Daryl B. Jones received his M.F.A. from the UCSC, Social Documentation M.F.A. Program. He is now a lecturer at UCSC. He also runs his own production company, Black Leaf Films LLC.

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Daryl Jones is proud of his strong Southern roots. The nature of his work is bound to his experiences as a black man. He is dedicated to telling stories about black people with sincerity. He believes such a stance is paramount for social justice documentary filmmakers.

Daryl is currently working on The New Roxy Theater. A documentary set in the Mississippi Delta town of Clarksdale which explores the history of black film spectatorship at a segregated movie theater, the New Roxy. A family with close ties to a defunct movie house reveal the tensions surrounding black film spectatorship in the 1960s and 70s. Despite the harsh realities of segregation and the toll it takes on black movie-goers, this family and others foster a sense of community around the New Roxy Theater. 

Films by Daryl B. Jones

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As San Francisco’s gig economy grows, so does the city’s need for housing. The Tenderloin district, a historically black and queer neighborhood, becomes prime real estate for the city’s tech workers. Cookie, Janetta, and Ronjah bring you into their world as they fight San Francisco’s housing crisis.