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Documenting The Struggle: A Conversation With Filmmaker Stanley Nelson


  • WHEN Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 3 p.m.
  • WHERE Virtual
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is proud to present a conversation with legendary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, moderated by AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Executive Producer Cameo George.

Nelson and George will discuss three of Nelson's Civil Rights films: "The Murder of Emmett Till," "Freedom Riders," and "Freedom Summer." Learn how these stories shaped and advanced the civil rights movement, how racial tensions are still playing out today, and how public media can help elevate filmmakers of color in telling diverse stories.

The event takes place on October 21 from 3-4:30 p.m. PT (6 to 7:30 p.m. ET) and will be live streamed for free through AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's YouTube and Facebook pages. Register for the event on Eventbrite.

Stanley Nelson, a 2002 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, is founder and executive producer of Firelight Films. For his commitment to compelling narratives filled with deeply researched historical detail, Nelson has received an individual Peabody Award, the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts Sciences, and the National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama. Nelson's Civil Rights films are critically acclaimed, with "Freedom Riders" winning three Primetime Emmy Awards. Nelson's latest film, "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool" provides the definitive look at the life and career of the iconic Miles Davis.

Cameo George is the Executive Producer for PBS' acclaimed history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Prior to joining AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, George was the Head of Development for Longform projects at ABC News, creating premium content across Walt Disney Television platforms. She also spent 12 years at CNN producing documentaries for CNN Presents and In America. George has been a production leader in both commercial and public media, including working with Stanley Nelson on an upcoming feature film for Netflix.

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