FILMMAKING

Central to my work as a filmmaker is the re-framing of the quotidian, an effort that seeks to challenge perceptions of the status quo and closely examine the fabric of everyday life and the spaces in which it unfolds. I'm interested in exploring new ways of seeing space and time, and taking a critical geography approach toward expressing new understandings of our relationships with each other and our environments.

NO OTHER LAKE

2022, 38 min

Motivated by a desire to better understand his home watershed, Jordan Rowell embarks on a two week kayaking trip along the 120-mile length of Lake Champlain, stopping along the way to talk to a wide range of characters about the future of their shared basin. 

Set 50 years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, NO OTHER LAKE is both a celebration of the unique beauty of Lake Champlain and a confrontation with its greatest challenges. This adventure-conservation documentary strives to inspire people to better connect with the natural world around them, see issues from a different point of view, and get involved with stewardship efforts happening close to home.

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival - Official Selection

Fresh Coast Film Festival - Official Selection

Learn more at lakechamplainfilm.com

JET LINE: VOICEMAILS FROM THE FLIGHT PATH

2021, 12 min

This short film employs an anonymous hotline to elevate the voices beneath Vermont's F-35 flight path, the first urban residents to live with one of the military's most controversial weapons systems overhead.


Tranquil scenes of unassuming neighborhoods near Burlington International Airport are juxtaposed with voicemails of the unheard, those drowned out by the ear-shattering “sound of freedom.” Exploring the relationship between picturesque residential areas and the deafening fighter jets overhead, Jet Line is a poetic portrait of a community plagued by war machines, documenting untenable conditions in a small city once voted one of the best places to live in America. Learn more at jetlinefilm.com

Now streaming on Means.TV

DC Environmental Film Festival - Official Selection

Vermont International Film Festival - Official Selection

Green Mountain International Film Festival - Official Selection

White River Indie Films - Winner: First Place, Emerging Filmmaker Showcase

Global Peace Film Festival - Official Selection

Mimesis Documentary Festival - Official Selection

RECREATION (EXCERPT)

2020, 9 min

A barrage of home movies and amateur videos provides the visual framework for an investigation into the cult of image making surrounding one of the world's most iconic landscapes, provoking questions about the relationships between tourism, photography, land use and memory in the American southwest.

This film was produced on Havasupai, Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Paiute land. It is dedicated to all people displaced by national parks.

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival - Official Selection

Single Channel Video Festival - Official Selection

Fisura International Festival of Experimental Film & Video - Official Selection

ULTRAcinema - Official Selection

Mimesis Documentary Festival - Official Selection

Long Distance Film Festival - Official Selection

Oregon State International Film Festival - Official Selection

Microscope NYC: Pool Party - Official Selection

DC Environmental Film Festival - Finalist

EVEN IN PARADISE

2018, 10 min

This short documentary takes an unblinking look at California landscapes bearing the scars of wars fought elsewhere.  Serene forest groves and opaque Silicon Valley windows provide the visual framework for an assumption-challenging essay film inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s radical historical geographies and the political cinema of Travis Wilkerson.  The film’s minimalist visual style features locked down landscape cinematography and on-screen text to form a critical geography approach toward a new way of seeing the costs of warmaking as they are found in the very flesh of California.

DC Environmental Film Festival - Official Selection

Images Festival - Official Selection

Long Distance Film Festival - Official Selection

Monarch Film Festival - Official Selection

Hazel Eye Film Festival - Official Selection

Mimesis Documentary Festival - Official Selection

Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary - Official Selection