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ZOE CLARKE-WILLIAMS made her directorial debut in 1996 at age 22 with the
feature film Men. She also wrote the screenplay, inspired by Margaret
Diehl's novel of the same name, with Karen Black and James Andronica. Men
was shown at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and was then invited to the CineJove
Festival in Valencia Spain where Jury Chairman Daniel Bergman, Ingmar's son,
awarded Clarke-Williams the "Special Jury Prize." The Hollywood Film
Festival tapped her as the "Best Young Filmmaker" for 1996. Men
opened in Los Angeles in June '98 with a rave review from the LA Times.
Clarke-Williams was chosen by esteemed producer Roland Joffe (Killing Fields)
to direct the 90-minute pilot for MTV's first dramatic series entitled
Clarke-Williams began her career studying standup comedy with Greg Dean. She
then switched to acting and studied at Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie and
Her directing skills were enhanced when she embarked on a three-and-a-half year
directing course with her father, director-producer, Paul Williams. He taught
her the various disciplines of still photography, fine arts, film history and
theory, writing, editing and making short films. One of her four shorts, all of
which were based on characters from Men, was intriguing enough to attract
the interest of Stephen Stills, who volunteered to compose and perform an
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