2021 Fusion Film festival

 Aarp fireside chat Panel with Doug Spearman & Nathan Hale Williams




Stars shine brightly, no matter their age. A conversation on longevity in a youth centric business. Where a change of scenery can change the trajectory of a career and where persistence can prevail in the high-speed industry that is Hollywood. Join Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc, Star Trek Voyager) & Nathan Hale Williams (Dirty Laundry, All Boys Aren’t Blue) in a conversation about aging, work and film. 


Doug Spearman



Writer/Director/Producer Doug has enjoyed a long and successful career as a television creative director, writer, and twice-Emmy nominated producer and commercial director. As a producer and director he’s worked for NBC, ABC, and CBS, BET, and UPN, the Disney Channel, and E! Entertainment Television. He’s launched several networks including UPN, SoapNet, and LOGO. His awards include a BPME silver medal and a New England Ad Age Best of Award.

As an actor Doug starred as Professor Chance Counter in the ground breaking television series Noah’s Arc on LOGO and the feature film of the same name.

His career highlights also include work on such television shows as StarTrek Voyager, The DrewCarey Show, Charmed, The Hughleys, America’s Most Wanted, Gideon’s Crossing, MAD TV, Girlfriends, and the motion picture Cradle 2 The Grave with Jet Li and DMX. C and Any Day Now, which won Best of the Fest at Tribeca starring opposite Alan Cumming.

In 2012 Doug wrote and produced Hot Guys with Guns, a gay buddy comedy and distributed by Wolfe Releasing. In 2019 Doug’s film, From Zero to I Love You, a modern romance, started it’s festival run.



Nathan Hale Williams

All Boys Aren’t Blue


Nathan Hale Williams is a Black Enterprise Magazine Modern Man of Excellence® and a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee. He is an award-winning filmmaker, a best-selling author, and an entertainment attorney. Film: Dirty Laundry (Fox); 90 Days (Revolt); Burden; It Can Be Done; The Ski Trip (MTV); Love for Passion; and Blackbird (RLJ Ent.). Television: Sesame Street; My Model Looks Better Than Your Model (BET); Leading Women (Centric); The American Candidate (Showtime); and Girls Who Like Boys (Sundance Channel).

A proud native of Chicago, Nathan has authored five books and is an honors graduate of George Washington University Law School.