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July 23, 20143 months ago

Firelight Media Announces the 2014 winners of the Firelight Media Freshman Fund (F3)

Firelight Media announces the 2014 winners of the Firelight Media Freshman Fund (F3) award, which supports non-fiction filmmakers of color ages 30 and under. The winners of the F3 award receive a $5,000 grant to support the production of their project and membership in the Firelight Media Producers’ Lab. Support for the Firelight Freshman Fund Read the full article…

Posted in: Events, Film Related
July 22, 20143 months ago

Firelight Films Launches "America Revisited"

In June Firelight Films launched AMERICA REVISITED– an unprecedented, multi-year project for broadcast on public television’s series Independent Lens. AMERICA REVISITED is a series of three films– The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and The Slave Trade: Creating A New World– Read the full article…

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November 1, 201311 months ago

Firelight Media Announces 2013 Next Step Media Fund Grantees

Firelight Media today announced the 2013 recipients of the Next Step Media Fund, which will distribute $70,000 in funding to documentary film projects created by participants in Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab, a mentorship program for talented, independent producers of color.  “The Next Step Media Fund helps to demonstrate that Firelight’s Producers’ Lab is more than Read the full article…

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October 3, 20131 year ago

Jesse Owens Brings Home An Emmy for Outstanding Research!

Firelight is thrilled to announce that our latest film Jesse Owens, which aired on the acclaimed PBS series American Experience, won an Emmy for Outstanding Research at the 34th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards! Firelight would like to congratulate Laurens Grant, Stanley Nelson, Stacey Holman, Aljernon Tunsil and the entire Jesse Owens team on Read the full article…

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August 14, 20131 year ago

Firelight Produces New Stop-and-Frisk videos

On Monday, federal judge Shira A. Scheindlin issued a ruling that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers and has called for a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms. Stop-and-frisk is a practice of the New York City Police Department by which police officers stop and question tens of thousands Read the full article…

July 24, 20131 year ago

Jesse Owens Brings Home An Emmy for Outstanding Research!

Firelight is thrilled to announce that our latest film  Jesse Owens, which aired on the acclaimed PBS series American Experience, won an Emmy for Outstanding Research at the 34th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards! Congrats to Laurens Grant, Stanley Nelson, Stacey Holman, Aljernon Tunsil and the entire Jesse Owens team on this achievement! You can still Read the full article…

July 19, 20131 year ago

Jason DaSilva: New York City Mapping Day

On July 27th, Jason’s AXS Map team will be hosting its third annual New York City Mapping Day for AXS app. The public is invited to bring along their smart phones and help Jason’s team make NYC more accessible.

July 19, 20131 year ago

Melissa Haizlip's Mr. Soul! at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival

Melissa will screen a work-in-progress of her film Mr. Soul!, about Ellis Haizlip and the birth of Black Power TV, at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, August 6-10, 2013. They recently shot exciting interviews with Pierre Apraxine, Amiri Baraka, George Faison, Stan Lathan, and Stanley Plesent.

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February 13, 20131 year ago

Celebrating Black Independent Film Pioneers: Bill Greaves & Bill Miles

Please join us as we explore the work, legacy, and lives of Bill Miles and Bill Greaves on Feb 27th, 6:30 pm. Before Spike Lee, Henry Hampton, Stanley Nelson, St. Claire Bourne, and many other successful black documentary makers, there was Bill and Bill. Steeped in black history and culture, the work of these two Read the full article…

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February 13, 20131 year ago

Christine Turner's Homegoings Had Its World Premiere at MoMA!

Christine Turner, Firelight media’s talented Producers’ Lab member, had the World Premier of her film Homegoings at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight 2013. An oversold crowd at the MoMA gave Turner a much deserved standing ovation for her film which takes a look at African American funeral traditions through the eyes of a beloved Harlem undertaker.

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January 4, 20131 year ago

Byron Hurt’s Provocative Soul Food Junkies

Inspired by his own family’s complex relationship with “soul food” — fried chicken, ribs, macaroni and cheese, peach cobbler, and the whole panoply of down-home foods made with grease, sugar, and love — acclaimed filmmaker Byron Hurt asks whether this diet is nurturing or destroying the African American community. With humor and heart, Hurt questions Read the full article…

November 12, 20121 year ago

Pete Nicks' The Waiting Room, Shortlisted for the Oscars

Pete Nicks’ The Waiting Room has been shortlisted for the Oscars! Here is what Pete said in an interview with Variety: “I can’t tell you how many times we walked up to people and told them what we were doing, and they’d say, ‘My story doesn’t matter — why does anybody care about my story?’ Read the full article…

October 11, 20122 years ago

DAWN PORTER JOINS THE PRODUCERS' LAB!

The Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab has a new addition: Dawn Porter for her film Spies of Mississippi. Dawn was also recently selected by Realscreen as a “Doc Hot Shot” for 2012. She was is one of 15 emerging directors that represent the future of feature-length non-fiction filmmaking. Check out the winners here. Congrats Dawn! Spies Read the full article…

September 20, 20122 years ago

Jason DaSilva Receives 2013 Princess Grace Honorary Fellowship!

