Stanley Nelson on Persistence, Mentorship, and Why Bipoc Filmmakers Are a ‘Shot in the Arm’ to the Documentary Industry

Stanley Nelson on Persistence, Mentorship, and Why Bipoc Filmmakers Are a ‘Shot in the Arm’ to the Documentary Industry
Having chronicled countless landmark moments in African-American history, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson understands the stakes at a time when both the culture at large, as well as the documentary industry, are in the midst of a wholesale reckoning. “It’s clear that the voices of [Bipoc filmmakers] are what’s needed—like a shot in the arm to the industry,” he said.

Nelson appeared at Hot Docs on Tuesday in conversation with director Jacqueline Olive (“Always in Season”), who was named as one of Variety’s 10 Documentary Filmmakers to Watch in 2019. Nelson’s documentary on the ‘80s crack epidemic, “Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy” (pictured), screens this week in Special Presentations at the festival, where he’s receiving an Outstanding Achievement Award.

During the wide-ranging conversation, which is available on-demand to Hot Docs attendees, the Emmy and Peabody Award winner reflected on the arc of his career, beginning with his first
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