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William Jacobs is the founder and filmmaker behind Mourning Dove Films. He is an Arts alumnus of Illinois Central College and a graduate of The Second City’s Improv Program in Chicago.

William grew up making films. His history with cinema began at the age of nine creating stop-motion animations with toy figurines. After having made dozens of short films in the span of fifteen years, William turned to the tradition of cinema using the 16mm film format with great interest in the asceticism of celluloid filmmaking. He is currently embarking upon the creation of his debut feature film, Poet in a Modern World, which follows two artists wandering through modernity’s spiritual desert.

His depth of experience in the domain of independent filmmaking has taught him the advantage of working with limited resources and small crews outside the clutches of Hollywood. William’s preoccupation with the cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, Robert Bresson, Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Carl T. Dreyer, among other filmmakers, has led him to exploring the art form’s distinct, mysterious qualities. 

Last seen: August 11th 2022

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