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"In this very personal experimental work, director Terry Jones reflects upon the moment he was told he was 'different' and how that left an imprint on the narrative of his life." imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (2017)

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Director Bio

Terry Jones is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is a member of the wolf clan. Jones has a passion for sharing his Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history and culture through his film works. He Terry Jones is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is a member of the wolf clan. Jones has a passion for sharing his Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history and culture through his film works. He strives to find a balance between entertaining and educating his audiences.


Director Statement

Terry recently graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in film. Jones participated extensively in study abroad programs. Terry took part in summer art and film programs in Florence and Bologna, Italy. He also studied in the Czech Republic at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), studying 35mm filmmaking. In the fall of 2015, Jones’ collaborative short film “Give and Take” premiered at the LA Skins Film Festival where he was awarded the “2015 Emerging Filmmaker” award. Most recently, Terry traveled to India to film portions of his senior capstone film project called “Gathered Places: An Indian Documentary Film”. This project is a collaborative effort with fellow VPA film graduate, Govind Deecee. 

Terry was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. He was also awarded the prestigious Udall Scholarship, which is awarded to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. 

Jones intends to pursue a master’s degree in film studies in the fall of 2018. Eventually, he wants to be an accomplished filmmaker and a professor of indigenous media studies. Like many other native communities, his home territory is confronted with many issues that negatively impact its quality of life (loss of language, drug abuse, diabetes, environmental dangers, public safety and injustice). It is his hope that his future film projects will promote and facilitate dialogue that can influence changes in public policy on his home territories and the federal level.

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