Saxtons River native to debut short film, ‘Wired,' at Calif. festival
BELLOWS FALLS -- Since graduating from Keene State College in 2010, Jordan Mitchell-Love has become a cinematic jack-of-all-trades.
The 27-year-old served in a least six roles, including lead actor, in his first short film, "Wired," which will have its world premiere at the 10th Annual Action on Film International Film Festival in Monrovia, Calif., later this month. The festival is scheduled for Aug. 22 to 30 and Mitchell-Love plans to get to California on Aug. 26, which is closer to the date his film will be screened. Mitchell-Love worked as an actor, stunt/fight choreographer, location scout, production manager, executive producer and assistant director on the movie.
"It's a suspense-action film," he told the Reformer.
Mitchell-Love said the film's plot centers around a former elite secret agent named Ryan Miller, who has been living off the grid. He is rediscovered by an anonymous party and given an ultimatum -- get to a kill switch in an abandoned warehouse, or die. Mitchell-Love, a Saxtons River native, described "Wired" as a combination of the television series "Breaking Bad" and "24." He said the film is about eight minutes long, though he originally thought it would be only three.
"I wanted to make a film that would showcase my talents in action and also for drama," he said Monday.
Mitchell-Love's friend, Paul Anthony Rogers, a director based in Lynnfield, Mass., also directed the movie. Rogers said Mitchell-Love had starred in a feature film he made a few years ago (after finding him on LinkedIn, a professional networking site) and the two worked so well together he agreed to assist with "Wired."
"It was fabulous. With him being from all the way up there in Vermont, we thought it would be really cool to try to (film there) because you don't see that many films shot that far away from Boston," he told the Reformer. "I love to try to shot in unique locations and tell different stories than what we've seen before."
Rogers, who wrote much of "Wired," said he thinks the project turned out great.
"Wired" was filmed in two and a half days, with some of it shot in Bellows Falls, and other parts filmed in and around Keene, N.H. All the interior shots were filmed at Green Mountain Specialties, which is run by Mike and Ginger Cook, who have known Mitchell-Love for years. Ginger Cook, whose parents own the business that makes custom-print retail gift tissue, said she and her husband were approached by Mitchell-Love and agreed to the idea because they wanted to help.
"Why wouldn't we?" she said. "He had a lot of enthusiasm and excitement and everyone was very professional."
Ginger Cook said she and her husband have not seen the film, but would love to sometime soon.
Mitchell-Love told the Reformer the film cost $5,000 to make. He said everyone involved in production, besides himself, got paid for their time. He personally financed "Wired" after a failed attempt to raise the money on Indiegogo, an online fundraising platform. He said he expected more out of Indiegogo, but soon realized people hear only about its success stories -- and not the flops.
Mitchell-Love said he graduated from Keene State in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in musical theater, an individualized major. He now hopes to generate enough funds to produce a television pilot based on "Wired" and believes the 10th Annual Action on Film International Film Festival is the perfect place to get the public at large to financially back the venture. He also mentioned he would like to film the TV pilot -- and "in an ideal world" -- the entire series in Bellows Falls as a way to boost the local economy and drive up tourism.
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