Denison Alum Martin Jones, Tim Reid Visit Campus With New "For Real" Film
Posted: February 18, 2003
GRANVILLE -- Filmmaker Martin Jones, a 1986 Denison graduate and Columbus native, returns to campus to screen his latest film, "For Real," at 7:30 p.m. on Monday (Feb. 24) in Slayter Auditorium. Tim Reid, who played "Venus Flytrap" in the popular TV series, "WKRP In Cincinnati" and directed and stars in "For Real," will accompany Jones to Denison. Their appearance is sponsored by Denison's department of cinema and the Vail. Endowment and is free and open to the public.
Jones, who was a Vail Arts Scholar as a Denison undergraduate, is the son of Steve and Karen Jones of Haversham Drive in Gahanna and Carl and Roberta Booth of Orson Drive in Columbus. He is associated with New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, Va., as general manager and partner. He served as producer for "For Real, "a romantic comedy." His other recent films include "Nothin' 2 Lose" and "Asunder."
As the executive in charge of a 60-acre complex, he supervises staffing, scheduling and daily operations of the full-service motion picture facility founded by Reid. Jones co-produced the studio's first feature film, "Asunder," which starred Brian Hooks of "3 Strikes."
Before joining New Millennium in 1997, Jones was executive vice president of United Image Entertainment, where he oversaw the theatrical release of Reid's critically acclaimed independent film, "Once Upon A Time...When We were Colored." Jones also worked for LIVE Entertainment in Los Angeles and founded their CD-ROM division, LIVE INteractive. Previously, as the co-owner and executive producer of i.o.u.1 productions in Los Angeles, he produced and directed music videos for various artists, including LL Cool J, Dweezil Zappa, Run DMC, MC Hammer and Ice Cube. He also specialized in producing music videos for motion pictures such as "Mo' Money," "White Men Can't Jump" and "Strictly Business."
As a teenager in Columbus, Jones "broke into the industry" by working as a projectionist at the Drexel cinemas. As a student at Denison, he made a number of films, including the documentary "Castle 13" that featured a local White Castle Restaurant and the habituÃ©s of its nightlife.
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