November 11, 2021

Beyond Resilience x NOFF: Wellness and Sustainability for Artists at the End of the World

Amid the multiple, intersecting apocalypses of a worldwide pandemic, climate disaster, and racial and economic injustice, how do filmmakers of color sustain their careers and creative practices while also caring for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities?

Firelight Media presents a special edition of its Beyond Resilience series with the New Orleans Film Festival: Wellness and Sustainability for Artists at the End of the World, to bring together nonfiction filmmakers for a discussion about wellness and sustainability during unprecedented and possibly end-times. The discussion will include specific resources, strategies, and practices related to financial stability and self-care that these filmmakers have discovered or created to sustain themselves and their work.


Ani Mercedes, Impact Producer and Founder of Looky Looky Pictures, and alum of Firelight Media's Impact Producer fellowship


Julianna Brannum, documentary filmmaker and William Greaves Fund grantee

Byron Hurt, documentary filmmaker, Documentary Lab alum, and William Greaves Fund grantee

PJ Raval, documentary filmmaker, Documentary Lab alum, and FRONTLINE/Firelight Fellow

Angela Tucker, documentary filmmaker and William Greaves Fund grantee

The Beyond Resilience series is sponsored by Open Society Foundations. Beyond Resilience is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

To learn more about the 2021 New Orleans Film Festival, visit the festival website.

April 20, 2023

Beyond Resilience: Centering the Artist in Documentary

Firelight Media hosted a virtual panel discussion on producing documentary films centered on artists of color, by artists of color.

February 23, 2023

Beyond Resilience: Black & Now

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience event celebrating filmmakers and artists who capture the essence of contemporary Black life in America today.

March 13, 2023

Beyond Resilience x SXSW: Making Music Docs That Aren't One Note

Join Firelight Media at SXSW for a conversation featuring BIPOC filmmakers on making music documentaries.

January 26, 2023

Beyond Resilience: The Future of Film Programming

A Beyond Resilience conversation on community-centered curatorial practices, festival programming guidelines, and distribution pathways.

December 15, 2022

Beyond Resilience Masterclass: Producing Documentaries with Impact

Firelight Media hosted a Beyond Resilience Masterclass with Firelight-supported filmmakers who are producing documentary films with impact.

November 13, 2022

Beyond Resilience: Editing While BIPOC

Firelight Media and BIPOC Doc Editors present a special event at DOC NYC PRO on the experiences of BIPOC editors in the documentary field.

October 13, 2022

Beyond Resilience Masterclass: The Making of Tubman/Douglass

Join Firelight Media for a Beyond Resilience Masterclass on the making of the new PBS documentaries on Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

October 1, 2022

Firelight Media x Femme Frontera: From Short to TV

A panel discussion featuring Femme Frontera colleagues and past Showcase filmmakers who discuss their journeys from making short films to making content for productions such as Netflix, Amazon, PBS, AppleTV, and Amazon Studios.


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