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FotoFocus Presents: Roger Ross Williams

Posted on January 30, 2024

FotoFocus is pleased to present the Spring 2024 Lecture and Visiting Artist Series with Roger Ross Williams.


Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 6pm
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

This event is free and open to the public, but we encourage you to let us know that you plan to attend. A public reception will immediately follow the talk.

FotoFocus is committed to providing programming that is accessible and inclusive. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided at the Spring 2024 Lecture and Visiting Artist Series by AML-Global American Language Services. To request additional information regarding accessibility and accommodations, please email

About the Artist

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Roger Ross Williams by Justin Bettman

Roger Ross Williams is an Oscar, Emmy, NAACP Image Awards, Webby, and Peabody award-winning director, producer, and writer, and was the first African American director to win an Academy Award® with his film Music By Prudence. Williams directed Life, Animated, which was nominated for an Academy Award® and won the Sundance Directing Award and three Emmys. He is the recipient of the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association, The Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Award, The NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and an honorary doctorate from Lafayette College.

Williams’ production company, One Story Up, produced the acclaimed Netflix food series, High On The Hog, an adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World And Me; the Ben Crump documentary Civil; and the award-winning film Master Of Light. His first scripted feature, Cassandro, from Amazon Prime Video, had its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. He also recently released The Supermodels for Apple TV+, which follows the lives and careers of iconic supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Linda Evangelista throughout the 1980s and 1990s; Stamped From The Beginning based on the book by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, for Netflix; and the second season of High On The Hog.

Press Release as a PDF: Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams to Present the FotoFocus 2024 Spring Lecture

Watch the Lecture

Watch the FotoFocus Presents: Roger Ross Williams on Vimeo.