Jordan Essary is a screenwriter, cinematographer, and director out of Southwest Missouri (previously South Texas). He has worked on numerous projects over the past several years, including award winning and festival accepted short films and screenplays. Essary has screened films in local theaters and has opened for directors such as, Joe Swanberg (All The Light In The Sky, Drinking Buddies). His boundless passion for placing unique ideas and stories onto paper, or being behind the lens to paint cinematic motion, is present from one film to the next.
Leave It Be Budget: $1M - $5M | Independent ⋄ Thriller ⋄ Drama Leave It Be is a pulp thriller about a determined brother and his strong-willed sister who fight the consequences of their grandfather's secret past as a moonshiner, after a life-threatening ultimatum is arranged against them by a handful of residents from a small town.
Film (short) by Talking Dog Pictures Cinematographer/Editor After years of abuse from her father, Julie turns a ticket to his show into an opportunity for revenge.
Film (short) (Comedy, Drama and Short) Screenwriter Hangman is the story of a young man trying to figure out the machine of the American way; finish school, get a job, and get married. Now that opportunities are looking grim, the doubt within himself grows stronger. That is until he meets an unlikely character who shows him a different outlook.
Film (short) (Action and Short) Screenwriter A cleaner named Sonny arrives on a hit site only to find his job has taken a turn for the worst. His decisions are timed, his actions are watched, and his choices are crucial.
And So, My Children
Film (short) (Drama, Family, Mystery and Short) Screenwriter/Director A boy who is almost to the age of losing his innocence, stumbles upon something incredible in the forest. While observing his surroundings, he quickly discovers he is not alone. The presence that is with him creates a new outlook on life. He is asked to keep it forever. Written by Anonymous
LA Movie Awards "Best Script" for Leave It Be
LAIUFF "Best Script" for Leave It Be
Filmmatic Screenplay Awards "Official Finalist" for Leave It Be
SAMC "Best Narrative" for And So, My Children
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX)