Our latest film! With James and Deborah Fallows.
Now on HBO MAX.
THE FILMMAKER’S HANDBOOK
Bestselling text, used worldwide.
“The bible – updated.” – The Independent
5th Edition now available!
A dark comedy about sex, lies and Freud.
CORY NOT PROMISED
What remains after a shooting.
The Jordan family’s strategy to save their Iowa farm.
“Superb!” – Rolling Stone
SO MUCH SO FAST
Remarkable events set in motion when Stephen Heywood discovers he has ALS.
“Gripping, intimate, complex and dramatic.” – Sundance Insider
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
A WOMAN’S PLACE
Challenges of women in business as seen through 50 years of women at Harvard Business School.
HOLD YOUR FIRE
Stefan Forbes’ new film about a watershed event in how police handle hostage situations got a powerful response at the Toronto Film Festival. We’re proud to have served as advisors.
Premiered on HBO and now on HBO MAX.
“A triumph!” “A great American saga… subversively hopeful.”
EYES ON THE PRIZE
The New York Times highlights the best series in PBS history, including Eyes on the Prize — two episodes edited by Jeanne Jordan, “covering the years 1954 to 1965, aired in 1987, winning wide acclaim.”
THE FILMMAKER’S HANDBOOK
Hits #1 film book on Amazon! Very happy that the book is supporting a new generation of filmmakers!
Expanded 5th edition (2019) now available. Supports how we make films today, with new methods and new technologies.
Wins Peabody Award!
Congratulations to Rob Rooy, DJ Savarese, co-producer Anne de Mare, and editor James Rutenbeck. Proud executive producers: Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher.
Receives the Thomas Hoopes Prize from Harvard University for “excellence in the art of teaching.”
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.
“Dedicated filmmakers with an uncanny eye for capturing drama in the most commonplace activities.”
– John Cooper, 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
“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
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
“If you think you know it all, The Filmmaker’s Handbook will prove you wrong. It is both teacher and reference manual. For those of us with a passion for making movies, it will become a constant companion. It is the most comprehensive book about film making that I have ever encountered. It wasn’t written in a hurry, it was written with the wisdom of a born teacher possessing a fountain of knowledge that only comes with years of experience. It is a truly impressive work, accomplished with aplomb.” – Amazon Review
“I dare every filmmaker to read any pages of your choice from The Filmmaker’s Handbook and you will find at least five things you didn’t know about filmmaking in your life. TRULY A BIBLE.” – MOVIE GEEK