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Crossing The Fourth Wall

Daphne McWilliams with her son
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How does a documentary change when the director becomes the subject? Filmmaker Daphne McWilliams explored this in her directorial debut “In A Perfect World.” The documentary features interviews with eight men who were raised by single mothers and includes McWilliams’ own story.

She weaves in home video footage and interviews with her son Chase, whom she is raising as a single mother. McWilliams started working in documentary film after she produced Spike Lee’s documentary “4 Little Girls.”

Host Frank Stasio talks to McWilliams about how she got into documentary film and what it was like to make a film that features her own personal story. McWilliams is a 2019 Susan Tifft Fellow at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She will speak at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The reception starts at 5 p.m. and her talk “Crossing The Fourth Wall: When The Filmmaker Becomes The Subject” begins at 6 p.m.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.