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Emmett Williams, CEO of Mission Man Media (Photo by Jay Mallin)

After several years producing and writing for television in New York City, Emmett Williams decided to do something different. “I wanted to make documentaries that I cared about and films for non-profits,” Williams, CEO of Mission Man Media, told the AFRO.

D.C. is the perfect place to do it. “There’s a great supportive film and arts community here. There’s Women in Film and Video, Docs in Progress and the D.C. Film Office, so there are just a lot of opportunities to do whatever you want to do,” says Williams, referring to organizations and a government agency that enables filmmakers to create, produce, and broadcast their art. Williams is also an internationally known musician, nationally exhibited photographer, and published writer.

While there are thousands of nonprofits in the region, many lack the funds for dedicated visual marketing. “What I try to tell nonprofits and small companies is that video is obviously super important as far as getting their messages out and people shouldn’t be afraid to take the steps they need to make it professional,” he says.

With Williams’ ability to shoot, edit, write, and produce projects independently, he is able to price Mission Man Media projects at more affordable rates than other film companies. Further, his knowledge of varying media tools allows for several approaches to projects, “so you don’t just get a film, you get a photography exhibit, web series, documentary, and social media updates,” he says.

To date, Mission Man Media has worked with several D.C. area companies including the Children’s Law Center, the World Bank, The Barker Adoption Foundation, Circle Yoga Cooperative, Center for American Progress, Howard University, Primary Care Coalition, Nawal Rajeh Peace Camp, Sunrise Academy, and Nuclear Information and Resource Service, among others.

Williams has also traveled internationally to capture stories from Ghana and Peru to Scotland.

In July 2015, Emmett will produce the Fargesn Media Project in partnership with rabbinical student and activist Sarah Barasch-Hagans and the Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, Missouri.

Fargesn (Yiddish for ‘forgotten”) will explore the rebuilding processes in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. “We’re going to create the space for people of Ferguson to come and tell their story without any influence from the media. They’re going to sit in front of a microphone, tell their story and we’re going to put it up online – whatever they want to say they get to say,” says Williams.

The project will also produce a 7-episode documentary web series exploring the past and present relationships between African American and Jewish communities – two groups that have joined forces in Ferguson over the past year.

To donate to this venture, search FARGESN MEDIA PROJECT on indiegogo.com. To learn more about Mission Man Media, visit www.missionmanmedia.com.