Red River, High Noon, Gunsmoke — Westerns, where the bad guys sometimes won but never prevailed. Troublesome Creek, a Midwestern,is the story of the Jordan family’s struggle to save their Iowa farm. From fighting the Crooked Creek Gang to fighting off the bank. A cliffhanger about history, loss, irony and the settling and unsettling of America. 

Academy Award nominee Best Feature Documentary
Sundance Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award
Produced in association with PBS American Experience, BBC Storyville, ZDF/ARTE

1996,  88 min.

Jeanne and Mary Jane Jordan in Troublesome Creek film

academy award nominee

sundance grand jury prize and audience award

George Foster Peabody Award

Director's Guild of America Award nominee

International Documentary Assoc. Distinguished Achievement Award

Prix Italia Special Prize

Independent Spirit Award nominee

San Francisco Film Festival Audience Award

Sydney Film Festival - Best Documentary

National Media Owl Award - Best Documentary

New England Film Festival - Best Independent Film

Troublesome Creek: a Midwestern

Rolling Stone

“Pushes the documentary envelope… exquisite… a pioneering work.”
LA Weekly

“Filmmaking at its finest.”
Boston Globe

elegaic.”  New York Times

Jeanne, Jon and Jim Jordan in Troublesome Creek film

“Absolutely and completely what it ought to be. A family portrait, a quiet ode to quiet courage, a crystallized moment in the history of this country. Moving, heartening, funny, depressing, nourishing.” The New Republic

“Lucid… feisty…Jordan and Ascher know that true stoic understatement is heroic—it contains emotion rather than covering for its absence.” The New Yorker

Russel Jordan in Troublesome Creek film

Jeanne, Jon and Jim Jordan in Troublesome Creek film


Troublesome Creek: a Midwestern film

Official film site – Troublesome Creek: a Midwestern   – a film by Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher