Mary Jordan’s first feature length film, Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis, produced by the American artist Richard Prince, was named one of the top ten A-list movies of 2007 by Entertainment Weekly. Exhibited worldwide, it received the Tribeca International Film Festival Jury Award, the Best Documentary Award from the Torino International Film Festival, and the Jury Award for Extraordinary Documentary Film Talent. Noted for its boundary-breaking aesthetic, it was exhibited at the Venice Art Biennial, House of World Cultures Museum in Berlin, Brisbane Powerhouse, Issue Project, and Nuit Blance in Paris, and has been utilized by film schools around the globe, including NYU and the New School. Filmmaker Magazine named Jordan one of the top 25 filmmakers to look out for.
The recipient of grants from Judith Rothschild, the Agnes Gund Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Frameline, Jordan was also one of the first artists to be invited to perform in Performa, the highly acclaimed Performance Art Biennial in New York City run by RoseLee Goldberg. She is the Creative Director of Word Above the Street, a non-profit international arts organization dedicated to combining art and cultural programming with social advocacy based in New York. Her newest venture, ‘The Water Tank Project,’ utilizes New York City’s iconic water tanks for a large-scale public artwork that will draw attention to the global water crisis.
She has exhibited her film work at festivals including London Film Festival, BFI (British Film Institute), International Film Festival of Rotterdam, Los Angeles Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Copenhagen International Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, Pacific Film & Television Commission. Her work has been theatrically released and exhibited at Film Forum in New York City, on the Sundance Channel, and on multiple network stations. Her own background as a painter, artist, and performance artist, meanwhile, has caused her selection as director of upcoming features on artists Ed Ruscha and Richard Prince.
A tireless champion of human rights, Jordan has also produced award-winning documentary work in Burma, Africa, Indonesia, and India. She has worked with Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in the refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border, with the Millenium Foundation, the International Center for Human Rights and Tolerance Education in NYC, and was chosen by the Children’s Movement Organization to direct their feature documentary on the war torn children of Bosnia.
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Word Above the Street's The Water Tank Project will engage New York City’s citizens and skyline to create a new and dynamic direction in public art, environmental responsibility and social philanthropy.
The Water Tank Project will generate a compelling visual and artistic narrative using New York’s iconic water tanks as the conduit for a global awareness campaign about the world’s water scarcity. Between 100-150 internationally recognized artists and celebrated figures in the arts and sciences will transform New York City by utilizing 300 rooftop water tanks for a temporary exhibition of mixed media for 10-12 weeks.
New Yorkers will lead the way in implementing a culturally influential and innovative public art publicity campaign about water sustainability. The Water Tank Project will inspire people to ‘pass it on.’ New Yorkers and visitors will look up and incite thoughtful debate about the City’s architecture, public art and the preciousness of drinkable water.
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