Screening on Saturday, 12/1, at 1 pm.
George Stoney Tribute: How the Myth Was Made
Man of Aran begins at 1 pm
How the Myth was Made begins 2:45 pm
Panel discussion led by Judith Helfand and Faye Ginsburg following the screenings
The beloved documentarian and educator George Stoney, who passed away in July of this year, made more than 50 films in his lifetime and inspired multiple generations of anthropological filmmakers. This tribute features a screening of one of his best known works—among the finest examples of a film about a film ever made—a screening of the film it was about, and a panel discussion about its impact and Stoney’s enduring legacy.
Man of Aran
Robert J. Flaherty
1934 | 76 mins | Ireland
Robert J. Flaherty’s classic 1934 depiction of life on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland shows characters living a pre-modern lifestyle where daily routines include fishing off high sea cliffs, potato farming in sparse soil, and hunting for the massive basking sharks whose liver provides the oil that lights their lamps. This engrossing film features actual islanders, but the characters and situations are both real and contrived; its captivating picture of existence on this bleak outcropping of land retains an undeniable power and drama, making it a paradigmatic work of ethnofiction.
Courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
How the Myth was Made
1978 | 58 mins | Ireland
Stoney’s response to Robert Flaherty's classic 1934 Man of Aran revisits the Aran Islands four decades later and interviews surviving locals about their memories of the original film and their reactions to making this one. Examining the work of one of his intellectual forebears and its lasting effects on a community where he himself had roots—Stoney’s grandfather was the doctor on the island where Faherty made his film—the director creates a persuasive and multi-faceted illustration of his belief that a filmmaker always leaves a mark on the people and places he films. Includes excerpts from the original documentary.
Co-presented by Center for Media, Culture, and History, NYU
George Stoney Tribute: How the Myth Was Made is a Mead Dialogue