Hunter Lee Hughes

Hunter Lee Hughes is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. He founded Fatelink in 2004 and StoryAtlas in 2013.

His feature directorial debut, Guys Reading Poems world premiered 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, the “Creativity in Drama” award at Breckenridge Film Festival and “Best of Fest” at the South Texas Underground Film Festival. It will be released across platforms by Gravitas Ventures on February 20, 2018.

“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.

Favorite 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 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 The Widower, an adaptation of his play Fate of the Monarchs that interweaves anime with a traditional narrative and an untitled television pilot.

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 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, the ‘Creativity in Drama’ award at the Breckenridge Film Festival and ‘Best of Fest’ at the South Texas Underground Film Festival.

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”).

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The Reviews are In!

The reviews are in for Hunter's feature film directorial debut...and they are terrific. Here's a sampling. "[Hunter Lee] Hughes’ film has a universal appeal. By channeling the pain of damaged youth into a unique filmic meditation, he has created a...

Colorado, here we come!

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...

Hunter washes ashore at Woods Hole Film Festival!

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...

Centerpiece Selection? Check.

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...