Robert Stone (director)
Robert Stone is a British-American documentary filmmaker. His work has been screened at dozens of film festivals and televised around the world, notably several times on PBS's American Experience series. One of his most recent works is Earth Days (2009), about the beginnings of the environmental movement in the USA. Earth Days was nominated for the Sheffield Green Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2009.
Stone was born in England and educated in the United States. His father Lawrence Stone was a noted historian and chair of the History Department at Princeton University, where Robert grew up. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, did a brief stint at Sorbonne University in Paris and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. His debut work was the Academy Award-nominated Radio Bikini (1988), about nuclear tests performed around Bikini Atoll in 1946.
Known in large part for his innovative use of archival material in historical documentaries, Stone has directed several well received documentaries that he has shot himself, including American Babylon (2000) and, most recently, Pandora's Promise (2013), which makes the environmental case for nuclear energy as a solution to climate change.
Entertainment Weekly film critic Owen Gleiberman stated that Stone "may be the most under-celebrated great documentary filmmaker in America." His films Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004) and Oswald's Ghost (2008) both received Emmy nominations for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking; Gleiberman hailed them as "two of the most explosively insightful documentaries of the last decade".
His only foray into fiction filmmaking was a counter-factual fake historical documentary for German television called World War Three in 1998. In addition to his work making feature-documentaries, in the early 1990s he was commissioned to create a 24-part semi-interactive permanent installation at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston.
Stone has had four world premiers at the Sundance Film Festival (including Closing Night Film in 2009). His work has been screened and honored at dozens other festivals worldwide.
Stone lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with his wife and two sons.
- Radio Bikini (1988)
- The Satellite Sky (1990)
- Farewell, Good Brothers (1992)
- World War Three (1998) aka "Der Dritte Weltkrieg"
- American Babylon (2000)
- Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004) aka "Neverland: The Rise and Fall of the Symbionese Liberation Army
- Hollywood Vietnam (2005)
- Oswald's Ghost (2008)
- The Civilian Conservation Corps (2009; broadcast by PBS's American Experience)
- Earth Days (2010)
- Pandora's Promise (2013)
- Sundance Honor for Film of Early Save-the-Earth Activists
- Gleiberman, Owen (24 Jan 2013). "Sundance: What makes 'The Way, Way Back' a crowd-pleaser? Plus 'Pandora's Promise,' a radically sane and important documentary about how nuclear power could save us". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- Gleiberman, Owen (18 April 2010). "40 years after Earth Day, 'Earth Days' reveals that much of what you think you know about the modern environmental movement is wrong". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 September 2013.