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, a Participant Media/Kartemquin Films landmark mini-series examining race and education from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve James. America to Me debuted to high acclaim at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and premiered on Starz in August 2018.
Shaw’s debut documentary, The Street Stops Here, aired nationally on PBS and ESPN in 2010 to rave reviews. The following year, Shaw’s Big Ten Network short documentary on a quadriplegic trying to regain the ability to walk won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Reporting Excellence. His cinematography talents were recognized in 2015 with a National Sports Emmy for ESPN’s FIFA World Cup Show Opens and Teases. Later that year, Shaw produced a documentary about the relationship between megastar Shaquille O’Neal and his collegiate coach, Dale Brown. Shaq and Dale premiered on ESPN.
Shaw graduated from Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Documentary (DVID) program in 2018 and was awarded a grant sponsored by the Sage Foundation to continue development on LET THE LITTLE LIGHT SHINE.
A high-achieving elementary school just south of downtown Chicago is a lifeline for Black children—until gentrification threatens its closure.