Director Stanley Nelson – Sundance 2017′ (Episode 12)

January 11, 2017

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Stanley Nelson
Stanley Nelson is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, MacArthur “genius” Fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in August 2014.
Nelson is the director of twelve documentary features, including Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till, and The Black Panthers: The Vanguard of the Revolution. He is also co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Media, which provides technical support to emerging documentarians. With eight of films having premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and multiple industry awards to his credit, Nelson is acknowledged as one of the premiere documentary filmmakers working today.
Stanley returns to the Sundance Film Festival for a 9th time. His new documentary will be at this years Sundance Film Festival 2017′


TELL THEM WE ARE RISING explores the story of historically black colleges and universities in America. The film is a definitive examination of the essential role the nation’s HBCUs have played in the ascent of African Americans and their families. RISING comes at a critical time given the presidential election and the uncertainty around funding for higher education in the current political climate.

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