Jason DaSilva (When I Walk) is the recipient of the 2013 Princess Grace Honorary Fellowship given in recognition of his talent and to support him to complete his film. The Fellowship comes with a cash award and makes Jason eligible to compete for other Princess Grace support-for-filmmakers initiatives. Jason is a participant in the Firelight Read the full article…

September 6, 20122 years ago

The Autotune Effect

Focus Forward, an innovative new series of 30 three-minute stories about innovative people who are reshaping the world through action or invention, enlisted Stanley Nelson to produce a short film about a topic of his choosing. The result is a tuneful look at the unlikely origins of the world’s favorite pitch-modulation audio software and the Read the full article…

September 6, 20122 years ago

What's Next for Firelight? -- A Word From Stanley Nelson

As we wrap up the summer, I am especially excited about our two newest projects: one film about the Black Panther Party and another one about Freedom Summer. This Fall promises to be exciting as we start doing interviews and collecting footage. For me, these projects are so close together in terms of era—1964 and Read the full article…

August 27, 20122 years ago

UPCOMING PROJECTS FROM FIRELIGHT FILMS!

Firelight Films, our production company, is currently working on a series of exciting upcoming projects. Check out the blubs below for a sneak preview of what’s going on!

August 25, 20122 years ago

New Report! Freedom Riders Community Engagement Campaign

By any measure the Freedom Riders documentary film was a phenomenal success—winning three Emmy awards, reaching three million viewers on PBS, screening at the White House and being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. But another gauge of the film’s impact is the role it played as an organizing tool.

July 30, 20122 years ago

Check Out LAURENS GRANT Discussing JESSE OWENS on NBC!

Did you miss Laurens Grant on NBC New York’s show Positively Black? Check her out here: View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com. Yesterday, New York NBC’s Positively Black aired a special interview with Laurens Grant to discuss JESSE OWENS as part of a presentation in honor of this year’s Olympics.

July 27, 20122 years ago

LAURENS GRANT ON NBC New York - Sunday July 29th

Laurens Grant on NBC’s Positively Black Sunday, July 29, at 6 AM (NBC, check local listings) NBC New York’s Positively Black highlights the people, issues and events affecting the African-American community in the tri-state region and across the nation. This Sunday’s episode features Laurens Grant discussing JESSE OWENS as part of a special Olympics presentation. Read the full article…

July 13, 20122 years ago

Congrats to Labsters Mike Brown & Yoruba Richen!

This month, the Fledgling Fund announced its new grantees. Producers’ Lab members Mike Brown and Yoruba Richen both received community engagement funding for their films, 25 to Life, and The New Black, respectively. A special congrats to both of them!

July 13, 20122 years ago

JESSE OWENS is available on DVD and iTunes!

JESSE OWENS is available on DVD and iTunes! The DVD is available in the US on www.shoppbs.org It is also available in the U.K. by going to http://www.pbsamerica.co.uk/jesse-owens-2. You may also purchase the film on iTunes! About the Film: Jesse Owens is a Firelight Films production for the PBS series American Experience. The film examines Read the full article…

June 24, 20122 years ago

Cristina Ibarra and Jennifer Fox on Non-fiction Filmmaking

As part of the PBS series POV’s 25th season, Filmmaker Magazine ran a four-part conversation series featuring non-fiction filmmakers Cristina Ibarra and Jennifer Fox last week. Cristina is a participant in Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab for her upcoming film Las Marthas. See below for links to the series as well as excerpts from the conversations.

June 21, 20122 years ago

LAURENS GRANT: MAKING STRIDES

Firelight Films Producer/Director Laurens Grant has had a whirlwind year. From receiving an Emmy Award and speaking at various ceremonies for her role as producer on FREEDOM RIDERS, to premiering and promoting her new film JESSE OWENS, working on her own independent film ROKIA: VOICE OF A NEW GENERATION, and pre-production with Stanley Nelson on Read the full article…

June 21, 20122 years ago

New Promo Reel for the Producers' Lab

Do you want to learn more about the Producers’ Lab? Check out our exciting new promo reel! This brief video includes interviews with Lab members, footage from Producers’ Lab events, a special interview with Emmy Award-winning editor Lewis Erskine, and short clips from several Lab participants’ films.

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June 20, 20122 years ago

UPDATE from Byron Hurt on His Latest Film "Soul Food Junkies"

Filmmaker Byron Hurt is a participant in the Producers’ Lab. His newest film, SOUL FOOD JUNKIES, has a hot summer schedule. In this project, Hurt explores the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine. Check out his update below. SOUL FOOD JUNKIES makes its worldwide premiere tomorrow! The 64-minute feature length Read the full article…

June 20, 20122 years ago

UPDATE on "The Waiting Room" by Pete Nicks

Pete Nicks’ new film, THE WAITING ROOM has been screening and winning awards across the country. THE WAITING ROOM is an intimate look at our country’s health care system told through stories of ordinary people in an Oakland California emergency waiting room. Variety calls this verite documentary “rock-solid” and argues that it “provides ample evidence Read the full article…

June 19, 20122 years ago

Firelight Announces Next Step Media Fund

$15,000 Competitive Grants for Producers’ Lab Members   It is with great pleasure, that we announce the launching of the Firelight Next Step Media Fund. As we all know, funding continues to be one of the greatest challenges for emerging diverse filmmakers. Even when producers have great ideas and experienced mentors attached to their projects, Read the full article…

June 17, 20122 years ago

RECAP FROM THE FIRELIGHT MEDIA AND OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS SEMINAR: "Creating Social Impact through Story in a Transmedia World."

