Jordan Coleman is a young man on a mission. At 20-years-old, he’s an award-winning filmmaker, public speaker, actor, author, education activist and a junior at American University in Washington, DC where he is studying film.
He is an Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow and was recently selected to speak at a TEDx event. Jordan named one the 25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives by Children’s Health magazine. Jordan has received several awards for his filmmaking including Best New Filmmaker at the Peachtree Village International Film Festival, received recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science at the Cleveland International Film Festival and last year Jordan won the HBO Best Feature Film competition at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival with his film Payin’ The Price, a cautionary tale about teen dating violence.
He is the recipient of a Nets Hometown Hero Award, a Global Teen Leader, Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner and was a finalist for the 2009 Do Something Awards, which recognizes young people who make a difference. Jordan was featured on CNN’s Young People Who Rock series.
He has appeared on America’s Best Dance Crew Champions for Charity Show and won $10,000: he has also appeared on Kids Teen News and several other TV programs. Jordan’s photo and story appeared on 40 million bags of Doritos.
For three years, Jordan was the voice of Tyrone the Moose on Nickelodeon’s Emmy Award-Winning animated series “The Backyardigans.” Jordan’s mom challenged him to use some of his earnings from his cartoon gig to make a positive impact in his community. Jordan wrote, directed and produced “Say It Loud!” a youth film that explores the importance of education for African-American youth.
The teen filmmaker’s second film ”Payin’ The Price” looks at teen dating violence. Jordan was inspired to tackle this issue after the Chris Brown and Rhianna “domestic violence incident.”
Jordan has worked as a child model for the New York Daily News, and he appeared in lead roles for two TV commercials for Huggies and the NBA. Jordan, his younger brother Justin and their mom created Jordan Coleman Films.
He enjoys writing movie scripts, making films, public speaking and doing community service. Jordan has written several TV treatments and is currently wrapping up production on a documentary “Don’t Shoot” which looks at how African-American males are viewed. He is the author of Say It Loud: The Reel Deal & Behind The Scenes Stories. His hobbies include poetry, song writing, playing club football and basketball at American University and traveling.
Jordan has received letters of commendation from United States President Barack Obama, U.S Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, Congressman Steve Rothman, NJ Governor Chris Christie and local politicians for his efforts to promote the importance of education. He is the son of Award-Winning Journalist Chrisena Coleman and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.