Khary Jones was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey.
His short film Hug was an Official Selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize (Student Film) at the 2009 AFI-Dallas Film Festival. Hug has also screened at the South by Southwest Film Festival, the Palm Springs International ShortFest, Screen Brooklyn: the 43rd Brooklyn Arts Council Film Festival (where it won the Screenwriting Award), and many other festivals.
Prior to receiving his MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts, Jones earned degrees in English from Morehouse College (BA) and Columbia University (MA) and worked for three years as an academic journal editor. During the 2008-09 academic year, he taught narrative ﬁlmmaking in the Screen Studies Program at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
"I came to Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program with a very ungrounded understanding of the role directors play in the production of films. So, for me, Eric Mendelsohn’s Directing I class was a very formative experience.