Terry Jones Filmography

Unearthed – 14 minutes – 2016
A film by Terry Jones and Govind Deecee

Summary: “James receives news that will upset the balance of the lives of his elder farmer parents and his young son. ‘Unearthed’ is a film about reconciling those familial conflicts that lie beneath the surface.” This film features Haudenosaunee community members Clint Jones (Seneca – wolf clan), Regina Jones (Oneida) and Kaivin Jones (Mohawk – turtle clan).

 

Give and Take – 14 minutes – 2015

A film by Terry Jones, Govind Deecee & Erin Perkins

Summary: “A linguistic anthropologist meets an Indigenous woman trickster in the forest.” Shot entirely on the Onondaga Nation territory.
WINNER: 2015 Emerging Filmmaker – LA Skins Fest - Los Angeles, CA.

 

Kanonyok: A Video Instillation – 8 minutes – 2015
A film by Terry Jones

Summary: This video is featured in a permanent video installation at the Seneca Art and Cultural Center in Victor, NY. This video features the Seneca Thanksgiving Address as recited and translated by Jamie Jacobs.

 

Scarlett – 6 minutes – 2015

A film by Terry Jones, Govind Deecee and Akshay Raheja

Summary: “A scientist attempts to bring his dead wife, Scarlett, back to life by using her live cells.” This film was shot on 35mm film stock and was produced in the Czech Republic at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU).

 

Empire State – 5 minutes – 2013
A film by Terry Jones and Govind Deecee

Summary: This film shows invasion, war and occupation through the perspective of a displaced Native American war veteran. This film has no dialogue or narration and features wild onions, Iroquois white corn and a turtle rattle. "Empire State" was screened at the 2013 Student Experimental Film Festival (SEFF) at Binghamton University.

 

Gripped – 7 minutes – 2013

A film by Terry Jones and Govind Deecee

Summary: “A Dad must overcome his fears in order to pass custom and tradition on to his Son.” This film was shot on location on the Seneca Territory and features Seneca community members Clint Jones, Kaivin Jones, Neil Schindler and Benson Schindler.
 

Soup For My Brother – 10 minutes – 2014 – Documentary

A film by Terry Jones

Summary: Today is a special day for Jimmy’s brother, Danny. As Jimmy prepares a batch of soup for his brother, we learn this documentary is about tradition, brotherly love and loss.  Post-production for this film was completed in the summer of 2016. "Soup For My Brother" is currently being submitted to film festivals.
 

Thomas Indian School Reunion (2004) – 14 minutes – Documentary

A film by Terry Jones

Summary: Thomas Indian School Reunion (2004). From 1855 to 1956, the Thomas Indian School (formerly known as Thomas Asylum for Orphan and Destitute Indian Children) operated on the Seneca territory in New York State. Each year, former students gather and share their experience about the boarding school. These former students share their unique perspective of life as they fought to retain their native identity.

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/57750662
 

The Fish or The Charleston? – 3 minutes – 2013 – Documentary

Summary: Which came first...the Charleston dance of the 1920's or the Seneca fish dance? This short documentary compares and contrasts the historical rights of women from America and Native America.

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/78283608

 

Frybread: A Traumedy – 9 minutes – 2005

Summary: After a five year absence, a Native American man returns home an unemployed vegetarian. Familial chaos ensues.

Produced as part of Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) summer/TV workshop in 2005. Written and Directed by Laala Matias. Produced and Edited by Terry Jones.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/Q6oAgi7aUAA

 

Ancient Knowledge to the Future – 4 minutes – 2012 – Experimental/Performance
A film by Terry Jones

Summary: This video performance piece features Terry Jones. He uses Iroquois white corn as a metaphor for the ancient knowledge that is lost on subsequent generations. This video was screened at the Binghamton Student Experimental Film Festival (SEFF) at Binghamton University in December 2012.

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/51975880

 

Savage/Future – 4 minutes – 2012 – Experimental

A film by Terry Jones

Summary: This video was influenced by my family's experience with the Thomas Indian School, which was located on Seneca Nation territory from 1855 to 1956. This video gives a nod to Eisenstein and his use of Montage. The soundscape is finger tapping and Iroquois white corn that I manipulated and then I edited this video to the beats.

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/61172979
 

Gik:skwod (How I Lost My Indian Name) – 3 minutes – 2012 – Experimental

A film by Terry Jones

Summary: This is storytelling told through narration, images and text. In my prior video "Savage/Future", I used tapping and Iroquois white corn for my soundscape and edited through montage to the beat of the taps. In "Gik:skwod", I made the cuts according to my eye blinks. During my film studies at Syracuse University, we read an excerpt from Walter Murch's "In the Blink of an Eye: Perspective of Film Editing". In the excerpt, he explains how we naturally edit what we see through our eye blinks. I wanted to experiment with this concept.

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/64764593