The Catch

Sometimes, it really is just a fish story...

Fun Fact #1:
When the original owner of the boat featured in the film, a man named Roger Van Patton, decided to sell it to me - he told me he would reduce the price so long as I promised to name the boat after him... I agreed and now this little 17 foot 1989 bowrider officially has the prominent name "The Roger Van Patton" despite being one of the smallest boats in the marina...

Fun Fact #2:
One calm and peaceful evening, Mitchell Ensman (the fisherman) and I decided to take The Roger Van Patton out for some fishing... However, soon after dropping the anchor up river a tremendous storm blew in from the north. The skies turned instantly black and lightening was striking all around us. Needless to say, we were quick to get out of there... However, for whatever reason, the engine refused to start... In total panic, Mitch and I grabbed for the ores and rowed ourselves back to the marina... By the time we reached the dock, the scene looked like something out of The Perfect Storm with massive waves, pouring rain and thunder/lightening everywhere... Soon after, the local news station that Mitch works for overheard the fateful tale and asked to feature The Roger Van Patton in their weather app promo as an example of "what not to do..." The promo can be seen here -

  • Sam Avery
  • Sam Avery
  • Mitchell Ensman
    Key Cast
  • David Hollenback
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Folk, Feel Good
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Syracuse International Film Festival
    Syracuse, NY
    United States
    October 12, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Sam Avery

Sam Avery is a filmmaker and educator living in central New York state and he loves visiting film festivals around the country!

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Director Statement

Thank you for considering my newest short film, The Catch!