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George Stoney Dies, ‘Father of Access Television’

'Dean of American documentary filmmakers'

People in the world of community media are remembering George Stoney.

Word of his reported death at age 96 reached GV from Capitol Hill, where Bunnie Riedel, executive director of American Community Television, said Stoney is considered the “father of access television.” The Alliance for Community Media posted news of his death on its Facebook page, where one commenter called Stoney a “true visionary.”

According to an 2010 biographical summary on the New York University website, “Stoney has been called the dean of American documentary filmmakers, the Johnny Appleseed of documentary and the father of public access television. His career spans more than 70 years as a filmmaker, educator and social activist.” He was emeritus professor in the Tisch School of the Art’s Undergraduate Film division at the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television.

Riedel wrote in an e-mail, “For me, he was a dear friend and relentless supporter.”

About George Stoney

NYU career summary (2010)