John Kestner was born and raised in Ohio, sometime after the War Between the States and before cable TV (there are areas still representing both eras). Attended Wright State University (Film/Partying) and Ohio University in Athens (Literature/Creative Writing/Partying) before heading west to Arizona.
A search for employment and a mild curiosity about the inner workings of a nuclear power plant led him to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the world’s largest nuclear plant (after Chernobyl blew up, of course). While “keeping the world safe for nuclear power,” Kestner has written over 35 feature film screenplays, nearly three-quarters of them winning or placing in int’l and national screenwriting competitions.
John Kestner won Best Original Screenplay for Happy Camp at the 2017 London Independent Film Awards, was an Official Finalist (Comedy) for Little Red Pill at the 2017 Cannes Screenplay Contest, was also a two-time Platinum Award Winner for The Hard Moon Wolves and Magnum Eight at the Worldfest Houston Int’l Film Festival, and won the Golden Ace Award for Powerball at the 2010 Las Vegas Film Festival Screenplay Competition, as well as winning and placing in dozens of others.
He has made one short film, The Mid-Life Crisis Guide to Strippers, which was selected by three film festivals and is available on YouTube.
His first novel, Vegas Working Girl, about some really stupid behavior in Sin City in the 1980s, will be published in December 2017. His second novel, Yesterday Rules, a teen memoir that reveals he may not have been very smart to begin with, will follow in the winter of 2018.
His only final request is for his tombstone reads, It’s All Material.