Jake Yuzna

Moving Image, 2012

Born in Minneapolis, Jake Yuzna attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education before receiving a BFA in filmmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Yuzna has received fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, Philanthrofund Foundation, Frameline Foundation, Creative Time, State Arts Board of Minnesota, IFP Minnesota and the National Endowment for the Arts. His debut feature film, Open, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it became the first American film to receive the Teddy Jury Prize. Open was awarded Best Narrative Feature at the Tel Aviv Film Festival, Best Performance at NewFest, and for the film, Yuzna was named a Four in Focus Filmmaker by OutFest. Yuzna’s work has screened at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the British Film Institute, Oberhausen Film Festival and more than 70 other international film festivals. In 2010, Yuzna founded the first cinema program at the Museum of Arts and Design, where he continues to head the institution’s experimental cultural production initiatives. 

Awards and Accomplishments


Yuzna curates the major exhibition NYC Makers at the Museum of Art & Design in New York which includes fellow Creative Capital Artists Faye Driscoll, Natalie Jeremijenko, Meredith Monk, Miriam Simun & Elaine Tin Nyo