GOSHEN — A couple of years ago, Goshen native Jordon Hodges returned home from Los Angeles.
He didn’t arrive alone.
Unlike some kids who introduce mom and dad to a new significant other, Jordon introduced them to a movie production crew.
Many even camped at mom, Connie’s, Goshen home while they got down to the business of making “Sand Castles.”
Now in just about three weeks, Jordon will return home again for the Indiana premiere of that movie at the River Bend Film Festival in South Bend.
Starting at about 6:30 p.m. April 3, those with a ticket — and there are only about 50 of those left — can get the first local glimpse of “Sand Castles,” which was written, starred in and produced by Jordon. His mom is one of the executive producers. And the director is Clenet Verdi-Rose.
Some rough versions of the film have been seen by a handful of people, Jordon said in a phone interview from his L.A. home, but not the whole finished product. He said after pouring himself into making the movie for three years it feels “pretty weird” for it to be ready for the public. “Now I’ve got to release it to the lions,” he said chuckling.
“Sand Castles” is a deeply emotional film about a young woman who disappeared many years ago returning to her home in rural Indiana.
The movie isn’t about the kidnapping, Jordon explained. It’s about what happens to this family and to the girl upon her return home. “The family doesn’t exactly know her anymore,” he said.
The girl, Lauren Daly played by Anne Winters, doesn’t speak. “So you have to write that very carefully,” Jordon said. “It’s all in her head. You have to map that out.”
And unlike typical kidnapping movies, this deals with the after-effects. “I think there’s an interesting dynamic that hasn’t been tapped a lot in cinema,” he said. “It’s a very human story. … Each person can relate in some way.”