2022 / Attica from Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry
Documentary Film Prize Recipients
Stanley Nelson is today’s leading documentarian of the African American experience. His films combine compelling narratives with rich historical detail to shine new light on the under-explored American past. Awards received over the course of his career include a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, five Primetime Emmy Awards, and lifetime achievement awards from the Emmys and IDA.
In 2013, Nelson received the National Medal in the Humanities from President Obama. In 2019, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool was nominated by the GRAMMYs for Best Music Film and went on to win two Emmy Awards at the 42nd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.
Nelson’s latest documentary Attica, for SHOWTIME Documentary Films, was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 94thAcademy Awards and earned him the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. In 2021, Nelson also directed the feature film Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy for Netflix, which was a 2022 duPont-Columbia Awards Finalist, and Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre, with co-director Marco Williams, for the HISTORY Channel, which was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.
In 2000, Mr. Nelson, and his wife, Marcia Smith, co-founded Firelight Media, a non-profit production company dedicated to advancing contemporary social justice issues, amplifying under-represented narratives, and fostering a new generation of diverse filmmakers.
Traci A. Curry is an Oscar-nominated director, producer, showrunner, and writer of powerful stories, with more than two decades of experience in creating compelling, in-depth narratives for multi-media platforms, including long- and short-form documentaries. She also served as a producer and writer for several national cable news shows. Traci’s work has been featured across a variety of networks, including Showtime, PBS, ESPN, MSNBC, BET, HGTV, TV One, CNN, and ABC.