Kestrin Pantera is a writer/director the New York Times called “a force.” She recently wrapped production on her third feature film, "Pretty Problems," and the short, "Separate."
Her second feature, “Mother’s Little Helpers” World Premiered at SXSW and released in 2020. Lauded as a “wonderful, Big Chill-esque dramedy,” with “big screen chemistry from the ground up,” awards include Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Ensemble Performance and Best Actress.
Her first feature, Let's Ruin It With Babies, released theatrically and was hailed by the LA Times as, “honest, convincing, and just plain adorable” and Marie Claire’s “must see.”
Directing & producing clients include WIRED, Technicolor and Johnson & Johnson, Coca Cola, Starbucks, HBO and Google.
Before directing, Kestrin was a classically trained cellist-turned-rocker who toured in rock bands. She's appeared onstage alongside Weezer, Beck, Soko and Brandi Carlile, and her music has been featured in TV shows and award winning films.http://kestrin.com
Official Selection, SXSW.
Winner, Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Actor- Tulsa American.
Winner, Outstanding Ensemble- Outfest.
Mother's Little Helpers is a funny dysfunctional-family drama, based on true events and inspired by true lies, about how family ties can twist and tear you – and, though they may not break you, they might send you to prison. When Joy Pride, a groovy 70s burn-out on the caboose of the flower power movement, learns she has weeks to live, her estranged children reluctantly come together to do right by a mother who always did them wrong.