Last month, Firelight Media and The Open Society Foundations (OSF) co-hosted our third annual seminar: “Creating Social Impact through Story in a Transmedia World.” The event was declared a great success by the over 80 attendees who took part in the two-day event on May 7th and 8th, 2012.

June 8, 20122 years ago

JESSE OWENS AIRS IN THE U.K.

Earlier this week, JESSE OWENS aired in the U.K. (Sky 166 & Virgin Media 243). Sky TV developed a special showcase webpage on the film. It includes a video interview with Director Laurens Grant entitled: “It’s the Perfect Story.” Check it out here: http://tv.sky.com/showpage/jesse-owens

May 4, 20122 years ago

Yoruba Richen Wins Creative Promise Award at Tribeca

Producer Yoruba Richen was honored with the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access for her explosive new documentary, The New Black. Click here to read the article. Congrats Yoruba!

May 3, 20122 years ago

Byron Hurt's "Soul Food Junkies" World Premiere at American Black Film Festival

The American Black Film Festival has selected Byron Hurt’s Soul Food Junkies to make its World Premiere in Miami, FL, June 20-23, 2012! Soul Food Junkies is 1 of 5 films selected to compete for the prestigious CNN Documentary Award which garners a cash prize! Congrats Byron!

May 3, 20122 years ago

CRITICS GIVE "JESSE OWENS" THUMBS UP!

JESSE OWENS aired on PBS on May 1st. Jesse Owens is a Firelight Films production for the PBS series American Experience. The film examines the life and legacy of the African-American sprinter, a sharecropper’s son, who triumphed over adversity to win four gold medals in the face of Hitler’s Aryan nation at the 1936 Berlin Read the full article…

May 1, 20122 years ago

Black Youth Vote! Screens Freedom Riders!

On April 5, 2012, a diverse group of youth and elders gathered for a screening of Freedom Riders at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Washington, D.C.

April 17, 20122 years ago

Interview with Director Laurens Grant on New Film "Jesse Owens"

JESSE OWENS is a Firelight Films production for the PBS series American Experience. It centers on the African American track and field star, Jesse Owens, who triumphed at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin amidst the rise of Nazi propaganda. This is the first feature-length documentary directed by Laurens Grant for PBS. The film is Read the full article…

April 16, 20122 years ago

Firelight Media & OSF Seminar: Creating Social Impact through Story in a Transmedia World -- Application Due April 27th!

THE FIRELIGHT MEDIA PRODUCERS’ LAB & OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS PRESENT: Creating Social Impact through Story in a Transmedia World A two-day Seminar MAY 3RD AND 4TH, 2012 The Firelight Media Producers’ Lab & Open Society Foundations (OSF) cordially invite emerging producers and directors of color to apply to the our latest seminar: “Creating Social Impact Read the full article…

April 16, 20122 years ago

Stanley Nelson Speaks About Creating Nonfiction Cinema

Last week, in anticipation of the Full Frame Docuemtary Festival in Durham, North Carolina, Stanley Nelson spoke about his beginnings and life-long career creating documentaries with NewsObserver.com. He stated: “I wanted something with a learning curve that was never-ending.” He decided to pursue documentaries after seeing the 1971 feature The Murder of Fred Hampton. “I Read the full article…

April 16, 20122 years ago

FREE SCREENING & Discussion OF JESSE OWENS THURSDAY, APRIL 19 @ The Schomburg

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem is sponsoring a special screening of JESSE OWENS followed by a discussion this Thursday! Thursday, April 19 Jesse Owens Screening and Discussion 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Sponsor: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Location: Schomburg Center – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, Read the full article…

April 16, 20122 years ago

MABLE SPEAKS! Mable Haddock Weighs in on Schedule Changes to Independent Lens and POV at PBS

WHY PRODUCERS OF COLOR SUPPORT THE CALL TO ACTION TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT LENS AND POV, THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES FACED BY PRODUCERS OF COLOR, AND SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTION.

April 15, 20122 years ago

JESSE OWENS AT IFC IN NYC TUES, APRIL 17 @ 8:00 PM

The Black Documentary Collective partners with Stranger Than Fiction to show JESSE OWENS at IFC Tuesday night!

April 9, 20122 years ago

Gil Noble, Legendary Journalist and Documentarian, Dies at 80

The Firelight family mourns the passing of legendary journalist and documentarian Gil Noble. Noble, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 80, was the host of Like it Is, the pioneer television show about black public affairs, culture, and politics. The show which aired weekly on WABC-TV, featured hard-hitting interviews with critical known Read the full article…

April 9, 20122 years ago

FREEDOM RIDERS WINS PEABODY AWARD!

