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Stanley Nelson is among the premier documentary filmmakers working today. His feature-length films combine compelling narratives with rich and deeply researched historical detail, shining new light on both familiar and under-explored aspects of the American past. In addition to honors for his individual films, Nelson and his body of work have ... See full bio »


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American Experience
The Murder of Emmett Till (S15, Ep6)
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 19 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »


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  Hazing (Documentary) (executive producer) (post-production)
 2021 Attica (TV Movie documentary) (post-production)
 2021 Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 2020 Free for All: Inside the Public Library (Documentary) (executive producer)
 2020 In the Making (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 8 episodes)
- Amyra León: Strange Grace (2020) ... (executive producer)
- Vincent Valdez: The Beginning Is Near (2020) ... (executive producer)
- Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: The New Chief (2020) ... (executive producer)
- Anik Khan: Street Level (2020) ... (executive producer)
 2020 30 for 30 (TV Series documentary) (producer - 1 episode)
- Vick Part 2 (2020) ... (producer)
 2005-2019 American Masters (TV Series documentary) (producer - 2 episodes)
- Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) ... (producer)
 2017/II American Carnage (Short) (executive producer: FirelightMedia)
 2017 Gavin Grimm vs. (Short) (executive producer)
 2017 State of Oregon (Short) (executive producer: FirelightMedia)
 2017 Here I'll Stay (Short) (executive producer: FirelightMedia)
 2017 An Uncertain Future (Short) (executive producer: FirelightMedia)
 2017 Picket Line (Short) (executive producer: FirelightMedia)
 2017 An Act of Worship (Documentary short) (executive producer: FirelightMedia)
 2017 Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
  Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (producer - 2 episodes, 2004 - 2016) (executive producer - 1 episode, 2013)
- Soul Food Junkies (2013) ... (executive producer)
- A Place of Our Own (2004) ... (producer)
 2015 Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band (Documentary) (executive producer)
 2015 The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Documentary) (producer)
 2001-2014 American Experience (TV Series documentary) (producer - 7 episodes)
- Freedom Summer (2014) ... (producer)
- Jesse Owens (2012) ... (producer)
- Freedom Riders (2011) ... (producer - produced by)
- We Shall Remain: Part V - Wounded Knee (2009) ... (producer)
 2014 P.O.V. (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- When I Walk (2014) ... (executive producer)
 2014 Freedom Summer (Documentary) (producer)
 2013 Where I Am Going (Video documentary short) (executive producer)
 2013 Homegoings (Documentary) (consulting producer)
 2013 When I Walk (Documentary) (executive producer)
 2012/III The Waiting Room (Documentary) (consulting producer)
 2010 Freedom Riders (Documentary) (producer)
 2009 Freedom Riders (TV Series) (producer)
 2009 Wounded Knee (Documentary) (producer)
 2008 Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (Documentary) (executive producer)
 2006 Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (Documentary) (producer)
 2006 Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes (Documentary) (executive producer)
 2005 Faces of Change (Documentary short) (executive producer)
 2005 CNN Presents (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- High Stakes: The Battle to Save Our Schools (2005) ... (executive producer)
 2004 Beyond Brown: Pursuing the Promise (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 2004 A Place of Our Own (Documentary) (producer)
 2000 Duke Ellington's Washington (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 2000 Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1999 The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords (Documentary) (producer)
 1994 What Can We Do About Violence? (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1992 Listening to America (TV Series documentary) (producer)
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