About

Marco Williams is an award-winning documentary and nominated fiction film director.

Williams’ directing credits include: The Undocumented (2013), Inside the New Black Panthers (2008), Banished (2007), Freedom Summer (2006), I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education (2004), MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream(2003), Two Towns of Jasper (2002), Making Peace; Rebuilding our Communities (1995), The Pursuit of Happiness: With Arianna Huffington (1994), Without A Pass (1992), In Search of Our Fathers (1991), From Harlem To Harvard (1982).

Executive Producer Credits: A Son’s Sacrifice (2007), Bronx Princess (2009), More Than a Month (2012), Bible Quiz (2013).

His films have been screened at the Sundance, Berlin, Bombay, Miami, Margaret Mead, Toronto, and Pan African film festivals, among others.

In addition to Williams’ film work, he has served on numerous documentary juries from Sundance to Full Frame, to the Editorial Commission for PBS’ flagship strand POV.

Williams received a B.A. from Harvard University, in visual and environmental studies. He received a Master of Arts degree from UCLA in Afro-American studies and a Master of Fine Arts also from UCLA in their Producer’s Program. He is the recipient of the Institute of American Cultures Research Grant (1998 & 1990), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, (1987) and a Creative Artists Program grant (1984).

Awards

Williams’ film awards include: 

Banished (2007) the Knight Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Features at the Miami International Film Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Festival Spectrum Award

Freedom Summer(2006), Emmy Award for the series: Ten Days that Unexpectedly Changed America

I Sit Where I Want, the recipient of the 2005 Beacon Award

MLK Boulevard: The Concrete DreamThe National Association of Black Journalists First Place Salute to Excellence Award 2004

Two Towns of Jasper received the 2004 George Foster Peabody Awardand the 2004 Alfred I duPont Silver Baton. It is the winner of the 2002 Pan African Film Festival Outstanding Documentary Award, the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival Silver Award for Best International Documentary (2002); it is also the recipient of the 2002 DoubleTake/Full Frame grand prize: The Center For Documentary Studies Filmmaker Awardand the winner of the 2002 Independent Feature Project Third Annual Anthony Radziwill Documentary Achievement Award

Teaching

  • MIT 260 Foundations of Screenwriting
  • MIT 390 Directing for the Camera