Film Related, Producers' LabComments: No commentsTags: Black Documentary Collective, Firelight Media, Pete Nicks, Producers' Lab, Rooftop Films, The Waiting Room, www.whatareyouwaitingfor.com
November 12, 20127 months agoOscars!
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?' This recognition is really special to me; it's a validation that their story does matter." Pete Nicks has also been nominated for the following prestigious awards:
2012 Gotham IFP nominee for Best Documentary
2013 Independent Spirit Awards double nominee: Best Documentary & Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award
2013 Cinema Eye nominee: Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film
This film is currently in theatrical distribution in selected cities around the country and will broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in the 2013-2014 season. Please click here to see the current schedule.
The Waiting Room, which follows the life and times of patients and caregivers at Highland Hospital, a public hospital in Oakland, CA, was picked as New York Times and New York Magazine Critics Pick, won the Golden Gate and Audience Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, a Silver Docs and True or False official selection, and won the Guggenheim Emerging Artists Award at Full Frame.
A huge congratulations to Pete from Firelight Family!
Producers' LabComments: No commentsTags: Dawn Porter, Producers' Lab, Spies of Mississippi
October 11, 20128 months agoProducers' 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 of Mississippi tells the story of a secret state spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain white supremacy during the 1950s and ‘60s. The Sovereignty Commission was overseen by the Governor of Mississippi and handpicked board of 12 of the most powerful men in the state. The Commission’s purpose was to preserve segregation at any cost. It was granted broad powers to investigate private citizens and organizations, to keep secret files, to make arrests and even to compel testimony. To do this, they employed a network of investigators and informants to infiltrate civil rights organizations and undercut their efforts. Ultimately, the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission spied on tens of thousands of Americans and collected over 160,000 pages of files.
Producers' LabComments: No commentsTags: Jason DaSilva, Princess Grace Fellowship, Producers' Lab, When I Walk
September 20, 20129 months agoWhen 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 Media Producers' Lab.
Events, Film Related, Freedom Riders, Jesse Owens, New News Category Name, Producers' LabComments: One commentTags: Black Panthers, Community Action Division, Community Engagement Campaign, freedom riders, Freedom Summer, Homegoings, Producers' Lab, Soul Food Junkies, Stanley Nelson blog
September 6, 20129 months ago
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.
Producers' LabComments: No commentsTags: Fledgling Fund, Mike Brown, Producers' Lab, Yoruba Richen
July 13, 201211 months agoFledgling 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!
Producers' LabComments: No commentsTags: Cristina Ibarra, Filmmaker Magazine, Jennifer Fox, POV, Producers' Lab
June 24, 201211 months agoCristina 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.
New News Category Name, Producers' LabComments: No commentsTags: freedom riders, Jesse Owens, Laurens Grant, Producers' Lab, ROKIA
June 21, 201212 months agoFREEDOM 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 the upcoming documentary special on the Black Panther Party, Laurens has indeed been a busy lady.
New News Category Name, Producers' LabComments: No commentsTags: Lewis Erskine, Mable Haddock, Producers' Lab, stanley nelson
June 21, 201212 months agopromo 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.
New News Category Name, Producers' LabComments: No commentsTags: Pete Nicks, Producers' Lab, The Waiting Room
June 20, 201212 months agoTHE 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 why our national health-care system needs fixing."
New News Category Name, Producers' LabComments: No commentsTags: Open Society Foundations, Producers' Lab
June 17, 20121 year 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.