B.A. in Mass Communication, History, University of California, Berkeley
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.F.A. in Film/Television Production, New York University
Marquette Jones is a filmmaker and screenwriter who teaches film/tv production, entertainment industry history and screenwriting courses. The Youngstown, Ohio native trained with the Oscar award-winning director Spike Lee and the highly-acclaimed music video director, Gil Green. Her work focuses on women as the center of their own stories and all things comedy and sci-fi.
As a screenwriter, Marquette is a “second-rounder” in Sundance Institute’s Episodic Lab and selected to participate in the Women in Film/ Sundance Institute’s Film Financing and Strategy Intensive. Her screenplay, After the Jump, was selected for the Athena Screenwriting Lab and was also a finalist in the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, Broad Humor Film Festival, Ojai Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival and a semi-finalist in the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
Her directing work, which includes the films Ghosted, Forgiving Chris Brown, Round on Both Sides, Tunk, Heroes Wanted, and Streets 2 Suites (lensed by the Academy Award nominated cinematographer, Bradford Young). Her films have screened at film festivals around the world and been featured on Showtime, PBS, Amazon Prime and KweliTV.
As a producer, Marquette’s credits include Andrea Williams’ Spoonful of Sugar, Alrick Brown’s Adventures of Supern*gger, and Tamika Guishard’s Jackie. Her past filmmaking-related awards include: New York University’s Warner Bros. Production Award, Panasonic‘s “P2 for a Cause” Grand Prize Winner, Fotokem Film Processing Grant, Woods Hole Film Festival, Best Short Screenplay Winner for “Free’s Rain”, ProMotion Pictures / Heineken Branded Entertainment Shorts Competition Winner, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival Best Short Narrative, and First Run Festival’s Producing Award.
In addition to filmmaking, Marquette was a public interest attorney in Oakland, California and currently hosts and produces the Directing Magic podcast, which encourages and inspires fellow media makers through conversations with successful women in film and television.
Introduction to Digital Filmmaking (COMM 30)