Shola Lynch
documentary film maker
photographed in Harlem, NY on 24 May 2013Award-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.

Her feature documentary FREE ANGELA & All Political Prisoners is a first hand account of the events that thrust Angela Davis into the national spotlight from a young college professor to a fugitive on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. The film recieved critical acclaim and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Excellence for Best Documentary.

In 2013, She was named the Curator for Film, Moving Image and Recorded Sound at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Shola holds a Master’s in American History and Public History Management from the University of California, Riverside as well as a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. She is also working on a book based on her film Free Angela.

Her first independent documentary, CHISHOLM ’72 – Unbought & Unbossed, follows Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s historic run for president in 1972 and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS’s POV series.  The film won two Independent Spirit Award nominations and a prestigious Peabody for excellence.

From age 2 to 6, Shola Lynch was one of the kids on Sesame Street in the early 1970s. She would later be reunited with Kermit the Frog in the 1989 special Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting. She was also a nationally ranked track athlete in high school in NYC and while at the University of Texas at Austin. She credits the lessons she learned as a competitor to her success as a filmmaker.

She has produced and scripted stories that have aired on BET, CNN, ESPN, HBO Sports, TV One, and PBS.   In 2013, The Sundance Institute selected Shola as one of five women  who show great promise to be mentored in their prestigious Women’s Filmmaker Initiative. Shola was also recently awarded a prestigious Creative Capital Award for her next film, a narrative on the great liberator Harriet Tubman.  In 2016, she was selected to the Documentary Jury of the Sundance Film Festival.

As a filmmaker and curator, Shola has become a highly respected public speaker, lecturer and panelist on the subject of film and film history for universities, film festivals and corporations.  She has recently screened and/or presented to groups including Harvard University, The University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, University of California at Los Angeles,  The Guggenheim Museum, The Tribeca Film Festival, The Sundance Film Festival and The Toronto International Film Festival.



Shola Lynch is an award-winning American filmmaker with two decades of experience in film based in New York.  Shola is currently working on several film projects including her first narrative feature tentatively titled “The Outlaw” which she was awarded a prestigious Creative Capital grant for development. Since 2013 she has also served as the Curator … Continue reading Biography


INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS 2013 Director | Producer | Writer Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, a feature documentary on activist Angela Davis’ crime and flight from the FBI in 1970 Realside Productions, A film by Shola Lynch 2005 Director | Producer | Writer Chisholm ’72 — Unbought & Unbossed, a feature documentary on Shirley Chisholm’s … Continue reading Work


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Honors, Awards, Distinctions & Recognition: 2016 Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS), Member Sundance Film Festival  (Juror, Documentary) 2015 Creative Capital Award (The Outlaw) 2014 NAACP Image Award (Best Theatrical Documentary) 2013 Pan African Film Festival (Best Documentary) CINE Golden Eagle Award The Sundance Institute – Women Filmmakers Initiative (Mentorship) 2012 Toronto International … Continue reading Honors

Free Angela

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (2013) Angela Davis joins the Communist Party, protests with the Black Panthers, and becomes a principle spokesperson for the burgeoning prison reform movement. As a result, she finds herself Fighting to keep her job, and in the national media spotlight characterized by her many detractors as a dangerous subversive … Continue reading Free Angela

Chisholm ’72

  CHISHOLM ’72 Unbought & Unbossed (2005) is the definitive historical documentary on Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her campaign to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 1972. Following Chisholm from the announcement of her candidacy in January to the Democratic National Convention in Miami, Florida in July, the story is like her- fabulous, fierce, and … Continue reading Chisholm ’72


Shola Lynch Producer|Director|Writer|Curator shola@realsideproductions.com For bookings please contact: Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau 295 Huntington Ave. Suite 211 Boston, MA 02115 617-266-3450 phone 617-266-5660 fax http://www.jodisolomonspeakers.com     Please send all other inquiries, requests and comments via the electronic form below.