Award-winning filmmaker Lukas Huffman is excited to announce the launch of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for his latest project, AERIS, on November 30, 2016. Based on the vivid characters, dramatic scenarios and evocative landscapes he encountered as a professional snowboarder in British Columbia, the story centers around Terra — a tenacious female snowboarder with a tumultuous background and a penchant for partying. Struggling with a debilitating knee injury and a devastating personal loss, Terra is at rock bottom when she gets the opportunity of a lifetime — entry to The Burton U.S Open, the premier snowboarding competition. With her family relationships hanging by a thread and her confidence at an all-time low, Terra must summon every ounce of courage, momentum and determination to take the competition by storm and achieve her dream.
Fresh from the success of award-winning indie feature film, When the Ocean Met the Sky, Huffman and his team are appealing to winter sports enthusiasts and supporters of the #WomenInFilm movement to contribute $25,000 for the first phase of AERIS — a short slated for film festival submission. Using the buzz generated from the short, they hope to raise the production budget for a feature-length version of AERIS — the first ever narrative film starring a female professional snowboarder.
Huffman is already known for his VICE Sports documentary, Lady Shredders, which has amassed over 300,000 views to date. The three-part webseries features female snowboarding crew, Too Hard — fast-living, hard-partying friends who live to ride, no matter the cost to their health or personal lives. These fearless young women were the inspiration behind AERIS’ Terra, a captivating female protagonist with depth and complexity that defies Hollywood stereotypes. By redefining the traditional female lead as heroic, gutsy and unapologetically willful,AERIS has already amassed a long list of supporters and ambassadors, particularly among the winter sports industry. Gold medal-winning female snowboarder Spencer O’Brien has signed on as Terra’s stunt double, and legendary freestyle rider Marie-France Roy has also praised the film:
“Hopefully it brings more light and support to women’s snowboarding and helps viewers understand the challenges we face when determined to make it in any male dominated sport.”
Contributors to the crowdfunding campaign will receive perks including: A digital download of the completed short ($25), a pair of Burton Girls snowboard clothing and accessories ($350-$500), the opportunity to have a question answered by an AERIS pro snowboarder ($200), an invite to the private premier screening and after-party in NYC ($5,000), and “The AERIS Whistler Experience” ($10,000) — two days/nights of accommodation, riding and nights out on the town with the AERIS production crew.