By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire June 19, 2014 at 3:34PM
VICE has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Alamo Drafthouse and Tugg for distribution of its Sundance award-winning feature film "Fishing Without Nets."
The film will be available the same day to own on Digital HD, via rental on Video on Demand (VOD) and in limited theatrical engagement.
"Fishing Without Nets," which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was directed by Sundance award-winning director Cutter Hodierne, chronicles the life of a Somali husband and father forced into piracy in order to provide for his family. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will work with Vice to market and distribute the film digitally. Alamo Drafthouse will oversee theater engagements in select markets, and Tugg, the theatrical on demand company, will manage influencer and crowd sourced screenings across the country, including "VICE-Night" themed events in select cities.
Shot in East Africa with Kenyan actors
of Somali descent, the film tells the story of the pirates from the Somali point of view. "I always wanted to make and release a film with a forward thinking digital media company. Making this movie has been the ultimate filmmaking experience for me and I'm so excited that this adventure story, told through the eyes of Somalis, will reach an even wider audience through this innovative distribution agreement," said Hodierne in a statement. Hodierne won the Jury Prize in Short Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for a short version of "Fishing Without Nets."
VICE Chief Creative Officer and Executive Producer of the film (and Indiewire Influencer) Eddy Moretti said "Fishing Without Nets is a rare opportunity to look inside the world of pirating in Somalia in a human story told with authenticity and humanity. Cutter is a remarkably talented young director with the ability to capture the real life drama behind the newspaper headlines." Moretti added that "this is the first in a series of films that VICE will produce and finance in the coming months."
VICE's Eddy Moretti and Shane Smith act as executive producers alongside Think Media Studios' Joe LoConti. Brian Glazen and Stephanie Pinola. WME Global assembled financing for the film and closed the North American deal. International is being handled by Altitude Film Sales.
The team who produced the original short—Raphael Swann, John Hibey, and Cutter Hodierne—returned as producers and partnered with Ben Freedman and Rupert Wyatt ("The Escapist," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes") of Picture Farm, along with Victor Shapiro.