The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon

credit: Nigel Bluck

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON is an adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak (22), a young man with Down syndrome runs away from a nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and attending the wrestling school of The Salt Water Redneck (50). Through circumstances beyond their control Tyler (34), a small time outlaw on the run becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (26), a kind nursing home employee with a story of her own to join them on their journey.

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Tyler Nilson

Michael Schwartz




Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Executive Producer: Manu Gargi, Aaron Scotti, Timothy Shriver, Michelle Sie Whitten
Producer: Christopher Lemole, Tim Zajaros, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Lije Sarki, David Thies
Screenwriter: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Cinematographer: Nigel Bluck
Editor: Kevin Tent & Nat Fuller
Production Designer: Gabrael Wilson
Sound Designer: Trevor Gates, Andy Koyama
Music: Jonathan Sadoff, Zachary Dawes, Noam Pikelny, Gabe Witcher
Principal Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, Jon Bernthal, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Mick Foley, Yelawolf
Additional Credits: Music Supervisor: Zachary Dawes, Costume Designer : Melissa Walker, 1st AD: James Grayford


Public Film Contact
Tim Zajaros
Armory Films
Publicity Contact
Brooke Blumberg

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Drama
Screening Section: Narrative Spotlight
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 93:03 mins