When film critics, industry flacks, and layabout celebrities descend on Utah for next month’s Sundance Film Festival, they’ll have the chance to see some work from D.C.-area filmmakers.
Cutter Hodierne, a 24-year-old graduate of Arlington’s H-B Woodlawn high school, will screen Fishing Without Nets as a part of the Sundance Shorts Program in January. Nets—-which Hodierne directed, wrote, edited, and produced—-is a story about Somalian pirates, “told from the perspective of the pirates themselves.”
After dropping out of Emerson College, Hodierne cut his teeth back home, working on films and music videos like Chuck Brown‘s “The Party Roll.” (Marion Barry cameo!)
And Hodierne’s screenwriting partner for Nets, John Hibey, has D.C. ties of his own. He played “Chef” in Tactile Dinner Car, an odd-ball gastro-performance that’s popped up at the Capital Fringe Festival as recently as last summer. According to ARLNow, Hodierne and Hibey had more local help in Raphael Swann, another Woodlawn alum.
The city’s representing at Sundance with other selections, too. D.C.-born Andrew Renzi‘s The Fort also got picked for the shorts program, while an adaptation of Leslye Headland‘s Bachelorette, which is running at the Studio Theatre next May, is one of the festival’s out-of-competition screenings.
We’re sure there’s more local ties, and we’ll point them out as we keep sifting through Sundance’s more than 200 selections. (For now, though, it’s Friday night and there are holiday parties to attend. Think of the open bars—-you understand.)