Ray Jacobs is a UK based artist who uses the mediums of image, film and movement to highlight the beauty, power and presence in the narratives that surround us.
Ray works as a director and facilitator, creating imaginative and powerful works with a wide variety of companies, performers and participatory groups in particular collaborating with disabled artists.
He states. ‘I aim in my work to create movement and image which steps quietly into the human heart’.
Recent multi award winning short films include ‘The Sea Reminds Me’ , ‘Bastion’ and Four Solos in the Wild and Your Rocky Spine. He is currently developing a new film based installation based on a collection of stories from American Sci Fi author Jeff Vandermeer.
Ray is currently co director of Shropshire inclusive Dance and performance director of Arty Party a charity based in Telford focused on supporting learning disabled artists share work with the public.
Artworks
Coming to our Senses (2010)
A multi-layered digital work of people’s hands presented on various screens in a café environment. The aim was to create a harmonious art intervention with simple yet beautiful images of hands at rest, in conversation or on their own, echoing the day-to-day actions of people within the café.
The Remembrance Path – collaboration with environmental artist Wren Miller (2011)
The project was an exploration of arts and the grieving process
‘Whilst researching Charles Darwin, it occurred to us that loss and bereavement were a huge influence on his life, both as a young boy who lost his mother and as a parent who suffered the grief of losing a child. A daily contemplative walk open to the public (including the sharing of memories through conversation, writing and artwork) around the old town walls of Shrewsbury, environmental art workshops for bereaved children, and the creation of a public art piece, ‘The Remembrance Labyrinth’, made of 7000 used books, walked through lightly, thoughtfully, contemplatively and playfully at the Quarry in Shrewsbury.
Filmography
I Saw a Girl (2008) – Director
Awarded Best Overall Film – Oska Bright Film Festival 2008
The Sea Reminds Me (2012) – Director
Awarded Best Film – Ablevision Ireland
Judges Merit Award – Focus Film Festival
Nominated Finalist - Oska Bright Film Festival.
Awarded Best Film – Sit Down Shut Up and Watch Film Festival, Adelaide, Australia.
Sensibility Award – Assim Vivemos Brazil Disability Film Festival
Audience Award – Premio Cinematografico Fausto Rossano
Bastion (2014) – Director (www.bastionfilm.com)
Best Film – Meeting Rimini Film Festival, Italy 2014
Finalist and 2nd Prize Winner – Cinema Touching Disability, Texas, USA 2014
Best Male Actor (James Doolan) – 7th International Breaking Down Barriers Film Festival, Moscow 2014
Honourable Mention – Picture This Film Festival, Calgary, Canada 2015
Best Story Award – Oska Bright Film Festival, UK 2015
Best in the Fest – Super Fest – California, USA 2015
Short Fiction 2nd Prize – Festival Inclus, Barcelona, Spain 2015
First Prize – The Malta Mental Health Short Film Festival – DIGNITY 2016
Grand Prix Du Jury – Entre ‘2 Marches, Cannes Film Festival 2016
Best Film - Cinque Terre Film Festival , Italy 2018
Four Solos in the Wild (2016) Director (www.solointhewild.com)
Best Film MITS Dance Film Festival Barcelona, Spain
Creativity Award Fiver dance screen festival, Spain
Best Choreography – Oska Bright Film Festival
Best Dance Film – SDSUMF Festival Australia
My Rocky Spine 2019
Honorable mention - Picture This Film Festival Calgary, Canada.
One man show incorporating – Bastion, The Sea Reminds Me, Four Solos in the Wild, Tate Modern, London, March 2017.
Outstanding contribution to Cinema Award - Oska Bright Film Festival
Ray Jacobs is currently co director of Shropshire Inclusive Dance and Performance director at Arty Party in Telford.
  • Director (13 Credits)
    The Secret Life of Astrid North 2022
    Short
    The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot 2021
    Short
    The Secret Life of Jim Henry 2020
    Short
    Escape the Ordinary2019
    Short
    Escape The Ordinary *2019
    Short
    Stand Up !2019
    Music Video
    Your Rocky Spine2018
    Music Video, Short
    A Safe Place to Rest ( Solo in the Wild)2017
    Short, Other
    Community in the sharing of a Song2017
    Documentary
    Four Solos in the Wild2016
    Short
    Let Go2016
    Short, Other
    Bastion2014
    Short
    The Sea Reminds Me2013
    Short
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    The Secret Life of Astrid North 2022
    Short
    The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot 2021
    Short
    Escape the Ordinary2019
    Short
    Your Rocky Spine2018
    Music Video, Short
    The Sea Reminds Me2013
    Short
  • Producer (2 Credits)
    Bastion2014
    Short
    The Sea Reminds Me2013
    Short
Award of Eminence
The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot
Swedish International Film Festival
Arvika
2022
The Taylor Rees Award
The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot
Ridgway Internationa Film Festival
Colorado
2021
Best Narrative Fiction
The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot
Ealing Film Festival
London
2021
Best Short Narrative Fiction
The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot
Cinema Touching Disability
Texas
2021
Selected Finalist
The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot
VIº Premio Fausto Rossano - Iº Primo Piano Film Festival
Naples
2020
Selected Finalist
The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot
SeeMôr Short Film Festival, Anglesey
Anglesy
2020
Selected Finalist
The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot
INTERNATIONAL ART FILM FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL ART FILM FESTIVAL
London
2020
Selected Finalist
The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot
Breaking Down Barriers
Moscow
2020
Selected Finalist
The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot
Superfest International Disability Film Festival
San Francisco
2020
First Prize
A Safe Place to Rest ( Solo in the Wild)
Mits Video Dance Film Festival
Barcelona
2016
Best short film
Bastion
SuperFest, international disability festival, San Francisco, USA.
California
2015
Most Original Story
Bastion
Oska Bright Film Festival, UK
Brighton UK
2015
Honourable mention
Bastion
Picture This Film Festival, Canada
Calgary
2015
Best Film
The Sea Reminds Me
Sit Down Shut Up Watch Film Festival
Australia
2014
Merit Award
The Sea Reminds Me
Focus Film Festival
California
2014
Best male actor
Bastion
Breaking Down Barriers Festival. Moscow
Moscow
2014
2nd Prize in best film category
Bastion
Cinema touching Disability, Texas
Texas
2014
Best Film
Bastion
Meeting Rimini Festival, Italy
Rimini italy
2014
Official Selection
Your Rocky Spine
Sprout Touring Film Festival
New York
Nominated finalist
The Sea Reminds Me
Oska Bright Film Festival
Brighton, UK
Best Film
The Sea Reminds Me
Ablevision Ireland
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