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Jordan Manley

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Home Base / Vancouver, BC, Canada

Overview

Filmmaking

Documentary Filmmaking Adventure Filmmaking

Photography

Adventure Photography Documentary Photography

Cinematography

Documentary Filmmaking

Audio

Documentary Filmmaking Adventure Filmmaking

Biography

As any student of Jordan’s work can tell you, his filmmaking is only a hard earned extension of the storytelling and shot framing he honed as a still shooter. If nurture can be credited over nature. Jordan has the gift of eye; he seems to see the word as if through a frame. In still photography or film, Jordan’s subjects—people or settings—are presented like stand alone works of art, each composition thought through like brush strokes on canvas. In his films, such as the short documentary “Treeline” he created for Patagonia, these brooding, gallery worthy images flow through your sternum and land with weight. The experience can almost feel overwhelming. But because his cinematic timing and ability to score music, audio, and dialogue is also flawless, you can’t let go of the thread.

Jordan was drawn to film, and now feature length film, because of the opportunity to tell longer stories. “I suppose that when I was doing photography it was more piecemeal,” he says. “With film I can see ideas through from the beginning. Filmmaking is more linear. You have to collect more of those moments for a film to work. But that’s the essence of filmmaking. This struggle between how much you leave in how much you leave out. I find film more painful because of what it takes from you. It can be quite tortuous.”

Films

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Video

Jordan: TREELINE | PATAGONIA FILMS

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Jordan: A SKIER'S JOURNEY | CHINA | ARC'TERYX

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Jordan: OUT ON A LIMB | Arc'Teryx

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Jordan: A SKIER'S JOURNEY | IRAN | ARC'TERYX

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“Some of my friends think I’m being pretentious when I say this, but with the amount of material that is out there in the world, and with the limited amount of time we have to engage with it, if we have the power, then do we have the responsibility to try to create meaningful work? I think so.”  —Jordan Manley

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If I could use one word to describe Jordan, it would be “attuned.” His attention to detail is astounding, and he can hear and see things most people remain unaware of. He can then translate that attunement in ways the rest of us can better understand or feel, through cinematography, a storyline, a photograph, or sound design. Jordan is wildly creative and one of the most dynamically skilled people I have ever known. 

Laura Yale

Producer

The same ability that made Jordan an acclaimed still photographer translates to film. He has an eye.

Work Experience

PAST

UPCOMING

PAST

08/2016

"A Skier’s Journey" film series, 12 films. Arc'Teryx

Director Creator Producer Cinematographer Editor Sound Design

05/2015

"Jumbo Wild" Patagonia Films

Editor

03/2017

"The Curve of Time" Patagonia Films

Director Cinematographer Editor Sound Design

09/2018

"Treeline" Patagonia Films

Director Cinematographer Editor Sound Design

01/2019

"Out On A Limb" Arc'Teryx

Director Cinematographer Editor Animator Sound Design

UPCOMING

04/2025

Work In Progress: Feature Documentary

Director Cinematographer Editor
Awards and Recognition

Jun 2016

“A Skier’s Journey” Best of the Year Award, Vimeo.

Aug 2016

“A Skier’s Journey” Best Snowsports Film, Banff Mountain Film Festival

Jul 2018

“The Curve of Time” Winner, Special Jury Prize, New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.

Jul 2017

“The Curve of Time” Winner, Best Environmental Film, Kendal Mountain Film Festival.

Jun 2019

“Treeline” Winner, Grand Prize Award, Bilbao Mendi Film Festival.

Jun 2019

“Treeline” Winner, Best Canadian Film, Vancouver International Film Festival

Jan 2021

“Out On A Limb” Winner, Best of the Year in “Videos for Good” Category, Vimeo Festival and Awards.

Nov 2008

Photo of the Year, Bike magazine.

Apr 2009

Winner, Pro Photographer Showdown, Whistler, Canada.

Feb 2011

Winner, Whistler Backcomb Deep Winter Photo Challenge, Whistler, Canada. 3X

Jun 2016

“A Skier’s Journey” Best of the Year Award, Vimeo.

Aug 2016

“A Skier’s Journey” Best Snowsports Film, Banff Mountain Film Festival

Jul 2018

“The Curve of Time” Winner, Special Jury Prize, New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.

Jul 2017

“The Curve of Time” Winner, Best Environmental Film, Kendal Mountain Film Festival.

Jun 2019

“Treeline” Winner, Grand Prize Award, Bilbao Mendi Film Festival.

Jun 2019

“Treeline” Winner, Best Canadian Film, Vancouver International Film Festival

Jan 2021

“Out On A Limb” Winner, Best of the Year in “Videos for Good” Category, Vimeo Festival and Awards.

Nov 2008

Photo of the Year, Bike magazine.

Apr 2009

Winner, Pro Photographer Showdown, Whistler, Canada.

Feb 2011

Winner, Whistler Backcomb Deep Winter Photo Challenge, Whistler, Canada. 3X