Ben York Jones

American screenwriter and film actor (born 1984)
Ben York Jones
Born (1984-02-11) February 11, 1984 (age 40)
Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Occupation(s)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

Though born on the east coast, Jones grew up in Orange County, California. He attended Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California and graduated with a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University in 2006.[3][4]

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 he and Doremus had been through similar long-distance relationships, which served to inform the film's plot.[5]

Following Like Crazy, Jones co-wrote the film Breathe In which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In the summer of 2016, production wrapped on Jones' adapted screenplay entitled Ashes in the Snow. The film is based on Ruta Sepetys' New York Times Bestseller Between Shades of Gray. Jones changed the title to avoid any possible confusion with the vastly dissimilar Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.

In 2017, Jones wrote Newness, directed by Doremus, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.[6][7]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Douchebag Tom Nussbaum Associate Producer
2011 Like Crazy Ross Written by
2012 The Beauty Inside Alex #1
2012 Safety Morgan Short
2013 Hollywood & Vines Short
Written by
2013 Breathe In Written by
2017 Ashes in the Snow Screenplay by
2017 Newness Writer, producer
2018 Everything Sucks! Mr. Stargrove Creator, writer, producer, actor


  1. ^ USA Today
  2. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  3. ^ "This Chapman Alum Continues His Rise With New Netflix Series "Everything Sucks"". Orange Coast Magazine. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  4. ^ "Alumni Spotlight: Michael Mohan ('02) & Ben York Jones ('06) - Netflix:". Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  5. ^ FrameSocietyLA (2013-11-12), Frame Society Presents: Ben York Jones, retrieved 2016-06-30
  6. ^ Lee, Ashley (January 9, 2017). "Sundance Adds Donald Trump Doc, Drake Doremus' 'Newness' to Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Newness". Sundance Film Festival. Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
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