The PBS series American Experience, television’s longest-running and most-watched history series, was honored last week with a George Foster Peabody Award, widely considered the most prestigious award for electronic media. Freedom Riders was among the series’ showcase films.

April 6, 20122 years ago

FREEDOM RIDERS ON BILL MOYERS' LIST OF 10 DOCS ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers listed Freedom Riders as one of his 10 picks for documentaries about champions of social justice. He wrote: “The 10 powerful films below are…certainly proof enough that social change is possible, even under the most challenging conditions.” Check out the list here.

April 5, 20122 years ago

FREE SCREENING OF JESSE OWENS - Wednesday, April 11th @7:30 PM!

Join the Black Documentary Collective for a FREE screening of the new film JESSE OWENS at Harlem Stage.* Wednesday, April 11th 7:30 PM Moderated discussion and Q&A to follow Location: Harlem Stage 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street New York, NY 10031 To RSVP: boxoffice@harlemstage.org or call 212-281-9240 ext. 19 or 20 For more Read the full article…

March 19, 20122 years ago

Interview with Filmmaker Peter Nicks on "THE WAITING ROOM"

Check out our interview below with Peter Nicks, Director/Producer for The Waiting Room, an innovative blend of documentary film and social media that follows the life and times of an American public hospital amidst the greatest change to our health care system in decades. Peter is a participant in Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab, a mentorship Read the full article…

March 17, 20122 years ago

Firelight Spring 2012 Calendar

Upcoming Events Join us at these upcoming events featuring films and staff from Firelight.

March 16, 20122 years ago

AN EVENING WITH FILMMAKER LAURENS GRANT

African American Women In Cinema celebrates Women History Month with a special Women In Film Series! The event will take place on March 21, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Showbiz Cafe located at 19 W. 21st Street btwn 5th & 6th Aves in New York City.

March 9, 20122 years ago

JESSE OWENS TO PREMIERE AT FULL FRAME

The World Premiere of the new film JESSE OWENS, directed by Laurens Grant, is scheduled for the opening night at this year’s Full Frame Film Festival. As the Opening Night Film, JESSE OWENS will screen Thursday, April 12 in Fletcher Hall at the historic Carolina Theatre. The festival will take place April 12-15 in Durham, Read the full article…

March 6, 20122 years ago

FREEDOM RIDERS REACHED 3 MILLION VIEWERS -- "MOST WATCHED" ON AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN 2011

Freedom Riders, with three million viewers on PBS’ American Experience, “was the most-watched in the franchise in 2011.” Click here and scroll down to read the article “PBS On a Roll”. Congrats to the Freedom Riders team!

February 28, 20122 years ago

FAMILY AFFAIR AIRS ON the Oprah Winfrey Network March 1st

Chico Colvard’s Family Affair is an intensely personal account of one family’s journey through abuse, trauma, and redemption. It will air on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network on Thursday, March 1, 2012, 8 PM EST/7 PM Central. Go to http://www.oprah.com/own-doc-club/Family-Affair-Trailer for more info. Chico graduated from the Producers’ Lab in 2010.

February 25, 20122 years ago

Recap from the POV & Firelight Media Summit: Sustaining a Career as a Public Media Maker

The following blog post first appeared on POV’s blog thanks to our very own Shoshone Johnson! In this post, Shoshone shares highlights of the “Sustaining a Career as a Public Media Maker” summit co-hosted by Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab and POV last Friday.

February 22, 20122 years ago

NEA Podcast: Interview with Stanley Nelson

Each Thursday, the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) releases a free podcast featuring interviews with everyone from NEA Jazz Masters to leading arts experts to National Medal of Arts winners and more. Check out this great interview with Stanley Nelson on his film Freedom Riders here: http://www.arts.gov/podweb/podCMS/pod.php?id=p0095.

February 22, 20122 years ago

Editors Lewis Erskine and Aljernon Tunsil Win "Best Edited Documentary" for FREEDOM RIDERS at ACE Eddie Awards

A special congrats to Firelight Films’ beloved and talented editors Lewis Erskine and Aljernon Tunsil for bringing home the 62nd Annual American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Award for “Best Edited Documentary” for the film Freedom Riders. Winners were revealed during ACE’s black-tie awards ceremony on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in the International Ballroom of the Read the full article…

February 19, 20122 years ago

Updates from the Producers' Lab - Feb 2012

Click here to check out our update from the Producers’ Lab in this month’s e-newsletter. You will learn about each filmmaker’s project, meet our newest members, and get a sense of what is happening with the Lab this year. Let us know what you think below.

February 16, 20122 years ago

Reminder! MORE THAN A MONTH Airs on PBS TONIGHT!

More Than a Month is a feature documentary that follows African American filmmaker, Shukree Hassan Tilghman, on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through a challenging, complex, and often comedic journey, More than a Month explores what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in “post-racial” America.More Than A Month Read the full article…

February 16, 20122 years ago

New Member for the Producers' Lab: Leslie Asako Gladsjo

Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab, our mentorship program for independent producers of color, welcomes Leslie Asako Gladsjo to the fold.

