NeedleMarks is a thought provoking short film about a girl (Ruby) whose past has come back to haunt her. Up until now, she’s managed to distance herself from her partner in crime, but he won’t be locked up for long and it’s up to Ruby to determine whether this toxic relationship will live on.
Written, directed, and edited by artist/filmmaker Jordan Lee, the project grew purely from inspiration in what he likes to call his “organic” process. The entire film was greatly inspired by Erykah Badu’s ‘Out My Mind, Just In Time’ (among other songs), and decisions regarding lighting, set design, and editing were inspired by things like small locations, unexpected weather, and the temporary hairstyles of the talent. As the film progresses, it makes subtle jumps into an abstract, metaphorical tale about the difficulties of letting go.
This is one of many great and unique short films coming out of the NYU Tisch program. You can expect to see a lot more from Jordan Lee and his colleagues in the near future.
BIO: Jordan Lee is a young Black filmmaker from Los Angeles, and he’s just getting started. All his life, he’s been passionate about art, first dabbling in drawing, and then going on to spend years writing lyrics and stories, editing pictures and videos, blending photography with graphic design, and playing a wide variety of musical instruments. There is no form of art that’s off the table for Jordan, so he hasn’t looked back since realizing that film embodies them all. While attending NYU, he has directed four short documentary-style films, and six narrative short films, with more on the way. In terms of craft, each of his narrative films builds on the last. His debut student film, ‘Death Day’ is a completely silent black and white noir film that plants the seed of a murder mystery. The films that follow (available on Youtube at ‘The Barely 90s Kid’) use black and white film and minimal sound and dialogue to deliver bite-sized psych-thrillers.
His films often use metaphors and alternate versions of reality in order to dive into the more abstract parts of a character’s psyche. Using informative imagery and little to no dialogue, Jordan Lee intends to leave audiences with their own unique interpretation of each story. His newest film, ‘NeedleMarks’ is his first narrative project using color and soundscape, serving as a transition into color by slowly increasing saturation at key moments. With this project, he hopes to bring a sense of understanding for those who have struggled with substance abuse, daring to make the topic relatable to anyone by directly comparing addiction recovery to toxic relationships. Jordan Lee is also currently writing a high concept script that blends science and spirituality for his first feature film.
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NeedleMarks is a thought-provoking short film written, directed, and edited by artist/filmmaker Jordan Lee. The film’s protagonist Ruby’s past has come back to haunt her. Up until now, she’s managed to distance herself from her partner in crime, but he won’t be locked up for long. It’s up to Ruby to determine whether this toxic relationship will live on. Watch it for FREE on Youtube here.