Little Beast Entertainment has been created by Kristen Hester to concentrate on female driven stories primarily focused on the social and human impact of addiction by sharing her life experience as a child and sibling of an addict. She hopes to dispel the stigma surrounding addiction and to create hope for others struggling with the disease.
KRISTEN HESTER is a writer, director, and producer, currently working in television and film.
In 2016, she wrapped short film, The Middlegame, starring Kelly McCreary (Grey’s Anatomy), Craig ‘muMs’ Grant (HBO’s Oz), and Lynda Gravatt (The Skeleton Crew), which she wrote, directed, and produced.
Her short film, Shift, which won 2016 Best Short Film at LA Femme Film Festival is currently screening at several festivals across the US. Shift is an adaptation of feature script, Daddy's Girl, which she developed in Joan Scheckel’s Film Labs and is a 2015 Sundance Screenwriter Lab finalist. Both films focus on the social consciousness of addiction and family.
In 2015, Kristen shadowed and assisted AFI Alumni and Emmy Award-winning Director, Mimi Leder on HBO’s season two of The Leftovers.
In 2014, Kristen produced short film, Becca and Molly, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Corner. Her former company, Hesterhouse Productions, was granted the story option to Kurt Vonnegut’s Long Walk to Forever, which she also produced.
From 2012 to 2014, she developed and produced Bruce Dern’s 1980’s punk coming-of-age film, Coast, under his newly formed production company, Publicly Private. She also wrapped her directorial music video debut, 12th & Gibson, written by No. 1 ASCAP singer/songwriter, Lance Carpenter.
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.