Filmmaker Bios

George Stoney has been a professor of Film and Television at New York University since 1970. An innovator in the art of community-based film and video, he is an internationally respected media educator with a passionate interest in the history and culture of the South. He has written, directed and produced more than 50 documentary films, videotapes and television series including the Emmy Award-winning We Shall Overcome and The Weavers: Wasn't That A Time (both co-produced by Jim Brown), How The Myth Was Made, and the classic All My Babies, about an African American midwife in Georgia.

Judith Helfand defines herself as a filmmaker/organizer and has worked as a documentary producer and educator for the past ten years. Blue Vinyl, the 2002 "toxic comedy" co-directed and co-produced with Daniel Gold, was broadcast nationally on the HBO series America Undercover. Helfand co-founded Working Films, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to leveraging the power and prestige of documentary for economic, social and environmental justice. She and Daniel Gold formed a production company, Toxic Comedy Pictures, to create projects with a social conscience and a sense of humor.

Susanne Rostock was described as "a visual and aural poet" by the judges of the San Francisco International Film Festival when awarding top documentary honors to Passin' It On, for which she also received an Emmy nomination for editing. Other editing credits include four Michael Apted productions, Moving The Mountain, Incident At Oglala, The Long Way Home, and the Inspirations series and the opening title sequence for The Cosby Show. She edited Harlem Diary, for which she won a Silver Apple; Calling The Ghosts, which received the Human Rights Watch Nestor Almendros Award and the George Kennedy Journalism Award; Stealing The Fire; The Sweatbox; and most recently Paternal Instinct, directed by Murray Nossel.