Filmmaker Discussion | ATTICA with Co-Directors Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry

January 17, 2022 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Zoom Room

Join us for a special MLK Day conversation with award-winning filmmakers Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry about their documentary ATTICA, shortlisted for the Academy Award Documentary Feature nominations. Co-Directors Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry will be in conversation with filmmakers Peter Nicks and Jon Else.

We will not be screening ATTICA. You can watch the film in advance of the conversation on YouTube here.

In 1971, tensions between inmates and guards at the Attica Correctional Facility come to a head in the early hours of September 9 when inmates from the maximum-security prison in Upstate New York launched into the largest and bloodiest prison riot in US history. Through original interviews with former inmates, family members of the hostages, and those who witnessed the rebellion firsthand, ATTICA brings us back to a moment in time that resonated for decades, weaving hundreds of hours of never-before-seen, archival footage from inside the prison. The film captures the people, politics, emotions and tragedy, which continue to serve as a wake-up call about the need for prison reform and a reminder of the responsibilities of justice.

Stanley Nelson is today’s leading documentarian of the African-American experience. His films combine compelling narratives with rich historical detail to illuminate the under-explored American past. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Nelson has received nearly every award in broadcasting, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, and lifetime achievement awards from the Emmys, the Peabody Awards, and the International Documentary Association. In 2016, Nelson was honored with the National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama. (Image credit: Corey Nickols)

Traci A. Curry is a national award-winning producer, director, 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 is co-director and producer of the upcoming documentary feature, “ATTICA,” airing on Showtime during the fall of 2021, and selected as the opening night documentary at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.  Traci is also the founder and owner of her production company, B.Free Media, named to honor her hero, pioneering journalist Ida B. Wells and her newspaper, The Memphis Free Speech, which was burned in 1892 following Wells’ groundbreaking exposé of lynching in the South.

Peter Nicks is an award-winning cinematographer/director known for his immersive camerawork and cinema vérité style. He helmed the critically acclaimed feature documentary The Waiting Room and won the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Directing Award for The Force. His most recent film, Homeroom, completes a trilogy of timely, immersive documentaries exploring the interconnected narratives of health care, criminal justice, and education in Oakland, CA.

Jon Else is a documentary filmmaker best known for Sing Faster: The Stagehands’ Ring Cycle, The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb, and Cadillac Desert .  He was series producer and cinematographer for Henry Hampton’s Eyes On The Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years.  Else produced, directed, and photographed. Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor AtomicYosemite: The Fate of HeavenPalace of Delights, and Open Outcry.  His most recent film, Land Of Gold, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival this year.

This program is part of MoAD’s celebration of the National Day of Service honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Learn more about MoAD’s day of programming here.

Learn more about MLK celebrations in the Yerba Buena neighborhood here.