Zach Bandler

Zach began his career as an actor in television and theatre. 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 in 2018. His next short, TORN, premiered on Directors Notes in January 2020 after touring the film festival circuit.

Zach’s screenplays have been Finalists in the prestigious PAGE Awards, at ScreenCraft and Cinequest Film Festival, and Semi-Finalists at Slamdance Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival.

He is a graduate from the School of Theatre at Northwestern University.

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