About Laurel Hunter
Laurel Hunter - SOMETHING BETTER
SOMETHING BETTER is a 16mm independent film by Laurel Hunter shot in San Francisco and produced under a Screen Actors Guild Experimental Film Agreement. With cutting edge comedic style and content reminiscent of Leaving Las Vegas and Barfly, SOMETHING BETTER is a hilarious dark comedy and a touching drama with a philosophical twist. Running time is one hour and fifty minutes. “I am driven by a background in literature—my roots are in playwriting. MY DINNER WITH ANDRE is a favorite film and read for its layers and dramatic quality. SOMETHING BETTER is similar in that it requires the viewer to work a bit, as one has to when committing to watching a play or reading a work of literature—there is much to examine below the surface.”
Laurel Hunter’s SOMETHING BETTER is born of a need to challenge perceptions about our personal realities. The film explores complex characters imprisoned by their own perceptions. Laurel Hunter dedicates this film to Steve Kang, Director of Photography on the film. Steve Kang was killed in a car accident shortly after shooting the film. “He had so much promise,” Laurel Hunter says of Kang. “He was a hugely talented individual and a great person.” Laurel Hunter’s SOMETHING BETTER has screened at various film festivals and venues across the United States, including the American Film Institute in Los Angeles (2002), The East Village Cinemas in New York City with the New York International Film and Video Festival (2003), The Breckenridge Festival of Film in Colorado (2004) and the Golden Film Festival (2004), which honored her work with Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actress (Kim Ataide) awards. SOMETHING BETTER also received a Best of Festival Award from the Berkeley Video and Film Festival (2003).