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Documentary Feature Competition
Low & Clear
USA, 2012, 65 min., Color

LOW & CLEAR is the story of two friends and fishermen who have very different attitudes about their mutual hobby.

J.T. Van Zandt, who lives on the Texas Gulf Coast, calmly describes the experience as something spiritual: a microcosm of life. Alex “Xenie” Hall, a short-tempered firewood salesman from Colorado, feels that fishing is a race against the clock; he can never have too many pictures of the fish he has caught. But they respect each other’s angling expertise, and after several years apart they plan a winter fishing trip to British Columbia together. While there, they assess how time has changed them and their relationship, and how their attitudes clash—and we wonder if their friendship, much less the trip itself, will last.

Through beautiful cinematography, filmmakers Kahlil Hudson and Tyler Hughen create a dreamy and mesmerizing documentary about personality, partnership, and life that many can relate to.

— Sarah Harris
Kahlil Hudson, Tyler Hughen
Alex Jablonski, Kahlil Hudson, Tyler Hughen
Kahlil Hudson, Tyler Hughen
Alex Jablonski

Director Bio

Kahlil Hudson is a Native Alaskan filmmaker and cinematographer. He shot the feature film KUMARE, which won the Audience Award at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. Tyler Hughen is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, and writer who has worked at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography as part of a expedition research team for the past decade.