The Black Dog Café is located in Lowertown, 308 E. Prince Street, Saint Paul.
All the pictures were made within easy walking distance of what was the artist’s home from June 1999 to December 2012: Lowertown Artists Lofts, 255 Kellogg Boulevard East, Saint Paul.
It is a circle bounded by the Minnesota State Capitol to the north, Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary to the east, Harriet Island to the south and the Minnesota History Center to the west.
The Black Dog Café is the biomagnetic center of this universe.
While most of the pictures were made within the last few years, one dates from 1975. Most of the images were made outside, in public, but not all. Most were made in Lowertown, within five blocks of the Black Dog.
LOCAL COLOR is inspired by Gilbert White who wrote, “All Nature is so full that that district produces the greatest variety which is the most examined.”
Mike Hazard is a fiscal year 2012 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
GEORGE C. STONEY, a veteran maker of documentaries, 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 sad headline is George died peacefully at home on July 12, 2012.
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.
Recently honored with Emeritus status at NYU, the nonagenarian Stoney taught that "films should do, not just be."
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".
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 Stoney Project is directed by Mike Hazard, who has been awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship to support this piece. Donations are tax-deductible. Hazard also serves as the late George Stoney's archivist. Stay tuned.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
A PLETHORA OF POETS 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 Robert Bly on the Minnesota Channel at 10pm on Saturday March 2, 2013. Watch a Robert Bly clip.
This is the text for MEDIA DADA'S MANIFESTO, a video poem by Mike Hazard. It's a true story.
My mother went to Target the other day and when she came home she told my four-year-old daughter where she'd been. "Well, you can't go there any more," said Sonia. My mother asked why not? "Because they bombed all the targets."
I am more and more convinced that war begets war. When we build armaments and fight other nations, we build hostilities. We negate what we pretend to teach our children: Thou shalt not kill.
Think of it. This war must be sanitized. If you and I knew the truth, we might want to stop. I do want it to stop. Stop bombing the targets, whatever they may be.