THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – Interview with co-writers/directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz

A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church).  

Here is our interview with the talented duo who co-wrote and directed this heartwarming film.

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON is co-written/directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz.  The film’s cast includes Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, Jon Bernthal, Wayne DeHart, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Mick Foley, and Yelawolf.

A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler, a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally.  Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor, a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.

Here is our interview with Co-Writer/Directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz.



The Peanut Butter Falcon highlights the true power of film and give you hope to go after your heart’s desires.  One of the year’s best films.