The Stratford Oracle team is excited to announce that Hunter Lee Hughes, a Stratford alum who graduated in the 90s, is directing his first feature film. Mr. Hughes moved to Los Angeles in 1998. After years of struggling in the business, on February 20th, Gravitas Ventures will release his debut feature film – Guys Reading Poems – across digital platforms.
The film follows a seven-year old boy who creatively uses poetry and his imagination to survive abuse. It stars Patricia Velasquez (“The Mummy” films), Alexander Dreymon (series lead of “The Last Kingdom”), Lydia Hearst (“South of Hell”) and Rex Lee (from the television series “Entourage” and “Young & Hungry”). The film screened at ten international film festivals, winning four awards and was deemed “essential viewing” in a rave review by The Los Angeles Blade.
A trailer and information on the film can be found at: GuysReadingPoems.com and the press release is here.
Mr. Hughes’ experience of directing a feature film that got a distribution deal is inspiring for other young filmmakers, especially those in the Stratford community, seeking to make their way in the difficult and demanding world of entertainment. His accomplishment is proof that with hard work and determination, you can succeed and make your dreams come true.
Congratulations, Mr. Hughes!