photo credit: Rebecca McMillan


Jake Mahaffy's self-produced, low-budget shorts and features were made single-handedly, featuring untrained actors in rural settings. More recent projects combined with professional actors and crew have also screened internationally.

Screenings include Venice (2012, 2016 & Orizzonti Prize for Best Film, 2015), SXSW (2016, Grand Jury Prize, 2008), and Sundance (2004/05/06/08/09/15). He studied fine art and film at RISD and SAIC, foreign languages at Brown and directing at VGIK in Moscow. He founded two new filmmaking programs at two universities as a Professor of Film and Art in the United States and currently teaches Screen Production at Auckland University in New Zealand.