Martin Scorsese’s eyes have been on the skies with “The Aviator,” but he’s briefly turned his gaze to the seas to endorse a low-budget pic on a Brooklyn lobster biz.
The helmer watched Kevin Jordan‘s “Lobster Farm” and was impressed enough to put “Martin Scorsese presents” atop the credits.
The film will be submitted for fest consideration and shopped for distribution.
Jordan, who won the Discovery Award at the Toronto fest for his debut pic “Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire,” based the his new film on his family’s struggle to hold on to a lobster shop they’ve operated in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, for the past 65 years. The fictionalized feature stars Danny Aiello and Jane Curtin, and was shot on location at the Jordan family store.
Scorsese has been something of a mentor to the young filmmaker.
“When I was at NYU, I sent him a short film and he gave me a scholarship that helped pay for my senior year,” Jordan says. “Then he invited me to observe when he shot ‘Kundun.’ ”
Jordan and his producers (brother Darren Jordan and Chris Valentino) will use profits to help save the lobster store Jordan’s grandfather opened in the 1930s. It is scheduled to be auctioned. They made a 10-minute doc about the family’s plight and invited Wall Street pals to view it.
“Now we are hoping for a Frank Capra miracle,” Jordan says.