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Project of the Day: A Transgender Matriarch in the Bible Belt

By Indiewire | Indiewire December 29, 2011 at 1:18PM

Project of the Day: A Transgender Matriarch in the Bible Belt

An image of Jheri Jones from "The Joneses"
An image of Jheri Jones from "The Joneses"
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"The Joneses"

Tweetable Logline:

The search for true love by transgender trailer park matriarch Jheri Jones and her two adult sons in Bible Belt Mississippi.

Elevator Pitch:

THE JONESES follows the family’s individual journeys to find love. Trevor is a 34 yr old virgin, Brad born with brain damage, and Jheri was formerly their father. As 3 single adults living under one trailerpark roof in small town Mississippi, they’re each ready to find romance.

Spitfire matriarch and "golden girl" Jheri Jones is searching for a good man. FKA Jerry, Jheri changed her name after gender reassignment surgery a few years prior. After initially dismissed by her sons, the passing of Jheri’s ex-wife forced the family back together, helping give them each the confidence to find true love.

Production Team:

Director/Cinematographer: Moby Longinotto
Producer: Aviva Wishnow ("Blank City")
In Association with Pure Fragment Films

About the Production:

"Nearly two years ago, THE JONESES was created as a short doc for Channel 4 / Britdocs and screened at a handful of film festivals, before British Director Moby Longinotto decided a feature documentary would be needed to tell the intricate story of this very unique family.

"The Joneses are truly a dynamic, heartwarming and slightly dysfunctional family, and the footage I've seen reminds me of a modern “Grey Gardens” -- if doing comparisons. I know I immediately fell in love with the main 'character' Jheri Rae Jones and the rest of her family." -- Moby Longinotto

Current Status:

In production.

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