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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Saturday, April 25, 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.

The documentary will premiere at the Trylon Microcinema at 7pm and 8:30pm on Thursday May 7, 2015. The shows are free.

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.

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, April 24, 2015

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.

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A selection of the photographs will be exhibited from January 21 through April 3, 2016 at the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

Monday, April 20, 2015


Our film biography of Eugene McCarthy plays on public TV in Minnesota on Sunday May 3, 2015 at 11pm and again on Sunday May 10 at 5am, 11am, and 5pm. For more, click.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


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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Thursday, April 16, 2015


Our film portrait of Fred Manfred, AMERICAN GRIZZLY, plays on Saturday May 16 at 4:30am, 10:30am, 4:30pm, and 10:30pm. 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 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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