We Make Docs: HBCU RISING; FREEDOM RIDERS; THE BLACK PANTHERS; FREEDOM SUMMER | We Develop/Fund Filmmakers telling stories that are that are underrepresented in the mainstream media.
From the “Freedom Riders" to "Emmett Till" to the "American Indian Movement" to "The Black Panthers," we at Firelight are engaged in telling stories about pivotal events, movements, and people in American history.
For us, media can transform passive viewers into active citizens. Through film broadcasts, community engagement campaigns, multi-platform applications and our flagship mentoring program—The Documentary Lab, Firelight Films and its non-profit sister group, Firelight Media, are dedicated to harnessing the power of story-driven media as tools for education and action.
Firelight Media was founded in 1998 as an independent non-profit production company and has been best known for producing high-quality powerful productions for PBS and its dynamic educational outreach campaigns.
However, in 2008, Firelight Media expanded its work to include developing and supporting the next generation of filmmakers. Due to this expansion, Firelight productions spearheaded by Stanley Nelson are now done under a new for-profit entity called Firelight Films.