Marco Williams

Film director

1956 –


Who is Marco Williams?

Marco Williams is a documentary filmmaker and professor of film production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His films have received several awards, including the Gotham Documentary Achievement Award for Two Towns of Jasper and he has been nominated three times for the Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize.

Williams is currently directing and producing The Undocumented a feature length documentary addressing the deaths of illegal border crossers in Arizona's border region.

Banished, directed and produced by Williams, tells the story of three American communities where 100 years ago white residents forced thousands of black families to flee their homes. The film documents black descendants as they return to confront their shocking histories. The film was awarded the Knight Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Features at the Miami International Film Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Festival Spectrum Award.

Williams' film Freedom Summer, won a primetime Emmy Award for the series: Ten Days that Unexpectedly Changed America.

Williams' film Two Towns of Jasper received the 2004 George Foster Peabody Award and the 2004 Alfred I duPont Silver Baton.

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Oct 31, 1956
  • United States of America
  • Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University
    ( - 1981)
  • Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
    Television studies
    (1986 - 1991)
  • Theatre studies
  • Film studies
  • Master of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
    African-American studies
    ( - 1992)
Lived in
  • New York
    (1998 - )

on July 23, 2013


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