Jake Yuzna is cultural producer whose practice has included feature films, curatorial projects, design, publications, nightlife, and educational initiatives.
For his work, Yuzna has received fellowships from Creative Capital, Jerome Foundation, Philanthrofund Foundation, Frameline Foundation, Creative Time, State Arts Board of Minnesota, IFP 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, Red Cat of Los Angeles, among others. In 2010, Yuzna founded the first cinema program at the Museum of Arts and Design. Continuing as the Director of Public Programs, he headed the institution’s experimental cultural production initiatives until 2015. These projects included the museum’s first biennial in 2014, the first American retrospective of Alejandro Jodorowsky, as well as the first publication of the education department “THE FUN: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC.”