February 10, 20122 years ago

New Member for the Producers' Lab: Cristina Ibarra

Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab, our mentorship program for independent producers of color, welcomes our newest member, Cristina Ibarra!

February 9, 20122 years ago

POV/Firelight Symposium: Sustaining a Career as a Public Media Maker - Fri., Feb 17

SUSTAINING A CAREER AS A PUBLIC MEDIA MAKER: MODELS, BEST PRACTICES, & STRATEGIES TO HELP MEDIA MAKERS STAY IN THE GAME Hoping against hope that you can pay the bills making films rather than selling real estate? Tired of spending long hours staring at grant proposals? We have the event for you…

February 4, 20122 years ago

FREEDOM RIDERS PBS ENCORE ON TUESDAY, FEB. 7TH!

Still haven’t seen the acclaimed film Freedom Riders? Even if you have seen it, grab a friend or a family member and see it again! PBS will air an encore of FREEDOM RIDERS on Tuesday evening, February 7, 2012 on American Experience. Check local listings for show times. Spread the word! Let’s make this rebroadcast Read the full article…

January 22, 20122 years ago

Stanley Nelson to Receive Full Frame Tribute

This year’s Full Frame Documentary Festival will honor Stanley Nelson with the annual Full Frame Tribute for his contribution to documentary form through films like A Place of Our Own and Freedom Riders, as well as his work to support emerging documentarians through Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab.

January 20, 20122 years ago

Live Screening Event for "More Than A Month" - January 28

MORE THAN A MONTH Join Us for a Special Screening of this Provocative New Film! Saturday, January 28 @ 4 PM Schomburg Center: Harlem, USA with Producer/Director Shukree Hassan Tilghman and other special guests!

January 19, 20122 years ago

Freedom Riders Editors Lewis Erskine and Aljernon Tunsil Nominated for 2012 ACE Eddie Awards!

Congrats to Firelight Films’ beloved and talented editors Lewis Erskine and Aljernon Tunsil for their nomination for the 62nd Annual American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Awards in the category of “Best Edited Documentary” for the film Freedom Riders. Winners will be revealed during ACE’s black-tie awards ceremony on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in the International Read the full article…

January 18, 20122 years ago

Philanthropy News Digest Profiles Freedom Riders Community Engagement Efforts

Earlier this month, Philanthropy News Digest’s blog PhilanTopic featured an article on the community engagement campaigns for the award-winning film Freedom Riders entitled “‘Freedom Riders': Lessons for a New Generation.” Written by contributor Kathryn Pyle, the article included an interview with Firelight’s community engagement specialist, Sonya Childress. Firelight Media launched a community engagement campaign for Read the full article…

January 12, 20122 years ago

FREEDOM RIDERS SCREENING BY TONATIERRA IN PHOENIX - JAN 26

FREE Screening and discussion of Freedom Riders organized by Tonatierra in Phoenix, Arizona. Thursday January 26, 2012, 6-8 PM North High School Auditorium – 1101 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix For more information: Tel: (602) 254-5230 Email: tonal@tonatierra.org or go to: TONATIERRA Facebook Page. Click here to check out their flyer. TONATIERRA NAHUACALLI – A Cultural Read the full article…

December 30, 20112 years ago

Congrats to Filmmaker Christine Turner!

Congrats to Christine Turner whose film HOMEGOINGS was one of 10 films chosen to receive grants from the Tribeca Film Institute! Christine participates in Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab. Great News Christine! Click here to read the article.

December 18, 20112 years ago

Freedom Riders Makes New York Times' Top Ten List for 2011

Click here to view today’s New York Times article which includes Freedom Riders in critic Mike Hale’s top 10 television picks for 2011. Hale wrote: “This beautifully constructed ‘American Experience’ film revisited the 1961 Freedom Rides, telling stories of ugly violence and unbelievable courage.”

December 17, 20112 years ago

The Freedom Rides Aren't Over

1961 Freedom Riders Reverend C.T. Vivian and Catherine Burks-Brooks returned to Montgomery, Alabama this weekend to join the fight to repeal Alabama’s tough immigration laws. Read the full article here. To learn more about the 1961 Freedom Rides, check out the award-winning documentary Freedom Riders. To learn more about the battles over immigration, check out Read the full article…

December 5, 20112 years ago

FREEDOM RIDERS - December 2011 Events

Check out these December 2011 screening events for Freedom Riders.

November 18, 20112 years ago

Stanley Nelson in Ecuador

Check out the YouTube video press release below about acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s recent tour to Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador. Nelson was part of the American Documentary Showcase where he met with filmmakers, students, and the general public to screen and discuss his latest film Freedom Riders.

