Fishing Without Nets, the Somali pirates docudrama that debuted at Sundance, has been acquired for distribution in a deal between 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and VICE, the global youth media company and content creation studio that produced the project.
VICE also will work with Alamo Drafthouse and TUGG for theater engagements for the film, which is the directorial debut of Cutter Hodierne. Hodierne won the directing award at Sundance for the film.
“Cutter Hodierne‘s Fishing Without Nets is a tense drama with well-drawn characters and only as much action as its story requires,” THR‘s critic wrote of the project at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Fox Home Entertainment will team with VICE to market and distribute the film digitally. The film, which follows a young Somali lured into the world of piracy to support his family, will be available same day to own on digital HD, via rental on VOD as well as a limited theatrical engagement.
TUGG will manage crowd-sourced screenings nationwide, plus “Vice-Night” themed events in select cities.
“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.