Jones wins awards for first film
Posted 8:00 am Friday, September 23, 2022
The new kid on the film industry block, Greenville’s James Jones Jr., is proving to be a talented filmmaker.
His first movie is called “Freedom of NC”. Set in the 19th century, it documents the escape of a slave family from a plantation in eastern North Carolina. They arrive at Regur and discover their place in the larger story of African-American history, according to the film’s synopsis. The film was released on June 18, 2021.
Like a trainee, Jones’s education on how to become a filmmaker has taken place on set in addition to watching YouTube videos. He doesn’t have a film degree, but he has 16 years of experience editing video content.
When “Freedom of NC” debuted, Jones said experienced directors asked him about the camera he used and his experience filming. They were surprised when he said that she had been filming for about a year.
“I stayed honest with them. I told them I’ve only been shooting for about a year, but I’ve been editing for years. They really couldn’t believe me. I guess the talent and the gift were already there. I just had to learn to get it out of me,” Jones said.
His gift and talent were in the spotlight when “Freedom of NC” won Best Picture at the Gullah International Film Festival in Georgetown, South Carolina in April 2022.
Earlier this month, “Freedom of NC” was listed as a semifinalist for the 2022 SIFF Festival in Russia. SIFF stands for Serberst International Film Festival.
Jones received an email from the festival with the announcement. He said it was exciting and even more so because he forgot that he submitted the film to the competition. His film competes with others from around the world.
“I feel blessed and grateful to know that my film, my first film, was in competition with other experienced filmmakers.
He has submitted the film to the Tribeca Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. Although he did not win the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, he was asked to resubmit Freedom of NC for next year’s competition.
Speaking about the Tribeca Film Festival, Jones said he was “honored” to have been selected and to have the judges, professionals from the film industry, see his film and take an interest in it.
“Freedom of NC” can be streamed on YouTube, DirectTV, Dish, GooglePlay XBOX and others. A DVD format can be purchased at Walmart, Barnes and Noble, and Best Buy.