Stanley Nelson

Lowest Rated: 88% When I Walk (2013)
Birthday: Jul 7, 1955
Birthplace: Not Available
Documentary filmmaker and Revson fellow Stanley Nelson received his B.F.A. from the City College of New York before moving on to the American Film Institute and Columbia University. He has since taught at numerous universities and served on many prestigious committees, including jury positions at the Sundance Film Festival. He was also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the executive producer of Firelight Media, a non-profit production company he founded with partner and writer Marcia Smith. One of Nelson's earliest documentaries was Two Dollars and a Dream, a biography of America's first woman millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker. His next major project was The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, a documentary about early black-owned-and-operated newspapers, with narration by Joe Morton, which won the Freedom of Expression award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999. Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind and Running: The Campaign for City Council (both 2001) were also highly acclaimed. Nelson's next two films competed at Sundance before debuting on the PBS series American Experience. The Murder of Emmett Till, with narration by Andre Braugher, examined the 1955 murder of a young teenage boy in Mississippi, and earned Nelson an Emmy award. He turned to a more personal subject matter with 2003'sA Place of Our Own, a look at his childhood summers spent at Oak Bluffs, the predominately black resort community on Martha's Vineyard.

Highest Rated Movies



100% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Director Producer 2019
No Score Yet Boss: The Black Experience In Business Director 2019
No Score Yet Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama Director 2017
No Score Yet Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities Director Screenwriter 2017
100% Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities Producer Screenwriter 2017
92% The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution Screenwriter Director $0.3M 2015
No Score Yet Freedom Summer Director 2014
88% When I Walk Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet Jesse Owens Producer Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet Wounded Knee Producer Director 2009
No Score Yet Freedom Riders Director 2009
No Score Yet Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans Executive Producer 2008
94% American Experience Producer Director 2006
No Score Yet Independent Lens Executive Producer 2005
No Score Yet Independent Lens Narrator & Interviewer Director Producer Screenwriter 2004
No Score Yet Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind Director Producer 2001
No Score Yet Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords Screenwriter Producer Director 1999


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No Score Yet Art in the Twenty-First Century
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No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
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No Score Yet POV
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No Score Yet American Experience
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No Score Yet American Masters
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