Wanted – With Writer/Director Nathan Jacobson

Nathan Jacobson is an actor who recently branched out into writing and directing Wanted, an inspiring form of hope packed into a short film. Wanted focuses on fostering and adopting older children and teenagers. It stars Rusty Martin, Stacey Bradshaw, Andrew Cheney, and Eliya Hurt. 

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When did you first get involved in filmmaking?

I’ve been experimenting with film since 2005. However, I didn’t get on a professional film set until 2013.

What faith-based films have you been a part of?

I got my start on a faith-based set called Polycarp: Destroyer Of Gods, and made all my initial connections there. So, oddly enough, the only project I’ve worked on so far that hasn’t been faith-based is my own film, Wanted. The others were Princess Cut, Romans XIII, Rather To Be Chosen, The Bryan Lawrence Story, Bound, and See The Beauty, a short film I wrote for producer Philip Telfer and director Joel Jost. I’m foremost an actor, but have found myself in a number of great crew gigs as well.

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What led to you writing and directing your own short film?

My longterm goal is to do feature films, and the natural stepping stone to that is shorts. I’ve wanted to take that to a bigger scale for a very long time, and as of September, 2013 (when I started writing Wanted), I’d finally established the connections required to do that.

Tell us a little about Wanted.

Wanted is an inspirational short film project about adoption and foster care designed to motivate audiences to take a risk and consider getting involved in these areas. It’s about a boy named Luke who, two nights before he ages out of the system, is placed in a new home; a home unlike any he’s experienced before. And the taste of a real family will change his life forever. People can watch the trailer and read more about the project on our website.

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What did you find most surprising about doing your own film as opposed to working on other people’s movies?

Obviously, the pressure and responsibility level is hugely increased on a project that I’m directing. But I’ve been extremely blessed to have had so many amazingly skilled and talented people helping me in the process.

What has been the greatest joy in doing your own film?

That’s a tough question to answer! There have been so many incredible joys throughout the entire process. But I would say that nothing tops the exhilaration of God bringing each remarkable individual onto our team. With each member of our cast and crew, I am dumbfounded every time I try to process how these spectacular people have contributed such outstanding attitudes and performances to this project.

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What is your goal for Wanted?

I have an adopted brother, and believe the plight of the orphan (especially the teenage orphan) is severely overlooked and often ignored. This film is meant to raise awareness of how much having a family is taken for granted, and how much it negatively affects children when they don’t have one of their own. We’re hoping to get in at a large number of film festivals, but the primary goal is to simply reach the largest audience of parents and families as we possibly can.

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Do you have plans to make more films?

Absolutely! Our team already has a number of potential short and feature projects on the table for development. I truly believe that audiences are going to love what we have in store for the future!

Anything else?

We’re so thankful for those who are getting in on the excitement and encouraging us on this journey!The best ways to follow our current and future projects are to sign up for our newsletter here:  and like our Facebook page. My personal resume, reel, and contact info can be found on IMDb here.

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