Jake Mahaffy Free in Deed

Jake Mahaffy

Mahaffy’s experimental shorts and feature-length WAR have screened in festivals and competitions around the world including Sundance (2004/05/08/09), Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Viennale and others. He studied filmmaking at RISD and the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, co-founded the Handcranked Film Projects in Boston and is now developing a new filmmaking program at Wheaton College in Massachusetts as an associate professor. Recently, Wellness, a low-budget feature film about a man trying to succeed in a business that doesn’t exist, premiered in the Tiger Competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW and Newport International festivals, and has screened at dozens of other international festivals and venues. For Free in Deed, an upcoming feature film about a man who tries to perform a miracle and fails, Mahaffy was twice nominated for the Sundance/NHK award, named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “new faces of independent film” and has received a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a LEF grant, and the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship after developing the project at the 2006 Sundance Filmmaker’s Labs.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2009

    Cannes Film Festival

    Mahaffy’s Creative Capital supported project Free in Deed is invited to the Cannes Film Festival Atelier

  • 2006


    Mahaffy receives John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

  • 2007


    Mahaffy receives Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship

  • 2008


    Mahaffy receives SXSW Festival Grand Jury Award for Wellness

  • 2008


    Mahaffy receives New England LEF Foundation grant

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