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.

Alan, 2017, at the Richmond Ice Centre in Vancouver
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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 3 million.

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.”

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Alan, in 2017

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 what she really wanted after she began asking how he got started in his own film career. He encouraged her to cast as though she had the all the money and budget in the world. “I knew she wanted Charlize [Theron] but was hesitant. I just told her what someone else told me once; to cast as though she had all the budget in the world. I knew Patty would get what she wanted; she has a great eye and was quickly becoming an incredible director.”

Monster would go on to earn an Oscar and skyrocket Jenkin’s career.

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]

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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