Ben York Jones

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Ben York Jones
Born (1984-02-11) February 11, 1984 (age 33)
Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Screenwriter, film actor

Ben York Jones (born February 11, 1984) is an American screenwriter and film actor best known for writing and co-starring in Like Crazy (2011) which won the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize[1] at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Though born on the east coast, Jones grew up in Orange County, CA. Jones attended Woodbridge High School in Irvine, CA. at which time he began making short films with friends. Jones went on to study film at Chapman University. While there, he wrote and performed with an on-campus sketch comedy troupe and has singled this out as the best part of his film school experience.

In 2010, the feature film Douchebag premiered in Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Jones starred in and co-wrote the film, though he was given an associate producer credit in lieu of a writing credit. Following the film's premiere, Jones and long time friend Drake Doremus began conceiving Like Crazy. Both Jones and Doremus had been through similar long-distance relationships, which served to greatly inform the film's plot.[3]

Following Like Crazy, Jones wrote the film Breathe In which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He co-starred in Cannes Lion- and Emmy Award-winning web series The Beauty Inside. As well as the Vimeo Staff Pick short film Safety.

In the summer of 2016, production wrapped on Jones' adapted screenplay entitled Ashes in the Snow. The film stars Bel Powley and Martin Wallstrom, and is based on Ruta Sepetys' New York Times Bestseller Between Shades of Gray. Jones changed the title to avoid any possible confusion with the popular but vastly dissimilar Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.

York Jones wrote Newness directed by Drake Doremus which will world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.[4][5]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Douchebag Tom Nussbaum Associate Producer
2011 Like Crazy Ross Written by
2012 The Beauty Inside Alex #1
2012 Safety (short) Morgan
2013 Hollywood & Vines (short) Written by
2013 Breathe In Written by
2017 Ashes in the Snow Screenplay by
2017 Newness Writer, producer


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