Monday, November 30, 2020

Filmmaker Katie Schiller (LS ’14, TSOA ’17)

Katie SchillerKatie Schiller (LS '14, TSOA '17) is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She most recently produced SHIVA BABY directed by Emma Seligman that was bound for South by Southwest 2020 in competition. She also served as a co-producer on Jonah Feingold’s narrative feature debut, DATING IN NEW YORK. Katie has produced, directed, and assistant directed commercials, branded content, and several short films that have premiered at film festivals across the globe. 

What did you study at NYU?

At NYU, I was in the Liberal Studies program for two semesters. I studied Film and Television Production at the Tisch School of the Art’s Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. I concentrated my studies primarily in producing and directing.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

My favorite memory of my time at NYU was the second semester of senior year when my classmates and I were spending just about every other week traveling to work on our peers’ thesis films. It was so fun and exciting to be on set in so many different places collaborating and working to bring each other's visions to life. Looking back now I realize the experience was so unique in that it’s not often in your life that you will be creating work so consistently and with such intensity and passion among a group of people that love and support you. Students dream about the making of their thesis films from the moment they receive their acceptance letter to NYU and it feels surreal when it’s happening. In my senior year I wrote and directed a short film of my own and produced four films that were all very different in terms of tone, genre, country of origin, language, etc., but the commonality was that they were all made with life-long friends and creative partners I met throughout my time at NYU.

Katie Schiller: her story continues

Monday, November 9, 2020

Roger Ross Williams (WSUC ’87), 2020 CAS Alumni Achievement Award Honoree

Roger Ross Williams

On October 24, 2020, Dean Gene Jarrett presented the CAS Alumni Achievement Award to Roger Ross Williams (WSUC ’87). Williams is an award-winning director, producer, writer and the first African-American director to win an Academy Award ® with his short film "Music By Prudence."

Williams’ award winning work pushes the boundaries of culture and film. His documentaries include Academy Award ® nominated and Emmy Award winning "Life, Animated" as well as "God Loves Uganda," "American Jail," Emmy Award winning "The Apollo," and Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning VR experience "Traveling While Black." His production company One Story Up is currently in production on numerous doc features and series, including: a feature-length adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ "Between The World and Me," an untitled documentary about civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, and a short film series with Topic and First Look Media.

Currently Williams is in pre-production on his first narrative feature, "Cassandro," for Amazon studios.

Roger Ross Williams: his story continues