Scott Jones is a musician and emerging filmmaker/writer from Nova Scotia, Canada. Scott gravitates towards forms of artistic expression that explore disabled grief, resilience, and joy and narratives that delve deep into the human experience. Following an attack that paralyzed him, he worked with director Laura Marie Wayne and the National Film Board of Canada on an award winning feature length documentary, LOVE, SCOTT (2018) that explores his trauma and healing in relation to homophobic violence. This past year, Scott wrote and directed his first short film, COIN SLOT (2022), which premiered at the British Film Institute LGBTQ Flare Festival (UK, 2022) and Phoenix Film Festival (AZ, 2022), and was recently invited to the 2022 Bengaluru International Short Film Festival—India’s only Oscar-Qualifying festival. The film is currently in competition and shortlisted as a finalist in its category. Presently, Scott is developing an animated short film with poet Tanya Davis and animator Sarita McNeil (FREEDOM), which is supported by the NFB and will enter production this Fall (2022).
Scott has participated in the RespectAbility Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities (Los Angeles, 2022), Access CBC Lab for Scripted TV (Toronto, 2022), and the Whistler International Film Festival Screenwriting Lab (2020). In 2020, Scott won the Atlantic International Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab Power Pitch Award for his feature film screenplay OPUS 118, NO. 2. He has also worked as a consultant on various projects, including Stephen Dunn’s vibrant reimagining of QUEER AS FOLK (Peacock, 2022). Scott's artistic projects have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, Arts Nova Scotia, and the National Film Board of Canada's Filmmaker's Assistance Program.
Over the past four years, Scott has collaborated with Robert Chafe (Artistic Director, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland), Sarah Garton Stanley (former Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre), and Jillian Keiley (Artistic Director of English Theatre, NAC) to write and perform a play on the complexities of forgiveness (I Forgive You)—a journey full of transcendent revelations on what it means to be human, what it means to be truly vulnerable, and what it means to simultaneously question, rage against, and inevitably surrender to the unpredictable circumstances of life.
Scott and his service dog Neemo are most at peace wandering the trails or with family in Scotsburn (NS), surrounded by woods that lead to the ocean out into the great, wide, and wonderful beyond.