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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, Camden (ME), 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 Gumbo and Night Fight. 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 is the recipient of awards, grants, and fellowships from AFI Dallas, the Mass Cultural Council, the LEF Foundation, and the Sundance Institute. He 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. At Tufts, Jones teaches storytelling for the screen, advanced filmmaking, and advises students developing both scripted and documentary shorts from inception to edit. He is also the FMS Director of Undergraduate Studies. He was recently named the 2021-22 Harvard Film Study Center/LEF Foundation Fellow.

Courses Taught

Advanced Filmmaking
DR 47 Screenwriting I
DR 77 Screenwriting II