Cutter burst onto the scene with Fishing Without Nets – a short film about pirates in Somalia, told from the perspective of the pirates, shot in East Africa, and cast with non-actors. The short won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and was developed into a feature film using the same cast. His debut feature won Best Director at Sundance and was released by VICE Studios & 20th Century Fox.
Cutter's ability to create stunning, poetic imagery and to draw performances of depth and emotion from non-actors are themes that run through his work. Fishing Without Nets was hailed for it's authenticity, integrity and control, and was called "Sundance's most beautiful film" by The Wrap.
Cutter's work in interactive mediums includes VR experiences like STRENGTH IN NUMBERS - NBA FINALS VR for Oculus, BERLIN WALL VR, a virtual museum exhibit: and art-installation films like OMNIA PER OMNIA. Cutter has also directed commercials for major brands like Intel, Microsoft, AEG and LiveNation.
Cutter spent the first three years of his life on a sail boat cruising through the South Pacific Ocean before living in Japan as a young child. Cutter’s writing almost exclusively draws from true stories. The people and predicaments are almost all directly lifted from real experiences. Consequently, his work is driven by his experience as a fish out of water. His unique visual language is an extension of that curiosity and adventurous spirit.