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Young Alumni Commissioning Project Award Recipient

Join Donovan Jones, a Mason alumnus (BA in Film and Video Studies ’18) and a 2020 winner of the Young Alumni Creative Development Award, for a presentation of the music video “Do Better” and a live conversation surrounding this work, as well as his general advice to young filmmakers. Jones will be in conversation with Film and Video Studies Professor and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Hans Charles. Jones used the creative development award to produce the video for Hakeem, an up-and-coming artist, student, and community activist aimed at bringing awareness to issues facing his community through personal stories. “Do Better” is a music video that illustrates a dual tale between two inner-city kids from the same neighborhood. Though, these kids never cross paths until one gets falsely accused of robbery.

Following the video presentation, Jones will discuss his recent work on film and television productions, including “Wonder Woman 1984” (2020), “Harriet” (2019) and Showtime’s “The Good Lord Bird” (2020). He is currently working on the upcoming Apple TV series “Swagger.” He looks forward to sharing his journey and advice about working in the film industry during the pandemic. 

This conversation is held in collaboration with Mason’s Film and Video Studies Program and the Visiting Filmmakers Series.


How to Watch
This live conversation will be available to watch beginning Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. ET, simultaneously on this webpage, the Center for the Arts Facebook page, and YouTube channel. Viewers will be able to submit questions live from Facebook and YouTube.

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