Two Towns of Jasper

PBS Premiere: Jan. 22, 2003Check the broadcast schedule »

Filmmaker Bios

Whitney Dow Whitney Dow is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator. He has been producing and directing films focused on race and identity for almost two decades as a partner with Marco Williams in Two Tone Productions. His directorial credits include documentaries broadcast on public television: Two Towns of Jasper(POV); I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, Unfinished Country (Wide Angle); and When the Drum is Beating (Independent Lens). His credits as a producer include: Freedom Summer (History Channel); Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America (Independent Lens), The Undocumented (Independent Lens), Toots (Menemsha Films/Indiepix) and the Emmy nominated Among the Believers. His films have premiered at festivals ranging from Sundance to Tribeca and been broadcast on networks around the world. His his work has been recognized with: the George Foster Peabody Award; Alfred I. duPont Award; Anthony Radziwill Documentary Achievement Award; and the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award as well as many film festival honors.

Dow's current focus is on the Whiteness Project, a story-based interactive media and research project he is producing in collaboration with Columbia University's Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE). Dow is also currently serving as Story Director for the multi-platform Public Media project "Veterans Coming Home" (VCH), a digital initiative by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Dow teaches interactive storytelling in the Integrated Media Arts (IMA) MFA program at CUNY Hunter College y and has a Research Scholar appointment at Columbia University where he teaches in the Oral History Masters of Arts program.

Marco Williams Marco Williams is a filmmaker and a film educator. His directing credits include: The Black Fives, The Undocumented, Inside the New Black Panthers; Banished; Freedom Summer; I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education; MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream; Two Towns of Jasper; Making Peace: Rebuilding our Communities; Declarations: The Spiritual Deficit and The American Dream; Without a Pass; In Search of Our Fathers; and From Harlem to Harvard. He is the Co-Director and Co-Producer of, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

His film awards include Guggenheim Fellowship, a George Foster Peabody Award, the Beacon Award, the Alfred I duPont Silver Baton, the Pan African Film Festival Outstanding Documentary Award, the Full Frame Documentary Festival Spectrum Award, and the National Association of Black Journalists First Place Salute to Excellence Award.

Williams received a B.A. from Harvard University, in Visual and Environmental Studies. He received a Master of Arts degree from UCLA in Afro-American Studies and a Master of Fine Arts also from UCLA in their Producer's Program. He is an Arts Professor at New York University at The Kanbar Institute Tisch School of the Arts, Undergraduate Department of Film and Television. He is a former "Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill".