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, Full Frame, Camden (Maine), 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 work includes short films HUG (Sundance, SXSW, Palm Springs) and THREE AND A HALF THOUGHTS (Athens [OH] Intl. Film + Video Festival, Rooftop Films, Harlem Int'l.) 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), TEACH (CBS, 2013), and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DICK CHENEY (Showtime, 2013).
Night Fight documents a week in the life of a Black man in the United States as it seizes and convulses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the police killing of George Floyd, and the most consequential presidential election in the nation’s history. As he attempts to step out of the long shadow cast by an act of racial violence, he contemplates enacting one himself.