The Palooka won Best Picture under a $25,000 budget at the Underfunded Film Festival in Utah, and played to a full house at the IndieLounge during Sundance 2017. (We were also runner-up for audience favorite.)


The Palooka also took second place in the Louisiana-made category in the Lake Charles Film Festival.




Stay tuned for upcoming screening dates..



In the meantime, here's a little tease...


Past Screenings & News


The Palooka was shown at the 2018 William and Mary Film Fest, along with other films lensed by our cinematographer, Lauretta Prevost.


The Palooka screened at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival in Cambridge, and Bryan Batt was nomiated for Best Actor in a short.


The Palooka participated in the 34th Long Island Film Festival.


Along with other winners from the Underfunded Film Festival, The Palooka was part of a special encore screening at the Indie Lounge at Sundance January 26.


The Palooka will be screened January 25 at the 11th Annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival in Lafayette, Louisiana.


The Palooka screened to a full house at the 12th Annual Big Apple Film Festival, one of MovieMaker Magazine's "25 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" and "25 Coolest Film Festivals."


The Palooka was nominated for Best Drama at the Rugged Phoenix Underground Film Festival in Maine October 23-24.


The Palooka screened at the 2nd Annual Mount Vernon Film Festival in September.


The Palooka also screened August 9 as part of the Chain NYC Film Festival to a full audience that even included a few friends from New Orleans!


The New York premiere was at the 11th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival June 11 with a full house of filmmakers, Tennessee Williams fans, and film lovers.


The Palooka screened at the Lighthouse International Film Festival, one of IndieWire's top 17 film festivals in June! We screened in a shortsblock of heavy hitters, including Stiller and Meara's last film together. Read about The Palooka and the rest of the short films in The Sandpaper.


The Palooka premiered at The Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans! We were mentioned in The Guardian,, and made's Top 12 Must-See Events of the Festival, and New Orleans & Me's Top 10!


About The Palooka

“The Palooka” is based on one of Tennessee Williams’ long-lost short plays, in which an up-and-coming fighter meets an older palooka before his fight. The washed-up fighter takes the rookie boxer under his wing and regales him with stories of his childhood hero, Galveston Joe. Will either man get to live those storied dreams?


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