SYNOPSIS: A young couple’s anniversary takes a bittersweet turn when a police officer pulls the husband over on a questionable traffic stop. Inspired by true events.
JANUARY 14TH was inspired by my parent’s 30+ year marriage. They were best friends who had journeyed through heaven and hell together. To say they were in love would be an understatement. They were soulmates. The only time I saw my father cry was when my mother passed away in 2008.
January 14th was their wedding anniversary.
Making a film in commemoration of their life together began in 2018. The script had gone through several incarnations before I settled on the version audiences are seeing today. The 14-minute film was shot over two days in Los Angeles with a small, but talented crew. The cast was made up of local actors who we selected through a meticulous and rigorous audition process. Chemistry between all the actors, above any previous experience, was what we were looking for. The budget was small, but we focused on capturing the soul of the story despite the limitations.
In essence, JANUARY 14TH is an exploration of the day-in-the-life of a young couple on their third-year anniversary and how they process a bittersweet reality.
WRITER / DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
LA'CHRIS JORDAN is a 2020 Africa Movie Academy Awards nominee for Best Diaspora Short Film for her directorial debut film January 14th. The film has been selected by 40+ film festivals worldwide including the British Urban Film Festival which is currently streaming the film on Apple TV+. January 14th has also won 15 awards including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short at the Orlando Urban Film Festival, Best Short Feature at Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival, and Best U.S. Social Justice Short Film at the Hollywood Women’s Film Festival.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013, La’Chris has become known for her inspirational, compelling, and cathartic stories. A 2019 winner of The Script Lab’s Screenplay Contest for her pilot Piney Ridge, La’Chris’ work centers on women’s issues, poverty, oppression, human rights and the duality of human nature. A former journalist and prolific writer of over 30 plays, novels, shorts, pilots and features, La’Chris has placed in several notable competitions including the Sundance Episodic Lab, MACRO Episodic Lab, and the Austin Film Festival. She recently participated in the Stowe Story Labs as a grant development winner for her feature Roses in the Water which placed in the Top 10% for the 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowship.