David Zellner

David Zellner

Highest Rated: 91% Ghostbox Cowboy (2018)

Lowest Rated: 68% Damsel (2018)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Greeley, Colorado, USA

At no point in his filmmaking career could David Zellner have been accused of being a typical writer or director. Working consistently with his brother, screenwriter Nathan Zellner, the multihyphenate churned out some of the strangest short and feature length projects imaginable, often in the realms of fantasy, black comedy, and surreal absurdism. David Zellner was born in Greeley, Colorado. He shared an interest in filmmaking with his younger brother and future creative partner Nathan Zellner. David Zellner pursued his passion through the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Radio-Television-Film, and ultimately through the development of his and Nathan's own production company Zellner Bros. The pair made its film debut with the absurdist dark comedy "Plastic Utopia" (1997), directed by David and co-written by and starring both brothers. They followed this project up with the equally bizarre "Frontier" (2001). Thereafter, David and Nathan wrote and directed a number of short films, notably "The Virile Man" (2004), "Foxy and the Weight of the World" (2005), and "Flotsam/Jetsam" (2005). At this time, the Zellner brothers expanded their acting careers by taking roles in other directors' projects as well, including Jay and Mark Duplass' "Baghead" (2008). Next, David Zellner wrote and directed his most linear project yet, the dark comedy "Goliath" (2008), which involved a man's hectic plight to find his missing cat. Zellner experimented with more dramatic tones for his following feature, "Kid-Thing" (2012), the story of a troubled young girl with a deviant sense of right and wrong. At this time, Zellner's extracurricular acting roles continued to accumulate, in such projects as "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (2013) and "Love & Air Sex" (2013). Zellner's breakthough came with "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter" (2014). Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter" featured rising star Rinko Kikuchi as a lonely young woman bound on an overseas quest for buried treasure inspired by a viewing of the Coen Brothers film "Fargo" (1996). Directed by David Zellner alone and written by and featuring both brothers, the film showcased the Zellners' maturing sense of tone and plotting, while maintaining their strange and original touch.

Highest rated movies

Ghostbox Cowboy
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
The Art of Self-Defense




No Score Yet No Score Yet Some of Our Stallions Sam (Character) - 2021
83% 63% The Art of Self-Defense Henry (Character),
Executive Producer
$2.4M 2019
91% 50% Ghostbox Cowboy Jimmy Van Horn (Character) - 2018
68% 53% Damsel Parson Henry (Character),
$282.8K 2018
88% 62% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Policeman (Character),
$621.1K 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dignity Unknown (Character) - 2013
71% 67% Kid-Thing Caleb (Character),
- 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fickle Scary Guy (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sasquatch Birth Journal 2 Director - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tug Geno (Character) - 2010
74% 43% Beeswax Scott (Character) $46.5K 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Untitled (Thanks, Get in...) The Star (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 32% Goliath Unknown (Character),
- 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aftermath on Meadowlark Lane Unknown (Character),
- 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pardon My Downfall Director - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Redemptitude Director - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Foxy and the Weight of the World Unknown (Character),
- 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virile Man Gary (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quasar Hernandez Director,
- 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rummy Sam (Character),
- 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frontier Unknown (Character),
- 2001