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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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Via @firelight_media: THIS THURSDAY, May 12 from 6-8pm EST, Firelight Media & @wmhtpubmedia are proud to present a FREE ...
05/09/2022

Via @firelight_media: THIS THURSDAY, May 12 from 6-8pm EST, Firelight Media & @wmhtpubmedia are proud to present a FREE virtual screening & discussion around our Founder Stanley Nelson's film
'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.'

Following the screening is a moderated panel discussion with filmmaker Stanley Nelson of
@firelightfilms and Dr. Alice Green of @CFLJAlbany. The discussion, which will be on public media screening platform OVEE, will be moderated by Shawn Young of All of Us/ @UntitledandFree.

Join the discussion and RSVP via the link in bio or at bit.ly/TheBlackPanthers

"After Jackie" Documentary, Executive Produced By LeBron James and Stanley Nelson, To Premiere June 18th on The History ...
04/21/2022

"After Jackie" Documentary, Executive Produced By LeBron James and Stanley Nelson, To Premiere June 18th on The History Channel. https://buff.ly/3ExEg7C

“On #JackieRobinsonDay, I’m proud to announce the new @HISTORY film #AfterJackie, which tells the story of the second wa...
04/15/2022

“On #JackieRobinsonDay, I’m proud to announce the new @HISTORY film #AfterJackie, which tells the story of the second wave of talented Black baseball players after Jackie Robinson, including Bill White, Curt Flood and Bob Gibson, who were up next in the fight for racial equality. I’m serving as Executive Producer alongside @uninterrupted, working with director and producer @andrelgaines, in association with @MLB.” – Stanley Nelson

#AfterJackie will premiere on @HISTORY on Saturday, June 18 at 8PM ET/PT. #jackie42

Stanley Nelson & Traci A. Curry’s #Attica has been nominated for a Peabody Award for Documentary! Through new interviews...
04/13/2022

Stanley Nelson & Traci A. Curry’s #Attica has been nominated for a Peabody Award for Documentary!

Through new interviews with survivors of the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility, as well as observers, experts, and government officials, this documentary sheds new light on the violent standoff between Black and Latino inmates and law enforcement officers while highlighting the ongoing need for prison reform.

04/13/2022

The Peabody Awards is excited to announce 60 nominees that represent the most compelling and empowering stories in broadcasting and streaming media from 2021. See all 2022 Peabody Nominees here: https://bit.ly/82peabodynominees

#StoriesThatMatter #PeabodyAwards #PeabodyNominees

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04/05/2022
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CAMPFIRE STUDIOS (A Wheelhouse Entertainment Company) Headquarters: Culver City, CA www.campfire.us Number of hours produced in 2021: approx. 50 hours Staff: approx. 120 Recent projects: The Way Down (HBO Max); David Fincher’s Voir (Netflix); Scream: The True ...

"In 2003, I made a film called 'The Murder of Emmett Till,' exploring the details of that horrific event and how it galv...
03/31/2022

"In 2003, I made a film called 'The Murder of Emmett Till,' exploring the details of that horrific event and how it galvanized the Civil Rights Movement. Now, almost 20 years later, the long overdue Emmett Till Antilynching Act makes lynching a federal hate crime for the first time in American history. In 2020, I joined Cameo George of American Experience | PBS to discuss 'The Murder of Emmett Till,' two of my other Civil Rights films, and how these stories help to shape social movements." - Stanley Nelson

✨Watch Conversation: https://buff.ly/3twUTtS

Oscar nominees Stanley Nelson and @trayamari on the red carpet at last night’s ceremony 🎉 #Attica
03/28/2022

Oscar nominees Stanley Nelson and @trayamari on the red carpet at last night’s ceremony 🎉 #Attica

As we head into Oscars weekend, we want to congratulate Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson and co-director Traci A. Curry ...
03/25/2022

As we head into Oscars weekend, we want to congratulate Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson and co-director Traci A. Curry on the great success of #Attica. We'll be cheering them on this Sunday at the Academy Awards! The Academy Showtime Networks #FirelightFamily

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"I think that one of the things [making historical documentaries has] done for me is it’s helped me to understand that —...
03/23/2022
Stanley Nelson’s 3 decades of telling Black stories

"I think that one of the things [making historical documentaries has] done for me is it’s helped me to understand that — that America’s like a roller coaster ride, you know? ... A lot of times we, especially, as African Americans, wanna look at the idea of “up from slavery.” Slavery was the worst, and now, it’s upward progression into the light. But it is really a roller coaster ride. There’s times when [it’s] at the top and there’s times when it goes down to the bottom. But it stays at the top much longer as long as we push. That’s not only African Americans, but [all] people of color. As long as we push for change, at least we’ve got a chance." Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson in conversation with Jamil Smith for Vox.

