Moby Longinotto’s documentary “The Joneses” explores the story of Jheri Jones, a lively 74-year-old transgender divorcee and her family who live in Bible Belt Mississippi. Though she’s reconciled with the family after years of estrangement, and now lives with two of her sons in a trailer park home, Jheri embarks on a new journey to reveal her identity to her grandchildren, resolve old resentments and reconcile thorny questions from the past. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
This is Longinotto’s first feature-length documentary. He has previously directed short documentary films that have won numerous awards and have aired around the world. Some of his films include “Bad Boy” for the BBC, which followed a young man released from prison who attempts to reenter society, and “Smalltown Boy” for Channel 4, about a 15-year-old kicked out of his foster home for his homosexuality.
The film was produced by Aviva Wishnow, who currently develops projects for Bunny Lake Films. She has previously co-produced the drama “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete,” which starred Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Mackie and Jeffrey Wright. She also produced the documentary “Blank City” about the DIY movement in downtown New York during the 1970’s.
“The Joneses” first premiered at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival. It will screen at the DOC NYC festival on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Cinepolis Chelsea.