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Firelight Films Founded by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Firelight Films produces documentary films and de 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 & Conspiracy' for Netflix; 'Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool'; 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution'; 'Freedom Summer

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 & Conspiracy' for Netflix; 'Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool'; 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution'; 'Freedom Summer

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HARRIET TUBMAN: VISIONS OF FREEDOM premieres Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on , P...
09/28/2022

HARRIET TUBMAN: VISIONS OF FREEDOM premieres Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on , PBS.org and the PBS Video App. Tune in!

"The documentarian Stanley Nelson ('Attica,' 'Freedom Riders') fills in some important chapters in his epic yet quotidia...
09/12/2022
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"The documentarian Stanley Nelson ('Attica,' 'Freedom Riders') fills in some important chapters in his epic yet quotidian history of Black life in America with ['Becoming Frederick Douglass'] and with 'Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom' (Oct. 4), both directed by Nelson and Nicole London. PBS, Oct. 11." – Mike Hale, The New York Times

Noteworthy premieres include new seasons of buzzy hits (“Abbott Elementary,” “The Handmaid’s Tale”), reboots and revivals (“Quantum Leap,” “Willow”) and more.

Photos from Maryland Public Television's post
09/09/2022

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TOMORROW, 6pm ET: Join Stanley Nelson and ImageNation Cinema Foundation for a free, advance outdoor screening of his new...
09/09/2022
Becoming Frederick Douglass | 20th Annual ImageNation Outdoors Festival

TOMORROW, 6pm ET: Join Stanley Nelson and ImageNation Cinema Foundation for a free, advance outdoor screening of his new film with Nicole London, 'Becoming Frederick Douglass,' in Harlem at 120th Street & Frederick Douglass Blvd. RSVP to attend:

Screening of Becoming Frederick Douglass, directed by Stanley Nelson, 90m, 2022, USA, preceded by a talkback with the director.

Using Frederick Douglass’ own words, this documentary film tells the story of how a man born and raised in slavery becam...
08/19/2022

Using Frederick Douglass’ own words, this documentary film tells the story of how a man born and raised in slavery became one of the most prominent elder statesmen and powerful voices for freedom in America. Executive produced by Academy Award-nominated Stanley Nelson together with Lynne Robinson, the film features the voice of acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce as Douglass.

Join us on September 10th at 6pm in Harlem to watch Becoming Frederick Douglass, directed by Stanley Nelson and co-directed by Nicole London. This Special Advance Screening will be preceded by a talk with director Stanley Nelson and Professor Natasha Lightfoot, Columbia University, Department of History.

✨Get tickets now, https://buff.ly/3zX4gbH

Location: 120th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd., near Chocolat Restaurant

This ImageNation x FDBA program is co-presented with Firelight Films.

We are hiring directors/producers for a new project, four documentaries focused on African American music, dance, fashio...
08/15/2022

We are hiring directors/producers for a new project, four documentaries focused on African American music, dance, fashion and film. Feature documentary experience is required. Historical and archival experience is a plus. Send resume/reels to [email protected].

Get your tickets now! Sat, September 10, 2022. Screening of Becoming Frederick Douglass, directed by Stanley Nelson and ...
08/05/2022
Becoming Frederick Douglass | 20th Annual ImageNation Outdoors Festival

Get your tickets now! Sat, September 10, 2022. Screening of Becoming Frederick Douglass, directed by Stanley Nelson and Nicole London. Preceded by a talkback with Stanley.

Screening of Becoming Frederick Douglass, directed by Stanley Nelson, 90m, 2022, USA, preceded by a talkback with the director.

A co-production of Maryland Public Television and Firelight Films , ''Becoming Frederick Douglass'' is co-directed and c...
08/02/2022
Tubman Douglass Films

A co-production of Maryland Public Television and Firelight Films , ''Becoming Frederick Douglass'' is co-directed and co-produced by Stanley Nelson and Nicole London. Premiering October 11, 2022 on PBS. Learn more about the film.

HARRIET TUBMAN: VISIONS OF FREEDOM is a rich and nuanced portrait of the woman known as a conductor of the Underground Railroad, who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. Born in Dorchester County, Maryland, 200 years ago — 2022 marks her bicentennial —Tubma...

07/25/2022
Tubman Douglass Films

A co-production of Maryland Public Television and Firelight Films 'Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom' is co-directed and co-produced by Stanley Nelson and Nicole London. Premiering October 4, 2022 on PBS. Learn more about the film. https://buff.ly/3u8kCLS

HARRIET TUBMAN: VISIONS OF FREEDOM is a rich and nuanced portrait of the woman known as a conductor of the Underground Railroad, who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. Born in Dorchester County, Maryland, 200 years ago — 2022 marks her bicentennial —Tubma...

