Firelight Films

Firelight Films Founded by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Firelight Films produces documentary films and develops strategies, partnerships, and materials to reach and engage diverse audiences.

Firelight Films, founded by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, produces documentaries by and about communities of color. Firelight Films productions have garnered multiple Primetime Emmy, Peabody, IDA, and Sundance awards. Among them, the feature films 'Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre', co-produced with Russell Westbrook and Blackfin for the HISTORY Channel; 'Crack: Co***ne, Corruption

Firelight Films, founded by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, produces documentaries by and about communities of color. Firelight Films productions have garnered multiple Primetime Emmy, Peabody, IDA, and Sundance awards. Among them, the feature films 'Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre', co-produced with Russell Westbrook and Blackfin for the HISTORY Channel; 'Crack: Co***ne, Corruption

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09/05/2021
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Stanley Nelson & Traci A. Curry's new documentary ATTICA has its world premiere next Thursday, September 9 at TIFF on th...
09/03/2021
Attica

Stanley Nelson & Traci A. Curry's new documentary ATTICA has its world premiere next Thursday, September 9 at TIFF on the 50th anniversary of the uprising. The film examines the largest prison revolt in US history with dozens of new interviews with former inmates, journalists & other witnesses.

Stanley Nelson examines the largest prison uprising in US history, conducting dozens of new interviews with inmates, journalists, and other witnesses.

Happy Birthday president and co-founder of Firelight Media Marcia Smith! 🎈🎉🎂  #FirelightFamily
08/31/2021

Happy Birthday president and co-founder of Firelight Media Marcia Smith! 🎈🎉🎂 #FirelightFamily

Happy Birthday president and co-founder of Firelight Media Marcia Smith! 🎈🎉🎂 #FirelightFamily

Today on Women's Equality Day we celebrate Mrs. Madame C.J Walker's whose fortune was built on skin and hair care produc...
08/26/2021

Today on Women's Equality Day we celebrate Mrs. Madame C.J Walker's whose fortune was built on skin and hair care products, parlaying a homemade beauty formula into a prosperous business from coast to coast.

'Two Dollars and a Dream' is the biography of Madame C.J. Walker, America's first self-made millionaire, Directed by Stanley Nelson.

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#WomensEqualityDay
https://buff.ly/2VFtutV

Thursday, August 26th at 12:30pm ET is the inaugural Rolling Stone and Variety Truth Seeker Summit. Tune in to watch Fir...
08/25/2021

Thursday, August 26th at 12:30pm ET is the inaugural Rolling Stone and Variety Truth Seeker Summit. Tune in to watch Firelight Founder and Award Winning Filmmaker Stanley Nelson receive the award. ✨https://buff.ly/3y46Vgp

Thursday, August 26th at 12:30pm ET is the inaugural Rolling Stone and Variety Truth Seeker Summit. Tune in to watch Firelight Founder and Award Winning Filmmaker Stanley Nelson receive the award. ✨https://buff.ly/3y46Vgp

Today on International Youth Day we lift up the more than 700 student volunteers who joined with organizers and local Af...
08/12/2021

Today on International Youth Day we lift up the more than 700 student volunteers who joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi, the nation’s most segregated state. The summer was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of thirty-five churches, and the bombing of seventy homes and community centers.

In the face of this violence, these organizers, volunteers, and Mississippians worked together to canvass for voter registration, create Freedom Schools, and establish an alternative challenge to the State Democratic Party — the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Borne of Freedom Summer, and in response to the challenges of registering voters directly within hostile Mississippi, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party registered its own voters outside of the discriminatory system, ultimately sending a delegation of 68 members to attend the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City to confront and unseat the all-white delegation.

Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Stanley Nelson, Freedom Summer highlights an overlooked, but essential element of the Civil Rights Movement: the patient and long-term efforts by both outside activists and local citizens in Mississippi to organize communities and register black voters — even in the face of intimidation, physical violence and death. The Freedom Summer story reminds us that the movement that ended segregation was far more complex than most of us know.

