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Anything I Catch: The Handfishing Story

Film by Charles Bush, Pat Mire
Produced by Pat Mire and Charles Bush
Cinematographer: Charles Bush and Pat Mire
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Editing: Pat Mire and Charles Bush
Copyright: 1990, Charles Bush and Pat Mire
30 minutes, Color
Original format: 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic, 1990
Distributor: Pat Mire Films
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Louisiana filmmaker, Pat Mire, teams up with veteran filmmaker and cinematographer, Charles Bush, to capture the natural drama of handfishing in this award-winning documentary. Highly visual, the film examines the thrilling regional phenomenon of Cajuns who wade in murky bayou waters to catch huge catfish and turtles by reaching into hollow logs and stumps with their bare hands. Friends and family accompany the handfisherman to the bayou banks for Cajun music, festive cooking, and storytelling, and to witness this increasingly rare tradition. Told from the inside with multiple voices, Mire and Bush explore the chain of events set off by man's attempt to "improve" his environment by dredging bayous in this remarkable study of the relationship between cultural and natural resources.

Anything I Catch is a remarkable study of the relationship between cultural and natural resources. It is one of the best documentaries I have seen on any aspect of Louisiana French culture.
--- Barry Jean Ancelet, folklorist


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