Shola Lynch is the Curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound division at The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Shola is also an award-winning filmmaker, who is best known for her two independent documentaries: Chisholm ’72 — Unbought & Unbossed and Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. In addition, she has written and directed for CNN, ESPN, HBO Sports and PBS over the course of her 20-year career.
In 2013, Sundance selected Shola for the prestigious Women’s Filmmaker Initiative. Her current project, The Outlaw, her first narrative feature, has been honored with a highly competitive 2015 Creative Capital grant. Elected by her peers in 2016, Shola is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
She lives in Harlem with her husband, Vincent Morgan, and their two young children.
Kim A. Snyder is an award-winning American filmmaker and producer. Previously, she spent some time contributing to Variety.
Snyder made her directorial debut with the 2000 documentary, I Remember Me, a biographical film chronicling her struggles with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). In 2016, Snyder won at the Crested Butte Film Festival ACTNow award for Newtown and was nominated at Sundance Film Festival in Grand Jury Prize-Documentary.
Sam Pollard is professional accomplishments as a feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director span almost thirty years. He recentlyserved as Executive Producer on the documentary Brother Outsider, Official Selection 2003 Sundance Film Festival. His first assignment as a documentary producer came in 1989 for Henry Hampton’s Blackside production Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crosswords. For one of his episodes in this series, he received an Emmy. Eight years later, he returned to Blackside as Co-Executive Producer/Producer of Hampton’s last documentary series I’ll Make Me A World: Stories of African-American Artists and Community. For the series, Mr. Pollard received The George Peabody Award. Between 1990 and 2000, Mr. Pollard edited a number of Spike Lee’s films: Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Girl 6, Clockers, Bamboozled. As well, Mr. Pollard and Mr. Lee co-produced a couple of documentary productions for the small and big screen: Spike Lee Presents Mike Tyson, a biographical sketch for HBO for which Mr. Pollard received an Emmy, and Four Little Girls, a feature-length documentary about the 1965 Birmingham church bombings which was nominated for an Academy Award.