The Oscar-nominated director of Attica keeps showing us the real America.

“Attica really is all of us.” “Attica es realmente todos nosotros.”— Jorge “Che” NievesAttica Brother & #Attica film par...
03/21/2022

“Attica really is all of us.”
“Attica es realmente todos nosotros.”
— Jorge “Che” Nieves
Attica Brother & #Attica film participant

#AtticaIsAllOfUs

“I’ve been fortunate enough and honored enough to tell these big stories. And I feel like what I’m trying to do is not h...
03/20/2022

“I’ve been fortunate enough and honored enough to tell these big stories. And I feel like what I’m trying to do is not have the story be about me but have the story just be about the story.” Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson in conversation with @huahsu for @newyorkermag.

Read the whole conversation via the link in our bio 🌟

03/18/2022

TWO MORE WEEKS to stream the Oscar®-nominated documentary #Attica FOR FREE on YouTube courtesy of Showtime Networks!

The film will continue to be available on Showtime and several other platforms after the YouTube streaming opportunity, which ends Thursday, March 31.

Stream now: https://youtu.be/_1Zq9Am5UfM

“We are so grateful that thepeople who lived through the Attica Prison Uprising were willing to open up to us in the way...
03/17/2022

“We are so grateful that thepeople who lived through the Attica Prison Uprising were willing to open up to us in the way that they did. I hope we have done justice to their stories.” — #Attica director Stanley Nelson in his Director’s Statement.

Pictured: Attica Brothers and film participants Tyrone Larkins, Al Victory, Daniel Sheppard, Arthur Harrison, and Alhajji Sharif at the Apollo premiere of the film in October 2021, alongside Nelson and co-director @trayamari.

📸 by Ben Hider / @showtime

Did you know that #Attica is #certifiedfresh by @rottentomatoes? The Oscar®-nominated documentary by Stanley Nelson and ...
03/16/2022

Did you know that #Attica is #certifiedfresh by @rottentomatoes?

The Oscar®-nominated documentary by Stanley Nelson and co-director Traci A. Curry recounts the story of the Attica Prison Uprising as told by the people who lived. The film is free to steam on YouTube through the end of March, and is also available on Showtime and several other platforms.

Congratulations again to our Founder Stanley Nelson for winning Outstanding Directorial Achievement inDocumentary for #A...
03/13/2022

Congratulations again to our Founder Stanley Nelson for winning Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Documentary for #Attica from the @directorsguild last night!

🌟 Reminder that the film is available to stream via @showtime on YouTube through the end of March! 🌟

Congratulations to our own Stanley Nelson for his @directorsguild Award for #Attica!
03/13/2022

Congratulations to our own Stanley Nelson for his @directorsguild Award for #Attica!

03/11/2022

"New state education laws threaten to make some films taboo in the classroom. That’s a huge loss." Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post: https://buff.ly/36cHekD

Watch the Academy Award Nominated Documentary Film #ATTICA Directed by Stanley Nelson and Co-Directed by Traci A. Curry ...
02/28/2022
Attica | Free Full Documentary (TVMA) | SHOWTIME

Watch the Academy Award Nominated Documentary Film #ATTICA Directed by Stanley Nelson and Co-Directed by Traci A. Curry available to stream FREE via YouTube and Showtime now through the end of MARCH!

2022 ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE - Best Documentary Feature. This unnervingly vivid dive into the 1971 uprising from Emmy® winning director Stanley Nelson sheds n...

