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Podcast Episode 61: S. Craig Zahler On Ramping Up ‘Bone Tomahawk’

Richard Jenkins is the back-up deputy to Kurt Russell's sheriff in the slow-b...

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Above: Richard Jenkins is the back-up deputy to Kurt Russell's sheriff in the slow-burn horror western "Bone Tomahawk" screening once only on Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Digital Gym Cinema.

Episode 61: S. Craig Zahler On Ramping Up 'Bone Tomahawk'

"Bone Tomahawk" is a slow burn horror western and the feature debut of writer-director S. Craig Zahler. He talks about the challenges of making an indie film and sticking to his guns about what works best on screen.

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"Bone Tomahawk" gets a one-time screening in San Diego on Feb. 21 at the Digital Gym Cinema. Writer-director S. Craig Zahler talks about ramping up his slow-burn horror western in Episode 61 of the Cinema Junkie Podcast.

"Bone Tomahawk" didn't play in San Diego last year but I had the chance to see it at the Abertoir Horror Festival in Wales and I fell in love with it.

It made my top three films from last year and set me off on a mission to get a screening here in San Diego because the film plays so much better with an audience and on a big screen where you can appreciate the wide shots. Plus, this is a slow-burner and watching it at home or on your computer where you can pause it or walk away ruins the carefully calibrated pace of the film.

So I worked with The Film Geeks at the Digital Gym Cinema to get what turns out to be the San Diego premiere of the film.

It's an amazingly assured and well-crafted first feature from Zahler who has a background as a cinematographer and who's made a living as a scriptwriter but without seeing any of his scripts actually made into films.

Out of frustration and a desire to see something of his on screen he took the plunge and decided to direct one of his own scripts and "Bone Tomahawk" was born.

If you cannot make the San Diego screening and are forced to seek it out online, it is available on Amazon and iTunes.


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