Emmett Till. Grace Lee Boggs. Roberto Clemente. Miles Davis. Rashida Tlaib. These names and their stories were brought to public media audiences by Grace Lee, Stanley Nelson, Cameo George, and Bernardo Ruiz, who combined have directed and produced more than 50 documentary films that reflect the breadth, diversity, and visions of BIPOC communities, movements, and masters. This panel discussion brings together acclaimed documentary filmmakers and public media executives for a discussion about the necessity of “more than one lens” – how independent filmmakers like Lee, Nelson, and Ruiz have built their careers within public media; why public media must center BIPOC filmmakers and stories in order to stay relevant; and how BIPOC leadership is shaping the future of public media.
Host: Marcia Smith, President, Firelight Media
Moderator: Donald Young, Director of Programs, CAAM
Stanley Nelson, Filmmaker and Founder, Firelight Media
Grace Lee, Filmmaker, Asian Americans; And She Could Be Next
Bernardo Ruiz, Filmmaker, Latino Vote: Dispatches From the Battleground; The Graduates/Los Graduados
Cameo George, Executive Producer, American Experience
Learn more at FirelightMedia.tv/Beyond-Resilience