Mary Jordan

Mary Jordan (born August 14, 1969) is an award winning filmmaker, artist, activist and social justice advocate based in New York City. She grew up in the Bronx and in Toronto, Canada. She studied literature, cultural and social anthropology and art. She has lived in Australia, India, Thailand and Burma and traveled in more than 50 countries. At the age of 18, after a trip through North Africa, she made her first documentary film, a work about female circumcision. Jordan was especially interested in rites of passage and in matriarchal and polygamous societies, like in Papua New Guinea. At the age of 20 she was the producer of Canadian directors like Steve Chase and Marco Brambilla. In Sydney, Australia she founded the production firm Indigo Blue for music videos and commercials. Since 2005 she is mainly living and working in New York. In 2005 she had already been acclaimed by the magazine Filmmaker as one of the 25 ‘new faces of independent film-making’. The same year, in the Old Chelsea Y.M.C.A. in New York she held an exhibition about Jack Smith, including films, photographs and radio-broadcasts of his as well as interviews with his friends.

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