Saturday, February 28, 2015SEEDS OF CHANGE
Mike Hazard is photographing the creation of a new farm. HAFA Farm is a project of the Hmong American Farmers Association. Click to see an album of pictures.
To learn more about the farm, click.
To support the project, click.
A selection of the photographs will be exhibited from January 21 through April 3, 2016 at the Minnesota Museum of American Art.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015GEORGE 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.
The documentary will premiere at the Trylon Theatre at 7:30pm on May 7, 2015.
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.
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.
Friday, February 20, 2015WATCH THOMAS McGRATH
Our film portrait of the late Thomas McGrath, THE MOVIE AT THE END OF THE WORLD, plays on public television in Minnesota at 1am, 7am and 1pm on Saturday March 7, 2015. For more, click.
Here's a story about the late poet.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015WATCH JIM NORTHRUP
Watch Jim Northrup on the Minnesota Channel at 1am, 7am, and 1pm on Saturday February 21, 2015. The film is called WITH RESERVATIONS.
This is one scene from the half hour program. Lean more here.
Sunday, February 15, 2015WATCH FREDERICK MANFRED
Our film portrait of Fred Manfred, AMERICAN GRIZZLY, plays on the Minnesota Channel on Saturday February 21 at 4:30am, 10:30am, 4:30pm, and 10:30pm. For more, click.
Here's a picture story about the author.
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