It’s been more than five years since that fateful October night when Scott Jones, who had been out with friends having fun in New Glasgow, was taken by surprise and attacked from behind. His throat was slit and he was stabbed in the back. The stab severed nerves in his spinal cord which left him paralyzed from the waist down.
One of Scott’s friends, Laura Marie Wayne, who was studying cinematography in Cuba at the time of the attack, left to visit him and she instinctively took her video camera and captured some of those first few days with Jones in the hospital following the attack. She continued to follow him over the next three years, and thus began the documentary of Scott’s thought provoking journey as he learned to navigate his life in a wheelchair, learn to forgive his attacker and use his situation to create opportunities to discuss the queer experience and educate people so they no longer need to be afraid of the unknown.
Jones has used his love of music to help him deal with many of the struggles he has had to face over the past few years, and he chooses to see things in a positive manner. The film Love, Scott is the culmination of the finely woven moments captured throughout this poignant journey and finally gives Jones the voice to tell his version of the event that changed his life forever, a version that was not recognized by the court system.
The deCoste Performing Arts Centre is hosting Jones and Wayne at the film screening of Love, Scott on May 22 at 7:30 p.m. with a question period to follow. The film has been garnering much acclaim nationally and internationally winning numerous awards including Best Feature Documentary-North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2018 and Official Selection-FIN Atlantic International Film Festival 2018.
Jennifer MacLennan, marketing manager at the deCoste suggests, “Pictou County is where Scott spent much of childhood growing up, and where his attack took place. He was very involved in the Pictou District Honours Choir and other musical events, several of which would have been on our deCoste stage. It seems only fitting that his film be shown here. Scott is an amazing person who has touched the lives of so many individuals. I hope that the public will take this opportunity to come out and show support for Scott. The documentary has such an important message that really needs to be heard.”
Tickets are available at the deCoste box office.
Scott Jones is shown with his sister Sherise in a clip taken from the documentary Love, Scott which portrays his courageous journey that followed the attack that left him paralyzed back in October 2013 in New Glasgow. The film will be shown May 22 at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre, Pictou, beginning at 7:30 p.m.