In March 2020, Firelight launched the inaugural William Greaves Fund for mid-career nonfiction filmmakers of color.
This newly dedicated fund will resource talented storytellers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities in the United States, as well as filmmakers from Mexico, Brasil, Puerto Rico and Colombia with a particular interest in those who identify as being of indigenous and/or of African descent.
The new Fund reflects Firelight’s commitment to supporting stories and storytellers that fill our popular culture with nuance, beauty, complexity, and that reflect a broad range of often underrepresented views.
The fund was named in honor of William Greaves, the longtime mentor of Firelight’s founder, Stanley Nelson. Greaves’ legacy in the documentary field includes producing the seminal television newsmagazine Black Journal and 200-plus documentaries throughout his 60-year career. The William Greaves Fund Application will conduct an open call for entries starting on March 12, 2020 and ending on May 14, 2020.