George Stoney discusses a film's point of view, with an eye to the limits of the observational documentary.


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George Stoney speaks with Mike Hazard about collaboration. Photo by Fred Johnson.

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Mike Hazard films George Stoney. Photo by Fred Johnson

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George watches the rough cut. Like every good Stoney film, we collaborated with the subject to tell the story.

GEORGE C. STONEY: A FILM ABOUT FILMS is a portrait of a man called "the Johnny Appleseed of documentary film."

THE STORY We are nearing completion of a documentary film portrait of a legend, the late George C. Stoney.

Filmmaker, teacher and media activist, Stoney was making films, teaching at New York University and agitating for a better society right up to his death on July 12, 2012.

Read his obituary in the New York Times.

You can learn more about Stoney and see samples of his 100 films here:

His most famous single film is ALL MY BABIES. Made in 1952 as a training film for midwives, in 2005 it was selected by the Library of Congress to be saved forever. Screen it here.

THE DOCUMENTARY There will be two versions of the program. The first is a half hour show which will be given away free to community media and public TV networks across the country.

As the father of public access to cable television, this is particularly apt. The Alliance for Community Media is facilitating. The second will be a dvd which includes the half hour documentary portrait plus an hour of extra scenes from his films with commentaries.

The work will engage and motivate people who are interested in film, education and social action.

For more about the project, visit our website:

THE DIRECTOR Mike Hazard has made five films which have enjoyed national release on PBS. He is also Stoney’s official archivist.

“George Stoney changed my life," Hazard says. "Now I want him to change yours, with a film about his films and philosophy of life. George learned from Paulo Freire the notion that if clay can change into a vase, then we can change too. He made films to make people think and change things. This film will change the way you look at films, and maybe even the way you look at life.”

THE NEED The film has been produced to this point with grant support from Jerome Foundation and Bush Foundation totalling $55,000. Individuals have contributed another $9,000.

We need only $10,000 more to finish and distribute. The finishing funds will support the video post and the sound mix. The work will be released in the winter of 2015.

OTHER WAYS TO HELP You might consider purchasing one of our many films on Amazon:

We also take credit card orders for DVDs and donations over the phone. Call 651.227.2240.

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GEORGE C. STONEY: A FILM ABOUT FILMS is a portrait of a man called "the Johnny Appleseed of documentary film."

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