Stanley Nelson will direct a feature-length documentary on the life of Charlie Seaford, the first black golfer to play on the PGA Tour.
Seaford, known as Jackie Robinson of golf, was instrumental in ending the “Caucasian-only” membership clause at the largest professional golf tournament in the United States, an achievement that allowed him to play at the age of 39.
He became a full member of the PGA Tour and won several victories, including the Greater Hartford Open in 1967 and the Los Angeles Open in 1969. Through these achievements, he won more than 2 1.2 million and became one of the top 60 money-winners in the PGA. Of that decade.
Among Seyford’s many accolades, he was a six-time UGA National Negro Open champion and received an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Seaford died in 2015 at the age of 92.
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Nelson’s recent work includes “Attica,” a non-fiction film that examines the largest prison revolt in U.S. history. It is set to have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. The filmmaker’s credits include the Emmy-winning “Freedom Riders,” “Freedom Summer,” “The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords,” and “Two Dollars and a Dream.”
In 2000, Nelson and his wife, Marcia A. Smith, founded Firelight Media, a nonprofit production company that promotes contemporary social justice using contemporary historical films. The organization is focused on presenting a new generation of diverse young filmmakers who are committed to advancing the following stories. Firelight 2016 received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Organization.
Nelson is represented by WME and Frankfurt by Kurnit Klein & Selz. Charlie Seaford Estate is co-represented by Phil Sandhouse / WME Legends and JLMP.