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Master of Light - documentary feature

Master of Light

Master of Light

George Anthony Morton is a classical painter who spent ten years in federal prison for dealing drugs. While incarcerated, he nurtured his craft and unique artistic ability. Since his release, he is doing everything he can to defy society’s unlevel playing field and tackle the white-dominant art world.

Now, he is on a journey back to his hometown of Kansas City, where he tries to heal the broken relationship with his mother– who’s in-and-out of jail– and paint family members in the style of the Dutch Old Masters.

Through the completion of seven portraits of childhood friends, going back forces George to face his past in his quest to rewrite the script of his life and discover the contribution of African influences to the realist tradition.

Afilm by ROSA RUTH BOESTEN & GEORGE ANTHONY MORTON
Produced by VULCAN PRODUCTIONS and ONE STORY UP
In collaboration with DOCMAKERS
Director ROSA RUTH BOESTEN
Produced by ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS, ANOUSHA NZUME, ILJA ROOMANS
Executive Producer GEOFF MARTZ

Civil: Ben Crump premieres Juneteenth on Netflix

Civil

Civil

Maverick Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump is on a mission to raise the value of Black life. This intimate, vérité documentary follows Crump as he challenges America to come to terms with what it owes his clients -including the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Through the completion of seven portraits of childhood friends, going back forces George to face his past in his quest to rewrite the script of his life and discover the contribution of African influences to the realist tradition.

The film is directed and produced by Nadia Hallgren and produced by Kenya Barris, Roger Ross Williams, and Lauren Cioffi. Netflix will release CIVIL on Juneteenth (June 19th), after it premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival June 12th, and opens the American Black Film Festival on June 15th.

Director: NADIA HALLGREN
Producers: KENYA BARRIS, ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS, LAUREN CIOFFI, NADIA HALLGREN
Executive Producers: ERYNN SAMPSON, MATTHEW CARNAHAN, GEOFF MARTZ
Cinematography: NADIA HALLGREN
Editing: LINDSAY UTZ, ACE, ENAT SIDI, NATHAN PUNWAR
Original Music: MAKAYA MCCRAVEN

Ranger documentary

Ranger

Ranger

Set within Kenya’s Maasai community, 12 women undergo a profound rite of passage to become East Africa’s first all-female anti-poaching unit.

Ranger made its world premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival, October 2021.

“We wanted to acknowledge the remarkable women who participated in the Ranger program who are actively pushing back in a patriarchal society and participating in a program that encourages them to harness their strength and create a new path of opportunities for their children and peers.” – Jury Statement, Woodstock Film Festival

Directed by AUSTIN PECK
Produced by KATE GARWOOD, ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS and JOCHEN ZEITZ
Executive Producer GEOFF MARTZ
, MARCY MCCALL MACBAIN
An INDIKATE PRODUCTION in Association with ONE STORY UP

High on the Hog - How African American Cuisine Transformed America

High on The Hog

High on the Hog

A four-part documentary limited series for Netflix.

Based on the book High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America by the phenomenal Jessica B Harris, High on the Hog tells the moving story of a people’s triumph via the food that has knit generations together and helped define the American Kitchen. It taps into our culture’s food obsession; it’s the history of Fried Chicken, Hoppin John, Gumbo and Grits and how it got there. Hosted by chef and food writer Stephen Satterfield.

Directed by ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS, YORUBA RICHEN, and JONATHAN CLASBERRY
Produced by ONE STORY UP and PILGRIM MEDIA GROUP
Executive Producers ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS, GEOFF MARTZ, CRAIG PILIGIAN, FABIENNE TOBACK, SARBA DAS and KARIS JAGGER
Showrun by SHOSHANA GUY

Between the World and Me - HBO event

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

First published in 2015, Between The World And Me was written as a letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ teenage son.

Based on the 2018 adaptation and built on the 2018 Apollo Theater stage production that was a story line in Roger Ross Williams documentary The Apollo, the HBO Special combines elements of the Apollo’s production, including powerful readings from Coates’ book, and incorporates documentary footage from the actors’ home life, archival footage, and animation.

Directed by KAMILAH FORBES
Produced by ALISA PAYNE
Executive Producers: TA-NEHISI COATES, KAMILAH FORBES, SUSAN KELECHI WATSON, ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS and Co-Executive Producer GEOFF MARTZ
A ONE STORY UP Production

The Innocence Files, a true-crime mini series for Netflix

The Innocence Files

The Innocence Files

The Innocence Files is a American true crime documentary miniseries about wrongful convictions, and how they can affect the lives of everyone involved. The series, released by Netflix in April 2020, is based upon the work of the Innocence Project, which is committed to exonerating individuals who have been wrongfully convicted.

In a ground-breaking collaboration with filmmakers Alex Gibney and Liz Garbus, Roger Ross Williams directed the three opening episodes of the limited documentary series.  

