Michael McGruther began his filmmaking career with the original screenplay Tigerland, directed by Joel Schumacher and co-written by Ross Klavan. The critically acclaimed screenplay was nominated by IFP/West for Best First Screenplay and by the Political Film Society for the PFS Award in 2001. It is widely known as Colin Farrell's breakthrough film, garnering Farrell the Boston Society of Film Critics Best Actor Award and the London Critics Circle Film Award for British Newcomer of the year. Invigorated by the filmmaking process while on the set of Tigerland, McGruther established BuffaloNickel Films. He then teamed up with Jersey Films and Universal Studios on two features: his original science fiction adventure titled Lightspeed, and a coming-of-age drama titled Sentenced to Nature, based on a New York Times article by author Charles Siebert. BuffaloNickel Films has since acquired the rights to several novels and short stories to produce. In 2001, Extra Life, a drama about coming-of-age in the digital world; in 2004, Arthur C.