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The Rabbit Hunt

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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.

Patrick Bresnan

USA / Hungary 2017


Documentary form
12’ · Colour


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


Patrick Bresnan
Ivete Lucas
Patrick Bresnan
Ivete Lucas
Sound Design
Eric Friend
Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas
Maida Brankman
Genuine 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

Produced by

Otis Lucas Films