Film and Television Arts
AMDA Faculty since: 2021
William is an award-winning filmmaker, author and professor. His debut feature film Detour was declared an "Underground Hit" by The Village Voice, an "emotional and psychological roller-coaster ride" by The Examiner, and nothing short of "authentic" by The New York Times. William's first novel, No Alternative, was described as, "a sympathetic coming-of-age story deeply embedded in '90s music" by Kirkus Reviews. He adapted and directed the film version of No Alternative, which was released worldwide through Gravitas Ventures and Myriad Pictures. The Los Angeles Times hailed the film as "a remarkably assured and deeply felt grunge-era coming-of-age picture," and Film Threatcalled it "a rare indie gem that delivers solidly on all fronts with no missteps." His book on filmmaking, DETOUR: Hollywood: How To Direct a Microbudget Film (or any film, for that matter), was called a "candidly practical, thoroughly 'user friendly', and an essential instruction guide—especially for independent filmmakers working on shoestring budgets," by Midwest Book Review. His writing has been published in Indiewire, Moviemaker Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, THR's The Wrap, Script Magazine, Talkhouse and Save The Cat! William specializes in teaching director's craft, screenwriting and acting for the camera.
M.F.A., Directing, American Film Institute