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Tell Them We Are Rising with Stacey L. Holman

The Cool Soror Podcast welcomes filmmaker, visionary, producer, content creator Stacey L. Holman. This Cool Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc is doing some outstanding work telling the stories of African American people through film. In her words, this is her story:

From Dillard University in the Big Easy to Tisch School of the Arts in the Big Apple, I have honed my passion to write, produce and direct films that speak to matters of the heart, human insecurities, and bring light to treasured sub-cultures. Some of my works that address these themes include: Mirar Mirror, Girl Talk, Lumiette, Surrender (part of the anthology 6 Things I Never Told You) and Dressed Like Kings. My world in film has moved between narrative and documentary. On several projects, I have been able to blend the two genres structurally and visually.

I have also brought my experience to several incredible historical films as Producer, Co- Producer, Line Producer, and Associate Producer. My portfolio includes the Peabody Award-winning Freedom Summer and the Emmy Award-winning Freedom Riders produced and directed by Stanley Nelson, the Emmy Award-winning Jesse Owens, andMary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, which aired on PBS affiliates. Through these projects, I have worked to breathe life into history for new and diverse audiences, to demonstrate its relevance for our present and to preserve it for future generations. My film territory even expanded into the world of philanthropy as a consultant with the JustFilms unit at the Ford Foundation. Recently I was one of the producers on Stanley Nelson’s most recent project Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities which airs on PBS’ Independent Lens in February 2018. Currently, I serve as one of four producers/directors on Skip Gates documentary Reconstruction and the Birth of Jim Crow.

Stacey is a part of a masterpiece and will continue to create important work for years to come. We should all be glad she’s behind the lens.

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