TIFF Midnight Madness 2017: Meet Director S. Craig Zahler

The Toronto International Film Festival  (TIFF) has the unique distinction of both celebrating new filmmakers as well as being the traditional platform to kick off established Hollywood’s seemingly endless awards season. As an attendee in 2017 you can take in major releases like George Clooney’s Suburbicon (good luck getting a ticket) as well as edgier fare such as the 20 year old Midnight Madness program that has a reputation for mixing genres and styles by emerging and slightly more established artists.

New Machine’s Ana Stefanovic writes about the 11 filmmakers being showcased as part of the Midnight Madness section, with this article featuring S. Craig Zahler (pictured).

TIFF runs from September 7 to 17. Click here for the full lineup.

S. Craig Zahler – Brawl In Cell Block 99

Country: USA
Synopsis:A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.

Bone Tomahawk director S.Craig Zahler is screening his follow up Brawl in Cell Block 99 as part of TIFF’s Midnight Madness program. The Miami-born director graduated from NYU Tisch film school with a focus on cinematography. In addition to film, Craig is a published novelist writing across various genres including western, crime and science fiction – his most recent publication was Relics From a Narrow Cave (2017). He wrote and directed the 2015 film Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell.

The film won important awards at the Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival and the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. Craig is also a drummer, lyricist and singer and is a member of the band Realmbuilder with JH Halberd, currently signed with the Swedish label ‘I Hate Records’.

See Craig’s full list of credits on IMDB.