Each August, New York Film/Video Council honors the life and work of George C. Stoney (1916-2012) - a legendary filmmaker, teacher, activist, role model, citizen and a cherished NYFVC past-president and board member - with a film screening. George never failed to inspire each of us 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.
This year's selections are
How to Look at a City (29 min., 1964) - Musician and architecture scholar Eugene Raskin 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.
Shepherd of the Night Flock (59 min, 1978) - A portrait of Pastor John Garcia Gensel of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Manhattan and some of the many jazz musicians whose careers he has taken an interest in.
Program co-sponsored by The New York Film/Video Council