November 17, 20112 years ago

Freedom Riders Proclaim Message of Justice

In Summit, NJ, the Racial Justice Task Force of the Unitarian Church of Summit screened the film Freedom Riders with two activists from the 1961 movement, Laura and Francis Randall. They discussed their experiences fighting for desegregation and justice in the past and the need to continue that struggle today. They also noted how proud Read the full article…

October 21, 20113 years ago

My Morocco Memories: Stanley Nelson Blogs About Screening Freedom Riders in Morocco

From September 24th to October 1st, Stanley Nelson, director of FREEDOM RIDERS, and Cherien Dabis, director of AMREEKA, traveled to Morocco as part of Film Forward to present their films and conduct filmmaking workshops. Film Forward organized this whirlwind tour to the Kingdom of Morocco where participants exhibited films, engaged audience members and exchanged information Read the full article…

October 20, 20113 years ago

The White House Screens Freedom Riders

On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, days after the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., the film FREEDOM RIDERS was screened at the White House. The screening was followed by a panel which discussed the enduring legacy of the 1961 Freedom Rides. The event was organized by the National Endowment for Read the full article…

October 11, 20113 years ago

Tales from the Bronx - Stanley Nelson Blog October 2011

Recently I was a guest at the Cinema School as part of the Film Forward program with The Sundance Institute. The Cinema School is a New York City High School in the Bronx that focuses on film studies. It is a very new program, and at the present time teaches only narrative film, so that Read the full article…

October 10, 20113 years ago

Updates from the Producers' Lab

The Producers’ Lab has been busy! The Producers’ Lab is Firelight Media’s mentorship program for talented and diverse producers. Last week’s FilmFeast for Firelight Labsters featured editors and producers discussing the most effective ways to work with an editor to save time and money. Participants raved about the session afterwards, calling it “productive”, “insightful”, “encouraging”, Read the full article…

October 6, 20113 years ago

Civil Rights Legend Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth Dies at Age 89

The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights, died yesterday at the age of 89. Representative John Lewis called him the “soul and heart of the Birmingham movement” for his courage to lead a movement for racial justice and civil rights Read the full article…

September 26, 20113 years ago

United in Courage: A Community Resource Guide for the film Freedom Riders

Firelight Media’s Community Action Division is pleased to announce United in Courage: A Community Resource Guide for the film FREEDOM RIDERS. United in Courage includes tips on how to work with local Freedom Riders, sample discussion questions, a glossary of organizing terms, and essays from Stanley Nelson, Marian Wright Edelman, and youth and adult community Read the full article…

September 20, 20113 years ago

Democracy in Action - FREE Study Guide for Freedom Riders!

Facing History and Ourselves and American Experience have created a new study guide to accompany the film Freedom Riders.

September 11, 20113 years ago

FREEDOM RIDERS FULL SWEEP AT THE EMMY AWARDS!

Congrats to the Firelight Films Team! The film Freedom Riders won the following three Emmy Awards at the Los Angeles ceremony held last night: Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming – 2011 Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking – 2011 Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming – 2011

August 26, 20113 years ago

Producers' Lab Makes a Splash at IFP

Three Producers’ Lab participants had their projects chosen for the IFP’s 2011 Project Forum. Congrats to Lisa Collins (Oscar’s Comeback), Jason DaSilva (When I Walk), and Christine Turner (Homegoings)! Photo: Lisa Collins, Christine Turner, Jason DaSilva (starting from the left)

August 26, 20113 years ago

FREE Exhibit at the Birmingham History Center on the Freedom Riders

The Birmingham History Center will hosting a FREE traveling exhibit the month of September (Sept. 1-29, excluding Labor Day and Sunday) focusing on the Freedom Riders civil rights journeys from Washington D.C. to New Orleans in 1961. The exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the historic rides to end segregation in interstate travel is funded Read the full article…

August 25, 20113 years ago

"Immigrant Rights Activists are Obama's Freedom Riders"

Check out the article written by our national partner, the Center for American Progress, on the links between the efforts of the Freedom Riders and those of immigrant students pressing President Obama on the DREAM Act. Below are some excerpts from the piece, entitled “Immigrant Rights Activists are Obama’s Freedom Riders” written by Henry Fernandez, Read the full article…

August 16, 20113 years ago

THE BROTHERHOOD/SISTER SOL SCREENS FREEDOM RIDERS IN GHANA

The Freedom Riders Community Engagement Campaign Goes to Ghana Last month our New York City partner Brotherhood/SisterSol brought a contingent of young adults from Harlem to Ghana, West Africa for their annual International Study Program (ISP). While there they hosted a screening of FREEDOM RIDERS for over 200 students at the Vakpo Secondary Technical School. Read the full article…

August 16, 20113 years ago

Community Spotlight: Dr. A Lenora Taitt-Mugubane

Dr. A. Lenora Taitt-Magubane is a participant in the FREEDOM RIDERS Community Engagement Campaign Speakers Bureau. She became involved in the civil rights movement while attending Spelman College where she joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In March of 1960, she participated in a sit-in with a group of students and faculty at a performance Read the full article…

August 11, 20113 years ago

What's Next at Firelight? -- Stanley Nelson Blog August 2011

What’s Next at Firelight? Freedom Riders has proven to be a wonderful, yet never-ending, journey. While we continue roll out our Freedom Riders Community Engagement Campaign, there are few more pots brewing on the stove.

