Jaffe Zinn was born and raised in Southern Idaho. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in film.
He has made a variety of award winning short films that have been screened at the Director’s Guild Theater of America as well as film and arts festivals in NYC, LA, Las Vegas, Boise, Moscow, Japan, and Portugal.
Two of his short films, “A Life for M-80” and “Bliss” were nominated for NYU’s prestigious Wasserman Award.
- “Bliss” receiving the award and garnering Zinn another award for Best Directing.
- “A Life for M-80” was also awarded the New York Magazine Award of Excellence.
Jaffe’s first feature film “Magic Valley,” a film detailing how a tragic event unfolds over the course of a single day in the small town of Buhl, Idaho, won the Richard Vague Film Grant Fund of $75,000 from NYU.
When not working on film, Jaffe is one half of the indie pop duo Folded Light.
Heather Rae was recently named one of Variety’s Ten Producers to Watch. She produced Frozen Riverwhich premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
Frozen River was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Screenplay, won the Gotham Award for Best Picture and Best Actress and was nominated for seven Spirit Awards resulting in a Best Actress win for Melissa Leo and the Producer of the Year for Rae.
Heather Rae recently named one of Variety’s Ten Producers to Watch.
Additionally she produced Ibid, starring Christian Campbell which will premiered the 2008 South By Southwest film festival and internationally at the Munich Film Festival where it was nominated for the prestigious CineVision Award. Ibid was acquired and released by IndiePix.
Rae produced The Dry Land starring America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter, and Melissa Leo, which was financed and will be released by the newly formed Maya Entertainment. Sergio Aguero (y tu mama tambien, Quarantine) is exec producing alongside Ferrera.
Previously Rae ran the Native Program at the Sundance Institute and was a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival. After leaving Sundance in 2001 she went on to work for Winter Films as Senior Vice President of Production. Rae has worked as an advisor or consultant to the Sundance Institute, ITVS, the Rockefeller Foundation, National Geographic, PBS, Film Independent, Independent Feature Project, and other media companies and organizations.