Firelight Media is a non-profit supporting non-fiction filmmakers of color.

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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.

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Now through December 31: Donations to Firelight Media will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5k through our Board Matching Gift Challenge. Donate now.

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