Five-year-old Jordan rides peacefully in the back seat of her mother's car during a cross-country road trip - until they swerve to avoid a deer on a dark mountain road -- and the small girl is faced with a series of challenges that change her life forever.
Jordan is a psychological thriller in the mold of many successful films -- from the classic "Bunny Lake is Missing" to "The Forgotten" - where the bond between mother and child is threatened by sudden events that seem to have erased and/or replaced the presence of a loved one. But, rather than taking the well-traveled road of a mother searching for a lost child, Jordan focuses its story completely through the point of view of a five-year-old girl; the lost child becomes the hero, driving our story to an emotion and triumphant resolution.
The film's underlying appeal to audiences is universal and timeless. The story evokes the familiar archetypes of fairy tales: the evil forest, the witch in the candy house, the loyal woodsman and the determined girl who uses her wit and cleverness to save herself from danger. In essence, all fairytales are action/adventure stories -- and Jordan is that.
Stuart Hynson Culpepper made his directorial debut in 2000 with the feature film THE ORIGIN OF MAN, (“Superb debut” – LA Weekly) which premiered at the Taos Talking Picture Festival. The film was nominated for Best Debut at The Munich International FF, won the audience award at The Karlovy Vary International FF, was a competition selection at The Sao Paulo International FF, screened at The Montreal World FF, and received international distribution. Recently, he directed THE CAPTIVE, winner of the “Best Web Series” award at the 2008 New York Television Festival. He is a Partner in culpepper/williams, a company creating feature films, television and stories for new media.