The Directing Magic Podcast was created to encourage and inspire fellow filmmakers by sharing the wisdom and experience of achievers and successful women in film and television.

The Directing Magic Podcast features conversations with successful women in the entertainment industry who generously share their insights into succeeding in the business. These in-depth conversations are designed to shed light and provide community for creatives by discussing their journeys, process and the latest innovations in the entertainment world.



marquette-jonesMarquette Jones began her journey toward becoming a filmmaker in her hometown, Youngstown, Ohio. She is an alumni of New York University’s Film and Television Production graduate program.  She also is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, holding dual degrees in Mass Communications and History and a Juris Doctorate in Law. Before becoming a filmmaker, Marquette was a public interest attorney and social entrepreneur in Oakland, California.

With several award-winning short films under her belt as a director and producer, nuance and subtext are the guiding principals behind much of her creative work.  Her latest directing effort, Forgiving Chris Brown, manages to provide sharp commentary of our obsession with celebrity culture while keeping the audience entertained with edgy comedy.

Marquette’s work has appeared in numerous film festivals around the world and has been showcased on television as well.  This work includes Round on Both Sides, Tunk, Heroes Wanted and Streets 2 Suites (lensed by Bradford Young).  As a producer, her credits include Spoonful of Sugar, Adventures of Supern*gger, and Jackie. Her films have been featured on PBS, KweliTV, Showtime, Aspire TV, BET, IFC and other broadcast outlets. She also recently directed and produced several commercial spots, which led to both a coveted Telly Award and Aurora Award for excellence in storytelling.

Her past filmmaking awards include the following: Broad Humor’s Best Cinematography Award and HollyShorts’ Audience Choice Award for Forgiving Chris Brown, New York University’s Warner Bros. Production Award, Panasonic ‘s “P2 for a Cause” Grand Prize Winner, Fotokem Film Processing Grant, Woods Hole Film Festival, Best Short Screenplay Winner for Free’s Rain, ProMotion Pictures / Heineken Branded Entertainment Shorts Competition Winner, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival Best Short Narrative, and First Run Festival’s Producing Award.

When she is not busy writing, producing, or directing, Marquette teaches digital filmmaking and screenwriting as an Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University.

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