Oscar WilliamsChristiansted, Vi, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Oscar Williams, a seasoned filmmaker and educator, has had an illustrious career in the film and television industry. He was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, grew up in New York City, and currently resides on the island. Oscar spent most of his youth at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where he joined the Cinema 16 Film Club, which showed movies from world-renowned directors. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in Film and Television and went on to enter the American Film Institute, where he was a Director's Intern Fellow under MARTIN RITT during the production of THE GREAT WHITE HOPE. Oscar's first feature film, THE FINAL COMEDOWN, starring Billy Dee Williams, was written, produced, and directed while at the American Film Institute.

Oscar's second film, FIVE ON THE BLACK HAND SIDE, was made for UNITED ARTIST and was a family comedy. He then spent several years at WARNER BROS, where he wrote BLACK BELT JONES, TRUCK TURNER, SUDDEN DEATH, KNOCKOUT, and HOT POTATO, which he also wrote and directed. Oscar won an EMMY in 1979 for Best Director-LA. Area for the ABC Movie-Of-The-Week: THE WACK ATTACK, starring Philip Michael Thomas, and the following year won the 1980 NAACP IMAGE AWARD as an outstanding filmmaker.

Oscar was also the Associate Producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary THE FLIGHT OF THE GOSSAMER CONDOR. Oscar retired from teaching film production, after 14 ½ years, at THE USC'S SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS, and THE BILL COSBY SUMMER TELEVISION WORKSHOP. Oscar empowered his students by giving them their creative voice and vision. His goal was to explore the human condition in his movie writing, so audiences could say: "I see, I enjoy, I understand."

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