February 25, 2021

Beyond Resilience: Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy

On Thursday, February 25 at 3pm ET, Firelight Media presented a Beyond Resilience panel discussion centered around Firelight Founder Stanley Nelson’s documentary Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy, now streaming globally on Netflix.

The panel discussion featured a group of authors, journalists, social workers, and civic leaders, most of whom were featured in the film. The conversation explored the effects of the crack era on communities like Harlem, NYC, and considered the role that the news media played in framing the public health crisis of the crack epidemic as a criminal problem, creating a legacy of militarized police forces and mass incarceration that persists today. The event was presented in partnership with ImageNation and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement.

Opening remarks were provided by Marcia Smith, president of Firelight Media, and Moikgantsi Kgama, founder and executive director of ImageNation. The panel was moderated by NYT best-selling and award-winning author and journalist Asha Bandele. The panelists included Felecia Pullen, president and CEO of Let’s Talk SAFETY, Inc.; Dr. Malcolm A. Punter, president and CEO of Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI); Samson Styles, award-winning broadcast journalist and founder of JayCity Enterprise; and Stanley Nelson, founder of Firelight Media.

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June 3, 2020

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June 12, 2020

Beyond Resilience: Production in Times of Upheaval

How does a documentary filmmaker fulfill their role in the midst of a pandemic and an uprising? Is it possible to transform our collective COVID-19 constraints into new creative approaches? What are the ethical considerations we must grapple with? How do we move beyond journalistic standards and root our work in an ethics of care?

June 19, 2020

Beyond Resilience: Tulsa, Juneteenth, and the Path Toward Economic Justice

Firelight Media joined The Movement for Black Lives' national call to action on June 19 with a panel conversation that explored the history of Juneteenth and the burning of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, and grappled with the path toward economic justice for Black America.

June 26, 2020

Beyond Resilience: Can Impact Go Virtual + How?

As physical distancing continues to be the new norm, how can we still make an impact when apart? Sonya Childress, senior fellow at the Perspective Fund, takes us through case studies of documentary film campaigns that have launched in this moment and raise key questions around audience access, care, and how to reach social justice impact goals.

July 3, 2020

Beyond Resilience: Dance, Scream, Shout!

A live event featuring a music set by DJ Frotasia to give our community the opportunity to dance, sing, and shout during a time of tremendous difficulty.

July 10, 2020

Beyond Resilience: The (Un)Documented Lens

Conversations on representation, labor, and equity featuring the work and perspectives of Undocumented storytellers.


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