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‘Carol’s Last Chance’ filmmaker Jordan Axelrod in the frame



The 8th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival invades venues across Lee County between March 21 and March 25, and one of the short films that will be shown during the fest’s five-day run is Carol’s Last Chance, a new film by local favorite Jordan Axelrod.

Axelrod is no stranger to the Fort Myers Film Festival. He cut his filmmaking teeth at FMff as a volunteer while he was still in junior high. After earning a degree in film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Fort Myers native returned to his roots with a short (20-minute) film titled Seven-Ten Split, that was juried into the Sixth Annual Fort Myers Film Festival, an accomplishment from which Axelrod drew considerable satisfaction. But whatever pride or joy he experienced from having his film made an “official selection” of the Fort Myers Film Festival was eclipsed when it subsequently received honors as best in the Student Film category.

In making the announcement at the awards ceremony in 2016, FMff Founder/Director Eric Raddatz predicted that “Jordan Axelrod is going to be making big films in the next few years, you’ll see it happen.” Carol’s Last Chance is just another step in that direction.

Jordan is currently working as both producer and director on a documentary titled Fabulous Yellow Roman Candles (due out in 2019) and two short film projects. Two additional shorts that he produced (Bennifer by Ryan McGlade and Nothing That Moves by Sam Beneitone) are nearing completion.

During his time at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jordan wrote and directed numerous short films while contemporaneously developing a screenplay for a feature film. He also produced Solitary, an NYU Tisch Thesis Film written and directed by Shawn Flanagan.

Jordan’s other credits include working in the camera department of Jason Bateman’s 2016 film, The Family Fang (starring Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett) and shooting and editing behind-the-scenes material for the Broadway musical adaptation of the 2003 film School of Rock with music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Inspired by the work of Alexander Payne, Richard Linklater, and Mike Nichols among many others, he hopes to continue the legacy of filmmakers who create work that both entertains and moves audiences.

The Fort Myers Film Festival will show Carol’s Last Chance in the grand atrium of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center during the shorts block that will be screened starting at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

March 11, 2018.


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