Based on the award-winning novel by Kimberly Willis Holt, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town is an endearing coming-of-age story about a 12-year-old boy's adventures over the course of one magical summer. Toby (Jonathan Lipnicki) lives in Granger, Texas, population 1299. It looks like he's going to have a typical small-town summer. Then his mother leaves the family to pursue a singing career, the cutest girl in town decides she likes him, and, to top it off, Toby and his buddy Cal stumble across an old tin trailer, and inside find Zachary Beaver, "the Fattest Boy in the World." A tough-talking, wise-cracking New Yorker, Zachary has been abandoned by his guardians, so Toby and Cal make it their business to make sure Zachary doesn't get scooped away by social services. Determined to help their new best friend, the boys get into all kinds of trouble. Along the way they learn what tragedy, friendship, adventure, loyalty, and faith mean to our lives.
Director's Statement Collapse
When Zachary Beaver came to town, he came from New York City. Now I am very happy to come to New York City. Let it be known that when John Schultz came to town, he said, "Thank you, Tribeca Festival, for showing our film." The director later added (saying he preferred it):
Far too few films recognize the intelligence and emotional maturity of younger viewers. Kimberly Willis Holt's novel, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, respects its audience completely, with a sincere appreciation for the deeply painful and funny trials we all face growing up. My intention for our film was to do no less.
About the Director(s)Collapse
John Schultz was born in New York, but soon moved south to North Carolina, where he began making films as a young boy. While still in his teens, he lived in Europe for three years, and then moved back to the States, to North Carolina, Hollywood, and, finally, to New York, where he now resides. Schultz wrote and directed the independently produced Bandwagon (1996), which screened at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. He has also directed two studio films, Drive Me Crazy (1999) and Like Mike (2002) -- both released by 20th Century Fox. Two friendships emerged during the filming of his features for Fox -- with producer Amy Robinson and actor Jonathon Lipnicki -- which led to the Texas-based production of his latest film, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.