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Savage/Future:Film Screening with Terry Jones, ’16, Seneca Filmmaker
November 9 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
On November 9th, the Blackstone Launchpad will host SU Alum and Haudenosaunee, independent filmmaker Terry Jones ’16 to screen his most recent short film, “Savage/Future” and share his creative process and entrepreneurial journey. Terry, Seneca wolf clan, is the founder of TornJersey Media and has a passion for sharing his Haudenosaunee history and culture through his film & video works, gaming & VR projects and acting. He strives to find a balance between entertaining and educating his audiences. He graduated from Syracuse’s College of Visual and Performing Arts in film in 2016 and he is currently pursuing an MFA in film at York University in Toronto.
Terry’s short films have screened worldwide and have won several festival awards including “Soup For My Brother” winning best documentary at the 2016 Liverpool International Film Festival In the United Kingdom. In 2020, he completed the Open Immersion II – Creative Doc VR Lab which was produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and in partnership with the Canadian Film Centre and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, supported by the Ford Foundation. In 2021, he was part of a gaming team that was awarded BEST CONCEPT at imagineNATIVE’s Land Jam+, a game jam made for and by Indigenous creatives where participants from different disciplines work in collaborative teams to create video games and interactive media from scratch.
During the summer of 2022, Terry made his stage debut as an actor in Tuscarora playwright Vicki Ramirez’ stage play Pure Native in San Francisco. The play is being produced by AlterTheater which is based in the city San Rafael, CA. Most recently, he was the curator and host of the Haudenosaunee Micro-Short Film Program, which screened at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York in September. The program featured 14 micro-short films by Haudenosaunee filmmakers. Terry is a true filmmaker, educator, and storyteller empowering future Indigenous creative entrepreneurs by leading with his values, community, and culture.
This is a collaboration with the Native Student Program in the Office of Multicultural Affairs for Native Heritage Month and organized by Food Studies graduate student Ethan Tyo who is a current Inclusion and Diversity student mentor at the Blackstone Launchpad. This event is part of an initiative to expand opportunities and engagements with student entrepreneurs and the broader university community. Ethan, Mohawk wolf clan, has been working with the Native Student Program on a series of events incorporating Haudenosaunee knowledge and foodways into academic programming through collaborative experiential events.