Jeanne Jordan is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who has been making documentaries and dramas for over twenty years. The Independent said of her resume, "it reads like PBS's greatest hits."
Troublesome Creek: a Midwestern (co-directed with Steven Ascher) won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance, was nominated for an Academy Award and received many other awards. It was released theatrically and broadcast on PBS The American Experience, the BBC premier documentary strand Storyville, ZDF Germany and many others.
Jordan and Ascher's feature documentary, So Much So Fast premiered at Sundance, was released theatrically to critical acclaim, and has been broadcast on PBS FRONTLINE, BBC Storyville, ZDF Germany, and many other networks around the world.
Raising Renee, part III in the Families in Trouble trilogy, premiered at Full Frame, won the Audience Award at the Independent Film Festival Boston and Best Documentary at the Syracuse Film Festival. It was broadcast on HBO, Knowledge Canada, SVT Sweden and AVRO Netherlands.The film was nominated for an Emmy (Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming).
Jordan was Series Producer of the PBS children's series Postcards from Buster for two seasons, producing a new, international version of the show, nominated for the Outstanding Children's Series Emmy both years.
Among her awards are the Prix Italia, a Peabody award and an International Documentary Association Distinguished Achievement Award. She was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award and an Independent Spirit Award. She received the Michael DeBakey Journalism Award and an Insight Award from the National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists.
Jordan edited two films of the groundbreaking civil rights series Eyes on the Prize which won an Emmy Award and the DuPont Columbia Award, and films for American Experience, including season opener, Amelia Earhart and The Wright Stuff. Other editing includes My Mother's Murder for HBO and the Emmy-nominee, A Normal Face for NOVA.
Her dramatic feature work includes several films for American Playhouse, including Noon Wine, Lemon Sky and the Emmy-winning series Concealed Enemies on the trials of Alger Hiss. She edited the bilingual feature, Blue Diner which won the prestigious ALMA award.
In 1988, Jordan and Orlando Bagwell produced Running With Jesse, a chronicle of Jesse Jackson's presidential run for FRONTLINE, which Jordan also edited. She has produced and edited several pieces for The PBS Newshour and films for the PBS series Art Close Up, which won and were nomintated for Emmys.
Jordan graduated from the University of Iowa and began her career at Iowa Public Television. She has twice been honored with a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and she was a member of the Breadloaf writers conference. She has taught filmmaking at Harvard and the Art Institute of Boston. She has lectured and held master classes in several countries, including Tokyo University, the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, the Full Frame Fellows Program, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and the Aristoteles Workshop in Romania sponsored by the European network Arte. She has been a guest critic at Yale University, Duke University and Rhode Island School of Design.
Jordan has advised and contributed to numerous film productions. She and Ascher are currently Executive Producers of the ITVS-supported film, Deej.
She has received grants from the Artists Foundation, the LEF Foundation, the Paul Robeson Foundation and many state humanities and arts councils. Her films have screened at numerous festivals internationally, including the Sydney Film Festival (Audience Award Winner), San Francisco Film Festival (Audience Award Winner) and they are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, Harvard Film Archive, UCLA and the Sundance Collection.
Writing on Jordan's work has appeared in numerous publications including Documentary Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Variety, Ecran Total and books including Documentary Storytelling by Sheila Curren Bernard.