September 8, 2020

Co-presented with BADWest, this two-hour master class offers an up-close-and-personal look at how celebrated director Stanley Nelson has managed to build such an impactful and prolific career in documentary. The Master Class feature clips and discussion about Nelson’s work, including his first documentary Two Dollars and a Dream (1989), which he produced, directed, edited; the ending of Marcus Garvey: Look For Me in the Whirlwind (2000); the beginning of The Murder of Emmett Till (2003); the experience of Black middle-class life and his most personal documentary, A Place of Our Own (2004); the animation in Wounded Knee (2009); and the process of filming The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015) and Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019). During Q&As, Nelson looks back over his career and discusses his entry into filmmaking, artistic vision, need for perseverance and a good story, the importance of knowing all technologies, methods for interviewing, how activism and impact ties into his work, and much more.

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