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.
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.
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
Sunday, July 29, at 6 AM
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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.
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.