The Rising is a short film which depicts an invasive alien species, Giant Hogweed, as it colonizes a lowland riverbank in northern England. Part natural history, part sci-fi, The Rising features an atmospheric soundtrack score by Lord Mongo, and presents the alien interloper as both a dangerous, toxic menace and impressive, natural wonder. More info: nickjordan.info/therising.html
A short film which centres upon the proliferation of bird houses, erected to attract the Purple Martin - 'America's Most Wanted Bird'. The extraordinary abundance of man-made habitats reflects a desire to live in close proximity to nature, in a suburban, small town setting.
Excerpt from 'Headlands Lookout', a film by Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan, 2014. Gary Snyder reading 'Birds' from 'Myths & Texts'.
A film by Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan nickjordan.info/headlands.html
Filmed in former US military barracks, and in the long-abandoned homes and circular library of Gary Snyder and Zen philosopher Alan Watts, Off the Trail follows a central protagonist, a soldier from another era, as he performs a series of actions and rituals. The uniformed figure paints Chinese nature symbols, chants, meditates and wanders dreamlike through a rolling Californian landscape of fog-shrouded hills, coastal defences and dense woodland valleys. Scenes are accompanied by haiku and poetry readings from Michael McClure and Gary Snyder, and the disembodied voice of Alan Watts, ruminating upon the passage of time and our perception of the 'wild'.
A short film adapted from Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan's longer work, Headlands Lookout (2014) nickjordan.info/offthetrail.html