Award-winning filmmaker Jacob Strunk hails from the dark woods of Wisconsin. His films have screened in competition and by invitation across the world. He was short-listed for both a Student Academy Award and the Pushcart Prize in fiction and has received filmmaking grants from Kodak and Fotokem. Strunk has lectured on filmmaking at festivals across the country; he holds both a BA in film production and MFA in creative writing and teaches film production at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He lives in Los Angeles with a few framed movie posters and the ghost of his cat, Stephen.

Since 2016, he has produced and directed travel and docuseries for Lionsgate. The narrative short An Elder Man is currently playing festivals, and the feature documentary he co-produced and directed, The Green Standard, ended an award-winning festival run when it hit VOD platforms worldwide in 2018. Other recent clients include Chris Hardwick's Nerdist Industries, Legendary Pictures, Disney, The Jim Henson Company, Mission Control Media, The Music Center, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Escapist, Defy Media, Screen Junkies, Awkward Family Photos, the Mona Lisa Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

He makes films. He tells stories. He has to. 

Film Awards & Nominations

Semi-Finalist
An Elder Man; Los Angeles CineFest, 2017

Walla Walla Movie Crush Challenge
An Elder Man, 2017

Gold Kahuna Award
The Green Standard; Honolulu Film Awards, 2017

Spotlight Gold Award
The Green Standard; Spotlight Documentary Film Awards, 2016

Best Horror Short (Winner)
All Our Yesterdays; Hollywood Horror Fest, 2015

Student Academy Awards (Finalist)
Valhalla, 2003

Best Film Noir (Winner)
A Shadow Before Sunrise; New York International Independent Film Festival, 2004

Brooks Institute 24P Contest (Winner)
Valhalla, 2003

One Reel Film Festival Filmmaker Challenge
Another Happy Ending, 2005
Selected to Participate with Jason Reitman, Jay & Mark Duplass, AJ Schnack, Seth Henrikson

Kodak Student Filmmaker Grant (Winner)
A Shadow Before Sunrise, 2004

Fotokem Student Filmmaker Grant (Winner)
A Shadow Before Sunrise, 2004

Pioneer 2880 Contest (Selected Writer/Director)
Go Man Go, 2002

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