John T. Williams is an award-winning screen dance filmmaker, whose films have been presented in over 140 film festivals worldwide. He created his first dance film in 1985 as a film student at San Francisco State University Film School, where he received his BA in Film Production. He also wrote, produced, and directed four stage ballets featuring dancers from the San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Oakland Ballet.
His films have received numerous awards and nominations, including "The Big Race," which received the "Grand Jury Award" and "Best Experimental Film" award at the Underexposed Film Festival. "Jilava" received eight awards and nominations, including the award for "Best Experimental/Avant-garde Film" at the DOTS Christian Film Festival in Kenya, "Best of Festival" award at the Texas Christian Film Festival, and "Best Director" at the International Christian Film Festival in Orlando. "American Overture" received the award for "Best Film" at the "Dance Theatre Story" competition during the 2nd Dance Theatres Festival "Open Stage" in Poland.
"2412" was nominated for the "Most innovative use of sound" at the LightMoves Festival in Ireland and received the award for "Best Experimental Film" at the Polish International Film Festival. "Four Stages of Collapse" received the award for "Best Experimental Film" at the Bucharest ShortCut CineFest Festival in Romania and was nominated for "Best Dance Film" at the International Film Festival North Hollywood.
Williams' work is also part of The ReelDance Moving Image Collection archive at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia for cultural research and curricula in dance and film studies. His films have been presented at lectures and special exhibitions throughout the world, including a lecture on "Dance and Spirituality" at the University of Theology in Graz, Austria, and a museum installation at Museo de Trajes in Bogota, Colombia. "Black Train is Coming" was presented in a lecture at the joint conference of The Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress of Research on Dance at UC Riverside as part of the presentation, “Bodies Among the Ruins: Dance Films Emerging Legacy.”