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Welcome to the Beyond

Welcome to the Beyond is a documentary film that follows the complicated life of Hoyt Richards. Hoyt grew up privileged, spending summers in Nantucket. He graduated from Princeton, became the first male supermodel and was a member of the controversial cult, Eternal Values. The cult members believed they were Aliens from the star Arcturus. During his time in the cult, Hoyt lost his family, four million dollars - and nearly his mind.  This is the story of Hoyt’s fight to regain his life.

  • Brent Huff
    Chasing Beauty, Cat City, It's a Rockabilly World, 100 Mile Rule, Behind the Orange Curtain,
  • Pete Sepunuk
    Chasing Beauty, Serbian Scars
  • Shawn Huff
    Chasing Beauty
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    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    300,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    New York
    United States
    November 13, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Brent Huff

This has been a very busy year for writer/director Brent Huff. Brent just finished his documentary film, Welcome to the Beyond. The film is a shocking look at the life of Hoyt Richards. Hoyt achieved icon status in the modeling industry after graduating from Princeton University only to be brainwashed by a controversial cult based in New York City.

Brent also recently directed the reality show pilot 23 in San Francisco. Brent developed 23 with Lisa Ling, Steve McPherson and Sam Sokolow. 23 follows six millennial’s living in San Francisco looking to be disruptors in the tech industry.

Brent’s much anticipated documentary, It’s a Rockabilly World was released in the fall of 2016 by Virgil Films. It’s a Rockabilly World became the #3 music documentary on iTunes shortly after it was released. This film explores the fascinating subculture of Rockabillies. Rockabilly is a global phenomenon that embraces some of the most colorful characters you’ll ever see as well as the finest music.

In 2014 Brent met success with Chasing Beauty, the hard hitting documentary film that reveals the dark side of the modeling industry. After the film premiered on Logo TV, Chasing Beauty quickly became the #1 documentary and #1 independent film on iTunes. Chasing Beauty also enjoyed a successful run on Netflix. BuzzFeed named Chasing Beauty one of the top 10 fashion documentaries ever made.

In 2013 Brent’s controversial film Behind the Orange Curtain illuminated the prescription drug epidemic that is killing so many of our youth today. The film has been called: powerful, important, eye-opening and frightening. The film continues to be screened across the country and has been endorsed by numerous politicians including Dianne Feinstein, Mary Bono Mack and Mimi Walters.

Brent has written and directed numerous scripted features including Cat City, Last Will, 100 Mile Rule, Welcome to Paradise and Serbian Scars to name a few.

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Director Statement

In the 1980’s I was represented by Ford Models in New York City. During this time it was wildly rumored there were other Ford Models involved in a cult called Eternal Values. Members of this cult were not only fashion models but many of them had attended Ivy League schools. In March of 1990 Vanity Fair published an expose’ about Eternal Values titled, The Ford Models and the Alien from Arcturus. The article was the talk of the town in the fashion industry.

Fast forward to 2012 when Ford Models approached me about filming a Model’s Reunion event in Beverly Hills. I interviewed model icons such as Cheryl Tiegs, Esme and Barbara Minty. During the event I nudged my Director of Photography and pointed across the parking lot to a striking male model and said, “That’s Hoyt Richards, he was in a model’s cult! Let’s go get him!” Hoyt was very open to discussing his time in the cult and the damage it caused him and his family. It was from this discussion with Hoyt that Welcome to the Beyond was born.