Cinematographer Zak Mulligan 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 honored with two Independent Spirit Awards nominations. Mulligan was was also included in Variety magazine's 2015 list of Cinematographers to watch.
Mulligan's TV work includes Ava Duvernay's CBS TV pilot, For Justice and 2nd unit work on the 2nd season of Netflix's House of Cards. Mulligan's documentary Open Heart about Rheumatic heart disease in Africa was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013. Open Heart went on to premier on HBO and select theaters throughout the world. Other feature film work includes Tribeca Film Festival premier, Bleeding Heart (Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet, Dir. Diane Bell), The Sisterhood of Night (Kal Penn, Kara Hayward, Georgie Henley and Laura Fraser, Dir. Caryn Waechter), Future Weather (Dir. Jenny Deller) which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, Blumenthal (Dir. Seth Fisher) and I'm Not Me (imnotmethemovie.com). Custody directed by James Lapine and starring Viola Davis, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Hayden Panettiere and Ellen Burstyn premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2016.
Mulligan's extensive commercial client list includes Google, Nike, Reebok, Samsung, and American Express. 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). His forth coming feature film We The Animals based on the New York Times best seller of the same name will release in 2017.
Variety 10 Cinematographers to Watch (Link) / Open Heart at the 2013 Academy Awards (Link) / Always a Fire Wins Vimeo Best 12 of 2012 (Link) / BBC Radio, October 2010, "One Day on Earth" (Link) / American Cinematographer, April 2010, Sundance 2010: Expanded Palettes (Link) / ICG Magazine, April 2010, First Tracks (Link)
Google, Kraft, Sony, American Express, General Electric, Nike, Reebok, Under Armor, Bayer, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Samsung, DirecTV, NBC Universal, Passion Pit, Cults, Mute Math, Flying Lotus, and Woodhands