Jake Yuzna


Hailing from a family of horror filmmakers, Jake Yuzna is writer, director, and curator focusing on genre filmmaking. Their films have screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, London Film Festival, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the British Film Institute, as well as been acquired by Netflix, PBS, and Arté Television. Yuzna’s debut was the first American feature to win the Teddy Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. In addition, they have received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, Frameline Foundation, IFP, as well as a Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Film Institute and a special jury award in Artistic Risktaking from IFP. Yuzna founded the cinema program at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC where they curated the first American retrospectives on Italian Zombie Films, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Dario Argento, Sion Sono, and the medium of VHS. In addition, Yuzna has curated retrospectives on Andrei Tarkovsky, Crispin Glover, H.R. Giger, and Science Fiction cinema of the 1990s. Their curatorial work on horror and genre filmmaking has been collected by the libraries at Yale University and NYU.