Listen: Remembering Doug Jones
Remembering Doug Jones: A Veteran Indie Film Programmer Who Left an Indelible Mark
The film programming community is mourning as we bid farewell to the esteemed Doug Jones.
• Doug Jones’s career lasted more than two decades, during which time he made numerous contributions to the film industry, including his roles as executive director of Images Cinema and programmer for the Vidiots Foundation;
• His passion for film was evident in his work with South by Southwest, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Cinema Eye Honors nominations committee, and the Overlook Film Festival;
• Before his film programming career, his roots in the Midwest influenced him greatly – he studied at Metropolitan State University and worked at movie theaters.
• Jones was a beloved family man who was survived by his son Wylie, mother Judy, sister Kathy, and other extended family and friends.
• His passing is a great loss to the film programming community, but he will be remembered for inspiring and shaping cinema for many years.
As a curator, exhibitor, and consultant, Jones’s contributions to various film festivals and organizations were invaluable. From his work with the South by Southwest Film and TV Festival to his role as a programmer for the Vidiots Foundation, Jones left an indelible mark on the global film programming community.
Jones’s career spanned over two decades, during which he made significant contributions to the film industry. As the executive director of Images Cinema, he championed independent filmmakers, while his involvement with the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent helped produce unforgettable film events.
His passion for cinema took him from the Twin Cities to Philadelphia, where he impacted local film scenes.
Throughout his career, Jones’s expertise and love for film were evident. His contributions to South by Southwest as a screener and his work with the Cinema Eye Honors nominations committee showcased his commitment to recognizing the best in the industry.
As the artistic director for the Overlook Film Festival, he further showcased his talent for curating genre-specific films.
Before his film programming career, Jones’s roots in the Midwest provided him with a solid foundation.
His experiences working at movie theaters and his film studies degree from Metropolitan State University shaped his deep understanding and appreciation for the art of cinema.
Beyond his contributions to the film world, Jones was a beloved family man. He was preceded in death by his wife Paula Buxbaum and is survived by his son Wylie, mother Judy, sister Kathy, as well as his extended family, friends, and colleagues.
Doug Jones’s passing is a profound loss for the film programming community, but his legacy will continue to inspire and shape the industry for years.