Terry Jones is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is a member of the wolf clan. Jones has a passion for sharing his Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history and culture through his film works. He strives to find a balance between entertaining and educating his audiences.
In May of 2016, Terry graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in film. He was also designated a Syracuse University Scholar which is the highest form of academic recognition Syracuse University bestows with those graduating with a bachelor’s degree. Terry was also designated a SU:VPA Scholar, Udall Scholar, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, Crown-Wise Scholar and Haudenosaunee Promise Scholar. He was also designated 2016 Student of the Year from the Native Student Program at Syracuse and he was also awarded the 2016 Irma Almirall-Padamsee La Fuerza Community Enhancement Award by the Office of Multicultural Affiars at Syracuse. Finally, Terry was also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, The Renée Crown University Honors Program and the Indigenous Students at Syracuse (ISAS) student organization.
Jones participated extensively in SU’s study abroad programs. Terry took part in summer art and film programs in Florence and Bologna, Italy. He also studied in the Czech Republic at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), studying 35mm filmmaking. In the 2015 fall semester, he participated in SU’s Los Angeles Semester program. While there his collaborative short film “Give and Take” was premiered at the LA Skins Film Festival where he was awarded the “2015 Emerging Filmmaker” award. Most recently, Terry traveled to India to film portions of his senior capstone film project called “Gathered Places: An Indian Documentary Film”. This project is a collaborative effort with fellow VPA film graduate, Govind Deecee.
In 2015, Terry was awarded the prestigious Udall Scholarship, which is awarded to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. Terry was also awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.
Jones intends to pursue a master’s degree in film studies in the fall of 2018. Eventually, he wants to be an accomplished filmmaker and a professor of indigenous media studies. Like many other native communities, his home territory is confronted with many issues that negatively impact its quality of life (loss of language, drug abuse, diabetes, environmental dangers, public safety and injustice). It is his hope that his future film projects will promote and facilitate dialogue that can influence changes in public policy on his home territories and the federal level.