and Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker Stanley Nelson Joins Film and Politican
Stanley Nelson, who most recently directed A
Place of Our Own, a PBS documentary about his summers in Oak
Bluffs, Massachusetts, a resort town on the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson has been named the Belle Zeller
Visiting Professor in Public Policy and Administration at Brooklyn College
for the 2004–2005 academic year.
Nelson is a MacArthur Fellow who has had more than twenty years of experience
as a producer, director, and writer of documentary films and videos. The
Murder of Emmett Till, shown as part of PBS's American Experience
series, earned an Emmy for best nonfiction direction, an Emmy nomination
for screenwriting, and a Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film
Festival. Among Nelson’s other films are Marcus Garvey: Look
for Me in the Whirlwind (2000); and The Black Press: Soldiers
Without Swords (1999), which won the Freedom of Expression Award
at Sundance in 1999. His most recent production is A Place of Our
Own (2003), a documentary about Oak Bluffs, the predominantly black
resort community on the north shore of Martha’s Vineyard, where
he spent his childhood summers.
While at the College, Nelson will hold a joint appointment in the departments
of Political Science and Film and will teach a course in each department
during the academic year.
A graduate of the Leonard Davis Film School at the City University of
New York, Nelson has taught film production at Howard University. He has
been a fellow of the American Film Institute, the New York Foundation
for the Arts, and the Washington, D.C., Commission for the Arts, and a
Revson Fellow at Columbia University. For three years, Nelson served on
the selection panel for the Fulbright fellowship in film. In spring 1997,
he was named a University Regents Lecturer at the University of California,
The Visiting Professor in Public Policy and Administration at Brooklyn
College is named for Belle Zeller, a political science professor who started
teaching in 1927 at the Brooklyn extension of Hunter College, which joined
with the Brooklyn extension of City College in 1930 to become Brooklyn
College. She taught at Brooklyn College for more than forty years and
published extensively in the field. In 1972, Zeller became the first president
of the Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents the faculty
of the City University of New York.