Lukas Huffman is an award-winning writer and director based in Brooklyn. Huffman’s narrative feature film, WHEN THE OCEAN MET THE SKY (2016), won more than a dozen awards worldwide and was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival Circuit. He has been commissioned to create films for networks and organizations such as The New York Times, Vice Media, ESPN, The Boston Globe, The National Wildlife Federation, and more. His digital series DEAR FUTURE (2018), won a Webby Award. Huffman’s award winning dance films push the boundaries of storytelling formats. WHILE WE WAIT is the fifth creative collaboration with the choreographer Hannah Dennison.
In my fifth collaboration with the choreographer Hannah Dennison we aim to create a cinematic scrapbook about her ensemble’s experience of 2020. After four years of creative development, she was scheduled to stage the world premiere of her latest dance performance, ‘The Quarry Project.’ In a tragic blow to the entire ensemble, all performances were postponed in March, 2020. However, they continued to train safely and find surprising ways to foster intimacy with each other. Their commitment to supporting each other became a source of inspiration during unsettling times. Our intention in making this film was to capture the emotional journey they experienced in 2020 and portray a sense of time that’s been warped by the pandemic; that it feels like the fastest and slowest days of our lives.