Roger Ross Williams directed God Loves Uganda, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to enormous critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for a 2014 Academy Award®, has won over a dozen awards and screened at over 60 film festivals worldwide. Williams also directed and produced Music by Prudence, which won the 2010 Academy Award® for documentary short subject. He is the first African American to win an Oscar® for directing and producing a film, short or feature.
Williams began his career producing political satire for Comedy Central and Michael Moore’s Emmy award winning series TV Nation. He went on to work as a broadcast journalist for ABC, NBC, and MSNBC and CNN. He has also produced and directed numerous primetime specials for PBS, ABC, CBS, Sundance Channel, and New York Times Television. He has won numerous awards for his TV work including a NAMIC Vision Award and the National Headliner for Best Human Interest Feature documentary.
Williams has several projects in development including a transmedia project with PBS called Traveling While Black, a feature documentary with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ron Suskind called Life, Animated and a narrative feature film. Currently he serves on the alumni advisory board of both None On Record and the Sundance Institute. He splits his time between upstate New York and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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