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Shared Resources

Continuing filmmaker Jordan Lord’s approach of accessibility shaping and embodying the form of their films, Shared Resources explores various forms of debt (financial, emotional, etc), the risks present in documentary filmmaking, and how that manifests within the lives of the filmmaker and their parents. (KM)

Available Online: Friday, April 9th – Thursday, April 15th
Director: Jordan Lord
Film Details: 2021, 100 minutes, color, sound, English with Captioning and Audio Description

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Join us for a live filmmaker Q&A with Director Jordan Lord and Curator Abby Sun on April 14th at 7PM EST! You can register to participate through Zoom or watch through Facebook Live! If you’d like to submit questions ahead of time, please email docyard@lef-foundation.org.

Official selection of 2021 MoMA Doc Fortnight.

About Shared Resources:

On the surface, Shared Resources is, as it announces, a film about debt. It’s a film about filmmaker Jordan Lord’s parents’ bankruptcy, the physical and psychological repercussions of restructuring after multiple crises, and how precarity affects even middle-class families in the U.S. The brilliance of the film, however, is its reframing of every aspect of the frame, which emphasizes its reframing of the notion of debt: what are the structures and apparatuses that encourage debt? That encourage unequal power dynamics within documentary filmmaking? For a rapacious rich, moneyed class and nameless institutions over wage workers? Over the course of several years, Lord travels back to their parents’ home in Mississippi to explore the iterative process of collaboration and what drives surface-level consideration of ethics in documentary storytelling with a subject as personal and vulnerable as this one. 

Central to Shared Resources’ techniques is a reconsideration of the potential of audio descriptions and captions as essential to the finished film. The audio descriptions take the form of each family member verbally annotating an earlier cut of each scene, recalling the ethnofiction of Jean Rouch and other hybrid documentarians while developing this conceit as a form of emotional release. The captions also become crucial with different font colors differentiating between “on-screen” and “off-screen” discursive spaces. These approaches help the timeline of this film stretch and compress, addressing events far back in the past, like the remnants of the Vietnam War, as well as hopes for the future. There are scenes that reveal and contest accepted conventions of documentary filmmaking (image releases, the assumption of risk). These many elements are handled deftly and assuredly, never overcrowding the film while also avoiding overly-neat conclusions. Shared Resources is an accomplished, moving film, marking the debut of a documentary voice and ethos that we hope to return to again and again. (AS)

“Staging an immanent critique of documentary, Lord’s films challenge the presumed neutrality and universality of vision, upending the pet adage “Show don’t tell,” in order to reclaim the subjectivity of description.” – Kaegan Sparks, Artforum

The image is a portrait of filmmaker Jordan Lord. Lord, a white person with blonde hair, is sitting on what looks to be a couch. They are being illuminated by orange and red light.

Jordan Lord Select Filmography
Shared Resources (2021)
After…After…(Access) (short, 2018)
I Can Hear My Mother’s Voice (short, 2018)

Photo Credit: Mengwen Cao