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Documentary filmmaker George Stoney will visit Ithaca College March 15 to 19 as the Distinguished Collaborative Media Artist in Residence. Now 88 years old, Stoney cofounded, with Red Burns, the Alternate Media Center at New York University. An advocate for socially engaged media, Stoney has been called "the Johnny Appleseed of documentary."

In addition to conducting master classes and workshops, Stoney will publicly screen and discuss two of his works on Monday, March 15. The showings will take place in Park Hall Auditorium and are free and open to the public. At 1:00 p.m. We Shall Overcome, Stoney's 1989 documentary film on the famed civil rights song, will be screened. Dorothy Cotton, education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will be a special guest. Stoney's The Uprising of '34 -- the story about a massive but little-known strike by Southern cotton mill workers during the Great Depression -- will be screened at 4:00 p.m.

Stoney will also conduct a workshop, "Documentary Advocacy for Public Health and Community," on Wednesday, March 17. Free and open to the public, health care professionals, researchers, and students, the workshop will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Park 220. Advance signup is required. Contact Stewart Auyash, associate professor and chair of health policy studies, at (607) 274-1312.

Stoney began his filmmaking career in 1946. He has produced, written, and directed more than 50 films, television series, and videotapes, most of them documentaries that explore social problems. Described by some as a consummate media activist, he has had a lifelong passion for racial justice, social responsibility, community, and freedom of speech.

Stoney has taught film at the University of Southern California, Columbia University, and Stanford University. He is currently professor of film at New York University. His visit is sponsored by the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Cinema on the Edge film series, and the InVisible Histories Project.

For more information contact professor of cinema and photography Patricia R. Zimmermann, 607-274-3431.

Contributed by Keith Davis

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