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#FreedomSummer
#YouthDay

https://buff.ly/3CAtBHE

Today on International Youth Day we lift up the more than 700 student volunteers who joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi, the nation’s most segregated state. The summer was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of thirty-five churches, and the bombing of seventy homes and community centers.

In the face of this violence, these organizers, volunteers, and Mississippians worked together to canvass for voter registration, create Freedom Schools, and establish an alternative challenge to the State Democratic Party — the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Borne of Freedom Summer, and in response to the challenges of registering voters directly within hostile Mississippi, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party registered its own voters outside of the discriminatory system, ultimately sending a delegation of 68 members to attend the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City to confront and unseat the all-white delegation.

Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Stanley Nelson, Freedom Summer highlights an overlooked, but essential element of the Civil Rights Movement: the patient and long-term efforts by both outside activists and local citizens in Mississippi to organize communities and register black voters — even in the face of intimidation, physical violence and death. The Freedom Summer story reminds us that the movement that ended segregation was far more complex than most of us know.

💫
#FreedomSummer
#YouthDay

https://buff.ly/3CAtBHE

Variety & Rolling Stone Truth Seekers Summit presented by Showtime Documentary Films,  explores the art of documentary a...
08/11/2021

Variety & Rolling Stone Truth Seekers Summit presented by Showtime Documentary Films, explores the art of documentary and investigative storytelling.
Registration is free but required for access. https://buff.ly/3y46Vgp

Variety & Rolling Stone Truth Seekers Summit presented by Showtime Documentary Films, explores the art of documentary and investigative storytelling.
Registration is free but required for access. https://buff.ly/3y46Vgp

Martha's Vineyard Museum is giving Islanders and visitors the chance to combine two great things: membership to the Muse...
08/10/2021
Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Stanley Nelson: A Place of Our Own – Martha's Vineyard Museum

Martha's Vineyard Museum is giving Islanders and visitors the chance to combine two great things: membership to the Museum and admission to Stanley Nelson's "A Place of Our Own," screening at MVM Tuesday, August 10th.

Since the late 19th century, affluent African Americans have built summer communities to rest, socialize, and expose their children to a positive vision of black life. Some resorts, like Idlewild, Michigan; Cape May, New Jersey; and Fox Lake, Indiana, have fallen into decline. But other locations, including Sag Harbor, Long Island; Highland Beach, Maryland; American Beach, Florida, and perhaps the best known, Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, continue to attract growing numbers of African Americans of means.

A Place of Our Own examines the history, significance, and changing landscape of the African American resort community on Martha’s Vineyard and its significance in the life of filmmaker Stanley Nelson. Enjoy a screening of the film followed by a Q&A session with Stanley Nelson in the Bodman Courtyard at MVM.

Inspiring all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connections to this Island and its diverse heritage.

Join  RiverRun International Film Festival and @BookmarksNC on Thursday, August 12 at 7:30 pm for a film discussion and ...
08/09/2021

Join RiverRun International Film Festival and @BookmarksNC on Thursday, August 12 at 7:30 pm for a film discussion and viewing of @StanleyNelson1 film Boss: The Black Experience in Business! https://buff.ly/3jGBQcC 💫

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, visit https://buff.ly/3fJgNFq.

Join RiverRun International Film Festival and @BookmarksNC on Thursday, August 12 at 7:30 pm for a film discussion and viewing of @StanleyNelson1 film Boss: The Black Experience in Business! https://buff.ly/3jGBQcC 💫

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, visit https://buff.ly/3fJgNFq.

08/06/2021

Happy Friday #FirelightFamily ❤️

Watch Stanley Nelson's Emmy award-winning film JESSE OWENS airing on PBS on August 3rd at 9pm ET. (Check your local list...
08/02/2021

Watch Stanley Nelson's Emmy award-winning film JESSE OWENS airing on PBS on August 3rd at 9pm ET. (Check your local listings). 🎬

Watch Stanley Nelson's Emmy award-winning film JESSE OWENS airing on PBS on August 3rd at 9pm ET. (Check your local listings). 🎬

Robert (Bob) Parris Moses was an educator, philosopher, and civil rights activist. As a high school teacher from New Yor...
07/30/2021

Robert (Bob) Parris Moses was an educator, philosopher, and civil rights activist. As a high school teacher from New York City, he went to Mississippi in 1960 to help launch one of the largest grassroots civil rights campaigns in American history.

