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WEST CITY FILMS

Producers of acclaimed films for theatrical release, TV networks, corporations, museums and the web.

Filmmakers Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan are creators of award-winning documentaries, dramas, spots and new media.

OUR AWARDS INCLUDE:
  • Academy Award Nomination

  • Sundance Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award

  • Emmy Awards & nominations

  • George Foster Peabody Award

  • The Prix Italia

SELECTED WORK

Cory Not Promised posterCORY NOT PROMISED 
What remains after a shooting.

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Seduction Theory posterSEDUCTION THEORY 
A dark comedy about sex, lies and Freud.

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Raising Renee film PosterRAISING RENEE
Artist Beverly McIver and her promise to take her 45-year old sister, who is mentally disabled, when their mother dies.

“Fascinating… Deeply moving.” – About.com

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THE FILMMAKER’S HANDBOOK
Bestselling text, used around the world.

“The bible – updated.” – The Independent

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So Much So Fast film posterSO MUCH SO FAST
Remarkable events set in motion when Stephen Heywood discovers he has ALS.

“Gripping, intimate, complex and dramatic!” – Sundance Insider

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TROUBLESOME CREEK
The Jordan family’s strategy to save their Iowa farm.

“Superb!” – Rolling Stone

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HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Five leaders making a difference in their communities.

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NEWS

Seduction Theory film thumbSEDUCTION THEORY is screening at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline MA on Wed. 11/30/16 at 7:00.  Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and psychiatrists Steven Cooper and Michele Baker and a reception. More details soon!

Wrote a piece for @IDAorg Magazine about trust and control of story between filmmakers and subjects. Read it here.

Seduction Theory film thumbSEDUCTION THEORY wins Platinum Remi Award for Best Dark Comedy at Worldfest Houston!

Filmmaker's Handbook - Amazon Bestseller bannerFILMMAKER’S HANDBOOK – hits #1 film book on Amazon.  Very happy that the book is supporting a new generation of filmmakers!

EYES ON THE PRIZE – rebroadcast.  Important and very relevant today.  Jeannie edited Ep 3 Ain’t Scared of Your Jails and Ep 5 Mississippi.  

Jeanne Jordan - filmmakerJeanne Jordan moderated the Editing Masterclass at DOC NYC.

Paul Byrnes, film critic and former director of the Sydney Film Festival on the impact of Troublesome Creek in Australia, and vice versa. Sydney Morning Herald

Seduction Theory film thumbSEDUCTION THEORY selected for Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.  More…

Raising-Renee posterEmmy nominee RAISING RENEE now available on DVD.   More…

Sundance winner TROUBLESOME CREEK now streaming on  iTunes, Amazon instant, Hulu and others.  More…

Sundance nominee SO MUCH SO FAST now streaming on iTunes, Amazon instant, Hulu and others.  More…

LIFE AND OTHER ANXIETIES screened at Lincoln Center.  Debut of newly restored print.

Christian Goodwin & Ariel Bavly in Seduction Theory film

ABOUT US

“Dedicated filmmakers with an uncanny eye for capturing drama in the most commonplace activities.” – John Cooper, Director, Sundance Film Festival Festival

“Ascher and Jordan’s films are consistently thoughtful and moving, deeply committed, and resonant with craft: their considerable gifts as filmmakers include their ability to make what is complex and difficult to film and edit seem easy.”Scott MacDonald, American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary

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