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Tufts University
Dept. of Theatre, Dance,
and Performance Studies
Aidekman 209A
40 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.5554
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Khary Saeed Jones
Professor of the Practice


MFA, Film Directing – Columbia University, School of the Arts
MA, English – Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
BA, English – Morehouse College


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, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and many other festivals and venues. Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, Jones studied at Columbia University (MA, MFA) and Morehouse College (BA), and he is currently a Professor of the Practice in Drama and Film at Tufts University where he teaches storytelling for the screen and advises students developing both scripted and documentary shorts from inception to edit.

As writer-director, his narrative work includes short films Hug (Sundance, SXSW, Palm Springs) and Three and a Half Thoughts (Harlem Intl., Athens Intl. Film + Video) and a forthcoming feature-length film entitled Gumbo.

In recent years, he has served on the editorial teams behind the documentary features: Where the Pavement Ends (PBS/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).

Courses Taught

Advanced Filmmaking
DR 47 Screenwriting I
DR 77 Screenwriting II