ZACH . BANDLER

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WATCH THE LIGHTKEEPER

Set on a remote stretch of stormy coastline, a hardened young woman agrees to dinner at the home of an aging recluse.

S H O W R E E L

 
 
 
 

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

 
 
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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 (TWIN FALLS IDAHO).

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. 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 next short, TORN, is presently touring the film festival circuit.

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.

A W A R D S & A C C O L A D E S

Winner / The Lightkeeper
61st CINE Golden Eagle Award
Narrative Short Film

Jury Prize / The Stairs
Special Prize for Best Film
River’s Edge International Film Festival

Best Actor / Torn
Short Film
SENE Film Festival

Honorable Mention / The Lightkeeper
Best Short Film
Ojai Film Festival

Jury Prize / The Lightkeeper
Best Short Film
SENE Film Festival

Finalist / The Last Knight in Camelot
Feature Film Screenplay
PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Semi-Finalist / The Lightkeeper
Short Film Screenplay
Slamdance Film Festival

Semi-Finalist / The Lightkeeper
Short Film Screenplay
ScreenCraft

Jury Prize / The Lightkeeper
Best Short Film
Woods Hole Film Festival

Finalist / The Lightkeeper
Short Film Screenplay
Cinequest Film Festival

Semi-Finalist / The Lightkeeper
Short Film Screenplay
Nashville Film Festival

Semi-Finalist / Hollywood and Vine
TV Drama Pilot
PAGE International Screenwriting Awards

Audience Award / The Stairs
Best Short Film
Ashland Independent Film Festival

Best Director / The Lightkeeper
Short Film
Cindependent Film Festival

Nominee / The Stairs
Best Short Film
Palm Beach International Film Festival

Nominee / The Lightkeeper
Best Short Film
Twister Alley Film Festival

 

Representation
LOS ANGELES

Rise Management

LONDON

Shepherd Management