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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Thursday, November 26, 2015


Watch Mike Hazard read at Common Good Books.

Read a poem from a new book by Hazard.

A wild-looking man I don’t know
from Adam begged a ride from the PO
to the Dorothy Day Center. He’s jazzed,
jazzed about a Thanksgiving feast.
With a shock of hair like a thundercloud,
he looks like an old Testament prophet.
He got out and paused next to the window.
Standing so I can’t see his face, I was
blessed for life when a rich voice said,
“This world is not altogether bad.”

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.

Wednesday, November 25, 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.

DSC07473 Nang Patrick HAFA FARM

DSC04053 Chanhan lemon grass 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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


A short montage of lights made by Mike Hazard.

Sunday, November 22, 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.

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.

Friday, November 20, 2015


Watch poet David Bengtson go ON THE ROAD with Jason Davis.

Bengtson has hand made and handed out more than 12,000 poems-on-sticks illumined with photographs by Mike Hazard.

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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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