Scott Jones

Represented by: Meaghan Denomme

Bio

Scott Jones is a writer/director and playwright from Nova Scotia, Canada. After a homophobic attack paralyzed him, Scott has gravitated towards forms of artistic expression that ruminate on and examine disabled grief, resilience, and hope—stories that dive into the depths of the human experience. He explores these themes through live action, animation, and documentary work. Scott loves film and TV narratives that boldly convey the intersections of disability, queerness, and/or sexuality.

Scott has worked with director Laura Marie Wayne and the National Film Board of Canada on a feature length documentary, LOVE, SCOTT (2018), that explores trauma and resilience in relation to homophobic violence. Scott wrote and directed his first short film, COIN SLOT (2022), which premiered at the British Film Institute LGBTQ Flare Festival (UK, 2022) and Phoenix Film Festival (AZ, 2022), and was recently invited to the 2022 Bengaluru International Short Film Festival, India’s only Oscar-Qualifying festival. The film was listed as a finalist in its category (Inclusive Film).

Scott has participated in the RespectAbility Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities (Los Angeles, 2022), Access CBC Lab (Toronto, 2022) and the Whistler International Film Festival Screenwriting Lab (2020). In 2020, Scott won the Atlantic International Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab Power Pitch Award for his feature film screenplay OPUS 118, NO. 2.

He has also worked as a technical consultant for Stephen Dunn’s reimagining of QUEER AS FOLK (Peacock, 2022). In the Spring of 2022, Scott began development for an animated short film with poet Tanya Davis and animator Sarita McNeil (FREEDOM), which is supported by the NFB of Canada and is currently in production.

Scott co-wrote (with playwright Robert Chafe) and performed (choral conducting) in a play on the complexities of forgiveness (I Forgive You) that was produced by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. I Forgive You was directed by Jillian Keiley (former Artistic Director, National Arts Centre of Canada) and premiered at the Saint John’s Arts and Culture Centre (Newfoundland, Canada) in August, 2022, and is slated for the 2022/2023 NAC season, amongst others.

Scott and his service dog Neemo otherwise enjoy a quiet life, surrounded by woods that lead to the ocean, in Scotsburn, Nova Scotia.

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FILM & TELEVISION

UNTITLED (Television Series) Writer/Story Editor Cineflix; In development
COIN SLOT (Short Film) Writer/Director/Performer Independent
-Official Selection: BFI (‘22); Phoenix Film Festival (‘22); VIFF (‘22); New York Film Week (‘22) – in competition: finalist, one of seven films selected from worldwide submissions; Bengaluru International Short Film Festival (’22) – Oscar-qualifying festival – in competition: finalist; AIFF (’22) – Award: Best Atlantic Short Film; Short to the Point International Short Film Festival in Bucharest, Romania (’22) – Awards: Best Director, Best Narrative; Short Film Factory Film Festival (’22) – Award: Best Social Change Short Film
QUEER AS FOLK (Television Series) Story Consultant NBC/Peacock
-Provided consultation for the writing team of Queer As Folk (NBC/Peacock, ‘22) regarding the portrayal and story arc of disabled characters prior to and during principal photography
FREEDOM (Animated Short Film) Writer/Director NFB
-Conceptualized and wrote an animated short film that is currently in production (Sept., 2022); Tanya Davis (poet) and Sarita McNeil (animator)

-Funded by the Bluenose All Abilities Film Festival, National Film Board of Canada

 
MY FABULOUS NEW ORGASM (Serial Series – Script) Writer In development
-Conceptualized and wrote an 8-part serial dramedy series that explores the journey of a newly paralyzed gay man as he navigates the Toronto queer dating and sex scene

-Development support from the Whistler Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab, the Toronto Arts Council, AccessCBC, and the CCA

OPUS 118, NO. 2 (Feature – Script) Writer/Director In development
-Conceptualized and wrote a feature film screenplay on the experience of isolation and social stigma related to disability and homophobic violence

-Currently in development with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Harold Greenberg Fund, and the Atlantic International Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab

-Recipient of the Power Pitch Award, Atlantic Film Festival

LOVE, SCOTT (Documentary Feature) Story Consultant/Subject NFB
Official Selection: North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (’18) – Best Feature Documentary; Inside Out Film Festival (’18) – Best Canadian Feature; Hot Docs International Film Festival (’18)


THEATRE

I FORGIVE YOU (2018) Co-writer/Conductor/Performer Artistic Fraud Theatre/National Arts Centre
-Co-wrote (with Robert Chafe), performed, and conducted in a two-act play about forgiveness, trauma, privilege, and the bends in the path that determine who we become

-Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), the National Arts Centre, Nordic Bridges, and Canadian Stage


EDUCATION

Vancouver Int’l Film Festival Lab (‘22) VIFF Lab: Seeing and Being Seen
AccessCBC (‘22) Scripted Episodic Series Lab for Disabled Writers
RespectAbilities Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities (‘22) Screenwriting Lab; major studio visits in LA
Whistler Int’l Film Festival (‘20) Screenwriting Lab (mentor: Dennis Foon)
Atlantic Int’l Film Festival (‘20) Screewnriting Lab (mentor: Michael Melski)
U of T Faculty of Music (‘22) PhD Candidate (Music Education and Ethnodrama)


FILM MODERATOR/PANELIST/FACILITATOR
Canadian Screen Academy Series “Academy Talks: Creating a Collaborative Culture on Set” (panelist, ‘22)
RespectAbility & NBCUniversal’s “Launch Talks: Queer as Folk” (moderator, ‘22)
Reel Abilities Film Festival Professional Development Series: “Courting Creatives” (facilitator, ‘22)
AIFF Panel – “Content Warning: Challenging Themes in Film” (panelist, ‘22)
British Film Institute “Spotlight on Canada” (panelist, ‘22)
InsideOut Best Canadian Short Film Competition (jury member, ‘20)

 

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