Aeris Movie

AERIS is partnering with Burton Girls to bring their story of female snowboarders to life

NORTH AMERICA — January 21, 2016 — With just six days left to secure funding via its Indiegogo campaign, the award-winning makers of AERIS are spreading the word far and wide about the film's incredible contributor perks.

The film was written by snowboarders, for snowboarders, and the rewards for supporters reflect that shared passion. This is a unique opportunity to help fund the first narrative film starring a tenacious female snowboarder, while also picking up exclusive clothing, accessories and snowboards from some of the industry's top brands, including production partners, Burton Girls:
Pair of Burton Girls snowboard pants or jacket ($350)
Custom-made PowderJet wooden snowboard ($625)
Pair of Burton Girls Snowboard boots or bindings, ($199)
Burton Girls Snowboard ($500)
Unique AERIS prop jacket as worn by a lead actor ($750)
Unique AERIS prop snowboard as ridden by a lead actor ($1200)

The crowdfunding campaign is now in its final week and the AERIS team is looking for a final push to reach their goal and bring this pioneering story to life on the big screen.

Check out AERIS lead actress Lanie McAuley, who will be playing Terra, here.

The Lowdown on AERIS
Based on the vivid characters, dramatic scenarios and evocative landscapes writer/director Lukas Huffman encountered as a professional snowboarder in British Columbia, AERIS centers around Terra (played by veteran performer and BC native, 26-year-old Lanie McAuley) — a captivating female protagonist with depth and complexity that defies Hollywood stereotypes. 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.

About the filmmakers & riders
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.

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, stating, "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."

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, stating, "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."

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Indiegogo Campign: AERIS
Indiegogo Launch Date: Monday, November 30, 2015
Crowdfunding Goal: $25,000
Production Company: Image Nation Films
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