Congratulations to @christineturner and the #LynchingPostcards team on the #naacpimageawards win for Outstanding Short F...
02/23/2022

Congratulations to @christineturner and the #LynchingPostcards team on the #naacpimageawards win for Outstanding Short Form Series or Special - Reality/Nonfiction! @mtvdocs

Watch Stanley Nelson's Documentary film "Freedom Summer" on American Experience | PBS  #BlackHistoryMonth
02/22/2022
Freedom Summer | American Experience | PBS

Watch Stanley Nelson's Documentary film "Freedom Summer" on American Experience | PBS #BlackHistoryMonth

A historic effort in the summer of 1964 to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.

Watch Stanley Nelson's Documentary film "Freedom Riders" on American Experience | PBS  #BlackHistoryMonth
02/21/2022
Freedom Riders | American Experience | PBS

Watch Stanley Nelson's Documentary film "Freedom Riders" on American Experience | PBS #BlackHistoryMonth

The powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever.

Democracy Now! — February 18, 2022: “Filmmaker Stanley Nelson on Police Brutality, Black History & His First Oscar Nomin...
02/18/2022
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson on Police Brutality, Black History & His First Oscar Nomination for “Attica”

Democracy Now! — February 18, 2022: “Filmmaker Stanley Nelson on Police Brutality, Black History & His First Oscar Nomination for “Attica”” Interview by Amy Goodman.

Legendary filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s new documentary “Attica” has been nominated for the first Oscar in his three-decades-long career documenting the Black American experience. The film tells the story of the deadliest prison uprising in U.S. history, when men at the Attica Correctional Facili...

** TUNE IN **  Democracy Now! during the 8am ET / 5am PT hour on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 to watch Stanley Nelson on behalf o...
02/18/2022
Democracy Now!

** TUNE IN ** Democracy Now! during the 8am ET / 5am PT hour on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 to watch Stanley Nelson on behalf of the SHOWTIME Documentary Film ATTICA. Stream the interview live:

A daily TV/radio news program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, pioneering the largest community media collaboration in the U.S.

Huge congratulations to Stanley Nelson, Traci A. Curry, and the #Attica team — #Attica has been nominated for an #Oscar ...
02/08/2022

Huge congratulations to Stanley Nelson, Traci A. Curry, and the #Attica team — #Attica has been nominated for an #Oscar for Best Documentary Feature!

It’s #BlackHistoryMonth. Watch these Firelight Films streaming for free in February. Links in Bio. 💥🎬
02/07/2022

It’s #BlackHistoryMonth. Watch these Firelight Films streaming for free in February. Links in Bio. 💥🎬

Watch the full documentary of ATTICA available now until the end of the month on YouTube.
02/03/2022
Attica | Free Full Documentary (TVMA) | SHOWTIME

Watch the full documentary of ATTICA available now until the end of the month on YouTube.

This unnervingly vivid dive into the 1971 uprising from Emmy® winning director Stanley Nelson sheds new light on the enduring violence and racism of the pris...

“Filmmaker Stanley Nelson, whose ‘Attica’ is currently shortlisted for best documentary feature at the Academy Awards, h...
01/27/2022

“Filmmaker Stanley Nelson, whose ‘Attica’ is currently shortlisted for best documentary feature at the Academy Awards, has already identified his next project.

Nelson’s Firelight Films is developing ‘Sun Ra and the Roots of Afrofuturism,’ about the life, work and legacy of American jazz legend Sun Ra. Born Herman Poole Blount in 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama, Sun Ra claimed that he had been ‘teleported’ to Saturn and espoused a theory of Blackness as the foundation of the ‘omniverse,’ from the birthplace of civilization in ancient Egypt through the Space Age. He composed more than 1,000 jazz works, released more than 100 self-produced records and wrote countless volumes of poetry until his death in 1993. He was a pioneer of Afrofuturism (coined by cultural critic Mark Dery), the cultural aesthetic that fuses African diaspora history, science and technology.”

[…]

“‘Without Sun Ra it is hard to understand George Clinton, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Ras G, Kamasi Washington, Shabaka Hutchings, Moor Mother, Black Panther, Lovecraft Country and Afrofuturism itself,’ Nelson said in a statement. ‘Ra was part mystic, genius, showman and possibly alien. He was one of the most prolific, creative and visionary musicians the world has ever known.’

