Shola Lynch is the Curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound division at The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Shola is also an award-winning filmmaker, who has written and directed for CNN, ESPN, HBO Sports and PBS over the course of her 20-year career. Her first independent documentary, Chisholm ’72 — Unbought & Unbossed, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won a Peabody Award. Her second feature recounts the politically charged events that thrust academic and activist Angela Davis on to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. The Toronto International Film Festival premiered Free Angela and All Political Prisoners and the film sold internationally in Brazil, France, South Africa and Sweden. In the US, Code Black, a Lionsgate company, distributed the film theatrically before it broadcast on BET. Free Angela has won numerous awards including a NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary and is currently available on iTunes.
In 2013, Sundance selected Shola for the prestigious Women’s Filmmaker Initiative. Her current project, The Outlaw, her first narrative feature, has been honored with a highly competitive 2015 Creative Capital grant.
Shola lives in Harlem with her husband, Vincent Morgan, and their two young children.