David Zellner

David Zellner is an American film director, screenwriter and actor. He lives and works in Austin, Texas. He started his career by studying at the University of Texas film school and then staged exclusively Independent feature films and short films. He always works together with his younger brother Nathan Zellner under the name Zellner Bros

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Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)

Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie, an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame. But four years later, Bob escapes from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lowery
CAST:  Rooney Mara  •  Ben Foster  •  Casey Affleck  •  Rami Malek

Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie, an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame. But four years later, Bob escapes from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lowery
CAST:  Rooney Mara  •  Ben Foster  •  Casey Affleck  •  Rami Malek

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

Frustrated with her mundane life, a Tokyo office worker becomes obsessed with a fictional movie that she mistakes for a documentary. Fixating on a scene where stolen cash is buried in North Dakota, she travels to America to find it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  Rinko Kikuchi  •  Nobuyuki Katsube  •  Shirley Venard  •  David Zellner

Frustrated with her mundane life, a Tokyo office worker becomes obsessed with a fictional movie that she mistakes for a documentary. Fixating on a scene where stolen cash is buried in North Dakota, she travels to America to find it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  Rinko Kikuchi  •  Nobuyuki Katsube  •  Shirley Venard  •  David Zellner

Aftermath On Meadowlark Lane (2007)

While on their way to a mariachi recital, a devastating car crash forces a mother and her two sons to confront the truth about their past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner

While on their way to a mariachi recital, a devastating car crash forces a mother and her two sons to confront the truth about their past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner

Kid-Thing (2012)

On the outskirts of Austin, 10-year-old Annie tears around on her BMX bike, hurls dough at cars, and smashes things up with her baseball bat. Her father, a goat-farmer-cum-demolition-derby driver, does little parenting. Annie has no friends her age, so her daily ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  Sydney Aguirre  •  Nathan Zellner  •  David Wingo  •  Zack Carlson

On the outskirts of Austin, 10-year-old Annie tears around on her BMX bike, hurls dough at cars, and smashes things up with her baseball bat. Her father, a goat-farmer-cum-demolition-derby driver, does little parenting. Annie has no friends her age, so her daily ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  Sydney Aguirre  •  Nathan Zellner  •  David Wingo  •  Zack Carlson

Tug (2013)

A small town guy tries to decide between staying with his current girlfriend or going back to his psycho ex.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abram Makowka
CAST:  Sam Huntington  •  Haylie Duff  •  Sarah Drew  •  Wendi McLendon-Covey

A small town guy tries to decide between staying with his current girlfriend or going back to his psycho ex.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abram Makowka
CAST:  Sam Huntington  •  Haylie Duff  •  Sarah Drew  •  Wendi McLendon-Covey

Sasquatch Birth Journal 2 (2010)

An unprecedented peek at the mysteries of nature.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST: 

An unprecedented peek at the mysteries of nature.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST: 

Goliath (2008)

A recently divorced man tries to find the one aspect of his marriage that still matters to him: his missing cat, Goliath.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  David Zellner  •  Caroline O'Connor  •  Nathan Zellner  •  Andrew Bujalski

A recently divorced man tries to find the one aspect of his marriage that still matters to him: his missing cat, Goliath.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  David Zellner  •  Caroline O'Connor  •  Nathan Zellner  •  Andrew Bujalski

Baghead (2008)

Four actors go to a cabin in the woods to write, direct, and act in a film that will jump-start their careers. Their idea is a horror film about a man with a bag over his head, but what happens when that man mysteriously shows up?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Duplass  •  Jay Duplass
CAST:  Ross Partridge  •  Steve Zissis  •  Greta Gerwig  •  Elise Muller

Four actors go to a cabin in the woods to write, direct, and act in a film that will jump-start their careers. Their idea is a horror film about a man with a bag over his head, but what happens when that man mysteriously shows up?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Duplass  •  Jay Duplass
CAST:  Ross Partridge  •  Steve Zissis  •  Greta Gerwig  •  Elise Muller

Dignity (2012)

Agents Mr. Rainbow and Mr. Lamb are sent to an alien planet fighting a civil war. Their mission to destroy a perpetual motion machine is interrupted by their capture. While their interrogations proceed the two men struggle to come to terms with their suffering and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Fotopoulos
CAST:  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner  •  Jim Eastburn  •  David Watson

Agents Mr. Rainbow and Mr. Lamb are sent to an alien planet fighting a civil war. Their mission to destroy a perpetual motion machine is interrupted by their capture. While their interrogations proceed the two men struggle to come to terms with their suffering and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Fotopoulos
CAST:  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner  •  Jim Eastburn  •  David Watson

Faults (2014)

Claire is under the grip of a mysterious new cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire's parents recruit one of the world's foremost experts on mind control, Ansel Roth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Riley Stearns
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Jon Gries  •  Lance Reddick  •  Chris Ellis

Claire is under the grip of a mysterious new cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire's parents recruit one of the world's foremost experts on mind control, Ansel Roth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Riley Stearns
CAST:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead  •  Jon Gries  •  Lance Reddick  •  Chris Ellis

Person to Person (2017)

