A Kansas City, MO-native, Jordan has been telling stories with images his entire life, much to the chagrin of school teachers inspecting his cartoon-filled textbooks. He earned a Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Missouri in 2008, where he was an award-winning cartoonist for the school paper. His undergraduate thesis film “Fingers” circled the globe, playing at seven international film festivals.
Interested in developing his craft further, he relocated to Austin in 2010 to pursue a graduate film degree at the University of Texas at Austin. There he directed and several shorts that went on to screen theatrically around the world. “Short Cuts,” a personal reflection on editing short fiction films, was featured alongside Director Fernando Meirelles (CITY OF GOD) in Moviescope Magazine Summer 2012.
Most recently, his Graduate thesis film Tears At Dawn screened at the Oscar/BAFTA-qualifying LA Shorts Festival, and later won Best Heartland Student Filmmaker at the KC FilmFest. He has provided professional film and video services for 10 years and his past client base includes the National Football League, U.S. Army, H&R Block, and NASCAR.
He is currently working as a freelance Director and Post-Production specialist.
Adelaide Screenwriter Interview (2013)
“Short Cuts.” Feature Article. Moviescope Magazine #29, July-August 2012.
Rogue Cinema Interview (2012)
“Sobchak & The Dude.” Illustration. The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time. Voyageur Press: New York, NY.
“Jordan Kerfeld may not be a name that is instantly recognizable to some of our readers, but he is a filmmaker who certainly deserves the attention of all who read this. He is a director who isn’t afraid to take chances, and his short films reflect this by being wonderful narratives that can be both inspiring and emotionally jarring. He never passes on opportunities to impress his audience.”
“A taut and involving thriller carried by a compelling story and nicely realized performances, Tears at Dawn somehow manages to tell a complex story within the confines of a 12-minute short without losing any dramatic impact. Kerfeld edits the film to near perfection and maximizes dramatic impact by quickly drawing us into the film emotionally then allowing that emotion to fuel the action that follows. The film feels an awful lot like a covert military operation – get in, get out, and make sure the good guys come home. Mission accomplished.”
“KNUCKLEBALL gave me the same pleasant feeling I often associate with having religiously watched every episode of Wonder Years as a child Milo’s age. I was able to connect, not just because of my own love of baseball, but because this is a film about a boy with an undying dream and his father who discovers new hope through his son’s unshakeable resilience.”