Jordan Alan

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Jordan Alan, (born May 24, 1967) is an American writer, film producer, director, and television-commercial director. He is the founder of Bliss Sinema (formerly Terminal Bliss Productions), through which he directed and produced Terminal Bliss (1992), Kiss & Tell (1996), The Gentleman Bandit (2002), Pipeline (shot 2007), and Cats Dancing on Jupiter (completed 2011). He currently has one project in development, a film entitled Deconstruction Red.[1]

Along with being the co-founder of Genesis 1:3, an innovative fiber optics broadband network, Alan also writes, directs, and films TV commercials for clients, including 1-800-DENTIST, 1-800-USA-EYES, Invisalign and LA Sight Laser Center.[2]

Alan married Amanda Righetti in 2006[3] on Oahu.[4] They have one son, Knox Alan, born in January 2013.[5]

Jordan Alan
Born May 24, 1967 (age: 50)
Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
Occupation Director, Producer, Writer
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Amanda Righetti (2006-present)
Children Knox Addison Alan

Early Life and Education[edit]

Jordan Alan was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, as Jordan Alan. His family was Jewish, but “non-religious”.

It was clear that Alan had an eye for visuals. At the age of nine, he was producing comic strips for local newspapers. At ten, he was already making films.

Alan scored high in early abstract reasoning exams and was quickly placed into a visual arts program. But he also showed promise in another area: hockey.

Hockey Years[edit]

When Alan was twelve years old, he was enrolled in professional hockey school in Vancouver, BC. It was Alan’s dream as a child to become a professional goalie and play in the NHL one day. For 3 years, Alan committed to a bi-coastal lifestyle, attending hockey school in the summer, living the other half of his life on the East Coast during the remainder of the year.

Jordan Alan, filmmaker
Jordan Alan, 2017, at the Richmond Ice Centre in Vancouver
Jordan Alan filmmaker
Jordan Alan, 2017, at Fiber Optics Conference

It was in Vancouver, BC, that he discovered filmmaking. Alan began filming his peers during his second year of hockey school. Armed with a personal video recorder, Alan captured his peers both on and off the ice, showing particular interest in capturing his goaltending peers in net, but also in his surrounding environment.

“Vancouver in the 80’s was a great time period for shooting film – the music, the culture, the hair. It was just a great scene to be a part of and capture.”

Eventually, Alan reached a career crossroads in Vancouver and was forced to choose between pursuing a career in Hockey and a career in film.

"Of course, during that time, the most important thing to me was what is on every teenage boy’s mind: girls. I knew both would get me girls but only one would provide me a life of zero injuries. So, I went with film instead.”

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Alan’s professional debut was his film Terminal Bliss, which he wrote on spec and starred a pre-90210 Luke Perry. Terminal Bliss made half a million dollars, eventually grossing over USD $3 million. His film premiered at the very first Montclair Film Festival in 1991. Alan was only 22 years old. He credited his success his teacher, Jay Curtis, and the Performing Arts Program at Montclair High School, in his hometown, where he started his path to directing and writing.  

To film the trailer for Terminal Bliss, Alan financed the trailer starring a young Sandra Bullock, a waitress at the time in Canastel's in New York. He and Bullock became close friends and she attended various meetings with Alan as a way to learn the business. Bullock would later be cast but unable to act in Terminal Bliss as she had no SAG card at the time.

During a market trip to Independent Feature Project, Alan met Brian Cox, a producer, and Anant Singh, who expressed interested in Alan's work. "Back in the day, in order to set up a 35mm screening, you had very few screening rooms. Anant had booked me a one hour time slot, but it was at the worst time possible for film - 5:00 pm. Rush Hour." Alan had his film threaded and ready to go for an hour while he waited for Singh and Cox to arrive, almost having his time slot bumped by Martin Scorcese's dailies of The Last Temptation of Christ, before they arrived in time to view Alan's 8-minute trailer of Terminal Bliss

"Afterwards, I explained I had to run to my PA job, at which point Anant simply said: "Mr. Alan, do you want to be a PA or a director? I expect you for dinner tonight so we can make a deal."

Terminal Bliss was wrapped in 1988 and sold in 1990 to Canon Films. Alan began flying out to LA routinely to meet with agents before signing with United Talent Agency. It was through United Talent that Alan began writing diverse projects for hire, shooting short films such as Cats Cradle and Love & Happiness, the latter of which introduced him to Charlie Mattera, who put Alan in touch with James Cameron.

