By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Jordan Puzzo will see his name and face up on the big screen right here at home.
The Derry teen is featured in the recently released film “Funeral Kings,” set to be shown at the O’neil Cinemas in Londonderry on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and again Feb. 24 at 5 p.m.
The film is about a group of young Catholic altar boys who decide to take off after a string of funerals they were supposed to be attending.
Jordan plays David Mason in the film, directed by brothers Kevin and Matthew McManus.
At 14, the blond-haired, blue-eyed Derry boy also appeared in another film, “Moonrise Kingdom,” featuring Bill Murray and Bruce Willis.
Jordan, the son of Nikki and Chad Puzzo, is a Pinkerton Academy freshman.
He appeared live on stage last summer for the first time in the Whitebridge Farms production of “On Golden Pond” in Laconia at Pittman’s Freight Room.
The play was directed by Academy Award-winning Ernest Thompson, who wrote the play and then the movie screenplay for the popular 1981 film starring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn.
Thompson is also scheduled to attend the Londonderry film screening of “Funeral Kings.”
Jordan said in an earlier interview that making “‘Funeral Kings,’ was a great experience. He spent about a month filming in Rhode Island.
“I just felt like I was supposed to be there,” he said.
For his mother Nikki, it’s been a great experience for the middle of her three sons. Jordan announced he wanted to try acting and modeling about two years ago.
“He said, ‘I want to act, I want to give it a try,’ and I said we’d try it and see how it goes,” she said.
On his very first audition, he got the part, she said.
That led to signing with managers and agents to keep the boy’s career grounded while he kept up his academics and grades.
“He just loved it,” his mother said. “We would go to New York City once a week for auditions.”
Puzzo said her son continues to do work, including a recent voice-over for author James Patterson and one for CVS. He also has upcoming appointments scheduled on the West Coast at the end of the month.
The entire family is proud.
“It definitely takes a village to allow Jordan to pursue his acting,” his mother said. “His teachers have been wonderful and have worked with him. We also have a lot of friends and family that help when we are away on auditions and jobs.”
Puzzo said Jordan uses his travel time to keep up with his homework and go over scripts.
He also loves to play hockey and is a goalie with the Manchester Flames.
“And he still maintains honor roll,” Puzzo said.