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October 3, 201311 months 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 this achievement!

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the film yet, you can stream it online or purchase it here.
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 watch or purchase a copy of the film here.
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 1966, but they are incredibly different stories. In many ways they are about different paths to liberation for African Americans. These projects are important now because we want to capture the voices of those who were active in those struggles and are aging. They are also about how individuals can participate and make a call to action in very different ways: one group fighting for the vote and for change within the system and the other saying we need drastic revolutionary change in this country. In many ways, young people have mythologized them, but many don’t know the true story. We want to make these figures human and demonstrate that the people who participated were really young. Movements can happen if you participate and if you believe in them.

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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. Read more
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. Directed and Produced by Laurens Grant, and Produced and Written by Stanley Nelson, JESSE OWENS examines the life and legacy of the African-American sprinter, a sharecroppers son, who triumphed over adversity to win four gold medals in the face of Hitler’s Aryan nation at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

JESSE OWENS
premiered on the PBS Series, American Experience on May 1, 2012 and was broadcast on PBS UK on June 6, 2012.
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 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 Olympic Games. Read more
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 Read more
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 Olympic Games. Read more
April 17, 20122 years ago

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

Laurens Grant

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 also produced and written by veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson with whom Laurens has worked with on a number of projects, including Freedom Riders, which garnered three Emmy Awards. JESSE OWENS aired on PBS on May 1, 2012.

Laurens is also a participant in the Firelight Media Producers' Lab where she is working on another film Rokia: Voice of a New Generation. Check out our exciting interview with Laurens below.

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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, NY To reserve your FREE ticket, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3314851811 For more information, go to: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/64/node/162294?lref=64%2Fnode%2F132394 Read more
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