When then-18-year-old Jordan Kreimerman hatched up the plot for his first feature movie, he was trying to move beyond YouTube clips. Six years and a cinematography degree later, the McAllen native’s film has won awards around the world.
“A Ghost and the Boy with a Box on His Head,” an adventure-drama film, follows a young man and his developing relationship with the woman of his dreams – literally – as well as his own personal battles.
“He starts to imagine this perfect girl and he wants it so much that it appears to him, but nobody else can see her. She starts struggling with schizophrenia and he gets diagnosed and admitted into a mental hospital where he finds her again,” Kreimerman, 24, said. “Then he starts questioning whether she’s real or not and whether it matters if she’s real.”
The 73-minute movie was in production since 2011 and completed in 2014. However, it has not been distributed yet, with a release date of early 2017. The film has been shown at festivals, though, earning a few victories.
Kreimerman, whose directorial name is Philip Blue, earned his proudest set of accolades at the St. Tropez International Film Festival last year. “A Ghost and the Boy” had six nominations – the most of any entry – and Kreimerman won the Talented New Director Award.
“It was crazy,” he said with a laugh. “We were competing with these pretty big movies with big, big budgets and I’m just there like ‘I’m a little kid and I don’t know what I’m doing.’”
The director now resides in Los Angeles, but originally lived in McAllen along with his cousin, Jonathan Kreimerman, the movie’s composer.
When Jordan Kreimerman contacted his cousin, the two were just learning the tricks of their future trades, with Jonathan Kreimerman just realizing his affinity for making music.
“Jordan wanted to be a filmmaker and he was starting to develop his movie. So it came to the point where he said, ‘Hey, I need music and you make music. Do you want to work together?’” he said. “And without hesitation I said, ‘Of course,’ without knowing a thing about film scoring. But it was amazing.”
Following his production of more than 40 minutes of music for “A Ghost and the Boy,” he decided to pursue a formal education in his field.
“After doing the first scene that I scored and getting to the point where I said ‘Maybe we are somewhere,’ I switched from sound maker to audience member and I watched that scene,” he recalled. “That was realizing how important music and sound are to a picture. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. And I just said, ‘This is what I need to do with my life.’”
He graduated in mid-August with a degree in electronic production and design from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
While they are far from the Rio Grande Valley now, much of the movie’s filming took place here. The area played a large role in the production coming together, the director said. In fact, the first third of the movie takes place in Jordan Kreimerman’s own home.
“We shot the main bits in Texas, and we came to California to pick up forest shots and mountains and stayed out here since then,” he said.
He said local spots were much more accessible than LA’s. And every actor, besides his two leads, are RGV residents, although he said the local acting pool was quite shallow.
Jordan Kreimerman has plans for a “spiritual sequel” to “A Ghost and the Boy.” In the meanwhile, he is working on having his movie distributed.
He is ecstatic for the film’s public release, so he can share his work with the world.
“As the father of my little baby, I’m always proud when I watch it,” he said. “There’s a lot of compromises and little bits that I wish we would’ve been able to overcome, but overall I think we were, as a team, really amazing.”
To learn more about the movie, visit their website www.aghostandtheboy.com.