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, CIFF, 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), Black Memorabilia (PBS/Independent Lens), Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (PBS/American Masters), He Named Me Malala (Fox Searchlight, 2015), Sembene! (Kino Lorber), and The World According to Dick Cheney (Showtime).
Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey, Jones is the recipient of awards, grants, and fellowships from the AFI Dallas, the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Mass Cultural Council, the LEF Foundation, the Points North Institute, the Telly Awards, 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 where he teaches storytelling for the screen and advises students developing both scripted and documentary projects from inception to edit. He is a recipient of Firelight Media's 2021 William Greaves Fund and is a 2022-23 fellow of both the Harvard Film Study Center and the Tufts Center for the Humanities.