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About One Story Up.

About One Story Up Productions Documentaries & Films

Founded by Oscar and Emmy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams and Emmy Award-winning producer Geoff Martz, One Story Up specializes in creating documentary films, television, streaming series and specials, animation and VR.

Roger Ross Williams is an award-winning director, producer and writer and the first African American director to win an Academy Award ®. Raised in Easton, Pennsylvania by a single mother who worked as a maid, Williams defied the odds. After getting a scholarship and graduating from NYU, Williams had a successful career as a TV producer, before becoming a documentary filmmaker.

“Beautiful,” “Uplifting,” “Extraordinary,” “Triumphant,” “Rich with insight,” “Searing,” “Remarkable,” and “Inspirational” are accolades Williams’ films have received from the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Forbes, Stephen Colbert and Entertainment Weekly.

Since 2016, Williams has been on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, serving as chair of the Documentary Branch and the documentary Diversity Committee. Williams serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute, the Advisory Board of Full Frame Festival, and the boards of the Tribeca Film Institute, Docubox Kenya, None On Record and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. He resides in New York and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Geoff Martz is a four-time Emmy winning producer. He was one of Diane Sawyer’s lead producers for 8 years at ABC News, working on long-form projects like the Jaycee Dugard 2-hour special (17 million viewers) and the Gabby Giffords special (which won the Murrow Award), but he also did investigative hidden camera hours for 20/20 (including one that took down a $600 million dollar company) and highly-rated innovative crime hours.

He was a showrunner at What Would You Do for two years before being promoted to senior producer at Nightline where he won two more Murrows and a Peabody. In the last four years he’s been nominated for 16 Emmys.

Geoff joined forces with Roger in 2017 to form One Story Up where he is now Head of Development, and Vice President.

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