SECOND GLANCE TEAM
Founder / Director of Productions
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas and founder of Second Glance Productions, Anthony Williams is an actor and award-winning director, writer, and producer living in Chicago.
His award-winning short film, Absolutely Positive, claimed the award for "Best Dramatic Short Film" and took home a nomination for "Best Director in a Short Film" at the World Music & Independent Film Festival in Washington DC in 2013. ABPOZ also earned a personal invitation to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative at the White House in 2013. Now developed as a scripted series, the pilot for Absolutely Positive advanced as a Quarterfinalist in the 2020 TSL Screenplay Contest.
His directorial-debut feature film, Thicker Than Blood, has garnered him awards for "Best Director in a Feature Film" at the Newark International Film Festival in New Jersey and "Best Narrative Feature Film" at the Arlington International Film Festival in Boston in 2019. TTB has screened at numerous film festivals, public events, and private screenings hosted by community-based LGBT and African-American nonprofits, HBCUs, medical organizations, and state and local health departments in nearly 20 major cities across the country.
In addition to freelancing for networks such as HGTV, National Geographic, A&E, and MTV, Williams has developed and produced digital content for social media and nonprofit organizations, combining the art and creativity of storytelling with the realms of education.
When he's not working, you'll typically find Anthony whipping and burning in the kitchen, goofing around with his dog Dax, or trying to find more ways to get outside (when it's not subzero below negative zero out!). He enjoys traveling, aimlessly driving through the country, and to this day, still swears up and down he's going to be the next pop/rock icon (as he nurses newly sore fingers from teaching himself the acoustic).
Spencer Paez is a first-generation citizen, a Junior Olympic medalist in springboard diving, and a true Southerner at heart. A lifelong lover of stories, he graduated from Duke University with a BA in Theater Studies. He collaborates across various media as an actor, writer, director and producer. Having trained at multiple conservatories such as the Tony Award-winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, his work has been officially selected for screenings nationwide at film festivals such as the Seattle Intl Film Festival, NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Show Me Justice Film Festival, and the San Francisco Indie Film Festival. He's also earned a nomination for Best Actor at the 2017 48-Hour Film Festival Los Angeles. As a dancer, he has performed around the USA and toured internationally.
Spencer’s creative endeavors intertwine with his support and fight for social impact and justice. At Duke he served as one of the Center for Race Relations’ facilitators for an intensive identity retreat called Common Ground, held an officer position in the activist organization Blue Devils United through the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and choreographed for the multicultural dance troupe Defining Movement. After graduating, he continued seeking and creating work with a mind for social impact in acting and taught dance theater to elementary school students in lower income areas of Los Angeles. Spencer now sits as a board member for Young Entertainment Activists.
He delights in learning through variety outside the arts as well; he speaks four languages and has worked for international corporations, start-ups, and multiple restaurants! Spencer now lives in Los Angeles with his husband and dog, who make everything better.
Head of Episodic Series
Taylor is an award-winning storyteller and producer who has loved telling stories since he first learned to write. Fast-forward to his early-teens when he was given his first camcorder, where he discovered a whole new medium for himself. From filming hijinks in the woods in his backyard to producing critically-acclaimed documentaries such as “Wolfpack Hustle,” Taylor has loved every second and frame he’s captured, creating content that connects, enlightens and inspires. Whether it’s crafting an original narrative or showcasing an existing story in a truthful light, the process is what Taylor loves most.
With a B.A. in Communication Media from NC State University, Taylor has been honored with accolades for his writing with the Silver W3 Award for Online Sports Video (2019), the Silver Telly Award for Television Program Segment in Sports & Copywriting (2015), and the filmSpark Winner for Best Comedy for his short film “Dry Spell” (2014). His producing hasn’t gone unnoticed either, with him being recognized with the SVG College Awards Finalist for Outstanding Program Series for “One With Wolfpack Football” (2017 & 2019). He has also produced over 200 episodes of television and has had his work air on NBC, ESPN, and Fox Sports Networks.
Taylor currently produces and hosts “The Film Nuts” podcast which dives into the psychology of how guests’ favorite movies and TV shows affect them. Inspired by the stories that have moved him, he approaches every project with the idea that every story has the power to change someone’s world. He has also hiked the second-highest mountain in the continental US, performed on stage with Keith Urban, and eaten ants in the jungles of Belize and liked the taste.
Post Production Specialist
Born and raised in New Jersey, Anthony’s interest in film began with a “Film as Art” class in high school, but it was in a college course titled “Mediated Communication Systems” where his passion for video editing was born.
After earning his B.A. in Electronic Media Communications from High Point University, Anthony spent the first year after graduating college in Florida before returning to New Jersey to attend the Six-Week Editing Intensive at Manhattan Edit Workshop in NYC. Shortly after finishing the course, Anthony moved to Raleigh, NC and it’s here where his freelance career began.
His editing credits include a range of projects from five festival selected short films to speculative commercials for brands like Unilever, Zest, and 5 Hour Energy, to marketing videos for companies and brands like Teamworks, TransPerfect, Durham Central Park, Replacements Ltd., and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Additionally, Anthony’s freelance career has also extended into production where he has worked on four feature films and seven short films, multiple reality television shows including National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, MTV’s Catfish, Travel Channel’s The Dead Files, and HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt, a variety of corporate and marketing videos for companies and institutions like Walmart, Cree, Lenovo, Duke University, Meredith College and YMCA of the Triangle.
Anthony lives in Durham, NC with his pit bull mix, Simon and enjoys being outdoors hiking or at a brewery, reading a vast amount of books, and the New Jersey Devils, when they aren’t breaking his heart.
Head of Feature Films
Raised in a fundamentalist Christian home in the deep South, Karen got kicked out of school at seven for drawing boobs, and has questioned everything about areoles since. From putting on plays with her cats to studying medicine and political philosophy at Duke, Karen took a bit of storytelling everywhere she went. Hospital rooms, lobbying think tanks in D.C., and finally out to Hollywood. After writing and developing for Kevin Hart’s inaugural sketch platform LOL, Karen maneuvered into television, managing development for Showrunner Bridget Carpenter at CBS, and is now the Writers Assistant for Showtime’s newest drama SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULUS.
She married her love for comedy + horror in LAST RESORT, a short she wrote and starred in, premiering at Screamfest, and Nature Vs., a Hollywood Fringe Festival play she wrote, will star in and direct, premiering summer 2021. Somewhere in there, Karen hiked a 500 mile ancient pilgrimage route in Spain and met her husband, a British veterinarian.
Digital Media Manager / Promotions Lead
Matt calls the Land of the Pine and the town of Arapahoe, in eastern North Carolina, home. He graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Industrial Engineering. Using his skills to pursue a technical, management, and creative oriented path, Matt turned his love of photography and working with others from a passion into a career.
Serving three years as the Marketing Photographer for the world-renowned YMCA's Camp Sea Gull, Matt quickly developed his style of shooting and expanding his networking relationships. After building his experience in social media & content strategy with local businesses, he has been fortunate to collaborate with clients such as Peter Millar Clothing, Southern Living Magazine, Our State Magazine, and Historical Concepts Architects, among others. He now serves as the Digital Marketing Manager at a prominent realty company, River Dunes in Oriental, NC, where he produces video content and designs ads that attract future homeowners and boost tourism.
Photography, videography, and marketing are not just a career for Matt, but an authentic passion. He utilizes his skills to help small businesses grow and develop their unique voice, while never losing his huge heart for impact work and supporting the community. When he's not out on the beach or binging episodes of the Mandalorian, Matt enjoys spending time with friends, exploring breweries, and sailing down the Neuse River on the ICW.