MEET OUR TEAM
With more than 20 years combined experience, the Mason Jar Films team is made up of efficient, experienced documentary producers with a ninja-like skill for cinematography and the intuition to know what matters most for your story.
Our passion for each of our own family heritages and tight-knit communities of deep friendships is what drives us to create authentic films for our clients. We know what it means for you to value the beauty of your homestead, an heirloom, or something new -- we know you value it because of the love and people that those objects represent. Real love stories are better than fiction.
CHRIS P. JONES
PROPRIETOR & FILMMAKER.
Commonly called Jones, this adventurer and entrepreneur always had a deep-rooted love for things that take his heart back home--including movies shot on 8mm and 16mm film. He developed a passion for documentary work on his first trip to Africa, and he's been weaving together stories since then. Known for his efficiency and demure wit, you'll want to have him around to work on your film because he also has an eye that can find the root emotion of a story in any moment. He's also mentored other filmmakers for several years through an educational organization he co-founded called In[Focus] Video Events.
His work has been industry recognized and awarded by The Knot, Style Me Pretty, and EventDV as leading one of the hottest and most influential studios in the world several times. Married: 2012 on the beach
Lafe lives in the Austin area with his wife, two children and two Westie dogs. When not creating films that feel like home, Lafe can be found at his own home cooking, playing basketball, and going for neighborhood walks with his family.
He has been working in video production for the past 12 years, filming hundreds of events and productions in that time. What he loves most about working with Mason Jar is being able to witness and document the sacred moments between loved ones on a wedding day. Knowing he is preserving these moments to be relived for a lifetime is a source of great pride.
Lafe oversees productions from start to finish to ensure they exude the beauty and emotion that defines Mason Jar Films.
Jones recruited Kourtney as a cinematographer when she was a college film student, and throughout her career as a producer in Dallas, she kept working for Jones as often as she could--eventually training as an editor under his story-telling techniques, and transitioning to full time work with Mason Jar. Her previous productions have been distributed in book stores, online, and she's worked as an Art Director for several award-winning independent films. After working on a documentary about poverty in Haiti, Kourtney was also amazed by the power of telling true life stories to inspire others to do good things for communities. Her mind is always incubating an art project, and since working for Mason Jar, Kourt has had to make some hefty investments in tissue boxes for her office desk from all the happy tears she cries while editing.
Married: 2007 in a historic movie theater