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Vermont-made movie features cast of kids

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Tucked away in the hills of Royalton sits a unique home with an even more unique family inside.

"We never do anything half way," mom Myra Hudson said. "We always have projects going."

The latest project for Myra and her husband, Jim, involves channeling another era, the late 1800s-- the Wild West. It's called "Pasghetti Western," a feature-length film starring their family. Nieces, nephews and neighbors were wrangled up for this kid-friendly production, an idea cooked up on a whim.

"What we wanted was a movie kids would watch 1000 times until their parents hated it," dad Jim said.

"It was Jim's idea," Myra said. "He thought wouldn't it be fun to make a kiddie Western because we have kids, we have ponies."

Something they didn't have-- an HD camera and editing equipment. That now is part of the production. On set this day, the couple's two boys, two nieces and a reporter. To tell this story you need to be in character. Myra sews all the detailed costumes.

Reporter Gina Bullard (in costume): I feel restricted.

Lily Hudson/Jim and Myra's niece: Yeah, I was like, kahh!! the first time I wore it. But you get used to it. Like you get used to the wig.

Filming a movie with kids is tricky. There are major meltdowns involved, plus with this production anything can happen. Like a miniature horse named Jelly joining the shoot.

"I think it's remarkable the footage we got," Jim said. "Adorable kids and hysterical moments; there's a purity to it that I don't think you expect."

It's a movie without much dialogue and no guns. Here's the plot: Ma is left at home to care for her many kids after her husband leaves looking for gold. That's when rustlers pay a visit to the ranch, robbing the family.

"Ma is just a good ma and Iris the school marm, they stay strong and fight back," Myra explained.

A movie about strength, family and of course when you watch the Hudsons in action-- it's really about having fun.

The family created all the music in the film. The Hudsons are almost done editing "Pasghetti Western." They're still looking for a local theater to feature the film.

Click here to see the trailer for "Pasghetti Western."

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