Lee Stanley, 1961
Film Producer, Activist
Activist Lee Stanley, class of 1961, has achieved tremendous success in the entertainment industry while devoting energy to improving the lives of troubled youth. He has earned the respect and endorsement of the White House, the Department of Justice, and leaders nationwide. For his achievements, Vermont Academy honors Stanley with the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award.
After Vermont Academy, Stanley was selected to be a part of MGM Studio’s new talent workshop. He acted in several feature films and television productions, yet shifted directions and became a cameraman, editor, and finally producer, director, and writer. Stanley has been nominated for ten Emmy Awards and won five of them – two as Director, one as Producer, and two for his camera work. He has also won national and international filmmaking awards, two Cine Golden Eagle Awards, and the Christopher Award.
Stanley is also passionate about working with youth, particularly juvenile criminals. One of his Emmy winning films, Desperate Passage, follows the events of his ten-day sea voyage with seven inmates from one of the toughest detention facilities in the country. The trip was sponsored by Wing’s Foundation, Stanley’s non-profit organization that concentrates on rehabilitating probated youth.