George Stoney, Father of Community Television

 

George Stoney, Father of Community Television

September 22, 2004 8:00 PM - 11:00 AM

The Arts Center 265 River Street Troy, NY 7 PM reception, 8 PM screening The iEAR presents! Fall Season begins on Wednesday, September 22, as the Arts Department at Rensselaer brings a bone-fide alternative media legend to the Capital Region--film maker George Stoney. George has had an amazing career as a documentary producer, with more than 50 films and videos to his credit (most of them documentaries that explore social problems, which have established him as a premier figure in American independent film). He is also widely regarded as the "father" of community television. Now that Troy, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady and Albany are all wrestling with their Time Warner cable franchise renewals, this is a really significant moment for his appearance in the area. No less an authority than former FCC commissioner Nicholas Johnson credits Stoney with the public access provisions that have long been a part of Federal cable law: "It was more than 25 years ago that George Stoney ... introduced me to the idea, and potential, of "community media," the notion that "mass media" could be media created by the masses, not just corporate media used to program the masses. They were sufficiently persuasive that I made the provision of "community access" cable channels a primary goal of my seven-year term as an FCC Commissioner." Make plans to attend the 7 PM Wed 9/22 reception for George Stoney at the Arts Center in Troy (265 River Street) followed at 8 PM by a screening of his new documentary "Getting Out" (which explores through film the theater and poetry programs at Sing Sing Penitentiary). It's a benefit for WRPI! RESOURCES Biography of George Stoney www.vdb.org/smackn.acgi?STONEYG Afterimage interview with George Stoney www.experimentaltvcenter.org/history/people/pview.php3?id=17 Interview with George Stoney about cable access television www.indyaccess.org/library/george_stoney_back_to_basics.htm Background on alternative television movement www.museum.tv/archives/etv/E/htmlE/experimental/experimental.htm Photo of George Stoney hm.indymedia.org/usermedia/image/2/large/stoney.jpg SELECTED ARTICLES FROM "Wide Angle" SPECIAL ISSUE "Introduction: A Festschrift in Honor of George Stoney" muse.jhu.edu/journals/wide_angle/v021/21.2intro.pdf George Stoney filmography muse.jhu.edu/journals/wide_angle/v021/21.2rapport.pdf "O Lucky Man! George Stoney's Lasting Legacy" muse.jhu.edu/journals/wide_angle/v021/21.2boyle.pdf "George Stoney, Writer: The Early Years" muse.jhu.edu/journals/wide_angle/v021/21.2rapport.pdf "A Commitment to Social Values and Racial Justice" muse.jhu.edu/journals/wide_angle/v021/21.2jackson.pdf "O, Canada! George Stoney's Challenge" muse.jhu.edu/journals/wide_angle/v021/21.2boyle2.pdf "The After-Life of Documentary: The Impact of You Are on Indian Land" muse.jhu.edu/journals/wide_angle/v021/21.2ginsburg.pdf "Documentary: How the Myth Was Deconstructed" muse.jhu.edu/journals/wide_angle/v021/21.2winston.pdf "The Uprising of '34: Filmmaking as Community Engagement" muse.jhu.edu/journals/wide_angle/v021/21.2whiteman.pdf "Radical Attractions: The Uprising of '34" muse.jhu.edu/journals/wide_angle/v021/21.2gaines.pdf
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