UTA signs Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams and his production company One Story Up – Deadline

UTA has inked Oscar and Emmy Award-winning director, producer and writer Roger Ross Williams and his production banner, One Story Up, across the board.

Williams is the first African-American director to win an Oscar with his short film Prudence music. His films include Life, lively, which was nominated for an Academy Award and won three Emmys, including the Best Documentary Award and won the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award. He also realized God loves Uganda, which was selected for an Oscar; The Apollo, which won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Documentary; Traveling in black, who was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and won a Webby Award; and American prison.

Williams is also in pre-production on his first scripted feature film, Cassandro, about an openly gay, transvestite Lucha Libre wrestler. The film, which Deadline first told you about, will star Gael Garcia Bernal and is produced by Bernal and Diego Luna’s production company La Corriente Del Golfo.

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In 2019, Williams founded production company One Story Up with Emmy-winning producer Geoff Martz, who produced projects such as Netflix. The files of innocence, of which Williams directed the first three hours of, and the screen adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ bestseller, Between the world and me, for HBO. Currently in development for One Story Up: an untitled Netflix feature documentary about civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, a series of short films with Topic and First Look Media, and a documentary about the TLC band for A&E. , among other titles. Williams will also direct and produce Ibram X. Kendis’ Stamped from the start, as well as its counterpart Stamped: racism, anti-racism and you for Netflix, under One Story Up.

Since 2016, Williams has served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences representing the documentary branch and is also chair of the Documentary Diversity Committee. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Full Frame Film Festival and on the Boards of Docubox Kenya, None On Record and the Zeitz Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa.

Williams will continue to be represented by André Des Rochers of Granderson Des Rochers.

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