As a director, producer, and cinematographer, Kevin Shaw has created award-winning content for national television networks. Shaw was a segment director and cinematographer on America to Me, and cinematographer on City So Real, both series from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James.
Shaw’s debut documentary about Basketball Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley Sr., The Street Stops Here, aired nationally on PBS and ESPN to rave reviews. His short documentary on a quadriplegic trying to regain the ability to walk won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Reporting Excellence. He won a National Sports Emmy in cinematography for ESPN’s FIFA World Cup.
Shaw’s current directorial work, Let the Little Light Shine, premiered at the True/False Film Festival in March 2022 to stellar reception and has screened at a dozen festivals across the country. The film will air on PBS’ award-winning series POV in December of 2022.
A high-achieving elementary school near downtown Chicago is a lifeline for Black children – until gentrification threatens its closure. The National Teachers Academy (NTA) is a top ranked school with a thriving population of mostly low-income and Black students. But as the neighborhood grows and gentrifies, a parents’ group eager for a high school in the community seeks to close NTA and replace it with a high school campus. As Chicago Public Schools administrators and city politicians debate the future of the school, the film brings you inside NTA to meet the students, parents, and educators fighting to save their beloved institution.