August 5, 20113 years ago

Hard Knock Radio Hosts Discussion With Freedom Riders and Youth from Brave New Voices

Definitely check out KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio’s program which weaves together excerpts from the documentary Freedom Riders and comments from an inspiring discussion between 1961 Freedom Riders and Brave New Voices youth! The program will be available until August 16, 2011. “If you don’t have Freedom Riders, you are missing out on something…People were just Read the full article…

August 5, 20113 years ago

GET ON BOARD: Stories of the Los Angeles to Houston Freedom Ride - August 9th

The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum is hosting a special preview reception of the new exhibit: GET ON BOARD: Stories of the Los Angeles to Houston Freedom Ride Tuesday, August 9, 2011 Location: Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum 4130 Overland Avenue Culver City, CA 90230 Reception: 6:00 PM Program: 7:00 PM

July 29, 20113 years ago

The Rock Stars of 1961 - Stanley Nelson Blog July 2011

The Rock Stars of 1961 by Stanley Nelson I can’t believe it. Its been more than two months since Freedom Riders aired on PBS and since the surreal appearance of over 200 original Freedom Riders on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The journey of making this film is done. The process of the film unearthing a Read the full article…

July 19, 20113 years ago

Harlem Freedom Riders Screening: Wednesday, July 20

FREEDOM RIDERS SCREENING Reel Harlem 10th Anniversary Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival St Nicholas Park Wednesday, July 20 @ 8:30 PM Presented by Historic Harlem Parks FREE!

July 15, 20113 years ago

FREEDOM RIDERS GARNERS THREE EMMY NOMINATIONS

Congrats to the Firelight Films Team! The film Freedom Riders has garnered the following three Emmy Award nominations: Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming – 2011 Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking – 2011 Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming – 2011

July 10, 20113 years ago

Congrats to Filmmaker Shukree Tilghman!

Congrats to filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman! Tilghman’s film More Than A Month was acquired for broadcast by the PBS series Independent Lens and will air in February 2012. More Than A Month will also be part of the ITVS Community Cinema program, an outreach initiative that promotes Independent Lens films through free public screenings in Read the full article…

July 10, 20113 years ago

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen Receives ITVS Funding

Congrats to filmmaker Yoruba Richen! Yoruba Richen’s latest documentary, The New Black, which examines homophobia in the black church, was recently awarded production funds from ITVS. She expects the film to be completed in early 2013.

July 2, 20113 years ago

Filmmaker Ross Kauffman Represents at the Producers' Lab

Firelight Media was recently honored to have renowned director and cinematographer, Ross Kauffman, as a guest speaker for The Producer’s Lab. He spent a few hours with our team of emerging filmmakers, offering advice on the field of documentary, equipment choices, as well as insight into the progression of his career from his early days Read the full article…

July 2, 20113 years ago

Freedom Rider Hank Thomas Wins 365Black Award at Essence Music Festival

At the 2011 Essence Music Festival held in New Orleans, Hank Thomas—long-time civil rights activist who was featured in the film Freedom Riders—was honored by the 8th annual 365Black Award. Reflecting on his award, Thomas says: “I see it more as an honor, celebration and recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. For Read the full article…

June 27, 20113 years ago

Freedom Riders Campaign Hits The Streets

The FREEDOM RIDERS Community Engagement Campaign is Off to a Great Start! In May, Firelight Media launched our yearlong effort to help organizations around the country use the film Freedom Riders to engage young people. These organizations are exploring the lessons of the Rides and using those lessons to inform their work on contemporary issues Read the full article…

June 27, 20113 years ago

FREEDOM RIDERS is TRUTHOUT's Progressive Pick of the Week

Earlier today, Truthoutnamed Freedom Riders its “Progressive Pick of the Week” and reprinted an interview with Director Stanley Nelson originally done by American Experience. Thanks to Truthout for the shout out and your support of Firelight Films. Check out the article here: http://www.truth-out.org/ordinary-people-making-great-changes-interview-freedom-riders-director-stanley-nelson/1309189357

June 18, 20113 years ago

Freedom Rider Ben Cox Dies

Freedom Rider Benjamin Elton Cox dies at the age of 79. Cox was a member of the first wave of Freedom Riders in the 1961 challenge to Jim Crow jump-started by the Congress for Racial Equality. He is remembered as civil rights hero and crusader. Click here to read article in the Jackson Sun. Check Read the full article…

June 17, 20113 years ago

Congrats to Filmmaker Carol Bash!

Congrats to filmmaker Carol Bash who just won funding from ITVS for her new film Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band. The film traces the legacy of this renowned jazz pianist, composer, and arranger who was determined to create in a world that could not see past her race or gender. Bash Read the full article…

May 17, 20113 years ago

Did You Miss the Live Chat with Stanley Nelson? Check out the Transcript

On Tuesday, May 17th, American Experience sponsored a live chat event with Stanley Nelson, Director of the powerful new documentary Freedom Riders.  To read a transcript of the chat, go to: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/about/chat

May 16, 20113 years ago

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN!