Follows a variety of New York characters as they navigate personal relationships and unexpected problems over the course of one day.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dustin Guy Defa
CAST:  Abbi Jacobson  •  Michael Cera  •  Tavi Gevinson  •  Philip Baker Hall

Follows a variety of New York characters as they navigate personal relationships and unexpected problems over the course of one day.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dustin Guy Defa
CAST:  Abbi Jacobson  •  Michael Cera  •  Tavi Gevinson  •  Philip Baker Hall

Black Something (2016)

In late 2015, "Bright Ideas" magazine and its publisher, the innovative crowdfunding and distribution platform Seed & Spark, commissioned directing duo the Zellner Bros. (KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER) to make a short piece in response to a Criterion Collection ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner
CAST: 

In late 2015, "Bright Ideas" magazine and its publisher, the innovative crowdfunding and distribution platform Seed & Spark, commissioned directing duo the Zellner Bros. (KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER) to make a short piece in response to a Criterion Collection ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner
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There (2015)

A disgruntled veteran unable to adjust back into society justifies domestic terrorism by interpreting his actions with alien invasion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Fotopoulos
CAST:  Xander O'Connor  •  Brenda Bakke  •  Sarah Brooks  •  Joe Swanberg

A disgruntled veteran unable to adjust back into society justifies domestic terrorism by interpreting his actions with alien invasion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Fotopoulos
CAST:  Xander O'Connor  •  Brenda Bakke  •  Sarah Brooks  •  Joe Swanberg

Untitled (Thanks. Get in...) (2012)

Prolific filmmaker (and film production company Fantasma founder) James Fotopoulos tells the story of an aspiring young Hollywood actor who, while hitchhiking to see his agent, is picked-up by a lecherous, cynical Cary Grant. From a screenplay by artist and punk ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Fotopoulos  •  Raymond Pettibon
CAST:  David Nordstrom  •  David Zellner

Prolific filmmaker (and film production company Fantasma founder) James Fotopoulos tells the story of an aspiring young Hollywood actor who, while hitchhiking to see his agent, is picked-up by a lecherous, cynical Cary Grant. From a screenplay by artist and punk ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Fotopoulos  •  Raymond Pettibon
CAST:  David Nordstrom  •  David Zellner

Slacker 2011 (2011)

Richard Linklater's SLACKER inspired a generation of American filmmakers by exploring the subculture of Austin, Texas in a loose narrative with a tapestry of quirky characters. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of that iconic movie, 24 of Austin's top filmmakers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Grappell  •  Karen Skloss  •  Carlyn Hudson
CAST:  Sonny Carl Davis  •  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner  •  Don Hertzfeldt

Richard Linklater's SLACKER inspired a generation of American filmmakers by exploring the subculture of Austin, Texas in a loose narrative with a tapestry of quirky characters. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of that iconic movie, 24 of Austin's top filmmakers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Grappell  •  Karen Skloss  •  Carlyn Hudson
CAST:  Sonny Carl Davis  •  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner  •  Don Hertzfeldt

The Virile Man (2004)

A closeted homosexual phones a crisis line from inside his closet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST: 

A closeted homosexual phones a crisis line from inside his closet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
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Frontier (2001)

Strangers in a strange land, Bulbovia’s dimmest explorers attempt to dutifully colonize a new world but soon find their buttoned-up shirts and rational thoughts melting away into beetle-eating, tree-molesting, wife-swapping chaos.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  Wiley Wiggins  •  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner  •  Stephanie Wilson

Strangers in a strange land, Bulbovia’s dimmest explorers attempt to dutifully colonize a new world but soon find their buttoned-up shirts and rational thoughts melting away into beetle-eating, tree-molesting, wife-swapping chaos.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner
CAST:  Wiley Wiggins  •  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner  •  Stephanie Wilson

Damsel (2018)

Oregon, a small town near the sea, around 1870. Henry, a grieving man who aspires to preach as a way to overcome his unfortunate past, reunites with eccentric pioneer Samuel Alabaster, who has hired him to officiate at his marriage to the precious Penelope. What ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner
CAST:  Robert Pattinson  •  Mia Wasikowska  •  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner

Oregon, a small town near the sea, around 1870. Henry, a grieving man who aspires to preach as a way to overcome his unfortunate past, reunites with eccentric pioneer Samuel Alabaster, who has hired him to officiate at his marriage to the precious Penelope. What ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner
CAST:  Robert Pattinson  •  Mia Wasikowska  •  David Zellner  •  Nathan Zellner

Ghostbox Cowboy (2018)

Tech entrepreneur Jimmy Van Horn arrives in China armed with an invention and confidence, only to learn that being American is not enough to succeed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Maringouin
CAST:  David Zellner  •  Robert Longstreet  •  Specialist  •  Vincent Xie

Tech entrepreneur Jimmy Van Horn arrives in China armed with an invention and confidence, only to learn that being American is not enough to succeed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Maringouin
CAST:  David Zellner  •  Robert Longstreet  •  Specialist  •  Vincent Xie

The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

Casey is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman fighting for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Riley Stearns
CAST:  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Alessandro Nivola  •  Imogen Poots  •  Steve Terada

Casey is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman fighting for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Riley Stearns
CAST:  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Alessandro Nivola  •  Imogen Poots  •  Steve Terada
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