The documentary will combine archival footage and performances with new interviews from Ra’s surviving collaborators, including longtime Ra collaborator Marshall Belford Allen, 98, who currently leads Sun Ra’s Arkestra, as well as modern-day Afrofuturist artists and scholars.

‘It is a film about Sun Ra’s commitment to possibility,’ Nelson continued. ‘As he said: “Come my brothers into the blackness of outer space/there is no limit to the things you can be.”’”

Link in bio for the full story 🚀

Exciting news via The Criterion Channel: 5 films by Stanley Nelson will be available to subscribers as of Feb. 1: The Bl...
01/25/2022

Exciting news via The Criterion Channel: 5 films by Stanley Nelson will be available to subscribers as of Feb. 1: The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, 1999; A Place of Our Own, 2004; Freedom Summer, 2014; The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, 2015; and Tell Them We Are Rising, 2017. Learn more: https://buff.ly/3KHRcdL

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We are so excited that “Becoming Frederick Douglass” and “Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom” are the Closing Night films this Sunday night at the 2022 SNF Parkway Theatre / Maryland Film Fest! Congratulations to Stanley Nelson, Nicole London and the entire team at Firelight Films! Tickets are available at https://mdfilmfest.com/2022-maryland-film-festival/ and we can’t wait to air both films this October!
Sending positive vibes to Firelight Films Award-Winning Director Stanley Nelson, Co-Director Traci A. Curry, & the Firelight Films Team for their The Academy Awards Best Feature Documentary Nomination! Please watch The Academy Awards this Sunday evening & cheer them on for a win!! Their film "Attica" premiered at TIFF, is airing on Showtime Networks, was Nominated for an NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Documentary (Film), & Mr. Nelson Won a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary! Motion Picture Enterprises in-house color grading and sound mixing facility at Hell's Color Kitchen, color graded and finished Attica. Post Production Services Motion Picture Enterprises Color Grading & Finishing Facility Hell's Color Kitchen DI Colorist/Online Editor Don Wyllie Senior Conform Editor & DCP Creation Bahron Thomas Post Production Supervisor Sheila Lynch Director of Finishing Keith Shapiro Assistant Editor & Credits Javier Chorrillos . . . . #mpe #hellscolorkitchen #motionpictureenterprises #colorgrading #firelightfilms #stanleynelson #traciacurry #awardwinning #attica #tiff #showtime #featurefilm #documentary #postproduction #academyawards #documentaryawards #directorsguild #naacpimageawards
Motion Picture Enterprises would like to Congratulate Firelight Films Award-Winning Director Stanley Nelson for his Winning a DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for feature documentary Attica! Attica was nominated for Best Feature Documentary for the 94th Academy Awards, as well as nominated for Outstanding Documentary (Film) for the NAACP Image Awards! The film premiered at TIFF & is airing on Showtime Networks! Motion Picture Enterprises in-house color grading and sound mixing facility at Hell's Color Kitchen, color graded and finished this outstanding film! Post Production Services Motion Picture Enterprises Color Grading & Finishing Facility Hell's Color Kitchen DI Colorist/Online Editor Don Wyllie Senior Conform Editor & DCP Creation Bahron Thomas Post Production Supervisor Sheila Lynch Director of Finishing Keith Shapiro Assistant Editor & Credits Javier Chorrillos . . . . #mpe #hellscolorkitchen #motionpictureenterpises #colorgrading #soundmixing #firelightfilms #stanleynelson #awardwinning #attica #tiff #showtime #featurefilm #documentary #postproduction #academyawards #directorsguild #naacpimageawards
TWN is pleased to join forces with The Documentary Forum CCNY to present a talk with Stanley Nelson (Firelight Films), in conversation with filmmaker Felicia Bradford Harden. The Attica prison uprising in 1971 resulted in the deaths of 43 prisoners and guards by NY state troopers. The film was recently nominated for an Academy Awards (The Academy). Watch the film now, freely on Showtime, and then join us this Thursday, Feb 24 at 6:30 PM EST. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3otZRqT
