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The Lightkeeper Wins CINE Golden Eagle Award
The Lightkeeper has been named recipient of the 61st CINE Golden Eagle Award for Narrative Short Film — an award recognizing rising filmmakers which has honored the early careers of Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Robert Zemeckis, Mel Brooks, Spike Lee, Jim Henson, Taylor Hackford, and many others since 1957.
The Lightkeeper wins Grand Jury Prizes
The Lightkeeper has won the 2018 Grand Jury Prize for Short Film at SENE Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island, as well as the 2018 Jury Prize for Best Short at the Woods Hole Film Festival.
2018 PAGE Awards Finalist
Zach’s feature film coming-of-age script The Last Knight in Camelot has been named one of ten Finalists for family film in the prestigious PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.
For a full list of Finalists, head to https://pageawards.com/past-winners/2018-winners/2018-finalists/
A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle, we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
- John Steinbeck
Zach began his career as an actor in television and theatre before moving behind the camera in 2014. His first teleplay, HOLLYWOOD AND VINE, a 1950s period drama co-written with Max Spitulnik, received a number of accolades, leading to an industry presentation starring Jason Alexander (SEINFELD) and Michael Urie (UGLY BETTY), and directed by Independent Spirit Award winner Mark Polish.
Zach’s directorial debut THE STAIRS, co-directed with collaborator Kelly Blatz, starred two-time Tony Award-nominee Anthony Heald (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) and won the 2016 Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. His next film SERENITY (dir. Heather Tom), for which he wrote the screenplay, garnered the Best Actor Award at L.A. Shorts Fest 2017. This was promptly followed by writing and directing THE LIGHTKEEPER, featuring Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award winner Bruce Davison (LONGTIME COMPANION) alongside Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Meg Steedle (HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE). It is a multi-award winner at film festivals and played globally on the circuit in 2018.
His screenplays have been Finalists in both the PAGE Awards and Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, as well as Semi-Finalists at Slamdance Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and ScreenCraft. He is a graduate from the School of Theatre at Northwestern University, a founding member of the arts education nonprofit Broadway in South Africa, and a member of the Writers Action Group.