobee: Pahokee. Since the beginning of the 20th century a particular initiation rite has been practised here for boys on the cusp of manhood. While the sugarcane fields are burning, the young men come to the edges of the fields to capture the fleeing rabbits.
Speed and strength, courage and coordination skills are necessary in order to catch the rabbits with one’s bare hands. Afterwards, the animals are killed and eaten.
Patrick Bresnan has been acquainted with the Pakohee community for many years and has shot numerous documentaries there.
by Patrick Bresnan
with Christopher Burgess Jr, Ta'Questa Browning, Deante Burgess, Kevis Burgess, Crystal Burgess, Da'Tavious Burgess, K’Nia Jackson
USA / Hungary 2017 English 12’ Colour Documentary form


  • Christopher Burgess Jr
  • Ta'Questa Browning
  • Deante Burgess
  • Kevis Burgess
  • Crystal Burgess
  • Da'Tavious Burgess
  • K’Nia Jackson


Director Patrick Bresnan
Screenplay Ivete Lucas
Cinematography Patrick Bresnan
Editing Ivete Lucas
Sound Design Eric Friend
Producers Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas
Co-Production Maida BrankmanGenuine Article Pictures San Rafael, California
Executive Producer Beth Earl
Associate Producer Dora Nedeczky

Patrick Bresnan

The director, producer and visual artist holds a masters degree in sustainability from the University of Texas and has worked for two notable artists of the Mission School movement, Clara Rojas and Barry McGee. His short documentary The Send-Off premiered at Sundance and won several awards, including at the South by Southwest Film Festival. He is currently co-directing a feature film with his partner Ivete Lucas. Both of them were named by Filmmaker Magazine among the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2016.

Filmography (short films)

2011 Super-Bowl Parking Lot; short film 2012 The Curse and the Jubilee; co-director: Ivete Lucas, short film 2016 The Send-Off; co-director: Ivete Lucas, short film 2017 Skip Day; co-director: Ivete Lucas, short film · One Big Misunderstanding; co-director: Ivete Lucas · The Rabbit Hunt

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017