The poetry of Roy McBride.

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

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

THIS WORLD IS NOT ALTOGETHER BAD Read a poem from a new book by Mike Hazard.

Father of a father, dear Dad, you once confessed
the sins of the fathers are squared in the children.
Whitman lookalike and feel-alike, champion of Louis Sullivan,
you were only ever truly happy when you were on the road.
You showed me a streetlight might be elegant as an elm seed.
I learned to inspect bridges for the shape of their beauty.
You taught me liberation begins with a regular bowel movement,
then moves on to irregular vowel movements.
You slapped your stomach, “the guttaphone,” until we hurt laughing.
You claimed your revenge on America was bringing Monty Python
to TV in the USA. Ha. This never fails to impress my students.
You divided your kingdom up like King Lear, and howls ensued.
You wrote it all down so the triptych was mapped, peripatetic Pater.
Like your father, you send money to school the granddaughter.
Now that I am a fond father too, and recall I found it hard to read
to my own child every night, I get the presence of absence.
Son of an absent father, dear Dad, I forgive and forget. Amen.

Hazard is artist in residence at our Center for International Education. Please consider purchase of the book from Red Dragonfly Press.

It’s a collection of poems about people. The writer Freya Manfred writes, “I love the often playful, musical quality which enhances the vital/vivid images of each praise-worthy person. These people are real and the poetry honors them. The poems play off each other well—father, mother, old-timer, uncles—quite wonderful all together in this world, as the book surely lives up to its title.”

Here are ways to hear Hazard read:

On a Write on! Radio podcast, click.

On Sunday April 27 at 3pm, the poet reads poems about Vietnam with Jim Northrup and Jonas Specktor at the Mosaic Cafe.

On Thursday May 15 at 7:30pm, Hazard reads in the Midstream Series above Blue Moon Cafe on Lake Street, corner of 39th and (3820) East Lake. Upstairs.  Entrance just west of the Blue Moon coffee house; up the stairs and to the left.

On Friday May 16 at 7pm, Hazard reads at SubText Books, 165 Western Ave N, Saint Paul.

On Thursday, June 5 at 7pm, Hazard reads at Maeve’s Café, Nordeast Minneapolis, in the series curated by Paula Cisewski and Matt Mauch.

Monday, April 21, 2014


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.

Saturday, April 19, 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.

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

Friday, April 18, 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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


THE MOVIE AT THE END OF THE WORLD: THOMAS McGRATH is one of seven of our films now in play on public TV in Minnesota.


A first for a Minnesota filmmaker, a retrospective of seven films by Mike Hazard is playing on public television in Minnesota and North Dakota.

All featuring writers, the seven films in the series are:

A Sampler of Minnesota Poets: Robert Bly, Michael Dennis Browne, Louis Jenkins, James Moore, Margaret Hasse and Phebe Hanson (1975/15:30)
A Man Writes to a Part of Himself: Robert Bly (1978/57:30)
The Movie at the End of the World: Thomas McGrath (1981/56:56)
American Grizzly: Frederick Manfred (1983/28:16)
With Reservations: Jim Northrup (1996/28:42)
Eugene McCarthy: I'm Sorry I was Right (2001/28:35)
Cold Mountain: Han Shan (2009/28:15)

Four of the films have been already nationally telecast on PBS. This may be a record for an independent Minnesota filmmaker.

Watch a Robert Bly clip.

Watch A Sampler of Minnesota Poets.

Watch Cold Mountain.

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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 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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