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Shola Lynch

CHISHOLM ’72 - UNBOUGHT & UNBOSSED is Shola Lynch’s directorial debut. She has learned the craft of documentary making on the job. Lynch worked with Ken Burns and Florentine Films on the Peabody Award-winning Frank Lloyd Wright and the ten-part JAZZ series. She has also worked on the Emmy Award winning Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team, an HBO Sports documentary that is part of the Sports in the Twentieth Century series. At Orlando Bagwell’s ROJA Productions, she co-produced a documentary short about the 2000 Census and racial identity that was included in the last hour of the four-part series on race in America, Matters of Race, which aired on PBS in 2003.

Lynch grew up in New York City, where she currently lives. She became part of the PBS family as a regular on Sesame Street from age 2-6. As a nationally ranked track athlete in the 800m and 1500m, she pursued her Olympic aspirations with the Lady Long Horns at the University of Texas while completing a Liberal Art Honors BA. Her most important life lesson derives from an athletic career that spanned 15 years of national and international competition. "The lesson is not one of being a champion but the payoff of perseverance in the pursuit of a goal," she says. (01/10)

Chisholm '72 - Unbought and Unbossed
A film by Shola Lynch, 2004, 77 min., Color

Recalling a watershed event in US politics, this compelling documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, ...

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