Graduate Student, MFA Program
Environmental activism, human rights, oceans
With roots in environmental activism and a love for rural places, Jordan became a filmmaker to amplify the voices of those under the thumb of the grind of modernity. He spent a decade fighting Mountaintop Removal mining, and fighting for the rights of miners, seeing those two goals as linked. He is drawn to complexity, working with the philosophy that where there are no easy answers, understanding is a worthy goal in itself. His current work is focused oceans, and the people who know them best. Comprising 71% of the world's surface, and existing outside of national boundaries as we know them, oceans are the largest force affecting both climate and weather. They are the source of storms, and snow on the mountain peaks. Predictable winds and reliable currents allowed for trade, migration, and colonization. This stability, in a time before fossil fuels, created the world we know today. His research, working with sailors, aims to demonstrate viscerally and experientially what it means to gradually lose this stability.