Roger Ross Williams

Roger Ross Williams

Highest Rated: 100% God Loves Uganda (2013)

Lowest Rated: 72% The Rachel Divide (2018)

Birthday: Sep 16, 1973

Birthplace: South Carolina, USA

Many first became familiar with filmmaker Roger Ross Williams when he won an Academy Award in 2010 for his documentary short "Music by Prudence" (2010), making him the first African American to win an Oscar for directing and producing a feature or short. Born in South Carolina in 1976, Williams' family struggled to pay bills as his mother worked long hours as a housekeeper. Williams still toiled hard to attended college however, first at Northampton Community College and later at NYU, and by 1995 he had broken into the film industry, producing segments for TV specials like People Magazine's "People Yearbook '95" (CBS, 1995). Williams worked in television for several years while he honed his skills and gathered his resources, finally directing his first documentary "New York Underground" (Discovery Times Channel, 2003) in 2003. "Music by Prudence" came a few years later, quickly followed by his next documentary short "God Loves Uganda" (2013), which examined the attempts by Christian evangelicals to indoctrinate the people of Uganda. Two years later, he directed the shorts "Gospel of Intolerance" (2015) and "Blackface" (2015), and by 2016, Williams was in the Awards spotlight again, this time for his documentary feature "Life, Animated" (2016).

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion Executive Producer - 2019
95% 86% The Apollo Director - 2019
72% 59% The Rachel Divide Executive Producer - 2018
87% 78% The Gospel According to André Executive Producer $388.2K 2017
94% 81% Life, Animated Director,
Producer
$244K 2016
100% 77% God Loves Uganda Director,
Writer,
Producer
$48K 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Music by Prudence Director - 2010

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Story Up Unknown (Character),
Director,
Host
2020-2021
100% 95% The Innocence Files Executive Producer 2020
92% 75% Dogs Director 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet 20/20 Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Take Part Live Guest 2013

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