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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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A WOMAN’S PLACE

Challenges of women in business as seen through 50 years of women at Harvard Business School.

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NEWS

Seduction Theory film thumbNice Boston Globe piece prior to sold-out Seduction Theory screening at Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Our essay 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

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

Count the great short films on your fingers. The usual mistake is that they are too ambitious for the brief length, but what if the ambition actually succeeds? I am jubilant about Steven Ascher’s extraordinary Seduction Theory, 20 minutes of jam-packed fictionalized autobiography based on his childhood as the bed-wetting son of an abrasive, egotistic, very famous Freudian psychoanalyst. The story is immediately compelling, and the unusual way it is told is even better, gorgeously shot by Stephen McCarthy, beautifully edited by Jeanne Jordan, and with acting almost shockingly good. A wise work, and such a pleasurable work. And funny! – Gerald Peary, Film Critic

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“Oh, my God! — Seduction Theory is so great! So funny, so smart, so ingeniously constructed, so packed!  I love the range of gags and the sheer amount of honesty in the writing. It’s rather incredible how much emotional diversity you get in this film, how lived-in and detailed the characters are. Beautifully acted and shot, too — this really has it all. The film achieves something perfect when gets you laughing while you have a lump in your throat.” – Guy Maddin, Director

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