1. Stanley Nelson, Producer/Director

    Stanley Nelson, a 2002 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, is executive producer of Firelight Films and director of Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. His most recent film, Freedom Riders, is the winner of three Primetime Emmy Awards. Over the last ten years, Nelson has garnered multiple industry awards for his films: Jesse Owens, Freedom Riders, Wounded Knee, A Place of Our Own, Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind, The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, and The Murder of Emmett Till. During this period, he also produced and directed Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice and Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple, which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Several of his films have shown at the Sundance Film Festival. He currently is also in production on another film, Freedom Summer, which explores a key movement during the civil rights era — the1964 Freedom Summer campaign.