Congratulations to Firelight Films Award-Winning Director Stanley Nelson, Co-Director Traci A. Curry, & the Firelight Films Team for their The Academy Awards Best Feature Documentary Nomination! Their film "Attica" premiered at TIFF, is airing on Showtime Networks, was Nominated for an NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Documentary (Film), & Mr. Nelson was Nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary! Motion Picture Enterprises in-house color grading and sound mixing facility at Hell's Color Kitchen, color-graded and finished “Attica”. Color Grading & Finishing Facility Hell's Color Kitchen DI Colorist/Online Editor Don Wyllie Senior Conform Editor & DCP Creation Bahron Thomas Post Production Supervisor Sheila Lynch Director of Finishing Keith Shapiro Assistant Editor & Credits Javier Chorrillos . . . . #mpe #hellscolorkitchen #motionpictureenterpises #colorgrading #soundmixing #firelightfilms #stanleynelson #awardwinning #attica #tiff #showtime #featurefilm #documentary #postproduction #academyawards #directorsguild #naacpimageawards
In Celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, Motion Picture Enterprises would like to Congratulate Firelight Films Award-Winning Director Stanley Nelson for his Nomination by the Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for their film, Attica! In the last two weeks Attica was shortlisted for Best Feature Documentary for the 94th The Academy Awards, as well as nominated for Outstanding Documentary (Film) for the NAACP Image Awards! The film premiered at TIFF & is airing on Showtime Networks! Motion Picture Enterprises in-house color grading and sound mixing facility at Hell's Color Kitchen, color-graded and finished “Attica”. Post Production Services Motion Picture Enterprises Color Grading/Online &Audio Post Facility Hell's Color Kitchen DI Colorist/Online Editor Don Wyllie Senior Conform Editor & DCP Creation Bahron Thomas Post Production Supervisor Sheila Lynch Director of Finishing Keith Shapiro Assistant Editor & Credits Javier Chorrillos . . . . #mpe #hellscolorkitchen #motionpictureenterpises #colorgrading #soundmixing #firelightfilms #stanleynelson #awardwinning #attica #tiff #showtime #featurefilm #documentary #postproduction #academyawards #directorsguild #naacpimageawards
Motion Picture Enterprises would like to congratulate Firelight Films Award-Winning Director Stanley Nelson & Co-Director Traci A. Curry that their film “Attica” has been nominated for Outstanding Documentary (Film) for the NAACP Image Awards! This comes within the same week as they were shortlisted for Best Feature Documentary for the 94th Academy Awards! The film premiered at TIFF & is airing on Showtime Networks! Motion Picture Enterprises in-house color grading and sound mixing facility at Hell's Color Kitchen, color graded and finished "Attica". Post Production Services Motion Picture Enterprises Color Grading/Online & Audio Post Facility Hell's Color Kitchen Color Grading & Finishing Facility Hell's Color Kitchen DI Colorist/Online Editor Don Wyllie Senior Conform Editor & DCP Creation Bahron Thomas Post Production Supervisor Sheila Lynch Director of Finishing Keith Shapiro Assistant Editor & Credits Javier Chorrillos . . . . #hck #hellscolorkitchen #motionpictureenterprises #colorgrading #firelightfilms #stanleynelson #traciacurry #awardwinning #attica #tiff #showtime #featurefilm #documentary #postproduction #academyawards #documentaryawards
From Firelight Films: Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson was honored yesterday with the Truth Seeker Award from Variety and Rolling Stone. As part of the Truth Seeker Summit, he also spoke with Variety contributing writer Addie Morfoot about the need for expanded support for Black filmmakers. From the article: “A few years ago, he sat down with his partners at New York-based Firelight Films to decide whether the company should step up its volume of production as so many offers to produce features and multi-episode series began to flow in. Until a few years ago, Firelight primarily made one major film at a time. Not any more. ‘We said, let’s go for it,’ Nelson said. ‘Let’s see how much more we can do and how many more people we can work with as employees, because that’s our mission in the same way that it’s the mission of the Documentary Lab — how can we get more people of color into the industry? How can we employ more people who can then go on and fly on their own.’” Read more via Variety: https://variety.com/2021/film/news/stanley-nelson-truth-seekers-attica-1235049481/