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.


Welcome to thecie dot org. We make poetic media with people of all ages from all over the world for everyone.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

SEEDS OF CHANGE/NOOB HLOOV NEEJ 
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.



DSC08554 Yao Yang Marla Spivak bees HAFA FARM

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A selection of the photographs will be exhibited from Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

Monday, August 31, 2015

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

HAPPY COLLABORATOR plays in New York on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. The documentary screens in Michelson Theater, Cinema Studies, at New York University, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor. The program begins at 6pm, with discussion after with the director present. To learn more, click.

Watch a scene from the film, on propaganda.



Watch a clip of sound clips about George.



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.


Watch a short video by Jeff Strate about the making of the documentary.

Stoney's 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.

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 grants from Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Minnesota State Arts Board to support this film. Donations are tax-deductible. Hazard also serves as the late George Stoney's archivist.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

YOUTUBE OF PLENTY 


INCONTEXT: MONICA RUDQUIST is one of 153 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.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

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 five albums. The most recent is here.

Here is one example, a picture story about Robert Gardner.

THE CAMERA IS A WAY TO SEEWhen I was 12, I saw the film DEAD BIRDS by Robert Gardner. In retrospect, it is clear this...

Posted by Mike Hazard on Friday, July 10, 2009


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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

THIS WORLD IS NOT ALTOGETHER BAD 



Watch Mike Hazard read at Common Good Books.

Read a poem from a new book by Hazard.

HIGH ON HYACINTH
High on hyacinth, I whistle and hum.
In your hands, Tressa, I am handsome.
We make love like there is no tomorrow.
We fit together, made for each other to make love.
When we were falling in love, we made love every perfumed night.
Everything I knew about my body was not true.
In your hands, Tressa, I am handsome.
High on hyacinth, I whistle and hum.

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 more ways to hear Hazard read:

On a Write on! Radio podcast, click.

On the Bat of Minerva.

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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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