Talent Guide

Garret Williams

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Directing Lab 2005, Fast Track 2005, Screenwriting Lab 2007


After receiving his MFA from the American Film Institute, Williams wrote, produced, and directed the short film Spark, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The short Spark played Sundance, ND/NF, won many festival prizes and ultimately aired on Showtime. His next short BB Gun, funded by Showtime’s Black Filmmakers Grant, also aired on Showtime.

Williams attended the Sundance Filmmakers Lab with his feature adaptation of Spark. Once complete the film, starring Terrence Howard, Nicole Ari Parker, and Brendan Sexton III, premiered at Sundance, was an official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival and earned the Best Director prize at Urbanworld. Spark was released by Warner Home Video as the debut for their American Black Film Festival DVD series label.

Williams’ script Lost Dog, a thriller set in the world of animal control, was in Film Independent’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs, as well as Fast Track. It was also nominated for Best Screenplay and the Gordon Parks Award at the IFP Market in New York. Williams’ recent script Mudpuppy was a Film Independent Screenwriter’s Lab project and was selected for Tribeca All Access.

Williams’ 2010 short The Rise is part of the FutureStates Film Series funded by ITVS. It had its festival premier at SXSW and can be seen at futurestates.tv

Presently Williams is finishing his screenplay Gold, a drama about a man’s obsessive pursuit of the American Dream.

Current Project

Mudpuppy (Narrative Feature)


A dark comedy about a lonely man who finds love in the toilet.