Filmmakers Year 6

Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated)

The first film that Roger Ross Williams directed was Music by Prudence, which won the 2010 Academy Award® for documentary short subject. He is the first African American director to win an Academy Award. Williams next directed the feature documentary God Loves Uganda, was shortlisted for a 2014 Academy Award. Williams is currently working on […]


James Neihouse (A Beautiful Planet)

James L. Neihouse was born in Paris, Arkansas. He graduated from Paris High School in 1973 and then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1976. Soon after his graduation Neihouse worked on his first IMAX film, which was directed by GraemeFerguson, one of the co-founders of IMAX. The […]


Vikram Jayanti (Loretta Lynn: Still A Mountain Girl)

A multi-award-winning feature documentary maker for more than 35 years, Vikram Jayanti is best known for his high profile portraits of cultural icons: usually individuals of extraordinary accomplishment, such as Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali and Garry Kasparov – and sometimes characters of some notoriety, such as Phil Spector, and Uri Geller.  His films are marked […]


Vicki Abeles (Beyond Measure)

Vicki Abeles is an award-winning filmmaker, author, speaker, and education advocate. As an attorney, businesswoman, disrupter, and boundary-crosser, Vicki brings her creative leadership and unbridled passion to her documentary film projects. Abeles co-directed the 2009 award-winning documentary, “Race to Nowhere,” vividly portraying the pressure-cooker culture plaguing America’s schools. Using a cutting-edge distribution model, the film […]


Tadashi Nakamura (Mele Murals)

Tadashi Nakamura was named one of CNN’s “Young People Who Rock” for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival as well as one of the “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30” by the popular website Angry Asian Man. The fourth generation Japanese American recently completed Mele Murals, a documentary on the […]