From 1961-1964, he directed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s Mississippi Voter Registration Project and was lead organizer of the Mississippi Freedom Summer project in 1964. He passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Learn more about his leadership in Freedom Summer and stream the full film https://buff.ly/3laEvh8.

#PBS
#FirelightFamily

Robert (Bob) Parris Moses was an educator, philosopher, and civil rights activist. As a high school teacher from New York City, he went to Mississippi in 1960 to help launch one of the largest grassroots civil rights campaigns in American history.

From 1961-1964, he directed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s Mississippi Voter Registration Project and was lead organizer of the Mississippi Freedom Summer project in 1964. He passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Learn more about his leadership in Freedom Summer and stream the full film https://buff.ly/3laEvh8.

#PBS
#FirelightFamily

💫 ''Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool' is nominated for the #NewsEmmys for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary + Sound! ...
07/29/2021

💫 ''Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool' is nominated for the #NewsEmmys for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary + Sound!
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Congratulations to Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson
and the entire Firelight Films Team. 🎉

Watch the film: https://buff.ly/3f8HEKx

💫 ''Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool' is nominated for the #NewsEmmys for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary + Sound!
😎🎺
Congratulations to Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson
and the entire Firelight Films Team. 🎉

Watch the film: https://buff.ly/3f8HEKx

Inspired by the 2021 the Olympics and Stanley Nelson's Emmy award-winning film JESSE OWENS airing on Aug. 3 at 9/8c on P...
07/27/2021

Inspired by the 2021 the Olympics and Stanley Nelson's Emmy award-winning film JESSE OWENS airing on Aug. 3 at 9/8c on PBS, American Experience PBS presents a virtual conversation exploring the intersection of athletic competition and politics at the Olympic Games. https://buff.ly/3iF667d

Inspired by the 2021 the Olympics and Stanley Nelson's Emmy award-winning film JESSE OWENS airing on Aug. 3 at 9/8c on PBS, American Experience PBS presents a virtual conversation exploring the intersection of athletic competition and politics at the Olympic Games. https://buff.ly/3iF667d

Congratulations Stanley! ✨ Register today for the inaugural Rolling Stone and Variety Truth Seeker Summit on August 26th...
07/26/2021

Congratulations Stanley! ✨ Register today for the inaugural Rolling Stone and Variety Truth Seeker Summit on August 26th 12:30pm ET. Tune in to watch Firelight Founder and Award Winning Filmmaker Stanley Nelson receive the award. https://buff.ly/3y46Vgp

Congratulations Stanley! ✨ Register today for the inaugural Rolling Stone and Variety Truth Seeker Summit on August 26th 12:30pm ET. Tune in to watch Firelight Founder and Award Winning Filmmaker Stanley Nelson receive the award. https://buff.ly/3y46Vgp

“When people saw what had happened to my son, men stood up who had never stood up before. People became vocal who had ne...
07/25/2021

“When people saw what had happened to my son, men stood up who had never stood up before. People became vocal who had never vocalized before. Emmett's death was the opening of the civil rights movement. He was the sacrificial lamb of the movement. " - Mamie Till Mobley

In August of 1955, a 14 year-old boy was murdered for allegedly whistling at a white woman in Money, Mississippi. Experience the trial that would change American history forever in Stanley Nelson’s The Murder of Emmett Till.
https://buff.ly/3yvOgtA

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WE'RE HIRING! Firelight Media is seeking a Development Officer who will work closely with Director of Development to man...
07/19/2021

WE'RE HIRING! Firelight Media is seeking a Development Officer who will work closely with Director of Development to manage a roster of institutional, individual, and corporate donors and prospects.

