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Shola Lynch


Shola Lynch is an award-winning American filmmaker who burst on the scene in 2004. Her eagerly anticipated second feature documentary FREE ANGELA & All Political Prisoners is a first hand account of the events that thrust Angela Davis into the national spotlight from a young college professor to a fugitive on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Code Black and Lionsgate distributed the critically acclaimed documentary in theaters this past April, and it is now available on DVD and digital download.

Shola’s first independent feature documentary, CHISHOLM ’72 – Unbought & Unbossed, about Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s historic run for president in 1972, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on PBS’s POV series, and garnered two Independent Spirit Award nominations and a prestigious Peabody for excellence.

Shola honed her filmmaking skills as a visual researcher and Associate Producer for Ken Burns and Florentine Films. Her work on the two-part Frank Lloyd Wright documentary and the ten-part JAZZ series inspired her to pursue the craft of storytelling. Since then she has produced and scripted stories that have aired on BET, CNN, ESPN, HBO Sports, and PBS. Shola holds a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University and is working on a book based on her new film. She also has a master’s in American history and Public History Resource Management. Given her educational background and work experience, it is only fitting that Shola has also recently been named The Moving Image and Recorded Sound Curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

She lives in Harlem, NY with her husband, Vince Morgan, and their two young children, Julian and Violet.


PANEL: Opening the Archive I
TITLE: "From Filmmaker to Curator: The Politics of Archiving"
TIME: Saturday, September 13, 1:30 – 2:00pm