Alumna Angela Tucker '05 Recipient of William Greaves Fund

BY Cody Beltis , September 18, 2020

Alumna Angela Tucker ’05 was selected as a recipient of the William Greaves Fund by Firelight Media for her work in documentary filmmaking. In March 2020, Firelight Media launched The William Greaves Fund, which aims to support mid-career filmmakers of color with a substantial body of nonfiction cinema works, who nonetheless are thwarted by structural barriers. 


Tucker is an Emmy-nominated producer, writer, and director. Her directorial work includes Paper Chase, a teen comedy in pre-production with Gunpowder and Sky; All Styles, a dance movie available on Showtime; Black Folk Don’t, a four-season documentary web series featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life,” and (A)sexual, a feature length documentary that streamed on Netflix and Hulu for four years. She is in her sixth year as Series Producer of the PBS strand, AfroPop and was Co-Producer on The New Black. Previously, she was Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company. There, she worked on several award-winning documentaries, including Pushing the Elephant (Independent Lens). In 2006, she co-founded TuckerGurl LLC, a production company passionate about telling compelling and irreverent stories about underrepresented communities. Tucker was a Sundance Institute Women Filmmakers Initiative fellow. 

The newly dedicated William Greaves Fund resources talented storytellers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities in the US, as well as filmmakers from Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Colombia with a particular interest in those who identify as being of indigenous and/or of African descent. The award is their first International Fund, and supports documentarians in the research and development stages of their second or third feature length documentary. 


The Fund awards grants of up to $25,000. Filmmakers will use the grants to develop film treatments, decks, sizzle reels, and other fundraising materials for their new projects. Firelight Media also provides artistic support to its grant recipients. The Fund is named in honor of William Greaves, the longtime mentor of Firelight Media’s founder, Stanley Nelson. Greaves’ legacy in documentary includes producing the seminal television newsmagazine Black Journal, and 200-plus documentaries throughout his 60-year career. He is regarded as the father of Black nonfiction cinema. 

Firelight Media is a premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight produces documentary films, supports emerging filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work.