For three decades, Stanley Nelson’s documentaries have made audiences, distributors, and television commissioners alike sit up and take notice. With interviews, photographic stills, and found footage, the filmmaker’s eloquent works combine historical research and current issues to provide a uniquely intelligent perspective. Nelson’s exceedingly well-researched and balanced films are informative as well as entertaining, dealing with issues from past and present African American history and shedding light on current events. Commitment, clarity, and compassion distinguish Nelson’s conscientious productions, which have garnered multiple awards and nominations, most recently, a MacArthur Fellowship.
Organized by Jytte Jensen, Associate Curator, Department of Film and Media