Cinematographer Zak Mulligan, an Ohio native, started his career in New York after studying art and photography at Arizona State University. Mulligan’s narrative feature Obselidia premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the Dramatic Film Competition where he was honored with the Excellence in Cinematography award for his work. Obselidia also took home the Alfred B. Sloan award and was recently honored with two Independent Spirit Awards nominations.
Mulligan's documentary Open Heart about Rheumatic heart disease in Africa was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013. Other feature film work includes Future Weather (dir. Jenny Deller) which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, Blumenthal (dir. Seth Fisher), A Piece of America (Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival) and the Noah Buschel scribed You’re Gonna Feel Funny After (Charlotte Film Festival, Zero Film Festival) and the narrative feature I’m Not Me (imnotmethemovie.com) which marks the cinematographer's debut as a writer and director.
Mulligan’s extensive commercial client list includes Google, Kraft, Sony Ericsson, and American Express. Recently his work on the General Electric funded short documentary Always A Fire was featured on Vimeo's top 12 of 2012 staff picks. Mulligan has shot music videos for artists such as Passion Pit, Cults, Mute Math, Flying Lotus, and Woodhands (his video for “I Wasn’t Made For Fighting” was an official selection of Slamdance 2009 and The 49th Annual Krakow Film Festival).
The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund | 2010