Alum Jordan Loftus earning early accolades as filmmaker
Less than one year after graduation, one Lackawanna alumnus is already earning local accolades.
Jordan Loftus, of Duryea, Class of 2014, was named Best Local Filmmaker in the Electric City Best of 2014 contest. The annual newspaper poll celebrates the most talented individuals and popular places in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Loftus graduated from Pittston Area in 2010 and studied for a bit at Penn State before landing at Lackawanna. During his time at the Scranton campus, he was able to premiere the feature-length film “Guilty” in the Theater at Lackawanna College and form lasting friendships with both his peers and advisors.
“I learned a lot at Lackawanna,” Loftus said. “(Faculty members) Andy and Emy Kurilla were fantastic to me. I owe them so much.”
Experimentation with filmmaking began at a young age for Loftus, who said he began tinkering with stop-motion animation in 2005. That process is ongoing, and he recently finished a stop-motion piece that had been in progress for more than two years.
In eighth grade, he was introduced to video editing. That process further evolved in high school when he began filming short comedies with his friends.
Aside from “Guilty,” which Loftus said was the first-ever student film to premiere in the Theater at Lackawanna College, his film credits include “S/ash,” where a shy college student is pitted against a series of horror movie icons that have come to life on Halloween night; a zombie flick titled “Lifeless”; and a short film created for a 2014 festival at the former Vintage Theater titled “Dealing with Skootch.”
Many of Loftus’ projects include fellow Lackawanna alumni Robert J. Yezzi, Class of 2012, and Joe O’Connor, Class of 2013.
The Electric City Best Of award, earned just seven months after earning his degree at Lackawanna, is a validation of both Loftus’ inherent talent and the quality of the College’s Communication Arts and Media Technology degree.
“A lot of people don’t give Lackawanna the credit that it deserves,” Loftus said.
He recently held a round of auditions for “Guilty 2” in preparation for a series of filming dates this summer.
News and clips from Loftus’ growing film career can be followed via his YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/ThememanXX1/ or on his Twitter account at @AlxShprd. News about “Guilty” and “Guilty 2,” including giveaways and more, can be found at www.facebook.com/HowWillYouBeJudged.