The feature film GUYS READING POEMS will be released across digital platforms on February 20, 2018 and can be pre-ordered on iTunes now at: https://apple.co/2DGE2dZ
Winner - Audience Award - "Best Narrative Feature Film/Drama" - 25th annual Woods Hole Film Festival
Winner - Jury Award - "Creativity in Drama" - 36th annual Breckenridge Film Festival
Winner - "Best of Fest" - South Texas Underground Film Festival
“Life is a puzzle that’s not meant to be solved, just experienced. The same is true of Hunter Lee Hughes’ ingenious feature film, Guys Reading Poems – a majestic, all-embracing account of how a vulnerable young boy learns to glibly mold his childhood suffering into art, tenderness and creative literature. Astutely constructing the motion picture as a poetry-imbued testimony for the transformative power of imagination in relieving pain, the director manages to craft a gripping mindbender that compels the viewer to gasp both in terror and awe of the complex intricacies and repercussions of heartrending art." - Alexander Ryll, GayEssential
“A visual poetic experience and jaw-dropping black-and-white thriller that will leave you questioning your existence.” - Ernest Owens, Philadelphia Magazine
“As a poet and the creator of the Def Poetry series I was really interested in a movie with poetry as its central theme. I had high hopes but worried so much could go wrong, mostly it could reinforce the false notion that poetry is boring. Well, with this film that couldn’t be further from the truth. The characters are interesting and well defined and the storyline is gripping and magical. The crisp cinematography pulled me into every nuance of the story, but the poetry itself is the best of all its commanding qualities. The poems themselves are thoughtful and complex. Words that I wanted to continually contemplate. They carry the production and never let go. In a succinct sentence, I can wrap this up by saying it is way dope and I wanna see it again.” - Danny Simmons, Poet & Producer (HBO’s Def Poetry Jam)
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Palm Beach International Film Festival, Dances With Films, qFLIX Philadelphia (Centerpiece Selection), Woods Hole Film Festival, Breckenridge Film Festival, South Texas Underground Film Festival, Chicago Arthouse Film Festival, D.C. Independent Film Festival
Synopsis: A resourceful boy creatively uses poetry to survive after his mother, a disturbed avant garde painter, locks him in a puppet box and builds an art installation around his imprisonment.
Director: Hunter Lee Hughes
Year of Release: 2017
Country of Production: USA
Runtime: 99 minutes
Cast: Patricia Velasquez, Alexander Dreymon, Lydia Hearst, Luke Judy, Christos Vasilopoulos, Rex Lee, Blake Sheldon, Jerod Meagher, Hunter Lee Hughes, Justin Schwan, Jason Fracaro, Vincent Montuel, Gopal Divan, Daniel Berilla, Megan Sousa.
Our creative team includes cinematographer Michael Marius Pessah, editor Patrick Kennelly, composer Joachim Horsley, costume designer Shpetim Zero and production designer Nathaly Lopez. Our producing team includes Hughes, Debbie Vandermeulen and Jason Fracaro, along with co-producers Sammy Kusler, Paul Trusik and line producer Bradley R. Bernstein.