George Stoney, one of the greatest documentary filmmakers ever, died yesterday at the age of 96. A great teacher, activist, artist, not to mention an unfailing kind person. He made All My Babies: A Midwife's Own Story (1953) and dozens of other tremendous films.
I had the opportunity to spend time with him on several occasions—at a workshop he lead at Ithaca College, at a general meeting of AIVF, and at several UFVA conferences. He must have met tens of thousands of people in his career, but he remembered be even though we'd only met a few time, and I'll always treasure our conversations. I was always impressed by his ability to see straight past bullshit and get to the nut of a discussion, but really gently and kindly, without domineering the conversation.
May we all live so long and be so productive the whole time. Thanks, George.