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Meet Marco Williams, A Filmmaker Unafraid To Make You Uncomfortable

Meet filmmaker and educator Marco Williams

Marco Williamsis a filmmaker who is not afraid of telling stories that others don't want to tell. 

He has produced more than a dozen documentaries exploring race, death, violence and the American psyche. His work has earned him an Emmy, a Peabody, and a litany of other documentary awards. Williams is an arts professor at New York University’s Kanar Institute Tisch School of the Arts, but currently serves as the Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship for his current project about black-on-black homicide.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Marco Williams about his life, career and creative vision.

Watch a trailer for his latest film, The Undocumented:

Here's a clip from his film Banished:http://youtu.be/G8wymnUYC-c

Marco Williams filming artist Lonnie Holley.
Marco Williams /
Marco Williams filming artist Lonnie Holley.
Marco Williams and Kat Rodriguez, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, San Diego CA.
Marco Williams /
Marco Williams and Kat Rodriguez, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, San Diego CA.
Marco Williams pitching at Op-Docs: Murders that Matter, with Jason Spingarn-Koff Commisioning Editor for NY Times Op-Docs.
Marco Williams /
Marco Williams pitching at Op-Docs: Murders that Matter, with Jason Spingarn-Koff Commisioning Editor for NY Times Op-Docs.
Marcos Hernandez, Marco Williams, Kat Rodriguez, Full Frame Film Festival World Premiere: The Undocumented.
Marco Williams /
Marcos Hernandez, Marco Williams, Kat Rodriguez, Full Frame Film Festival World Premiere: The Undocumented.

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Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.