THE MIDDLE GAME \ 10 mins \ United States

A life-long addict, stuck in the routine of his simple life, escapes his enabling mother's control and ventures into the big city to make amends with his estranged daughter, who in turn must decide whether to believe her father's newly found sobriety or to cut ties inevitably as she is drawn back into the family dysfunction.


Urbanworld Film Festival 

Kristen Hester

Kristen Hester is a writer-director focused on telling socially conscious stories. Her latest film, Rainmaker, is an intimate look at three generations of eating disorders within one family told through the spiritual realism of Native American culture. Rainmaker screened at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.

In 2017, The Middlegame, starring Kelly McCreary (Grey's Anatomy) and Craig 'muMs' Grant (HBO's Oz), premiered at HBO's Urbanworld Film Festival. Kristen's short film, Shift, won Best Short Film at LA Femme Film Festival in 2016. Shift is an adaptation of her feature script, Daddy's Girl, which was a finalist for the  2015 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Both films focus on the social consciousness of addiction and family. 

In 2015, Kristen shadowed and assisted Emmy Award-winning director, Mimi Leder, on HBO's The Leftovers where she gained invaluable experience in preproduction and story. 

In 2014, Kristen produced the short film, Becca and Molly, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.

 From 2012 to 2014, she helped develop and produce Bruce Dern's 1980's punk coming- of-age film, Coast and wrapped her directorial music video debut, 12th & Gibson, written by No. 1 ASCAP singer/songwriter, Lance Carpenter, who was recently signed by Toby Keith's label. 

Other directing, producing, and writing credits include: creating sitcom pilot, Served, with the mentorship of 30 Rock Director/Producer Don Scardino; produced short film, The Dress, which won 2011 Best Ensemble at the Los Angeles Comedy Festival; writing and directing short film, Seeking Voices; and producing Off- Broadway rendition of Chekhov's, The Seagull.

All from this director.