Awardee: Jake Mahaffy

Moving Image, 2005

Jake Mahaffy's self-produced, micro-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. Venues include Sundance, Venice (Orizzonti Prize for Best Film, 2015), and SXSW (2016, Grand Jury Prize, 2008). He founded two new filmmaking programs at two universities as an Associate Professor of Film and Art in the United States and currently coordinates the Screen Production program at Auckland University in New Zealand.

Project: Free in Deed

"Free in Deed" is a feature-length fiction film about the troubles an intensely religious man faces while trying to miraculously heal a violently sick child in a poor storefront church. Based on actual events and 11 years in the making, the film premiered in 2015 at the 72nd Venice Biennale where it was awarded the Orizzonti Best Film Prize.

Review in Variety

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Review in Indiewire