"Our only choice, whatever our dogma, is to protect the Earth. This is our common progress or our common ruin. There is nothing in between."
Robert Stone is a multi-award-winning, Oscar-nominated and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. Born in England in 1958, he grew up in both Europe and America. After graduating with a degree in history from the University of Wisconsin/Madison, he moved to New York City in 1983 determined to pursue a career in filmmaking. He gained considerable recognition for his first film, "RADIO BIKINI" (1987) which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Multi-tasking as a producer, director, writer, editor and sometimes cameraman, he has over the last 20 years developed a steady international reputation with a range of unique and critically acclaimed feature-documentaries about American history, pop-culture and the mass media. His more recent and perhaps best-known work includes "GUERRILLA: The Taking of Patty Hearst" (2004), which premiered at Sundance (under the title "Neverland") and went on to become one of the most highly acclaimed theatrical documentaries of the year. The was followed by the documentary feature "OSWALD'S GHOST" (2007) for which Entertainment Weekly cited Stone as "one of our most important documentarians." His latest film, "EARTH DAYS" premiered as the Closing Night Film at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and is released theatrically nation-wide. "EARTH DAYS" will be nationally broadcast on PBS/American Experience in April 2010 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day.
Robert lives an eco lifestyle. He walks to work, rarely uses his car, buys locally, doesn't shop at malls or superstores, composts, recycles, and lives in a modest older home in New York in which he installed an energy efficient furnace, Instead of flying around the country with his crew to interview people for his documentaries, he often flies the interviewees to a local studio to decrease the environmental impact and cut costs.
He continues to create personally crafted high-end documentary films from his home in the Hudson Valley of New York, where he lives with his wife Melissa, an artist, and their two sons.
On August 22, 2009, LivingECHO's Ken Spector had the opportunity to interview Robert Stone about his new film "EARTH DAYS". Check it out below.
Robert Stone Interview: Part 1
Robert Stone Interview: Part 2
Earth Days Trailer