Jason Gorber
September 21, 2021

Hot Docs Honouree Stanley Nelson on a Career in Documentary

When connecting via Zoom with Stanley Nelson Jr. for our chat, it was impossible to miss his smattering of awards. In the background were a pair of Peabody Awards and the scythe-like wings of two Emmys, speaking to his decades-long career and the guiding light behind more than a dozen award-winning films. As our wide-ranging conversation about his career went on, one could spot more and more of these awards peeking out from various crevices and nooks in the background, illustrating the esteem with which the industry holds this documentary master. I was unable to spot his MacArthur Fellow “genius” prize, or the National Humanities Medal that was bestowed upon him by President Obama, but I’m sure they were in there somewhere, tastefully if deliberately placed to avoid undue notice.

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