Firelight Media’s Freedom Riders Community Engagement Campaign The story of the Freedom Rides offers a dramatic lesson in the revolutionary power of civic participation. The daring actions of a small diverse group of young adults emboldened a mass movement that ultimately transformed the very fabric of this country. We believe this powerful example of a Read the full article…

May 16, 20113 years ago

RAVE REVIEWS FOR FREEDOM RIDERS

The film Freedom Riders has garnered glowing reviews in newspapers, magazines and blogs across the country. See below for a few of these features. New York Times “[Freedom Riders] is a story of ennobled youth and noxious hatred, of decided courage and inexplicable brutality…It is hard to imagine a feature film conveying the events with Read the full article…

May 15, 20113 years ago

NEW YORK TIMES FEATURES STANLEY NELSON

Click here to check out the New York Times feature article on Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Executive Director of Firelight Media, Stanley Nelson. Author Mike Hale calls him “An Explorer of Black History’s Uncharted Terrain” and writes: “The breadth and seriousness of his work documenting black life in America, assembled with little fanfare and sometimes Read the full article…

May 15, 20113 years ago

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT FREEDOM RIDERS

Let the filmmakers for Freedom Riders know what you think about the film! SCROLL DOWN to post your comments. We want to hear your voice! Writer/Producer/Director: Stanley Nelson Producer: Laurens Grant Executive Producer: Mark Samels Editors: Lewis Erskine & Aljernon Tunsil

May 12, 20113 years ago

LAURENS GRANT & FREEDOM RIDERS SCREENING TODAY AT AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA

African American Women In Cinema Presents “A Celebration of Freedom Riders Release” Directed by: Stanley Nelson and Produced by Laurens Grant Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011 from 6:00pm-9:30pm *African American Women In Cinema is very pleased to announce the celebration release of the new film Freedom Riders. This historic celebration will include a screening of Read the full article…

May 11, 20113 years ago

Freedom Riders Screening at National Mall - Thursday, May 12!

FREEDOM RIDERS on the National Mall! FILM FORWARD 10 FILMS, 10 DIRECTORS, ONE NIGHT!! For one night only, all 10 Film Forward films screen simultaneously on the National Mall, with the filmmakers and special guest presenters at each location. Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 6 p.m. McGowan Theater National Archives, Constitution Ave., N.W. between 7th Read the full article…

May 5, 20113 years ago

Backstage with Stanley Nelson on Oprah

“I think the lesson of the Freedom Riders is that you have to take the first step and just step out there and try to make a change.” – Stanley Nelson “I would rather be dead than not free, and that is the reason I got on that bus.” – Freedom Rider On Wednesday, May Read the full article…

May 5, 20113 years ago

Freedom Riders and Stanley Nelson on Democracy Now!

In this episode of Democracy Now , journalist Amy Goodman interviews filmmaker Stanley Nelson and two Freedom Riders, Bernard Lafayette and Jim Zwerg, who are featured in Nelson’s powerful new documentary Freedom Riders. Freedom Riders is scheduled to air on PBS’ American Experience on May 16, 2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Read the full article…

May 2, 20113 years ago

Freedom Riders and Stanley Nelson on OPRAH May 4

Oprah Winfrey and Stanley Nelson Celebrate the 1961 Freedom Rides Tune-In: May 4th on The Oprah Show! Chicago, IL – Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, and nearly two hundred Freedom Riders will appear on a special episode of The Oprah Show. One week before the national PBS broadcast of the documentary Freedom Riders, which chronicles Read the full article…

April 19, 20113 years ago

Straight From China: Stanley Nelson Blogs About His Experience Screening FREEDOM RIDERS in Beijing

Stanley Nelson is screening FREEDOM RIDERS throughout China for two weeks. The tour is sponsored by Film Forward, an initiative of the Sundance Institute. Below is his blog entry: I didn’t know quite what to expect as the plane approached Beijing. I had been there 16 years ago but I heard the city had changed Read the full article…

April 19, 20113 years ago

Community Engagement Media Conference a Success!

Firelight Media, The Open Society Institute (OSI) and the National Center for Media Engagement (NCME), held a highly successful two-day conference on March 30-31, 2011. Over 60 producers and 30 panelists and speakers attended this gathering entitled: “How to Develop Community Engagement Strategies for your Media Project.” There were in-depth workshops, stimulating and engaging panels, Read the full article…

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April 8, 20113 years ago

FREEDOM RIDERS on PBS May 16th at 9PM

Freedom Riders, directed and produced by Stanley Nelson and presented by the acclaimed PBS series American Experience, is a two-hour documentary film about the hundreds of civil rights activists who challenged segregation in interstate transport in the American South during the spring and summer of 1961. In 1961, during the first year of John F. Read the full article…

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February 1, 20113 years ago

Firelight’s Stanley Nelson Nominated for Writers Guild of America Award

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson was nominated for the 2011 Writers Guild of America Award for Documentary Screenplay for the film Freedom Riders. Congrats Stanley! Check out the press release: http://www.wgaeast.org/

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January 20, 20113 years ago

Promised Land Screening – Jan 29!

Producers’ Lab graduate Yoruba Richen is screening her film Promised Land on Saturday, January 29th for Crucial Arts in New York. Come out and support! Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 2PM Venue: Casa Frela Gallery in Harlem, 47 W. 119th (Between Lenox and 5th Avenues) Ticket Donation: $10 (includes refreshments)