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Documentarian George C. Stoney passes away

George C. Stoney, American documentary filmmaker and public access cable television lobbyist, has died at the age of 96.
July 16, 2012

George C. Stoney, American documentary filmmaker and public access cable television lobbyist, has died at the age of 96.

As reported by the New York Times over the weekend, Stoney passed away on July 12 in Manhattan.

Stoney’s directing credits included 1952′s All My Babies: A Midwife’s Own Story, which was selected by the Library of Congress for permanent preservation in the National Film Registry in 2002; Occupation, a doc on Canadian students who took over a McGill University building in 1970, ; and 1995′s The Uprising of ’34, about the legacy of a textile workers strike crushed by factory owners.

Often credited as the “Father of Public Access Television,” Stoney co-founded the National Federation of Local Cable Programmers, and advocated that citizens should have access to the airwaves via cable, which was added to U.S. federal communications law in 1984.

He was on the board of directors for the Alliance for Community Media (ACM) and was teaching at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts in his last years.

“George has been a wonderful mentor and role model to several generations of journalists, filmmakers, and free speech advocates,” said ACM executive director Sylvia Strobel.  “His loss will be keenly felt by many in the media industry. We express our deepest sympathies to George’s family and friends.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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