Part of SFFILM Festival
In their feature debut, award-winning documentarians Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan intimately share the lives and aspirations of four high-school seniors of color as they anxiously prepare for life outside Pahokee High School. In a rural, tight-knit town in Southern Florida, their high school is like none other, with an undefeated football team uniting the community and a prom that brims with gowns, tuxedos, and vintage cars. Lucas and Bresnan employ a graceful, poetic approach to their material that grants the many emotional moments in the film great authenticity.
“Pahokee is the feature debut of its directors Lucas, who was born in Brazil and raised in Mexico, and her partner, Bresnan. The pair filmed and worked in the community making shorts for years before entrenching themselves for this massive feat, and the casual acceptance of their presence helps Pahokee feel like something special. It’s an insight into the future of the country and the state, a rebuke to the assumption that rural farming communities are inherently white and a snapshot for this class of 2017 to revisit in the years to come.” – Xaque Gruber, Miami New Times
Patrick Bresnan is a visual artist and filmmaker. He received his formal education working for notable Mission School artists Clare Rojas and Barry McGee (TWIST). Patrick holds a masters degree in Sustainability from the University of Texas School of Architecture. He is currently developing a new film in the Florida Panhandle.
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 (2018) won the Short Film Prize at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. The Rabbit Hunt (Festival 2017), their previous film, won over 20 festival prizes and the Cinema Eye Honor. Pahokee, her first feature-length film, premiered in the documentary competition at Sundance and will have its European premiere at Visions du Réel.