"Charlie had a relationship with Cameron and waked us into Lightstorm Entertainment. We were given a development deal and all I knew was that I was being mentored by Cameron, which was awesome. We had a conversation about not having to be an apologist to Hollywood for wantying perfection or high standards in our work."

The premiere of Terminal Bliss received scathing reviews from his hometown newspaper, The Montclair Times, citing that the film was about alienated, white privileged teenagers having sex and doing drugs. Alan's editor, and local Montclair resident, Bruce Sinofsky, wrote a letter to the Editor on Alan's behalf, citing indignation at the lack of support: "You'd think the kid's hometown paper would have something nice to say since it's a miracle that 20-year old got a movie made at such a young age."

Sinofsky would later go on to direct Paradise Lost 2, which received an Oscar nomination.

Alan’s films have been compared to the honest portrayals of indie films created by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey. He is known for striking a balance between improvisation and storytelling, letting his actors discover their characters as they create them. “Once I’m done speaking with my actors, I put the camera on my shoulder and say ‘Okay, let’s roll, let’s go to life.” 

During the production of his second film, A Gentleman Bandit, Alan met Patty Jenkins (Monster) and quickly became friends. He was invited to view her short film thesis at the American Film Institute; fittingly, Jenkin’s thesis was on a Superhero Mom (Jenkin’s directed 2017’s Wonder Woman, the first female director for a comic movie). Alan encouraged Jenkins to go after Charlize Theron, telling her to cast as if she had all the budget in the world. Monster would go on to earn an Oscar and skyrocketed Jenkin’s career.

Alan's last feature, Cats Dancing on Jupiter, was shot in 2011 and released as the first 4K movie online in 2015. It was recently retitled to LA Femmes Fatale. It is currently being released overseas and will be coming soon to the US under its new title. 

Alan is currently working on an upcoming film entitled Deconstruction Red (AKA Mercy).

Commercials[edit]

Alan has shot TV commercials for multiple clients, including 1-800-DENTIST, 1-800-USA-EYES, Invisalign, and LA Sight Laser Center.

Personal life[edit]

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Jordan Alan in Vancouver.

Alan maintains his love of hockey and admires goalies like Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers for his passion in the net. "'My goal is to stop your goals' remains one of my favorite sayings and I think it translates easily from on and off ice."

Alan ran an organization called Planet Hockey in LA, which provided world class Hockey training designed for players of all levels that are passionate about elevating their Hockey career.

Alan married American TV actress Amanda Righetti in Oahu in 2006. In January 2013, the couple announced the birth of their first child, a son named Knox.[6]

Philanthropy[edit]

Animal Rescue and Adoption[edit]

Alan is passionate about advocating for rescue dogs. In 2008, he and his wife, Amanda, rescued Akira, their mixed breed dog, from South Central Animal Shelter, a shelter known for its a high-kill rate. Alan is an active voice for animals who need a second chance at a new home. He plans on building an animal sanctuary for abused, neglected, or retiring animals.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Notes
1988 Twilight Sleep (short) winner of Lacarno award
Terminal Bliss (short) starring Sandra Bullock
1987 Missing Emotions (short)
1992 Terminal Bliss starring Luke Perry
1995 Cats Cradle
1996 Love & Happiness
1997 Kiss & Tell starring Heather Graham, Rose McGowan, and Peter Green
2000 The Gentleman Bandit starring Ryan O'Neal, Ed Lauter; winner of WorldFest Houston award
2003 etrain
2004 Evil Remains Director of Photography
2005 Pipeline
2015 Cats Dancing on Jupiter aka LA Femmes Fatale
2017 Deconstruction Red in works

Television[edit]

Commercials
1-800-Attorney
1-800-DENTIST
Invisalign 
Biolase
Vans
Quicksilver
Cortislim
LA Solar Group

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cast & Crew". Deconstruction Red (official site). n.d. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Commercial Reel". Bliss Sinema. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Amanda Righetti Expecting First Child". People. August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012. ...her husband of six years... 
  4. ^ Stefanie Riedel (Winter–Spring 2007). "A Wedding at a Private Estate on Oahu". Pacific Weddings. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Amanda Righetti Welcomes Son Knox Addison". People. January 18, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2003. 
  6. ^ "Baby News! Mentalist's Amanda Righetti Welcomes a Son—What's His Name?". E! News. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 

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