Talent Guide

Shelby Stone

  • Discipline:Producer
  • Program Year:Fast Track 2009


Shelby Stone is an award-winning producer whose works include HBO’s Emmy, Golden Globe, and Image Award-winning Lackawanna Blues, which premiered at Sundance 2005; and the critically acclaimed films Boycott, The Middle Passage, and Lumumba. Stone began her career as an independent film executive working in marketing, acquisitions, and finally production before launching her own production company with Drop Squad, a Spike Lee/40 Acres and a Mule production. She was also Senior vice President of Development and Production at Foxx/King Entertainment. Currently she is at Flavor Unit Entertainment, Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s production company.

Life Support, Stone’s latest film, was produced in conjunction with Foxx/King entertainment, with Nelson George as writer and director. Starring Queen Latifah, Life Support premiered at Sundance 2007 and was the closing night presentation. Stone is the 2007 recipient of the Black Women Film Network’s Trail blazer Award.

Current Project

Day Dream (Narrative Feature)


Day Dream follows the jazz composer BILLY STRAYHORN as he travels to New Orleans to investigate the myths and legends surrounding Buddy Bolden, the forefather of modern jazz who spent the last 24 years of his life in a mental institution.