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Award-Winning Film Director Lukas Huffman Seeks Indiegogo Support

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by Nat Frothingham

Lukas Huffman  filming with his camera team
Lukas Huffman filming with his camera team

MONTPELIER — Last March, Lukas Huffman came back home and won the audience award for best film at the 2015 Green Mountain Film Festival. Huffman grew up in Montpelier and is a 1996 graduate of Montpelier High School.

His award-winning film that won Best Picture last spring is a dramatic comedy called “When the Ocean Met the Sky.” The film is about three brothers whose parents have died. But if they are to qualify for their inheritance they must first go on a long hike together into the woods and survive that encounter together.

Talking by phone to The Bridge about the three brothers, Huffman said, “They have their ups and downs. They don’t necessarily like each other when (their trip together) ends, but they understand each other more.”

Filming "Aeris" in British Columbia. Photo by Adam Moran
Filming “Aeris” in British Columbia. Photo by Adam Moran

Now, Huffman is hard at work on his second feature film that draws heavily on his own experience as a snowboarder. He cut his teeth on snowboarding here in Vermont at Sugarbush and Stowe. Then he went out West — to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, where he became a professional snowboarder, appearing in magazines and endorsing snowboarding product lines.

Huffman’s second feature film called “Aeris” will star a rough, defiant, 19-year-old woman who’s not looking for a guy to be fulfilled, Huffman said.

When Huffman and his partners tried to interest some of the larger Hollywood studios in the film — they said no. “It was too edgy. Too raw,” Huffman said.

Huffman and his partners are trying to raise $25,000 between now and January 1 through the Indiegogo crowd sourcing website. If that $25,000 can be raised, it will make it possible to make a short version of the longer feature film.

Lukas Huffman is hoping that his roots in Montpelier and his audience success last March at the Green Mountain Film Festival will encourage people in this part of Vermont to support his new feature film.

To support Lukas Huffman’s new feature film “Aeris” please go online to: http://igg.me/at/aerismovie

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