Private Project

Jacob, Broken by God

Jacob Roe thinks he has his life all figured out until a nearly fatal car accident sends him down another path. After serving his time in prison, Jacob performs community service at a local church where his natural talent for public speaking gains him impressive
recognition attracting the attention of Bishop Elmore Hilton, the king of television evangelists.

Through his new partnership with Bishop Hilton and the church,
Jacob quickly builds popularity and fortune. Jacob's success starts
to slip away as he moves further away from what truly brings him
happiness, his family.

After receding on a life's journey of a downward spiral, Jacob turns to faith and family discovering and realizing life's true riches.

  • Joy Millana
  • Andrew Ragland
  • Joy Millana
  • Shedrack Anderson
    Key Cast
    "Jacob Roe"
    Fat Albert, Hook
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  • Runtime:
    2 hours 3 minutes 19 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Varicam Panasonic Super 35mm
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Director Biography - Joy Millana

Joy Millana was born Jocelyn Millana. She is an award-winning producer and director known for Profiled aka Premeditated (2014), Dojo Girl (2018), Bird (2019), and Jacob, Broken by God (2022).

She is a Filipino-American, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.

Daughter of Rolando Millana and Manuela Briones, a medical family practitioner and nurse.

Worked for Gibson Guitar Corporate in Nashville, TN as a full-time music video producer/director.

Started out her creative career as a storyboard artist in Linda Thornburg's Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing (2004).

Began producing and directing commercials whilst in graduate school.

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Director Statement

My body of narrative work demonstrates my commitment to producing films about relationships with ethnic, racial, sexual, gender, and generational conflict themes, including the contrast between contemporary lifestyles and traditional cultural conceptions and stereotyping. I am particularly interested in the culture clash between first generation Americans and their immigrant parents who hold conservative points-of-view and high expectations stemming from the traditions of the Motherland.

Stylistically, I aim for my films to showcase fluidity and animation always through the lens, via the use of Steadicam, dolly rigs, and/or shoulder mounts. I rarely utilize stationary camera setups, due to their lack of intimacy. My cinematography, just like my storytelling, will always exhibit an organic feel. I like to incorporate desaturated color and tone through costume, lighting, cinematography, and production design to complement the authenticity of my characters’ real world problems, relationships, and environment.

I approach storytelling through investigation of culture, exploration of transformational moments, and curiosity about conventional paradigms. My current and future objectives for my motion picture producing and directing bodies of work are about emotional journeys, personal growth, and social movements. As a filmmaker, my goal is to inspire, inform, and entertain audiences incorporating universal themes within visual narratives about anthropology. I bring out the tension between cultural norms and what is usually hidden or untold. I aim to unveil potential connections to the characters or the story, creating a new view of their lives.