Richard A Lester

Author, Filmmaker, Musician

Happy Hours at the Buccaneer

I am playing the Buccaneer Lounge in Memphis every Wednesday for happy hours. I'll be there, along with special guests, from 6-8.

Come have a drink and say hello!

Night of the Snakhead Fish DVD

Night of the Snakehead Fish has returned to DVD! For the past 13 years or so, the only way you could see the film was on Youtube. While that's a great way to reach people, I've always felt like they were missing out on the special features we put together all those years ago for the first run of DVDs. Now, you can get them all again on the new DVD. The best part is that the DVD is only $5!

Special Features: 
  • Cast Commentary
  • Trailer
  • Bloopers
  • Music Video for (It Takes Love) To Beat The Snakehead Fish!  
Order your copy today!

What I've Been Working On

Dear Fans/Readers/Everyone,

 I just wanted to write a note of thanks to everyone who has supported me over the past few years. 2015 was a very busy year, and I'm happy so many of you were a part of it. I believe 2016 is going to be a very big year for a few reasons.

-My band, The Renault Brothers, are busy rehearsing, writing, and performing. We are recording some demos, and hope to have some songs to share with you soon. Please take a look at our Facebook page for more updated information. The Renault Brothers

-I am hard at work on my next novel. I began writing in earnest in February of 2015 and it has picked up steam the last few weeks. I have finally shared the name of it with my creative associates this past weekend. It's been very difficult not to tell you guys, as well, but the time is not right, yet. It is going to be longer than The Check Out. It already is, I'm only about 1/2-2/3 done with the first draft.

-Azbest Studios is focusing on finishing the feature "I Filmed Your Death." Not only did I work behind the scenes on some pick up shots, I also lent some music to the movie. I even have a cameo! More information on this as the release date gets closer.
-The Check Out is still finding its way into the hearts of readers everywhere. Keep an eye out for updates regarding my first book throughout 2016.
-Stacked Deck, my short that premiered at Indie Memphis, is available to view online. I am very proud of the cast and crew, which included members of Azbest and Piano Man Pictures.
-Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum is the subject of a documentary that I am working on, as well. I was hoping to have it ready in January, but that will not be possible. It will be completed this year. Look for further updates on this project as it nears release.

Richard A Lester's Movies

Night of the Snakehead Fish (2003)

Laura was looking forward to a romantic camping trip with her boyfriend to rekindle the flames of passion. Unfortunately for her, he had other plans. Now Laura and a group of friends are trapped in the woods, surrounded by aggressive killer fish. Ripped from last summer's headlines, this movie will have you asking the question, "Can love really beat the snakehead fish?"

NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR ONLY $5! Special Features Include:

  • Cast Commentary
  • Bloopers
  • Trailer
  • Music video for (It Takes Love) To Beat The Snakehead Fish
Order your copy today!

Richard A Lester's Movies

Stacked Deck (2015)

Jeff Tate racks up an insurmountable debt at the poker table. Unable to make even a modest payment, he is given one option to walk away: Russian Roulette. 'Luck's a dime a dance girl,' the mob boss tells him. 'Let's see if you can soft shoe your way to ten cents or a bullet.' Jeff places the gun to his head, not knowing the outcome for himself or those around him.

  • Starring: Brett Trail, Charisse Norment, Thomas Hunt, and Joshua Shipp.
  • Cinematographer: Stephen Hildreth
  • Sound: Sam Bahre
  • Production Assistants: Celeste Dixon, David Virone
  • Titles: Andrew Fleming
  • Original Music: Kevin Macleod
  • Produced by Sam Bahre and Richard A Lester.
  • An Azbest Films/Piano Man Pictures Production
  • Written and Directed by Richard A Lester.

Richard A Lester's Movies

Azbest Films

For the past two years, I have had the immense pleasure of working with Azbest Films. We have a growing roster of short films, music videos, music projects, and other odds and ends. Please visit the Azbest site to see what we are up to!

Visit Azbest Studios' Web Site

Piano Man Pictures

I have also been fortunate enough to work on a number of productions for Piano Man Pictures. I have been involved in music videos, documentaries, cooking shows, and even appeared in a few shorts. Stacked Deck was a co-production of Azbest and Piano Man Pictures.

Visit Piano Man Pictures' Web Site

The Check Out

Failing grocery store manager Larry Prescott just wants a quickie. With a frigid wife waiting at home, Larry decides to have some extramarital fun with an employee named Maxine Watkins. Though he has no way of knowing it, Larry is sowing the seeds for a crime spree that will be dubbed "The MegaSaver Massacre."

The Check Out is a satirical thriller that will appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Moore. It is the story of a $10,000 giveaway, and the employees who independently decide to heist the money on the same night. An ensemble piece, each chapter focuses on the motivations and actions of a different main character. Larry Prescott is an arrogant drunk whose affair quickly spirals towards danger. Maxine Watkins is a scheming liar, determined to claw her way out of indigence. Terrence Claybrook, the assistant manager, is an escaped convict trying to keep his past from catching up to him. Roland Tillman, a blood thirsty fugitive, reunites with his former cellmate during the MegaSaver robbery. Brad, an addiction ridden stocker, tries to turn his life around while picking up the pieces of a broken marriage. They each see the prize money as their only lifeline, and are determined to do everything necessary to grab it.


Richard A Lester's Podcasts

Creative Differences:

Author/Filmmaker Richard A Lester interviews the creative types in their natural environments around Memphis, TN. You can listen on Podomatic or Youtube!

The Dizzy Ramblers:

The bad boys of Azbest take lesser loved movies for a spin. Richard was a guest numerous times on the podcast. You can listen here!

Richard A Lester's Music

The Renault Brothers

David Joseph Virone and I have started an acoustic duo called The Renault Brothers. We perform originals and more obscure covers. I play acoustic guitar, foot tambourine, and harmonica. I am also a vocalist and songwriter for the duo. Dave plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, mandoline, and does vocals. He also writes songs for us.

You can keep up with all of our dates on our Facebook Page.