Justin Hunt (filmmaker)

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Justin Travis Hunt (born September 16, 1976), is an American filmmaker whose films include American Meth (2007), Absent (2010), and The Speed of Orange (2012).

Early life[edit]

He was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, where his father, Glen Hunt, was a jockey, and his mother, Linda, was a race horse trainer.[1] Hunt was a television news anchor and reporter, primarily in New Mexico, in the late '90s and early 2000s.In 2003 , he left a successful career in broadcasting to begin his production company, Time & Tide Productions, Inc.[2]


Since 2003, Time & Tide Productions has turned out hundreds of video projects, most notably James & Erniefied (2004), a documentary-style production of Navajo comedians James Junes and Ernest Tsosie III, The Meth Monster (2004), American Meth (2007), Absent (2010), and The Speed of Orange (2012).

Hunt also founded the American Meth Education Foundation.

American Meth[edit]

His first feature was American Meth (2007).[3] This documentary narrated by Val Kilmer looked at the effects of the drug methamphetamine on American culture and on an American family.[4] The film was picked up for distribution by Rivercoast Film Distribution. Sound on Sight found it shocking but educational.[5] Hunt toured the film, including free screenings for high school students.[6][7]

It won the 2011 CPDD/NIDA Media Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Best Documentary at the Cinema City International Film Festival at Universal Studios and the TriMedia Film Festival (2007) and the Most Socially Engaging Film at the Eugene International Film Festival (2007).[8][9][10]


Absent (2012) focused on what it was like for children growing up with an absent father.[11] The film includes musician James Hetfield talking about his experiences growing up.[12][13][14] The film also features boxer Johnny Tapia and Christian authors John Eldredge and Richard Rohr.

The Speed of Orange[edit]

His next film was about his parents' career in horse racing.[15][16]

Cardboard Butterfly: The Human Struggle with Porn[edit]

Hunt's latest movie project deals with the omnipresence and impact of pornography addiction and is currently in post-production. Hunt has stated that it will be his last documentary.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Hunt is married to Desiree Hunt, originally from South Africa, and is the father of three children; a son, Lantz, born in 2000, a daughter, Carolyn Abbey, born in 2003, and a daughter, Madison, born in 2013. He resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he oversees his production company, Time & Tide Productions, Incorporated.


  1. ^ Schwartz, Don (Mar 26, 2011). "Absent in San Rafael". Cine Source Magazine. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Stanley, John (May 10, 2011). "Gilbert filmmaker's new movie features Metallica singer". AZ Central. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Schwartz, D (June 19, 2011). "American Meth: Following Virgil". Cine Source Magazine. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "American Meth Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Cragg, Lauren (November 12, 2010). "American Meth (Review)". Sound on Sight. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Walsh, Glenn (2007-09-13). "American Meth At Liberty Theatre". Pagosa Daily Post (Colorado, USA). Archived from the original on 22 May 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Liesik, Geoff (May 27, 2007). "Meth film provides a warning — and hope". Deseret News. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Dvorak, Tracy (July 8, 2011). "Mesa State grad wins national award for his documentary". Grand Junction Free Press. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "2011 CPDD/NIDA Media Award Winner: Justin Hunt and His Film American Meth". CPDD Blog. February 7, 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Southard, Janie (January 12, 2012). "Mercer Dads push involvement". Daily Standard (Celina, Ohio). Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Doughton, KJ (December 26, 2011). "HEALING THE FATHER WOUND: INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER JUSTIN HUNT". Film Threat. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Woodbury, Jason (Apr 27, 2011). "James Hetfield of Metallica to Speak at Absent Screening at Central Christian Church in Mesa + Interview with Director Justin Hunt". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "James Hetfield featured in ABSENT documentary, exclusive interview with director Justin Hunt". Rockville Music Magazine. 2010-08-25. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Warren, Lee (May 16, 2011). "Metallica's James Hetfield Featured in Documentary on Absent Fathers". Christian Post. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Stanley, John (March 10, 2012). "Gilbert filmmaker's project reveals family's trials". AZ Central. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Justin Hunt rolls film on new film". The Daily Times (Farmington, NM, USA). 2012. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Justin Hunt Talks Fatherhood, Social Media and the 'Wild' American West | Euromentravel.com". euromentravel.com. Retrieved 2015-12-23.