Miles made historical documentaries.
“[He] has won an Emmy Award, been nominated for an Academy Award, and was inducted into the Black Filmmaker’s Hall of Fame. He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) for his outstanding contributions to the history of African Americans in the medium of film.”
His work is archived at Washington University in St. Louis. (http://library.wustl.edu/units/spec/filmandmedia/collections/william-miles-collection/index.html)
Here’s what I loved about him. He was always willing to share with peers and upcoming filmmakers. He understood that the struggle to capture African American stories and history with excellence had to be a shared journey.
Enjoy your well deserved rest, Mr. Miles.