Past Recipients Student Testimonials  

Matthew Jones is a junior Torrey Honors Institute student attending Biola University majoring in Cinema and Media Arts. In June 2006 Jones completed Be the Man, which was filmed during his freshmen year at Biola. The film, awarded the 2006 DGA Student Film Award: African-American, has screened at festivals across the country including the Urbanworld VIBE Film Festival and the Black Harvest International Film Festival in Chicago.

In the summer of 2006, Jones worked with FGW Productions under executive producer Stephanie Frederic. With Frederic, Jones did PR work at the 2006 BET Awards and was an Associate Producer on a BET special for the film Miami Vice. Because of this work, he was hired as a writer and producer for the Idlewild BET special. In the summer of 2007 Matthew was a Disney/ABC Production Intern on ABC’s General Hospital. That same summer he interned at Cooke Pictures as a script reader/production assistant. In the Fall of 2007, Matthew was an intern with Warner Bros TV at New Deal Productions as an assistant to the Head of Television Programming, Kelly Goode.

His latest production, CHOICES, was shot on Super 16 film with film donated from Kodak as part of the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Grant, part of the DGA Award. His passion is to become a professional director/producer/writer who crafts stories with a purpose.

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