Jake Mahaffy

MFA, BFA

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Jake Mahaffy’s micro-budget, self-made films have been screened around the world at film festivals and independent venues such as Venice (Orizzonti Prize for Best Film/2015, 2012, 2016), Sundance (2004/05/06/08/09/15), SXSW (Grand Jury Prize/2008, 2016), Rotterdam, Leeds, AFI, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Moscow, Ljubljana, Boston MFA, MoMA (NY) and others. He studied Fine Arts and Filmmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA) and Directing at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. He founded two new filmmaking programs at two universities as an Associate Professor of Film and Art in the United States and now coordinates the Screen Production program at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Research | Current

FRDF project on medieval papal legation / currently writing /
REUNION (feature film), pre-production /
DISSOCIATIVE-FORM NARRATION IN CINEMA (PHD thesis), currently writing / Supervisors: Neal Curtis (MFT), Brian Boyd (English)
A SWEET LIFE / feature screenplay / co-writer with Niu Han /  directed by Niu Han / produced by Dirty Monkey Films Group, China / 2018
MIDWINTER / Venice Biennale / 2016
FREE IN DEED (feature film), currently screening 2015-2016 / Venice Biennale (Orizzonti Best Film award), Malatya (Best Film prize), AFI, Geneva, SXSW, Rotterdam, Kerala, Boston, Nashville (Best Actor and Ecumenical Prizes), Seattle, Beijing, Sydney, New Zealand, Melbourne, BAM, Stockholm, and others...
A.D. 1363 (short film), currently screening 2015-2016 / Sundance, Melbourne, Florida, Hamburg, Show Me Shorts NZ, BAM, Berkshires, Leeds, Lyons International, Clermont-Ferrand, Traverse City, Sydney...

Teaching | Current

SCREEN 201 Storytelling for Screen
SCREEN 303 Working With Performers for Screen
SCREEN 702 Production Management
SCREEN 705 Screenwriting
SCREEN 712 Advanced Drama Directing for Screen
SCREEN 797 Advanced Production Techniques/MA Supervisions

Distinctions/Honours

selected:

NZFC Feature Production Grant / 2018 / Reunion
2018 New Zealand International Film Festival / Cul de Sac
2017 Independent Spirit Award nominations / Best Actor / Best Supporting Actress / Best Cinematography / Best Film (under $500k) / Free in Deed
73rd Venice Biennale /  Out of Competition short screening / 2016 / Midwinter
Denver International Film Festival / Honorable Mention / American Independent Award / 2016 / Free in Deed
72nd Venice Biennale Orizzonti Competition / Best Film Award, Orizzonti competition / 2015 / Free in Deed
Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey / Best Film Prize, International competition / 2015 / Free in Deed
Nashville Film Festival / Best Actor / Ecumenical Film Prizes / 2016 / Free in Deed
Sundance Film Festival / International Short Film Competition / 2015 / Free in Deed
NZFC Post-Production grant / 2015 / Free in Deed
NZFC EDF grant / 2015 / Reunion
69th Venice Biennale / Orizzonti Short Film Competition / 2012 / Miracle Boy
Virginia Film Festival / Jury Prize / Best Narrative Short / 2013 / Miracle Boy
Cannes Film Festival / Cinefondation Atelier Resident / 2009 / Free in Deed
IFP Gotham Awards / Best Undistributed Film of the Year nomination / 2008 / Wellness
International Film Festival Rotterdam / Tiger Competition / 2008 / Wellness
Sundance Film Festival / International Short Film competition / 2008 / Inertia
SXSW Film Festival / Grand Jury Prize / 2008 / Wellness
Newport International Film Festival / Grand Jury Prize / 2008 / Wellness
LEF Moving Image Fund / Pre-Production grant / 2008 /
Bellagio Study & Conference Center Residency / Rockefeller Foundation / 2007 /
Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship / Renew Media grant / 2007 /
Annenberg Foundation Film Fellowship / Sundance Institute production grant / 2006 /
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship / in Filmmaking / 2006 /
Sundance Filmmaker’s Lab / Directing/Screenwriting Fellow / 2006 /
Sundance Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship / inaugural grantee / 2005 /
25 New Faces of Independent Film / Filmmaker Magazine / 2005 /
Sundance Film Festival / International Short Film competition / 2005 /
Sundance Filmmaker’s Lab / Screenwriting Fellow / 2005 /
Creative Capital Foundation / Film Production grant / 2005 /
Sundance Film Festival / Official Selection / Frontier feature / 2004 /

Responsibilities

Program Coordinator - Screen Production program
Convenor - MA Advanced Production Techniques

Contact details

Alternative contact

Extension Number: 88565

Primary office location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
10 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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