Director Biography – La’Chris Jordan (JANUARY 14th)

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LA’CHRIS JORDAN is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker who has received over 60+ awards, grants and honors for her writing. Recently, she was a grant development winner at the Stowe Story Labs and a finalist for the SAGindie Fellowship for her feature ROSES IN THE WATER. She was a winner in the Script Lab’s Screenplay Contest for her historical pilot PINEY RIDGE which was also a Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival, a finalist for the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Fellowship, and a semifinalist for the Sundance Episodic Lab and the MACRO Episodic Lab powered by the Black List.

In 2019, La’Chris made her directorial debut with JANUARY 14TH which won Best Short and Best Director at the Top Indie Film Awards. The short is currently on the film festival circuit, gaining acceptance at prestigious festivals across the country such as the Pan African Film Festival, Miami Independent Film Festival and Indie Short Fest, among others. La’Chris is currently in pre-production for her second short film THE RIDGE which was a semifinalist in the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition.

As a playwright, La’Chris was named ‘One of the 50 Playwrights to Watch’ by the Dramatists Guild and a Semifinalist for the extremely competitive Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwriting Program at Juilliard.​ A former journalist and graduate from the University of Washington, La’Chris is the founder of BlackCinemadb.com, an entertainment and online movie database of over 700 films from the African-American and African diaspora. She is based in Los Angeles, California.

Director Statement

JANUARY 14TH was inspired by my parent’s 30+ year marriage. They were best friends who had journeyed through heaven and hell together. To say they were in love would be an understatement. They were soulmates. The only time I saw my father cry was when my mother passed away in 2008.

January 14th was their wedding anniversary.

Making a film in commemoration of their relationship began in 2018. The script had gone through several incarnations before I settled on the version you are seeing today. The film was shot over two days in Los Angeles with a small, but talented crew. The cast was made up of local actors who we selected through a meticulous and rigorous audition process. Chemistry between all the actors, above any previous experience, was what we were looking for. The budget was small, but we focused on capturing the soul of the story despite the limitations.

In essence, JANUARY 14TH is an exploration of the day-in-the-life