Around the Bend
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|Around the Bend|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jordan Roberts|
|Produced by||Julie Kirkham|
|Written by||Jordan Roberts|
|Music by||David Baerwald|
|Edited by||Françoise Bonnot|
|Distributed by||Warner Independent Pictures|
|October 8, 2004|
The film is inspired by the relationship between Roberts and the absentee, criminally insane, substance-abusing father he barely knew, Robert Stone Jordan (born: Robert Samuel Jordan), a self-styled indie film director/producer in his later years. In the 1970s Bob Jordan toured with Leon Russell for a film project that he thoroughly bungled due to his drug-induced manic behavior. In the 1990s he produced and directed one of the first digitally captured film experiments based on the characters in Alice in Wonderland, often known as "Through the Looking Glass". His last known film project, "Meth" filmed in and around Palmdale/Lancaster CA involved a film "completion fund" scam where he ran off with the Sony Camera equipment loaned to him and the money he had collected from several investors. Upon returning to CA, he would die in 2001 awaiting a liver transplant, without ever contacting his sons. Christopher Walken bore an uncanny resemblance to Robert Jordan both in the physical and in his ability to appear menacing and unpredictable.
Around the Bend received negative reviews from critics, as the film holds a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 96 reviews.
- San Diego Film Festival – Best Feature Film (2004)
- Montreal World Film Festival – Special Grand Prize of the Jury (2004)
- Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture – Christopher Walken (2005)