Founded by award-winning filmmakers Stanley Nelson and Marcia Smith, Firelight Media began in 1998 as an independent non-profit documentary production company that produced stories on topics that are typically underrepresented in the mainstream media.
In 2008, Firelight Media transitioned to focusing on supporting emerging filmmakers of color, while Firelight Films was launched as the new for-profit documentary production company led by Stanley Nelson.
Firelight Media is the premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight Media produces documentary films, supports filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work.
We are committed to reach and engage diverse audiences around the world through documentary films.
Firelight Media receives institutional, capacity building, and/or project support from the following organizations.
To learn more about how your organization can support our work, please contact us.
Additional support is provided by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.
Critically-acclaimed filmmakers and creators
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.
Marcia Smith is president and co-founder of Firelight Media, which produces documentary films, provides artistic and financial support to emerging filmmakers of color, and builds impact campaigns to connect documentaries to audiences and social justice advocates.