Jordan Shanks is a screenwriter, filmmaker, photographer, and founder of Shanks Studio. Shanks has worked with leading entertainment and media companies including Complex Networks, YouTube, and Facebook.
In 2020, Shanks was named a fellow by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
His work as a filmmaker and photographer comments on aspects of the African-American and Latinx experience, while also giving viewers glimpses into Millennials, Gen-Z and their identities. Shanks' film 7 , which serves as a cinematic diary of his experience as a first-generation college student at one of the nation's leading HBCU's, made its festival debut at the Afrikana Independent Film Festival in September 2019 and is now on the festival circuit.
His debut photo collection Love Letters to America which includes photos of his college classmates, Black Lives Matter protests in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD, and fashion in New York City, was exhibited in the nation's capital and received national media attention.
In October 2020, Shanks unveiled Love Letters to America Part II, a follow up to his debut collection Love Letters to America, which features a series of striking images captured over a span of nearly seven years as Shanks has traveled the country documenting the continued struggle for racial equality. The show includes a special preview of his forthcoming film, Never Again, which documents recent nationwide protests and follows the dramatic removal of confederate monuments in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the confederacy.
Shanks graduated from Howard University in 2018, where he earned his B.A. in Television & Film Production. He is currently a graduate film student at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
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