Audience Award: The Peanut Butter Falcon

Audience Award: Narrative Spotlight

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


Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Screening Section: Award Winner Screening
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: ["United States"]
Runtime: 93:00 mins