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It was the middle of the night, inside a 7-Eleven convenience store, when Roger Ross Williams got the news.
“I was directing an episode of ‘Undercover Boss’ and we were shooting with the CEO,” said Williams, a filmmaker and veteran journalist. “I got a call from HBO saying that the film was nominated.”
The honor? An 2010 Academy Award nomination for his documentary short, “Music by Prudence.” The Easton, Northampton County, native eventually would go on to win the Oscar.
“The reason I became a journalist is because you get to go into all these different worlds and explore all these different stories,” Williams told students at Berks Catholic High School on Wednesday. “I always sort of kept my eye on the prize. When I got to a certain level, I’d aim higher.”
His reach would take him halfway around the world – from his home in New York to the King George VI School Children’s Centre & School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Read the full report by Becca Y. Gregg on the Reading Eagle