Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts 2023

Shola Lynch

Shola Lynch is an award-winning American Filmmaker best known for the feature documentary FREE ANGELA & All Political Prisoners and the Peabody Award winning documentary CHISHOLM ’72: Unbought & Unbossed.  Her independent film body of work and her other collaborative projects feed her passion to bring history alive with captivating stories of people, places, and events. Since 2013 she has also served as the Curator of the Moving Image & Recorded Sound division of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2016, Shola became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Shola is currently finishing a documentary about the American sprinter, cultural icon and still World Record holder, Flo Jo. She is in production on an Apple Original film, Number One on the Call Sheet, which will celebrate Black achievement in the film industry, and explore what it takes for Black actresses to find success in Hollywood. She has also been tapped to helm an upcoming documentary on Reverend Jesse Jackson.

In addition to her more than 25 years making documentaries, Shola holds a Master’s in American History and Public History Management from the University of California, Riverside and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.  

Shola believes deeply in the value of preserving history and its power in storytelling. 

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