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writer/director

Jordi Ortega

BIOGRAPHY

Jordi Ortega is a Writer/Director from Barcelona, based in Los Angeles, CA. He is available for commercials, music videos, documentaries, Film & TV.

Jordi's life can be traced wherever his stories have taken him. A global citizen and a student of emotions, he loves working with actors and is experienced working with non-actors (including children and animals) in projects requiring tremendous flexibility. A believer in responsible messages, Jordi's signature is the pursuit of our common humanity, the celebration of different cultures and the infusion of hope in his stories. 

Jordi began his eclectic career as an investigative TV journalist and has worked as an advertising copywriter, spokesperson and in Public Affairs. As a result, he has experience from the production company, agency and client sides. 

His training has also been diverse: he has studied communications in Spain, documentary history and literature in France, arts at USC, biomedicine at the Martine Biological Laboratory, video editing at Moviola, screenwriting with Pilar Alessandra and business at UMass Amherst.

His first films were the TV documentaries El cotxe d'en Xavi (Xavi's Car), and L'habitacio de la Nuria (Nuria's Bedroom), experimental portraits shot in partnership with the characters (2000, RTVE-2).

Then followed the independent documentaries Poetry Slam (2005), showcasing some of the best emerging poets in the United States, and American Politics All You Can Eat (2009), about U.S. elections, featuring an interview with Sean Penn. 

An article about homelessness gave birth to a news feature for Fuji TV (Japan) about the heart-wrenching theater play La Llorona: Weeping Women on Skid Row, by the L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Poverty Department). Jordi documented for Reuters TV the visually, culturally and spiritually groundbreaking La Virgen de Guadalupe Dios Inantzin performance by the Los Angeles Theater Company inside the L.A. Cathedral. Current film/TV projects include the documentary Teen Court, about a youth court in South Los Angeles; the half-hour/single camera TV pilot comedy script Summer Lovers International (completed); and the script of a Sci-Fi feature film about youth space exploration.

Jordi is a member of WGA and SAG. Life keywords: Kai's dad, Judo, Muay Thai, MBA, Green New Deal, Plum Village and... action.