Veteran filmmaker Stanley Earl Nelson, Jr. was born on June 8, 1951 in New York City. He received his B.F.A. from the Leonard Davis Film School at the City University of New York in 1976. Upon graduating, Nelson worked as an assistant editor and apprentice with documentary filmmaker William Greaves. By 1989, Nelson had written, produced and directed his first documentary feature, Two Dollars and a Dream: The Story of Madame C. J. Walker.
Stanley’s documentary feature Freedom Riders will be featured at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival.