Dream big dreams. I’m just an average kid. I play high school football, I play high school basketball, but I aspire to be great. Basically, I just dream big and I work hard at it.
-Jordan Coleman, Filmmaker/Student-Athlete
Directing His Path
16 years old is too young to be a filmmaker, right? 16 years old is too young to be a filmmaker with a profound message, right? 16 years old is too young to do inspiring work that can impact copious lives, right? Apparently somebody forgot to clue 16-year-old Jordan Coleman in on that myth. Because not only did this inspiring high school junior create an important film with a profound message, he has set out on a nationwide tour to spread the word.
Jordan’s film Payin’ The Price is a different sort of boy meets girl romantic saga. Boy meets girl. Boy woos girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy hits girl? Therein lies the problem. And Jordan wants you to understand just how much of a problem it really is.
Before we go on, it’s important to set the record all the way straight. Jordan wasn’t 16 when he directed Payin’ The Price; he was 14. And he isn’t just a filmmaker; he’s an actor, a model student, and a two-sport athlete. Yep, he’s baaad like LL Cool J, Michael Jackson, and Shaft (The original; no disrespect to Sam)!
I recently caught up with the quadruple threat during the Brooklyn leg of his Speak Up and Get Out film tour to talk film, sports, Donovan McNabb, and why he wants to challenge Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Xbox. Continue reading