DEEJ wins Peabody Award! Congratulations to Rob Rooy, DJ Savarese, co-producer Anne de Mare, and editor James Rutenbeck.
Proud executive producers: Jeanne Jordan and Steve Ascher.
Steven Ascher receives Thomas Hoopes Prize from Harvard University for “excellence in the art of teaching.”
FILMMAKER’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.
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
“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
“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
“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