Watch Party! 🎉 Tune into AFTER JACKIE on The HISTORY channel and join the conversation tonight at 8pm ET on Twitter .
06/18/2022

Watch Party! 🎉 Tune into AFTER JACKIE on The HISTORY channel and join the conversation tonight at 8pm ET on Twitter .

Watch: The HISTORY Channel Documentary AFTER JACKIE, Saturday, June 18th at 8pm ET.  Learn about Jackie Robinson's impac...
06/16/2022

Watch: The HISTORY Channel Documentary AFTER JACKIE, Saturday, June 18th at 8pm ET. Learn about Jackie Robinson's impact and join the conversation . https://buff.ly/3xzPV2I

06/02/2022

Check out the trailer for the new Channel two-hour documentary “After Jackie," which will premiere on Saturday, June 18 at 8PM ET/PT and during the 75th anniversary year of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

Executive produced by ’s and Maverick Carter, Emmy Award® winning and Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson (“Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre,” “Attica”), critically-acclaimed producer and director (“The One and Only Dick Gregory,” “The Lady and the Dale”) and in association with , the documentary tells the often overlooked 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.
“After Jackie” honors these brave men and sheds light on the heroic story of how they stepped to the plate and put their lives on the line to integrate baseball and demand a fairer and more inclusive America for African American athletes around the world.


Learn more via the link in our bio 💫

06/02/2022
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Check out the trailer for the new HISTORY Channel two-hour documentary “After Jackie," which will premiere on Saturday, June 18 at 8PM ET/PT and during the 75th anniversary year of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball.

Executive produced by UNINTERRUPTED’s LeBron James and Maverick Carter, Emmy Award® winning and Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson (“Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre,” “Attica”), critically-acclaimed producer and director Andre Gaines (“The One and Only Dick Gregory,” “The Lady and the Dale”) and in association with MLB, the documentary tells the often overlooked 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.

“After Jackie” honors these brave men and sheds light on the heroic story of how they stepped to the plate and put their lives on the line to integrate baseball and demand a fairer and more inclusive America for African American athletes around the world.

Watch  on June 18th at 8pm ET/PT on The HISTORY channel. Executive Produced by Stanley Nelson and LeBron James. Directed...
05/30/2022

Watch on June 18th at 8pm ET/PT on The HISTORY channel. Executive Produced by Stanley Nelson and LeBron James. Directed by Andre Gaines. Learn 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.

Academy Award Nominated Documentary Feature Film ATTICA Directed by Stanley Nelson and Co-Directed by Traci A. Curry has...
05/26/2022

Academy Award Nominated Documentary Feature Film ATTICA Directed by Stanley Nelson and Co-Directed by Traci A. Curry has been nominated for three categories in the 2022 FOCAL International Awards.

-The Jane Mercer Researcher Award
-Best Use of Footage in History Feature
-Best use of Footage in a Cinematic Feature

The Awards celebrate the very best use of archival footage across the creative and cultural industries. Congratulations 🎉

WE'RE HIRING 📣   Firelight Films is seeking an experienced Associate Producer for a feature documentary on the relations...
05/17/2022

WE'RE HIRING 📣 Firelight Films is seeking an experienced Associate Producer for a feature documentary on the relationship between African Americans and the police. The candidate must have strong field and post production experience as well as experience working with archival material. To apply: https://buff.ly/3FWcD8J

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

Via : THIS THURSDAY, May 12 from 6-8pm EST, Firelight Media & 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
and Dr. Alice Green of . The discussion, which will be on public media screening platform OVEE, will be moderated by Shawn Young of All of Us/ .

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 , I’m proud to announce the new  film , which tells the story of the second wave of talented Black baseball players ...
04/15/2022

“On , I’m proud to announce the new film , 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 , working with director and producer , in association with .” – Stanley Nelson

will premiere on on Saturday, June 18 at 8PM ET/PT.

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

Stanley Nelson & Traci A. Curry’s 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

Realscreen Global 100: The U.S. Firelight Films
04/05/2022
Realscreen’s Global 100: The U.S.

Realscreen Global 100: The U.S. Firelight Films

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  on the red carpet at last night’s ceremony 🎉
03/28/2022

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

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 . We'll be cheering them on this Sunday at the Academy Awards! The Academy Showtime Networks

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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 &  film participan...
03/21/2022

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

“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 for .

Read the whole conversation via the link in our bio 🌟

03/18/2022

TWO MORE WEEKS to stream the Oscar®-nominated documentary 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.” — 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 .

📸 by Ben Hider /

Did you know that  is  by ? The Oscar®-nominated documentary by Stanley Nelson and co-director Traci A. Curry recounts t...
03/16/2022

Did you know that is by ?

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  f...
03/13/2022

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

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

Congratulations to our own Stanley Nelson for his  Award for !
03/13/2022

Congratulations to our own Stanley Nelson for his Award for !

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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.

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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
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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
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In Celebration of ,
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
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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
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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/
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