About The Hidden Tears Project
At Hidden Tears, we partner with non-profits across the country to raise consciousness through media on gender inequality, sexual abuse, and human trafficking, all of which are intrinsically connected.
We create films, series and virtual reality in collaboration with experts in the field of women’s rights, gender studies and human trafficking. Some of those experts include survivors, psychologists, former FBI, CIA, SEALS, law enforcement, child advocates and much more, to tell innovative and real stories. We also host events and screenings with human rights advocates, trafficking survivors, child advocates and rescuers and we donate money from the events to our non-profit partners.
At Hidden Tears, we have completed two films, a dance film entitled Unseen Dances, in collaboration with Molly Gochman’s Red Sand Project. The film has screened in LA, Chicago, Guanajuato and Mexico City. Our second film is Tanya, written by former House of Cards staff writer Sam Forman and directed by star of Chicago Fire Monica Raymund.
We are changing the way that Hollywood tells stories about women, men and human trafficking. The films and TV that we produce are not only consciously gender balanced between cast and crew, but we tell stories that reflect these dramatic realities. We additionally provide consulting services to networks, studios and other media outlets telling similar stories. Our Blog, Vlog and Podcast provides an informational hub with articles, videos and interviews with experts, survivors and advocates of these critical issues.
JASON GURVITZ Co-Founder
In addition to directing the anti-trafficking short documentary Until They All Come Home, featuring Mira Sorvino, who is an Academy Award Winner and Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations, Jason produced The Submarine Kid, starring Finn Wittrock (Unbroken, American Horror Story) Emilie de Ravin (Once Upon a Time, Lost) and Jessy Schram (Once Upon a Time, Mad Men) and the critically acclaimed “Avenged”, which premiered at the Sitges Film Festival, Busan, ScreamFest LA and an additional 20 festivals around the world. It’s currently in distribution worldwide and can be seen on every major cable, VOD, and IVOD provider in the United States.
Prior to Avenged, Jason produced “Broken Kingdom”, directed by Daniel Gilles (Vampire Diaries), starring Gilles, Rachel Leigh Cook and Seymour Cassel. “Broken Kingdom” along with it’s companion documentary “Kingdom Come” aired on Showtime, Itunes and Amazon. He also produced “The Perfect Witness”, starring Wes Bentley, and Jason was Director of Production and Acquisitions at Maya Pictures, under award winning Producer Moctesuma Esparza (“Selena”, with Jennifer Lopez, HBO’s “Walkout,” with Michael Pena and “The Milagro Bean Field War”, with Robert Redford) Jason directed “Changing Lives: From Seattle to Ethiopia,” a documentary following an American medical expedition to the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and “Internal Exile”, about Israeli & Palestinian teens connected by the electronic dance culture.
JORDAN MARINOV Co-Founder
Jordan dancing and acting have taken her around the world – from NYC to the Russian Embassy, to Cyprus. She has worked as a producer, dancer, actress, and choreographer for film, television, commercial, music video and concert works. She has had the pleasure of working with Kathryn Bigelow for HBO as an actress, choreographer and casting director. Jordan has choreographed and directed personal film & live projects for many A list actors/actresses. The Hidden Tears Project produced Unseen Dances which she co-directed, choreographed and produced and Tanya written by House of Cards staff writer Sam Forman and directed by Monica Raymund. They work with law enforcement, survivors, rescuers and child advocates across the nation.
Jordan is currently Artistic Director of Marinov Dance and is working on an evening length dance theatre production to Verdi’s Requiem. Jordan has a solo show in NYC in September in collaboration with musician Walter Parks. M Dance premiered Pavement Woman in San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2013. Jordan was commissioned to create an original work for the students of Loyola Marymount University in the fall 2014 and adjudicated a dance short film festival for the University of South Florida. Jordan recently completed two dance short films with Bill Hayward entitled Beauty Is No Show. She also choreographed a film called Dream of a Dance, directed by Jolie Oliver.
Marinov Dance in collaboration with Bill Hayward created The Intimacies Project : a series of daring multi-media events about relationships and the impossibility of love. The Intimacies Project film was screened at Tribeca Grand in New York City during Fashion’s Night Out in 2011. The project earned a space grant from Chashama, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The Fashion Center BID, and the Times Square Alliance to perform two shows per day in NYC for two weeks in 2009. Marinov Dance was commissioned to set work and perform at the Rio Grande Theatre in New Mexico in 2010. Marinov Dance performed in the Margulies Gallery in Miami for the Wynwood Art Festival in 2012. Jordan’s dancing and choreography can also be seen in Bill Hayward’s upcoming film Asphalt, Muscle and Bone . Marinov Dance appears in Bill Hayward’s book Chasing Dragons, which is being sold at numerous bookstores around the country including the MOMA bookstore in NYC. Marinov Dance has performed at New York Live Arts, John Jay College, Galapagos, CPR, Winter Garden in the World Financial Center and Bill Hayward’s studio.
Marinov Dance debuted Mother’s Kitchen, a collaboration that includes portraits from Bill Hayward via Skype and live dance in Miami for the Art Live Fair in October 2012 and performed an excerpt of the same piece in Los Angeles the following week at the Electric Lodge Theater.
Jordan also appears in the music video Trail of Blood by actor & hip-hop artist Slaine directed by Los Silva. Jordan recently appeared as a supporting actress in a Comedy Central Pilot and in a short film called Without Meaning.
Jordan completed a BFA in Dance magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College where she was hired to speak to graduates about creating a thriving dance company in 2011.
STEPHEN NITZ Director of Outreach – Chicago
Stephen was born in Charleston, South Carolina but grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He served 4 years in the U.S. Army and completed tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan earning the Bronze Star Medal. After his honorable discharge, Stephen attended Tribeca Media Arts Academy where he studied film & broadcast. He majored in directing with a minor in creative writing.
Stephen loves collaborating with designers, artists, copywriters, sales teams and marketers to create a vision for products. He has over 7 years of professional experience as a filmmaker, photographer, designer and digital media consultant for various companies and clients across the country.
From working in commercial casting for some of the largest brands in the U.S. to implementing social strategy and creating change. His goal is to communicate your service, startup, or product in the simplest, most beautiful and effective manner. He is experienced in conceptualizing, storyboarding, and producing projects from start to finish.
He also shoots and edits a wellness show for WGN called Living Healthy Chicago. He teaches Drone Cinematography, Tricaster Switches, and Premiere Pro at the Illinois Media School and is a proud father to his newborn baby girl Sage.