Hunter Lee Hughes
His feature directorial debut, Guys Reading Poems world premiered in April, 2016 at the 21st annual Palm Beach International Film Festival, followed by screenings at Dances With Films and qFLIX Philadlephia. The film won the Audience Award for Best Feature (Drama) at the 25th annual Woods Hole Film Festival and continues its festival tour at Breckenridge Film Festival.
“I’ve always been better at dreaming than actually living, so I guess I had no choice but to make movies.” ~Hunter Lee Hughes
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Hunter Lee Hughes began acting when he was cast in a low-budget horror film at age 12 in his hometown of Houston, Texas.
Acting roles include ‘Bobby’ in the 25th anniversary production of Thomas Babe’s A Prayer for my Daughter (directed by Dorothy Lyman), the title role in The Sermons of John Bradley (for which he won Best Male Actor – Drama” from StageSceneLA.com) and, most recently, the lead role of ‘Evan’ in the film Narcissist opposite Brionne Davis (Embrace of the Serpent), for which Hunter received a “Best Actor” nomination from the Milledgeville Film Festival in 2016.
You can see Hunter in Guys Reading Poems as well as the upcoming web television series Psycles, directed by Ethan and Dominic Rains.
Hunter’s produced writing credits include two plays, Fate of the Monarchs (“Critic’s Pick”, Backstage West) and The Sermons of John Bradley. The darkly comic Winner Takes All screened at ten film festivals before finding distribution through the shorts collection Black Briefs. Other produced material includes the narrative comedy webseries Dumbass Filmmakers! and On Common Grounds, a documentary he co-wrote (Hallmark Channel). Hunter is a published poet, with two of his poems appearing in the feature film Guys Reading Poems.
He’s now developing several narrative feature screenplays, including the reincarnation romantic drama Inside-Out, Outside-In, the mystery-thriller Sarah and an adaptation of his play Fate of the Monarchs that interweaves anime with a traditional narrative.
Hunter served for 8 years as a story analyst for Paramount Classics/Vantage and five years as the writing assistant to acclaimed screenwriter Mardik Martin (co-writer, Mean Streets and Raging Bull).
Hunter’s feature film directorial debut – Guys Reading Poems – premiered in April, 2016 at the 21st annual Palm Beach International Film Festival, subsequently screening at Dances With Films in Los Angeles and as a Centerpiece Selection at qFLIX Philadelphia. The film won the Audience Award for Best Feature (Drama) at the 25th annual Woods Hole Film Festival in August and will travel to Breckenridge Film Festival for its Rocky Mountain premiere in September, 2016.
Hunter previously directed the web television project Dumbass Filmmakers! which won “Outstanding Director – Comedy” at L.A. WebFest in 2013.
Actors who’ve worked with Hunter as a director include Alexander Dreymon (“The Last Kingdom”), Rex Lee (“Young and Hungry”), Dale Raoul (“True Blood”), Patricia Velasquez (“The Mummy” films), Christos Vasilopoulos (“Banshee”) and Lydia Hearst (“South of Hell”).
From the Blog...
On behalf of his feature film directorial debut “Guys Reading Poems,” Hunter accepted the “Creativity in Drama” award at the 36th annual Breckenridge Film Festival this past Saturday. Quick-thinking actor and friend Rex Lee managed to shoot Hunter’s acceptance moment with his I-phone! And here it is. Congrats to all the winners and filmmakers who […]
You can now see Hunter opposite Brionne Davis (“Embrace of the Serpent”) in the short film Narcissist, released this week online. The film is now officially available to view on-demand on narcissistthemovie.com through dotstudiopro or by clicking the “Watch Video” tab on the film’s Facebook page. Directed by Eric Casaccio (seen here with Hunter), the […]
This past weekend, Hunter accepted the Audience Award for Best Feature Film (Drama) at the 25th annual Woods Hole Film Festival on behalf of Guys Reading Poems. On hand in Cape Cod for the festival he had this to say, “After working our asses off for three years to make this film, it’s so gratifying to know that the […]
Continuing his tour around the country with Guys Reading Poems, Hunter will next travel to the Breckenridge Film Festival, for a screening on Friday, September 16th at 3 p.m. The movie’s appearance at Breckenridge Film Festival, established in 1981, marks the fifth in its festival run and its first in the Rocky Mountain region. Hunter will participate in a […]
Guys Reading Poems will screen in competition at the 25th annual Woods Hole Film Festival on Thursday, August 4th at 7:00 p.m. at Falmouth Academy. Hunter plans to travel East for the festival to participate in the talkback with the audience after the screening. The screening will mark the first time Guys Reading Poems has […]
Guys Reading Poems has been chosen as a Centerpiece Selection at qFLIX Philadelphia and will screen Thursday, July 7th at 7:15 p.m. at the Prince Theater. Hunter will attend the screening in person, along with actors Gopal Divan, Daniel Berilla and John Physioc and co-producer Sammy Kusler. The screening will be the film’s Mid-Atlantic regional premiere […]
Hunter’s feature directorial debut Guys Reading Poems will have its West Coast premiere at the 19th annual Dances With Films festival at the iconic TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood. In Guys Reading Poems, a resourceful boy (Luke Judy, pictured) creatively uses poetry to survive when his mother (Patricia Velasquez, The Mummy films, Liz En Septiembre), a […]
The Milledgeville Film Festival nominated Hunter for Best Actor for his performance as Evan in the film “Narcissist” opposite Brionne Davis. “It was completely unexpected to be nominated for an acting award by the Milledgeville Film Festival and I gotta tell you – it feels great. Thank you so much for this encouragement and I […]
Hunter’s feature film directorial debut Guys Reading Poems will world premiere at the 21st annual Palm Beach International Film Festival on April 10, 2016, with an encore screening scheduled for April 14. After a two crowdfunding campaigns and a three-year journey to make the film, Hunter is thrilled to be able to finally share the […]
Hunter plays the role of Evan in “Narcissist” (directed by Eric Casaccio) opposite Brionne Davis (“Embrace of the Serpent”). The film has screened at more than 50 film festivals, winning awards at the Toronto Independent Film Festival, Boston LGBT Film Festival and ReelHeART International Film Festival, among others. Screening dates and release information can be found on the […]