Mourning Dove Films seeks to revive cinema as a true art form and return to a perennial way of storytelling that edifies, consoles, and admonishes the soul.

Will it play in Peoria?

Mourning Dove Films is located in the small city of Peoria—a historic part of Central Illinois that once was an entertainment Mecca in the days of vaudeville and theater palaces. Rich with a burgeoning independent filmmaking community, Peoria has potential to become prominent as a fertile location for great art and entertainment remote from the despotic mainstream film industry.

About Will Jacobs, founder and filmmaker


In lieu of the depravity and decadence of Hollywood, founder Will Jacobs saw potential for a subversive independent film industry in the Midwest. “There is the expression that a poet must not avert his eyes from the world, but facing the unprecedented ugliness of modernity is no easy task. It is my great objective to initiate a spiritual renascence in cinema—to bring forth films of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth.”

Will is known for his performance in Denouement (2017), which won Best Actor in a Dramatic Short at the Illinois International Film Festival in 2018 (selected out of 600 submissions). He is a graduate of The Second City’s Improv Program in Chicago and an Arts alumnus of Illinois Central College. 

Will’s short film, Animal (2014), was accepted out of 400 submissions and screened at the Chicago International Film Festival’s 11th Annual CineYouth Festival. Animal (2014) was also shown at the 2015 Short Screens film festival in Brussels. Will’s short film, After (2015), aired on WTVP’s “The Screening Room” in 2016.

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“My aim is to place cinema among the other art forms. To put it on a par with music, poetry, prose, etc.’’​

—Andrei Tarkovsky, Time Within Time