On Monday, August 21, the New York Film/Video Council celebrates the life and career of the legendary George Stoney with a special screening. Programmed by David Callahan of the New York Public Library and projected from rare 16mm prints, the program combines one of George’s hidden gems, How to Look at a City (1964) with the inspiring Hobie’s Heroes (1980) by Steven Montgomery, who was influenced by George’s eye-opening documentary class at NYU.
About George: In addition to his career as a legendary filmmaker and beloved film professor, George Stoney (1916-2012) was a cherished NYFVC past President and board member who, among many other achievements, played a key role in democratizing the media with the creation of public access television. George never failed to inspire with his sense of mission, hospitality, his determination to use cinema to give voice to those outside of power, his willingness to travel — even up to age 96 ––to explore experimental, documentary and narrative cinema, and his strong commitment to his community.
|Monday, August 21st, 6pm
In Honor of George Stoney
How to Look at a City
Eugene Raskin—the writer, musician, and professor— paints a word portrait of New York, as seen by lovers, adventurers, and the star-struck, against a background of jazz. He contrasts old neighborhoods with the bustle of the business world and discusses three fundamental standards used by architects and planners to judge the quality of a neighborhood – human scale, density, and variety.