HVCHS grad produces award-winning film

Hopewell Valley Central High School graduate Luke Momo (Class of 2015) has announced that he sold his first feature film, called Capsules, to the Oscar-nominated distribution company Good Deed Entertainment/Cranked Up films. The film won Best Feature Film at the Philip K. Dick Film Festival in NYC last December and was selected for screening by New Jersey’s premiere film festival, the Garden State Film Festival on March 26. 

Capsules is Momo’s directorial debut. He also co-wrote, produced, and edited the film, which was designed to be as inexpensive as possible to produce. Scenes were heavily rehearsed so that few takes were needed to economize during an eight day, COVID-friendly production in February 2022. Several of the lines were also improvised and ad-libbed by the cast on set. There were only eight main contributors to the film: the four lead cast, the director, cameraman, sound recordists, and the makeup and hair artist. During the time of filming, each of these key members of the production were less than twenty-five years old.

Capsules is a coming of age story told through the scariest drug trip you could imagine. The film offers the sensitive character-building and the heartwarming moments of an indie drama while also delivering a terrifying and grounded sci-fi premise. These characters are put through hell and back as they are forced to face their own mortality while navigating increasingly challenging moral dilemmas.

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