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July 2, 20112 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 that, I am extremely proud to have been a foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement.” To read more, click here.
Photo: Director Stanley Nelson with Freedom Rider Hank Thomas
June 27, 20112 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 such as disproportionate sentencing, immigrant rights, youth violence and environmental justice. Read more
June 27, 20112 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, 20112 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 out Lauren Prestileo's tribute to him and read his bio on American Experience's website. May he rest in peace.
Photo: Benjamin Cox
Photo Credit: Jackson Sun
May 17, 20112 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, 20112 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 successful organizing effort will inspire young people, and their adult allies, that are affected by, and mobilizing around contemporary issues such as disproportionate sentencing, immigrant rights, youth violence and environmental justice.

Read more
May 16, 20112 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 a more vivid sense of drama or suspense."
Ginia Bellafante, New York Times. Click here to read the article.

Colorlines
"In 'Freedom Riders,' Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson uses masterful storytelling and gripping interviews with key players of the era to document what would eventually become one of the civil rights movement’s major victories."
Jamiliah King, Colorlines. Click here to read the article.

Bloomberg News
"With a thriller’s pace and the emotional heft of a battlefield journal, PBS’s remarkable new documentary 'Freedom Riders' recounts the bloody anti- segregation bus rides of 1961 that helped kill Jim Crow in the Deep South."
Greg Evans, Bloomberg News. Click here to read the article.

Read more
May 15, 20112 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 less money, place him in a select group of filmmakers..."

Nelson's most recent film, Freedom Riders, airs on PBS Monday, May 16th at 9 PM. Check local listings. Nelson's films can be purchased on this website. Click here to go to our shop and receive special discounts. Click here to donate to Nelson's work to support and mentor independent diverse producers in Firelight's flagship program The Producers' Lab.

Photo: Stanley Nelson
Photo credit: Chester Higgins jr./ New York Times
May 15, 20112 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, 20112 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 the film, followed by a question & answer segment with Producer Laurens Grant and will conclude with a wine & cheese reception.

Location:
Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center Auditorium & Labor Arts Gallery
310 W. 43rd St (near 8th Avenue), New York City

RSVP - IMPORTANT
Admission is complimentary but you must RSVP to be admitted and seating is limited! Please go to FRFilmevent@gmail.com to RSVP.
*PLEASE NOTE THE LAST DAY TO RSVP WILL BE MAY 11TH AT 12 NOON*

Hosted by: 1199 SEIU Bread & Roses Cultural Project
Co-sponsored by: "Cakeman" Raven & Tomlinson Agency
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