A POET POETS

The poetry of Roy McBride.

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C. BECK

A portrait of the artist, Charles Beck

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The Painted Eye

A documentary with Jerry Rudquist

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I'm Sorry
I was Right


A documentary portrait of the politician and poet, Eugene McCarthy.

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Jim Northrup:
With Reservations


Jim Northrup: With Reservations is a wild trip through Indian Country. Follow the link below to learn more or to order the video.
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THOMAS McGRATH

The Movie at the End of the World is a video vision quest. Click here to see more.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

SEEDS OF CHANGE 
Media Mike Hazard is photographing the first year in the life of HAFA Farm. It's a project of the Hmong American Farmers Association.

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Please consider a small action. HAFA Farm is one of seven nonprofits chosen by the Minnesota Twins to win $500,000 if it receives the most votes as a worthy cause.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

365 FRIENDS is inspired by Ko Un who wrote poems for 10,000 friends, and William Stafford who tried to write a poem every day, and John Caddy who posts a poem photo daily, and Jim Denomie who painted a painting every day during 2005.

Stirred by these models, Mike Hazard has been posting pictures with stories to Facebook.

There are four albums. The most recent is here.

Here is one example, a picture story about Molly Taylor.




To begin every morning thinking good thoughts about a person has been proving to be a luminous way to start the day.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

GEORGE C. STONEY, the late documentary filmmaker, lifelong media activist and professor of film at New York University, is subject of a biographical documentary in progress directed by Mike Hazard. The film is dubbed A HAPPY COLLABORATOR.

Watch a scene from the work in progress, called POINT OF VIEW.



Here's another, on propaganda.



Legendary in the field of nonfiction film, Stoney was perhaps most famous as the "father of public access to cable television," a title he characteristically declined. Still, his advocacy for a citizen's right to use the new media for public expression helped create the federal legislation which now enables public access.

His students are everywhere: Paul Barnes (chief editor for Ken Burns), Cheryl Furjanic (SYNC OR SWIM), Jim Brown (THE POWER OF SONG: PETE SEEGER), John Whitehead (MAKE 'EM DANCE), Judith Helfand (THE UPRISING) and Mike Hazard (I'M SORRY I WAS RIGHT) to name only a few.

Honored with Emeritus status at NYU, the nonagenarian Stoney taught that "films should do, not just be."

To purchase films by Stoney, visit DER.

Stoney made the documentary Uprising of '34 (1995) with Judith Helfand and Susanne Rostock. It documents the textile strikes in the South in 1934. The texture of the piece is like a textile.

Stoney was working with David Bagnall and Dave Olive on a major portrait of the late Brazilian educator and agitator, Paulo Freire. Freire taught culture is everything humans make, from a shoe to a song.

You can also see two early films of Stoney's on line. Booked for Safekeeping (1960) was made to train police officers in the assistance and management of mentally ill and confused persons.

Palmour Street (1949) was Stoney's first film. One reviewer called it "a curious hybrid of soap opera, history lesson, race relation film, melodrama and Coronet instructional film about a poor family growing up in the South".

This video celebrates George's late companion, Betty Puleston.

Hear George speak about community media.

See Stoney's classic, All My Babies.

For an exhaustive catalog of his works, click.

Stoney's papers and films have been donated to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Click to read the finding aid.

Watch Stoney reflect on why he made documentaries.

The sad headline is George died peacefully at home on July 12, 2012. Read an obituary in the New York Times.

The Stoney Project is directed by Mike Hazard, who has been awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant to support this piece. Donations are tax-deductible. Hazard also serves as the late George Stoney's archivist. Stay tuned.

Friday, July 18, 2014

YOUTUBE OF PLENTY 



INCONTEXT: MONICA RUDQUIST is one of 149 videos uploaded by Media Mike with a host of great collaborators including Greg Pratt, Laura Youngbird, Mary Megee, George Stoney, David Bagnall, Ossian Or and more. Zoom to YouTube.

You will see videos featuring Robert Bly, George Stoney, Thomas McGrath, Phebe Hanson, Paulo Freire, Roy McBride, Esther Horne, star quilts, Peace House, Carol Bly, Mickey Chance, Everett Parker, Monica Rudquist, Tiger Jack, Jim Northrup, a peyote song, Frederick Manfred, pre-emptive violence, Bill Holm, David Bengtson, Marcel Duchamp, Anya Achtenberg, Margaret Hasse, Pelican Rapids, Circle of Nations School, Jerome Liebling, the Ghost Dance and more.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WATCH ROBERT BLY 




Watch A MAN WRITES TO A PART OF HIMSELF on the Minnesota Channel on Saturday August 2, 2014 at 10pm.



WATCH EUGENE MCCARTHY 



Our film biography of Eugene McCarthy plays on public TV in Minnesota on Sunday August 3, 2014 at 10pm and Sunday August 10 at 4am, 10am and 4pm. For more, click.





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Cold Mountain

A creative documentary portrait of the Chinese poet Han Shan.

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Mr. Positive: Carl Bentson

A documentary about a good neighbor who does his best to clean up the world.

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The Magic Green School Bus

A documentary portrait of the late teacher and senator Paul Wellstone.

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A Man Writes to a Part of Himself

A documentary with the poet Robert Bly.

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FOUR SISTERS

FOUR SISTERS FOR PEACE is a film about peace and justice as seen through the eyes of the McDonald Sisters. For all ages.

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