Producer|Director is a native New Yorker who began her career in front of the camera as a child actor and then behind it as a producer of music videos for artists Blues Traveler, the Notorious B.I.G., and Queen Latifah. In 1995, she was hired to produce the Academy Award–nominated 4 Little Girls, directed by Spike Lee, a documentary about the murder of four African American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. Since that time, she has worked on the films The Curious Case of Curt Flood (dir. Spike Lee, 2011); Slavery by Another Name (dir. Samuel D. Pollard, 2012); and Maynard (dir. Samuel D. Pollard, 2018), Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts (dir. Jeffrey Wolf 2021) and HBO's documentary, Black Art; In the Absence of Light (dir. Sam Pollard 2021).
Daphne McWilliams’s directorial debut, In a Perfect World... , premiered on Showtime 2018 and is now streaming on demand.
May 2021, Daphne began directing Boston (R)evolution (working title), a feature documentary following the historical Mayoral race in Boston, Massachusetts.
McWilliams received her BFA Fine Arts, Photography and Restoration of Decorative Arts from Fashion Institute of Technology and was the 2019 Susan Tifft Fellow - Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
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