Khary Jones

Khary Jones

Aidekman Arts Complex


  • MFA, Film Directing, Columbia University School of the Arts, United States, 2010
  • MA, English, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, United States, 2000
  • BA, English, Morehouse College, United States, 1999


Khary Saeed Jones engages film projects that explore the tensions between fiction, memory, and everyday life. His films and collaborations have screened at Sundance, SXSW, MoMA, Camden (Maine), Full Frame, ICA Boston, and many other festivals and venues. As a writer-director, his work includes the short films "Hug," "Three and a Half Thoughts," "Chrysalis," and the forthcoming feature-length films "Night Fight" and "Gumbo." Jones has also served on the editorial teams behind the documentary features: "Where the Pavement Ends" (PBS WORLD Channel/America ReFramed, 2020), "Black Memorabilia" (PBS/Independent Lens, 2019), "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart" (PBS/American Masters, 2018), "He Named Me Malala" (Fox Searchlight, 2015), Sembene! (Kino Lorber, 2015), and "The World According to Dick Cheney" (Showtime, 2013).

Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, Jones has received awards, grants, and fellowships from organizations such as the Mass Cultural Council, the Points North Institute, the LEF Foundation, and the Sundance Institute. He studied at Columbia University (MA, MFA) and Morehouse College (BA) and is currently a Professor of the Practice at Tufts University where teaches storytelling for the screen and advises students developing both scripted and documentary shorts from inception to edit. He was recently named the 2021-22 Harvard Film Study Center/LEF Foundation Fellow.