“ON YOUR RADAR” IS A WEEKLY GRAD FILM NEWS SEGMENT THAT FEATURES A STUDENT PICKED AT RANDOM.
JORDAN NIKOLIC IS CURRENTLY A 3RD YEAR STUDENT AT GRAD FILM. WE ASKED HIM A FEW QUESTIONS AND HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY:
Where do you conisder home and what is it like there?
I’m from Pennsylvania. Nuclear reactors, a chocolate factory, wooded areas, hydraulic fracking, abandoned steel mills, polluted rivers; it was a really nice place to grow up.
Most of my time as a youngster consisted of roaming around on bikes with my friends looking for things to deface or people to piss off – neither of which there is a shortage in this country. There wasn’t much to do in my town, so we were constantly exploring or coming up with schemes to curb our restlessness. Maybe that’s how I got into storytelling.
What or who is inspiring you right now?
I’m interested in people that live on the periphery of society. Existence is far more turbulent for those who are collectively written off, oppressed and ignored by our detached ruling elites and sheltered, mall-walking suburbanites. What really makes us human is found on the margins. They’re more interesting anyway.
What has been your most rewarding experience at NYU Tisch Grad Film so far?
It’s great having access to the tools and equipment at the school’s disposal – that is, when they’ll let you use it. The professors here have a ceaseless desire to help you grow as a filmmaker and bring your perspective to life. I’ve gained invaluable knowledge collaborating with my classmates for the past couple years. We have each other’s backs as friends, and that’s more important than any film that results from it.