The Black Panther Party has a reviled, adored, misunderstood, and mythologized history. They sought to drastically transform the system.
Each summer, affluent African Americans return to an upper middle class resort community that has historically provided an oasis for black professionals.
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 has directed and produced numerous acclaimed films, including Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Independent Lens), Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple… Show more and The Murder of Emmett Till. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Firelight Films and co-founder of Firelight Media, which provides technical support to emerging documentarians. Show less
A Place Of Our Own explores the rarely seen world of the black middle class and the town of Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, where African Americans have vacationed for generations. Through intimate stories of African Americans in Oak Bluffs, Director Stanley Nelson discovers a renewed appreciation for the place his father established as a summer home for the Nelson family for generations to come.