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Funeral at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans. August 2020.

Firelight Media, FRONTLINE and WORLD Channel today announced a co-production, the short film, Death Is Our Business, that examines in intimate and moving detail how Black funeral homes in New Orleans have had to adapt to the devastating impact of COVID-19 in their community.

Debuting on FRONTLINE on Tuesday, March 23, the short documentary comes from award-winning filmmaker and Firelight Media Documentary Lab alum Jacqueline Olive (Always in Season). The film will also air on WORLD Channel on Wednesday, March 24.

In Death Is Our Business, Olive shines a light on how the virus has rocked the Black community’s cherished…


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Firelight Media is proud to be represented at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The 2021 Festival will take place virtually and will run from February 19–28.

Official Selections at the 2021 Festival include films by Firelight Media Documentary Lab alumni Sian-Pierre Regis and Ashley O’Shay, as well as the world premiere of MANZANAR DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST, produced by Impact Producer Lab alum Jin Yoo-Kim.

Monika Navarro, Firelight Media’s senior director of Artist Programs, will be featured on the panel “Kin Theory: Creating Community with Indigenous and BIPOC…


A new partnership between Firelight Media, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), and Reel South will support short film series from six BIPOC filmmakers living in the American South.

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Firelight Media, Reel South, and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) announced six filmmakers selected for the Hindsight Project, a new initiative that marks the first-time partnership between the three organizations. The Hindsight Project is focused on supporting Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) filmmakers living in the American South and U.S. Territories. …


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Firelight Media is presenting two events at this year’s Sundance Film Festival! On Friday, January 29, we’ll present a new edition of our Beyond Resilience Series, and on Monday, February 1, we’ll present a Firelight & Friends Virtual Red Carpet & Dance Party. Visit Firelight House, our Sundance Film Festival Village page, for full information about our events at the Festival.

Read on for details about these events plus other Firelight Media alumni-featured screenings, panels, and special events.

Friday, Jan. 29, 3pm ET | Beyond Resilience: Creating & Commissioning Art in Times of Crisis


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Firelight’s 2020 Year In Review Series concludes today with highlights from Firelight Media’s array of artist programs.

When the pandemic hit in the spring, followed closely by the national reckoning with questions of racial justice in the U.S., Firelight Media sprang into action. First, we surveyed our community of filmmakers to ask them what they needed, and then we did what we do best: provided our community of BIPOC filmmakers with resources, support, and solidarity to help them continue their work.

Below are a few highlights from Firelight Media’s 2020 programming, including a new cohort of our flagship Documentary Lab…


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As Firelight marks the end of its 20th anniversary year, and as we bid farewell to 2020, we are pausing to highlight the incredible resilience of the Firelight community, even in a pandemic year.

In yesterday’s “Firelight 2020 Year In Review” post we highlighted new films by Firelight alumni that debuted at festivals, in theaters, and on broadcast television in 2020.

Today, we highlight of some of the many awards and honors garnered by our Firelight community this year.

The updating list includes awards and recognition for new film releases, funding support for works-in-progress, and industry leadership awards, and includes…


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2020 was an extraordinarily challenging year, between the dual crises of the global pandemic and the national reckoning with questions of racial justice in the U.S. As film festivals and film campaigns were forced to rapidly adapt their plans, our community displayed incredible resilience and ingenuity to ensure that their films reached their intended audiences.

Despite all of these many challenges, the Firelight Media and Firelight Films community managed to premiere a vast array of new documentary work — 32 titles and counting.

We surveyed our community of filmmakers — comprising current fellows and alumni of our Documentary Lab, recipients…


Join Firelight Media at DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in the U.S. The 2020 Festival runs from November 11-19, with a slate of over 200 films and dozens of live events.

Firelight Media will present a new episode of the Beyond Resilience Series as part of the DOC NYC Live programming. The Festival’s film program also features six films directed by members of the Firelight Media community.

Read on for a complete run-down of Firelight events at DOC NYC!

UPDATED November 20, 2020 | ENCORE — DOC NYC EXTENDED

DOC NYC has announced Encore programming, extending the Festival for an additional ten days with DOC NYC Encore, running Friday…


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Firelight Media is proud to be featured throughout the 2020 Hawai’i International Film Festival!

In addition to presenting a special Pau Hana/Talk Story event, Firelight Media alumni and staff will be featured throughout the Festival via panel discussions and film screenings. The panel discussions are free and open to all; follow the links below for more information.

The Hawai’i International Film Festival’s Film Program includes screenings of Firelight Media Documentary Lab alumni films, including: Bao Nyguen’s BE WATER, Ursula Liang’s DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL, and Cecilia Aldarondo’s LANDFALL, as well as Firelight Media SVP for Programs Loira Limbal’s THROUGH THE…


Trailer for the 2020 New Orleans Film Festival

What a year these last two weeks have been! As the sole, proud representative of Firelight South, the issues affecting our country and our world have been compounded across the region in an incredibly short time. And in the midst of it all, the 31st annual New Orleans Film Festival launches today, November 6. Firelight has had a presence at the Festival for the last five years, indicative of our deep dedication to geographical diversity — not only by supporting and bolstering representation of filmmakers of color across the country, but particularly…

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