TornJersey Media is an upstart Independent Indigenous media production company founded by Haudenosaunee filmmaker Terry Jones. Jones is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, who are located in western New York State. Terry 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. Post-graduation, Terry’s short films, many co-directed with Indian filmmaker Govind Deecee, have found success on the film festival circuit worldwide. Standouts include “Soup For My Brother” being awarded Best Documentary at the 2016 Liverpool International Film Festival in the United Kingdom as well as “Give and Take” winning Emerging Filmmaker at the 2015 LA Skins Fest in Los Angeles. “Scarlett,” a short experimental film co-directed with Govind Deecee and Akshay Raheja, while studying 35mm film production at the FAMU film school in the Czech Republic, was awarded a Special Mention at the 2016 Arte Non Stop Film Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Jones intends to pursue a master’s degree in film studies in the fall of 2021. 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.