Craig Zobel

Atlanta-based filmmaker Craig Zobel displayed a true independent spirit with his variety of roles for many feature and documentary projects, which ranged from producing films for longtime collaborator David Gordon Green ... Read more »
Born: in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (7)

Manglehorn 2015 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Z for Zachariah 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Prince Avalanche 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Compliance 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kitchen Cousins 2011 (TV Show)

Producer

The Great World of Sound 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

George Washington 2000 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Director (5)

Outcast 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

The Leftovers 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Z for Zachariah 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Compliance 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great World of Sound 2007 (Movie)

(Director)
Production Management (5)

Trumbo 2008 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

Bomb the System 2005 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

The Smoking Gun TV 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Production Manager

Undertow 2004 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

All the Real Girls 2003 (Movie)

(Unit Production Manager)
Actor (2)

The Foot Fist Way 2008 (Movie)

Julio's Punching Bag (Actor)

Undertow 2004 (Movie)

Bridegroom (Actor)
Writer (2)

Compliance 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great World of Sound 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (1)

Undertow 2004 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Biography

Atlanta-based filmmaker Craig Zobel displayed a true independent spirit with his variety of roles for many feature and documentary projects, which ranged from producing films for longtime collaborator David Gordon Green ("All the Real Girls," 2003) to his own directorial efforts on the controversial "Compliance" (2012) and "Z for Zachariah" (2015). Born in New York City but raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Zobel studied film at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he met future creative collaborators David Gordon Green and Mike Chapman. While working a dead-end job associated with the 1996 Summer Olympics, he teamed with Chapman and his brother, Matt, to write a parody of children's books; the project later became a Flash animation site called Homestar Runner, which followed the adventures of the titular character, a dim but determined sports figure, and his array of surreal friends and associates. The cartoons, which parodied pop culture ephemera, grew in popularity over the next decade, generating several million hits per month on the site. During this period, Zobel also worked in a variety of capacities on various independent film projects, including unit production manager and co-producer on Green's first three critically acclaimed features, "George Washington" (2000), "All the Real Girls" and "Undertow" (2003). He directed his first short film, the small-town drama "Surfacing: AKA A Letter from My Father," in 2001, before serving as director and producer on the independent comedy "Great World of Sound" (2007), which concerned a pair of unscrupulous music industry talent scouts. Two years later, he directed, edited and produced "Of Montreal: In a Fit of Hercynian Prig, Oculi" (2009), a documentary about the Atlanta experimental rock band, before embarking on his first turn as a feature director with "Compliance." A harrowing psychological drama based on a real-life criminal case, the film starred Ann Dowd as the manager of a fast food restaurant who is coerced by an unidentified caller claiming to a police officer to subject one of her employees into submitting to a humiliating interrogation. "Compliance" drew headlines for a tension-filled screening at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where audience members argued with the cast and crew over perceived exploitative elements of the film, but the picture eventually drew critical praise during its brief box office run. Stints as producer on Green's comedy "Prince Avalanche" (2013) and the Al Pacino drama "Manglehorn" (2014) preceded his own return to the directorial chair with "Z for Zachariah." The post-apocalyptic drama, which starred Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Margot Robbie as participants in a love triangle that occurs in the wake of civilization's collapse.

Milestones

2015

Third film "Z for Zachariah" premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

2012

Second feature, "Compliance," attracts controversy for perceived exploitative elements.

2000

Co-produces David Gordon Green's film debut, "George Washington"

Bonus Trivia

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Made his feature acting debut as a bridegroom in David Gordon Green's "Undertow."

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Produced "D'Artagnan is the Champion" for Melissa Palmer, wife of "Homestar Runner" co-founder Mike Champman.

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The "Homestar Runner" character Coach Z's name is an homage to Zobel.

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