Mel Jones is a multi-talented producer, writer and director. She made her directorial debut with Leimert Park, an indie episodic series she co-created which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was produced by MACRO. Mel has also directed commercial content for Whole Foods.
Prior to directing, Mel served as Associate Producer on Justin Simien’s Sundance hit, Dear White People, as a Producer on Wade and Jesse Allain-Marcus’, French Dirty, Gerard McMurray’s, Burning Sands and Clark Johnson’s Netflix Original Film, Juanity.
A Howard University graduate, she earned her MFA at the American Film Institute in Producing. As a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow, Jones assisted veteran producer and former LA Film Festival director, Stephanie Allain – a gig that turned into a five-year stint as producer of Diversity Speaks, one of LA Film Festival’s signature programs. Together Stephanie Allain and Mel continue to produce work of writer/directors who create authentic depictions of people of diverse backgrounds through their production company Homegrown Films.