Laurel Hunter made her independent film debut in 2002 with Something Better, which she wrote, co-directed (with JP Allen), produced, and co-edited (with Richard Niemetz). A dark story of alcoholism, drug addiction, and breaking free, Laurel Hunter’s Something Better screened to great acclaim at such film venues and festivals as the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles, the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, the Breckenridge Film Festival, the Berkeley Video & Film Festival, and the Golden Film Festival. Laurel Hunter and Something Better won Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actress (for Kim Ataide) at the 2004 Golden Film Festival and Best of Festival at the 2003 Berkeley Video and Film Festival.
In 2008, Laurel Hunter made her second film, The Highway Home, which opened to a number of independent festivals across the country and earned a Peace Reel Special Recognition Award from the 2008 Berkeley Video and Film Festival. She is currently working on two film projects - a screenplay and a documentary.A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, writer and filmmaker Laurel Hunter has spent many years honing and perfecting her craft. Raised in Denver, Colorado, Laurel Hunter found her niche in theater at an early age, studying the fine points of stage acting and appearing in numerous local productions. Laurel Hunter subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where she studied acting at the Odyssey Theater and further strengthened her commitment to the performing arts.
After a lengthy period in Los Angeles, Laurel Hunter relocated to San Francisco and enrolled at San Francisco State University. Focusing her efforts on playwriting, Laurel Hunter pursued a highly creative and rewarding course of study and amassed a number of notable achievements. Her first play was a winner in the Bay Area Women’s Playwriting Competition and was later performed at the Studio Eremos Theatre, where it played to sold-out houses. A recipient in both the Lawrence and Lee Playwriting Awards and the Highsmith Playwriting Awards, Laurel Hunter served as a model student at San Francisco State University, graduating cum laude with a B.A. in Creative Writing/Playwriting. Upon graduation, Laurel Hunter entered the world of professional theater, film, and writing on a full-time basis. She is the managing editor of The Crazy Child Scribbler.