The Filmmaker’s Life – Shirley Vernae Williams, Producer

Our host, Joanne Butcher, is a business coach for filmmakers with Filmmaker Success. She offers a biweekly series of conversations with filmmakers. What is it like to live as a filmmaker? And what did it look like day to day for these filmmakers to get their films made, produced, and distributed?
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Our guest, Shirley Vernae Williams is a director and Emmy-nominated producer who has overseen television series such as History Channel’s “Alone” and “American Restoration” and story produced various series for Refinery29, including “Shady” and “Anomaly,” which generated millions of online views. Other work includes producing high-profile brand content for VaynerMedia and Public Record TV. In 2019, she produced eight short films for the New York Times, and a documentary for the Annenberg Space Of Photography; in 2020, Williams directed a five part series for Adidas and a three part series for the U.S. Virgin Islands along with short films for First Response, Center For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Ritz & Garden Of Life. In 2017, she post produced the documentary film “Intent To Destroy” with the award-winning director Joe Berlinger; the film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Documentary. Williams is Head of Planning & Strategic Partnerships for Hue You Know, an organization designed to build community, provide mentorship, and foster employment opportunities for BIPOC professionals in media to bolster diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging. She sits on the board of Post Alliance New York and is an active member of PGA & NYWIFT. Williams also owns and operates Willie B. Productions, a production company focusing on film, television and digital content.


Feb 18 2021


9:00 am - 10:15 pm
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