For more than fifteen years, Zak Penn has carved out a successful and eclectic career in the film industry. While Penn is best known for his work as a screenwriter on Hollywood blockbusters, he is equally devoted to his role as director of independent, experimental and improvisational films. Penn first directed and co-starred with Werner Herzog in INCIDENT AT LOCH NESS, his award-winning "hoax" documentary about the legendary director's attempts to make a film about the equally legendary monster.Penn's most recent directorial effort, THE GRAND, starred Woody Harrelson, Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines and Chris Parnell and was a Tribeca Film Festival favorite.

Born and raised in New York City, Penn attended Wesleyan University and soon after began his career as a screenwriter when he sold his first script, LAST ACTION HERO, at the age of twenty-three. Since then, Zak has been a credited writer on PCU, INSPECTOR GADGET, BEHIND ENEMY LINES, X-MEN II, ELEKTRA & X-MEN: THE LAST STAND. He is currently working on a remake of DIRTY DOZEN for Warner Brothers as well as developing an UNTITLED TV PILOT for ABC.

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"A Regular Day In Ana's Irregular Life"
Directed By: Benigno Piñera, Gabriel Romo, Miguel González
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Judgement Day
Directed By: Hugo Lilja
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