Jake Barsha started working in the motion picture production industry in 1998. He is a skilled member of the International Cinematographer's Guild and has worked on a variety of productions, including commercials, television shows, promos, music videos and movies for companies such as Anonymous Content, Smuggler, FOX, Kandoo Films, Untitled, Moxie, Morton Jankle Zander, Sedna Films, Paramount Studios, Warner Brothers, Universal, Engine Room and Sony.
In 2008, Jake Barsha wrote and directed the independently produced feature EUGENE which premiered at The Palm Springs International Film Festival January, 2009. Eleven other U.S. and international film festival screenings followed, garnering rave press reviews and warm accolades for EUGENE from festival programmers. EUGENE left audiences "squirming in their seats" at what The Palm Springs Film Festival acclaimed as "A brilliantly disturbing psychological thriller." EUGENE was the only American film selected that year to participate in the New Voices/New Visions category of films from new and international talents making their first or second films.
"With moments of tenderness wrapped like a bow around its disturbingly real psychological thrills, Eugene is one of 2009's best indie offerings."
- The Independent Critic Richard Propes
"Striking...chilling...fine story-telling...The cast was terrific...!"
- San Francisco Film Society
"Haunting...a cautionary tale with an eye-candy sugar rush..."
- The Bay Area Reporter
"Hauntingly simple and disturbingly real..."
- The Palm Springs Desert Sun
In 2011, Jake Barsha wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed 10-episode horror web-series THE FUNNY MAN, produced in association with Frank Tobin Films and financed for $40K by Dailymotion, the second largest video sharing platform in the world. The 2012 LA Web-Series Festival honored Jake Barsha's writing/directing talents for THE FUNNY MAN with awards for "Outstanding Director" and "Outstanding Writer."
Jake Barsha was presented the first ever honorary "Pinkberry No 1 Groupie" award by Shelly Hwang and Young Lee, the owners of Pinkberry frozen yogurt franchise, after they stumbled upon a short video that he made in 2005. Jake's video inspired the Pinkberry "GROUPIE" campaign and influenced dozens of creative Pinkberry fans to produce similar videos of their own.