Learn more + apply: https://buff.ly/2TgQEFP

WE'RE HIRING! Firelight Media is seeking a Development Officer who will work closely with Director of Development to manage a roster of institutional, individual, and corporate donors and prospects.

Learn more + apply: https://buff.ly/2TgQEFP

The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infu...
07/16/2021

The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the N***s. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens' grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus.

The story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion, Jesse Owens is also about the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don't.

In a special sports night offering, this doc airs on select PBS stations August 3 at 9/8c (check local listings). 🏅

The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the N***s. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens' grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus.

The story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion, Jesse Owens is also about the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don't.

In a special sports night offering, this doc airs on select PBS stations August 3 at 9/8c (check local listings). 🏅

We are honored that 'Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre' directed by Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson and Marco Willi...
07/15/2021

We are honored that 'Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre' directed by Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams (@hiptruth) has been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards! Thank you to HISTORY for their incredible support of this film. #RememberTulsa #FirelightFamily #FirelightFilms Firelight Media.

We are honored that 'Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre' directed by Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams (@hiptruth) has been nominated for 3 Emmy Awards! Thank you to HISTORY for their incredible support of this film. #RememberTulsa #FirelightFamily #FirelightFilms Firelight Media.

Watch Stanley Nelson's film CRACK: CO***NE, CORRUPTION & CONSPIRACY. Streaming on Netflix. Learn about the War on Drugs ...
07/08/2021

Watch Stanley Nelson's film CRACK: CO***NE, CORRUPTION & CONSPIRACY. Streaming on Netflix. Learn about the War on Drugs and the impact it had on Black and Brown communities. https://buff.ly/3jNt7XL

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Watch Stanley Nelson's film CRACK: CO***NE, CORRUPTION & CONSPIRACY. Streaming on Netflix. Learn about the War on Drugs and the impact it had on Black and Brown communities. https://buff.ly/3jNt7XL

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The GEM Project, the first-ever Undocumented Immigrant, Asian, and Pacific Islander creative collaboration of a Visual A...
07/05/2021

The GEM Project, the first-ever Undocumented Immigrant, Asian, and Pacific Islander creative collaboration of a Visual Album. Each song explores subject matters of Intimacy, Grief, Resiliency, Self-Reflection, Growth, and Healing. https://buff.ly/3h7ZIWv

The GEM Project, the first-ever Undocumented Immigrant, Asian, and Pacific Islander creative collaboration of a Visual Album. Each song explores subject matters of Intimacy, Grief, Resiliency, Self-Reflection, Growth, and Healing. https://buff.ly/3h7ZIWv

Congratulations @GavinGrimmVA on this victory!  🎉The Supreme Court is not challenging Gavin Grimm’s victory in lower cou...
06/29/2021
Our 100 Days: Gavin Grimm vs. — Firelight Media

Congratulations @GavinGrimmVA on this victory! 🎉

The Supreme Court is not challenging Gavin Grimm’s victory in lower courts, in his lawsuit over the right to use the restroom in his school. This is the third time in recent years that SCOTUS has allowed appeals court decisions in support of trans students to remain via ACLU

Watch @nadiahallgren's film on this story here: https://buff.ly/3Abo9Kb #Our100Days

In 2016, transgender teen Gavin Grimm sued his local school board after its members refused to let him use the bathroom of his choice. He was ready to take his case all the way to the Supreme Court – and then the election happened.

06/11/2021
Freedom Riders Promo

"The people that took a seat on these buses, that went to jail in Jackson, that went to Parchman, they were never the same... The Freedom Ride created an unbelievable sense: Yes, we will make it. Yes, we will survive. And that nothing, but nothing, was going to stop this movement." - Rep. John Lewis, Freedom Rider

Take a trip with us through history to witness the trials and triumphs of the Freedom Riders.

From Emmy and Peabody award-winning director Stanley Nelson, Freedom Riders is a testimony of the times and a chronology of a movement.

Watch the Film 🎬 : https://worldchannel.org/episode/american-experience-freedom-riders/

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