Directed by ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS
Produced by ONE STORY UP and FILM 45
Executive Producers ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS, GEOFF MARTZ, LIZ GARBUS, ALEX GIBNEY, MICHAEL ANTINORO, WILL STAEGER

Topic presents emerging talent in One Story Up

One Story Up

Topic’s One Story Up

One Story up is over the moon to present its namesake series One Story Up in collaboration with streaming platform Topic.

Introducing emerging talent through a series of curated shorts, Roger Ross Williams says: “I am thrilled to introduce the industry to great filmmakers and innovative storytelling, and for a series which will provide more industry access for diverse and underrepresented communities.”

Roger Ross Williams hosts this illuminating series showcasing short films from some of the most talented emerging directors and underrepresented voices in film today.

Presented by ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS
Director ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS
Producer AISHA JAMA
Executive Producers GEOFF MARTZ, ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS, GENA KONSTANTINAKOS, RYAN CHANATRY
Cinematographer REGGIE CHELSON
Editors LAURA KARPAS, COOPER CONLEY-CURRIER

Inproduction

The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project

A docuseries based on The 1619 Project from The New York Times Magazine and Nikole Hannah-Jones for Hulu, with Roger Ross Williams producing and overseeing the series, with producing partner and co-executive producer Geoff Martz. The series will be made in a collaboration between Hulu, One Story Up, Lionsgate Television, The New York Times, and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films.

The 1619 Project connects the centrality of slavery in U.S. history with an account of the racism that endures in so many aspects of American life today.

Directed by ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS and others
Executive produced by NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES, OPRAH WINFREY, ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS, KATHLEEN LINGO, CAITLIN ROPER
Co-Executive Produced by GEOFF MARTZ and SHOSHANA GUY

Stamped from the Beginning

Stamped from the Beginning

Stamped from the Beginning

Stamped from the Beginning, a hybrid documentary/scripted feature based on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas,” is directed and produced by Roger Ross Williams through One Story Up.

“I hope these films crystallize Dr. Kendi’s message that ‘the only thing wrong with Black people is that they think something is wrong with Black people’, and encourage everyone to fight for a more equitable society,’ says Roger Ross Williams. “I am thrilled to be partnering with Netflix to bring Dr. Kendi’s incredible work and crucial insights to a broader audience.”


Directed by ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS
Producers: ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS, KENYA BARRIS, NADIA HALLGREN, Produced by ONE STORY UP
Executive produced by ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS, DR. IBRAM X. KEND, MARA BROCK AKIL and GEOFF MARTZ
Produced by ALISA PAYNE

The Empire of Ebony

The Empire of Ebony

The Empire of Ebony

The Empire of Ebony explores the rise and the impact of America’s first black media empire, the Johnson Publishing company, which created Ebony magazine and its sister publication, Jet.

The company, started by John H. Johnson and Eunice W. Johnson with a five hundred dollar loan, grew to a readership base in the millions, and covered and preserved a vital part of American history and American culture that was largely ignored by mainstream media.

Directed by LISA CORTÉS
Produced by ONE STORY UP, LISA CORTÉS, ALYSE SHORLAND
Executive Producers: ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS, GEOFF MARTZ, LINDA JOHNSON RICE,  BRENDA ROBINSON
Presented By ONE STORY UP, IMPACT PARTNERS
In Association With CHICAGO MEDIA PROJECT, MACRO, THE LAGRALANE GROUP, ARTEMIS RISING FOUNDATION
Special Thanks to FORD FOUNDATION, THE CHICAGO COMMUNITY TRUST, GOVERNOR JB PRITZKER AND FIRST LADY MK PRITZKER


Laikipia

Laikipia

Laikipia

As drought in the Kenyan savanna intensifies, descendants of British settlers and nomadic pastoralists each fight for home. Currently in production with support from Wild Lives Foundation, Sundance Institute, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Bertha Foundation, Berkeley Film Foundation and Docubox.

Directed by DAPHNE MATZIARAKI and PETER MURIMI
Produced by ONE STORY UP and TONI KAMAU
Co-produced by MAYA CRAIG
Executive Producers ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS and GEOFF MARTZ

Untitled TLC documentary

Biography: TLC

Untitled TLC Project

Up and coming director Matt Kay chronicles the journey of America’s top selling female group of all time, TLC. With a mixture of archive, interview and vérité we experience all the highs and lows in their eventful 30 year career. For A&E.

Director: MATT KAY
Executive Producers: ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS, GEOFF MARTZ, TIONNE “T-BOZ” WATKINS, ROZONDA “CHILLI” THOMAS, BILL DIGGINS, RICK KRIM, ELAINE FRONTAIN BRYANT and BRAD ABRAMSON
Producer: LAUREN FULTON