"A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order."
Jean-Luc Godard

"Directors Cut" of the opening scene from a recent promotional video created for Drake University Law School. Produced and Directed by James Huffman. 

Stefanie Speed is a mother of 3 living in Yorba Linda, California. She was diagnosed with Susac's Syndrome, a rare auto-immune disorder, in 2005. She is one of the first 100 people in the world to be diagnosed. 

This clip is a preview of an upcoming short documentary from filmmaker James Huffman, who teamed up with long time friend Nancy Goldhamer to help raise awareness about Susac's Syndrome and support Rare Disease Day 2016. 

Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year. The objective is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives.

"The Most Honest Form of Filmmaking is to Make a Film for Yourself"
Peter Jackson 

Time-lapse video shot by James Huffman on Lake Norman near Charlotte, North Carolina, December 2015 with the iphone 6 plus. Music: "Black Forest" by Radio Citizen

This is an imovie slash short film slash slide show tribute I put together for my Dad, Jerry D Huffman, who passed away on October 9th 2015. His funeral was Saturday, December 5th in Hickory, NC. My Dad was an accomplished and charismatic cat. He was Class President at Hickory High School (NC). He was the starting Quarterback for the Hickory High Red Tornadoes in 1957. He went to NC State as an undergrad and got his MBA at UNC Chapel Hill. He served as a Captain in the US Army. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. After Vietnam he moved to NYC and started a successful career as a Marketing executive for a Japanese textile company. I always felt like Don Draper was created based on the life of Jerry D. Huffman. Jerry was an active part of the community in Ridgewood, NJ with his wife (My Mom) and two sons. Jerry's troubles caught up with him in the late 90's. He loved his country his family and his friends. He had a huge heart, but my Dad was also a troubled man who struggled with bipolar disorder and PTSD for more than 40 years. He spent the last 15 years of his life living in a Beacon House facility for Veterans out on Long Island. The song is called "Bird on a Wire" by Joe Bonamassa. I found this song to be moving, poignant and beautifully tragic. I feel like it really catches the essence of his life. We all love you Dad. You will be missed....