Stanley Nelson

Biography: Stanley Nelson is co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media, which provides technical education and professional support to emerging documentarians; and co-founder of the for-profit documentary production company, Firelight Films. His latest films include Freedom Riders and Wounded Knee, which is part of the landmark series on Native Americans We Shall Remain. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and 2009 respectively. Nelson’s oeuvre spans the range of documentary forms. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Templepre viewed in April 2006 at the Tribeca and San Francisco Film Festivals to sold-out audiences and won awards at both festivals. Jonestown was subsequently shortlisted for the Academy Awards and won the International Documentary Association Award for its use of archival footage.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice (2005);
Freedom Riders (2011).

Filmography:  
Freedom Bags (1990);
Schools for A New Society (1993);
Puerto Rico: A Right to Choose (1994);
The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (1999);
Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whilrwind (2000);
Running the Campaign for City Council (2002);
The Murder of Emmett Till (2003);
A Place of Our Own (2004);
Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise (2004);
Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice (2005);
Faces of Change (2005);
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006);
CNN Presents High Stakes (2006);
Wounded Knee (2009);
We Shall Remain (2009);
Immigration Part 1: Battleground Arizona (2009);
Immigration Part II: Raid in New Bedford (2009);
Immigration Part III: Guest Workers in the Gulf (2009);
Arise: the Battle over Affirmative Action (2010);
Freedom Riders (2010).