In the Florida Everglades, rabbit hunting is considered a rite of passage for young men. The Rabbit Hunt follows seventeen-year-old Chris and his family as they hunt in the fields of the largest industrial sugar farms in the US. The film records a tradition by which migrant farm workers in the communities surrounding Lake Okeechobee have been hunting and preparing rabbits since the early 1900s.


"A 'fly-on-the-wall' enterprise that turns thrillingly 'run-and-gun' to plunge us into the lives of its protagonists, this film is a compact marvel that shows what a truly talented director can do with the short-film format. It provides a timely glimpse into the tough, but sometimes joyful realities of the rural United States at one of the most turbulent-and increasingly alarming-points in its history."

~ Neil Young, film critic for The Hollywood Reporter and Vienna Shorts Festival Jury President

Review by Jason Shondi at Short of the Week 

RABBIT HUNT named third most successful short of 2017

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Patrick Bresnan (Director, Producer and Cinematographer) 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 (Producer, Writer and Editor) 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 won the Short Film Prize at The Directors Fortnight at Cannes. The Rabbit Hunt, their previous film, won over 20 festival prizes and the Cinema Eye Honor. Pahokee is her first feature length film and will be premiering in the documentary competition at Sundance. 

Maida Lynn (Producer) is the founder of Genuine Article Pictures, a production company that supports non-fiction filmmakers with unique visions who push the form into new directions, with potential to create works the stand the test of time. She executive produced The Send-Off (Sundance ‘16, SFIFF, SXSW, AFI Fest), and co-produced The Rabbit Hunt (Sundance ‘17, Berlinale) and Roadside Attraction (TIFF, SXSW). Her credits as Executive Producer include Sam Green’s live documentary A Thousand Thoughts (Sundance 2017), the forthcoming The Hottest August (d. Brett Story), Queen Of The Battling Butterfly Brigade, and ALEPH. Maida is the producer or the short film Skip Day, which premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight and was released by The Guardian.

Beth Earl- Executive Producer

Dóra Nedeczky- Associate Producer

Eric Friend - Sound Design 

Karla Diaz- Assistant Editor

Joe Malina- Colorist


Christopher Burgess

Ta’Questa Browning

Chris Felton

Deante Burgess

Crystal Burgess

Kevis Burgess

Da’Tavious Burgess

Ka’Nia Jackson