Jordan Coleman, his brother Justin and their mom Chrisena started the company in 2010. The trio collaborated on their first film SAY IT LOUD released in 2008. At the time Jordan was 12-years-old and Justin was 6.
Chrisena, a former award-winning journalist at the New York Daily News, researched the film business and educated her sons about filmmaking. She still requires her sons to write scripts, watch movies, read about trends in the business, attend business meetings and make presentations.
The trio got their first big break in 2008 when Chrisena sent an email to AMC Theatres’ former Director of Community Relations Stann Tate about SAY IT LOUD and to her surprise he replied. Tate requested a copy of the film that featured interviews with Kobe Bryant, Michael Strahan, Ludacris, Cory Booker, Master P, Rev. Al Sharpton, Terrence J, the late CBS Newsman Harold Dow and others talking about the importance of education for African-American boys.
Tate was blown away by the film and invited the Colemans to AMC's Kansas City Headquarters to pitch the film for the AMC Kids Summer Movie Camp. AMC Execs expected Chrisena to make the presentation, but a pint-sized Jordan stood up in front of executives including former AMC Theatres President of Film Programming Samuel "Sonny" Gourley who green-lit the project. After the presentation, Gourley complimented Jordan on “doing a great job” on his presentation and the film.
In August 2010 Jordan Coleman Films spent 11 days shooting its award-winning feature film PAYIN’ THE PRICE, a cautionary tale about teen dating violence. The film chronicles the story of a 17-year-old who finds himself on trial for brutally assaulting a beautiful young girl. Jordan Coleman filmed the movie in 11 days because he had to get to high school football practice.
The film garnered praise from educators, teens and domestic violence organizations including Break The Cycle and Verizon Wireless’ Hope Line. Verizon Wireless and Break The Cycle sponsored a series of community screenings.
In 2012 PAYIN’ THE PRICE received recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Focus on Filmmakers series at the 2012 Cleveland International Film Festival. Jordan Coleman was named 2012 Best New Filmmaker at the Peachtree Village International Film Festival. PAYIN’ THE PRICE won the 2011 HBO Best Feature Competition at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival.
Jordan Coleman Films is currently in production for a documentary DON’T SHOOT which is a look at the shootings of African-American males and the perception of African-American males in America. Jordan Coleman Films is also completing the script for their next feature film JUST IN CASE, a coming of age story about a high school football player-turned-Hollywood Heartthrob and lots of teenage drama including, betrayal, jealousy, sexting, friendship, sex and broken promises.